GridFWD 2019 Modernization Best Practices

Agenda | Tours/Workshops | Keynotes | Modernization Best Practices | Markets & Models | Culture of Innovation | Speed Pitches

Success is out there. We’ll bring the best together under this theme: recent industry insights that address both lessons learned and concerns. The sessions will start with the broad assessment across transmission and distribution, and then dive into the current state of DERMS, DERs, interoperability, cybersecurity and more.

sessions on october 8

9:35AM - Who Will Actually Build the Real DERMS?

Cut through the noise and find out what's real in this DRMS vs ADMS vendor face off. Find out if ADMS vendors can bridge the gap to consumer assets or if DRMS vendors bring the consumers to the table. Or maybe they can learn to work together...?

  • Moderator: Rich Barone, Director, DR, Hawaiian Electric Company

  • Kyle Garton, Director of Product Development, AutoGrid

  • Sally Jacquemin, Sr. Director Distribution and Smart Grid, OSI

10:45AM - Where Will the Transformation Happen? Perspectives From Wholesale, Transmission, and Distribution (Recital Hall)

Where are breakthroughs most likely to move the needle on the energy transition? Will it happen at customer sites with DERs or will low priced resources on the wholesale system save the day? This session will explore differing perspectives and talk about how different parts of the power system compete or compliment each other.

  • Moderator: Elta Kolo, Research Manager, Woods Mackenzie GTM

  • Randy Berry, Vice President, Utilities, OSI

  • Stefan Bird, President & CEO, Pacific Power

  • Mark Dyson, Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute

10:45AM - Journey to Putting Modernization into Production (Founder’s Room)

Making complex solutions a reality that not only increase the capabilities of the grid but directly impact customers makes for quite a journey. Join this practical discussion that walks through phases of addressing real needs all the way through the pathways to successful completion. The conversation will touch on digital customer facing solutions as well as grid operational realities. One of the key elements will highlight how getting the right data to the right parties is critical.

  • Matt Schnugg, Vice President Data & Analytics, GE Power

  • Parvir Girn, Manager Customers & Energy Analytics, BC Hydro

  • Marie Wong, Manager Information Management & Analytics, BC Hydro

11:40AM - Oh DER!: Utilities and DER Providers Talk about How They Can Work Better Together

What can utilities learn from the best DER providers? What do DER providers need to know about how to successfully work with utilities? Explore the tussle between great program design for maximum customer satisfaction and maximizing the value of DER with experts from both sides of the table.

  • Moderator: Devin Hampton, VP Corporate Development, UtilityAPI

  • Obadiah Bartholomy, Manager, Distributed Energy Strategy, SMUD

  • Naren Yendluri, VP Engineering & Technology, Sunrun

  • Don McPhail, Solutions Lead for Demand Management, Uplight

  • Ani Backa, Director, Regulatory Strategy and Utility Initiatives, sonnen

2:20PM - Solution Matchmaker: What's the Celebrity DER Coupling?

There's a lot of conversation about DER couplings these days, from solar + storage to integrated DSM. But what pairing is the DER power couple that will help drive real results? This panel will feature a diverse set of experts explaining why they think they're the best resource matchmaker.

  • Moderator: Uzma Siddiqi, Engineering Supervisor, SCL

  • Lincoln Bleveans, Assistant General Manager/Power Supply, Burbank Water and Power

  • Andy Marshall, Practice Director, DER Management, Landis+Gyr

  • Dan Patry, Senior Manager Regulatory Affairs and Market Dev., Oracle

  • Jigar Shah, Manager, Distributed Energy & Grid Services, Electrify America

3:30PM - Pathways for Deep Decarbonization

It's Renewables vs EVs vs DER vs beneficial electrification in a drag-down, no-holds-barred respectful conversation on how we're going to get to a deeply decarbonized energy economy. Listen to practitioners and experts from across the spectrum explain where they're finding success cutting carbon.

  • Moderator: Scott Reeves, Senior Associate, Cadmus

  • Suzanne Leta, Sr Manager Global Market Strategy, Sunpower

  • Tina Jayaweera, Sr Energy Analyst, NWPCC

  • Bruce Nilles, Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute

  • Andrea Pratt, Climate & Transportation Policy Advisor, City of Seattle

5:15PM - Deep Dive: How to Make Interoperability Work

Standards have not yielded the interoperability or coordination that they were expected to. Hear about pain points from the field and what standard setting institutions are doing to mitigate the issues.

  • Moderator: Chris Tumpach, President & CEO, Rainforest

  • Rolf Bienert, Technical Director, OpenADR

5:15PM - Deep Dive: Getting the Most from AMI Deployments

Advanced metering deployments are quite active across the wider region, adding to the earlier installations that brings automated meters to the vast majority. Join this discussion to talk with peers and experts around the value streams from this foundation modern grid infrastructure. Beyond operational efficiencies, better outage management and more accurate readings, the conversation will get into a number of customer engagement and system operational uses for AMI.

  • Moderator: Joe Tellez, CTO, Tacoma Public Utilities

  • Dale Knutson, Director of Engineering & Services, Mason Co. PUD3

sessions on october 9

9:30AM - Cybersecurity: How Can We Be Ready? And Ready For What?

There is a difference between a stolen credit card and an entire grid taken down. But is the risk real? How prepared is the distributed energy world to tackle the inevitable?

  • Moderator: Om Moolchandani, CIO, AutoGrid

  • Viral Trivedi, Chief Business Officer Industrial Cyber, Ampcus Cyber

  • Brad Whipple, Cyber Security Researcher, Idaho National Labs

  • Brian Foster, VP and GM, OT Security, Leo Cybersecurity

10:40AM - Where to Get a Toehold in Resilience: DA or DER? Customer or Grid? Microgrids or Minigrids?

We are facing unprecedented loss of base-load and flexible capacity resources in WECC at a time when we are adding ever more intermittent resources. Will this lead to crippling shortages and brownouts? Or can we leverage DER and the bulk markets in innovative ways to create the flexibility and resiliency we need?

  • Moderator: Rebecca Smith, Senior Policy Analyst, RPS + Renewable Energy Markets, Oregon Dept. of Energy

  • Will Rambo, Business Development Director, Power Engineers

  • Rajit Gadh, PhD, Professor & Director SMERC, UCLA

  • Kate Hawley, Associate Director, TRC

11:35AM - The Dilemma and Promise of Telecom for Grid Modernization

High bandwidth, secure data pathways are critical for the rollout of sensors, automation, and other smart devices on the modern grid.  To increase reliability and resilience, some utilities are making significant capital investments in building their own private communication networks, while others are choosing to work with traditional service providers to lease or use public fiber and wireless infrastructure.  Come explore the options, costs, and tradeoffs facing utilities as they grapple with the increasing need for communications capability.

  • Moderator: Macky McCleary, Partner, Innogy Consulting

  • Jenny Reitmeier, Manager, Networks, Integration & Automation, Burns & McDonnell

  • Bryan Hobson, Engineering & Modernization Leader, Idaho Power

  • Callan Kirschner, Director of Energy and Utility Sales, Ericsson

  • Mike Brozek, SVP Technology and Engineering, Anterix


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GridFWD 2019
October 7-9
Benaroya Hall, Seattle


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