Microgrid Global Innovation Forum

Note: Subject to change.    Additional speakers to be announced.   

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

7:15 - 8:15 am    Continental Breakfast
7:15 am - 5:00 pm    Registration Open

Welcome Comments

8:15 - 8:30 am   
Doug Parker
Director of Distribution System Operator (DSO) Implementation, T&D Group
Southern California Edison

Opening Keynote Address

8:30 - 9:00 am   

demand response / DER expert
Emilio Camacho
Chief of Staff
California Energy Commission
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Session 1: DR / DER Market Trends, Business Drivers, and Success Strategies

9:00 - 10:15 am   
The concept of a utility "demand side" is disappearing fast as utilities recognize that the meter is just a tool; not a boundary. This opening panel will explore different strategies and tactics coming in program design and customer relationships.

demand response / DER expert
Jim Cushman
Grid Technologies Specialist
Emerson Automation Solutions
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demand response / DER expert
Craig Wooster
Project Manager & General Contractor, Stone Edge Farm MicroGrid Project
CEO, Wooster Energy Engineering

demand response / DER expert
Phil Davis
Vice President Planning & Partners
Sterling Planet
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demand response / DER expert
Michael Robinson
Principal Adviser, Market Design
Midwest ISO
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10:15 - 10:45 am    Networking Coffee Break

Session 2: The Role of Data in Delivering Next-Gen DR / DER Services

10:45 - 11:45 am

Building a Products & Services Program to Better Serve Customers

In an effort to better serve its customers, Entergy Corporation developing a program to enable its operating companies to choose the ideal portfolio of products and services, select the best regulatory strategy, and understand the generation, transmission and distribution planning impacts from these decisions. This strategy relies on evaluating customers' preferences and propensity to adopt various DER (PV, battery storage, EV charging, backup generation, EE, DR) and billing and payment options and utilizes a comprehensive set of analytics to develop new insights, commercial offerings, and capabilities for customers and the utility. This presentation will discuss the customer-centric business model of Entergy's P&S program, the enhanced analytics that are leveraged throughout the process, the examination of potential financial and regulatory impacts, and our process for business model evolution.

demand response / DER expert
Matt Dearmon
Manager, Product Development, Commercial Development & Innovation
Entergy Corporation
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The Power of Data

With the deployment of modern sensors and smart meters across the U.S., there are enormous quantities of energy-use data at our fingertips for the first time ever. Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) believes this data can revolutionize the grid, but only if people have access to data, as well as the tools needed to control their energy use and electricity bills. Illinois is making that a reality. This presentation will highlight new guidelines for securely sharing and licensing energy data, called the Open Data Access Framework, which Illinois' leading utilities have agreed to implement. These rules clarify the type of electricity data customers and authorized third parties have access to and how the data should be delivered. We will look at how the new data-sharing program from ICC and ComEd makes Illinois a national leader in building a smarter power grid, while protecting people's privacy.

demand response / DER expert
Dick Munson
Director, Midwest Clean Energy
Environmental Defense Fund
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Session 3: Advanced DR / DER Technologies, Part 1

11:45 am - 12:15 pm

SunDial DOE Project: Enabling High Penetration PV -- Using Buildings As Batteries

The SunDial project will develop and demonstrate a highly scalable, integrated PV, storage, and facility load management solution. SunDial may potentially participate in ISO-level markets. Depending on market and regulatory framework, it may also sell directly to load-serving entities or engage in bi-lateral agreements with customers. SunDial has the potential to open up new business models for PV, energy storage, and controllable load assets and make these distributed assets more valuable to utilities as well as customers. By using buildings as batteries we reduce the size of the battery needed to mitigate the effects of grid scale high penetration PV.

demand response / DER expert
Jim Boch
Chief Engineer
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12:15 - 1:15 pm    Networking Luncheon

Session 4: Advanced DR / DER Technologies, Part 2

1:15 - 2:30 pm

demand response / DER expert
Josh Rasin
Project Manager, Energy Strategy, Research & Development
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
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Leveraging Advanced DR / DER Shift vs Shed Technologies for Multiple Uses

In a world of ever increasing renewable energy production, DERs and Demand Response may be actively called upon to shift load from traditional high-use periods to the times of day that experience greater renewable output. In California, the potential for these types of "shift" resources is expected to increase in the near future, with traditional "shed" DR resources losing some of their value. What are the opportunities for advanced technologies in providing these new products, and how can they be deployed cost-effectively for utilities, third party providers, and ratepayers? Can emerging efforts to integrate deployment and technology adoption between energy efficiency and demand response programs leverage these technologies for multiple uses?

demand response / DER expert
Shelly Lyser
Senior Regulatory Analyst
California Public Utilities Commission

Reality Bytes: Reconciling the Promise of Advanced Technologies for DR with Market Realities

Advanced DR/DER technology has proven to unleash greater and more consistent demand response load impacts in California. However, automated control capabilities for DR are not widely adopted and remain underutilized by both manufacturers and industry technology solution providers. Communications protocols such as Open ADR exist, but most products are not sufficiently integrated with existing utility DR programs. In this presentation, we will identify recent innovative activities and suggest solutions for making it more convenient for customers to integrate DR with advanced building and DER technologies.

demand response / DER expert
Kitty Wang
Senior Project Manager
Energy Solutions
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2:30 - 3:00    Networking Coffee Break

Session 5: On the Horizon: Cloud-Managed Buildings - A 360º Perspective

3:00 - 4:30 pm
The role of the cloud in energy management services is relatively at its infancy, and its role and impact are still not very clear. Emerging platforms offer cloud-based energy monitoring software, and an increasing number of equipment manufacturers are offering cloud-based diagnostics and support. However a fully cloud-managed building has yet to be implemented. Multiple questions remain: are cloud-managed buildings warranted? Are they economically viable? Will they pose a security threat? Will they present an advantage in supporting a 100% renewable grid and new energy markets?

This session will present and discuss a 360º perspective of cloud-managed buildings including business, financing, technology, security and grid-support aspects. The panel includes a case study of a first implementation of cloud-managed buildings slated for deployment in 2018, funded by the California Energy Commission. Panelists consist of experts in energy management, energy investments, cyber security, demand response and transactive platforms.

demand response / DER expert
Dr. Michel Kamel
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demand response / DER expert
Mukesh Khattar
Technical Executive, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Program
Electric Power Research Institute
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demand response / DER expert
Rahul Chopra
Senior Advisor, Energy Technologies Area
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
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demand response / DER expert
Anne Eisele
Director, Projects and Energy Management
Pomona College

demand response / DER expert
Dr. Edward Cazalet
CEO and Founder, TeMix
Vice President, MegaWatt Storage Farms
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Session 6: DER Siting for Transmission Planning Purposes

4:30 - 5:30 pm
While some demand side programs are captured in long term planning at present, it is anticipated in future DERs can have much more of an impact on long term forecasting at specific load buses for instance, varying load shapes and ultimately influence how future supply and demand side resources could be sited. If at ISO/RTO level we do not account for this DER appropriately we could end up with a transmission plan that overbuilds or under-builds as the case might be. There are likely other potential reliability issues associated with not accounting for DERs. These could include impacts to stability study or PV/QV study results or approaches to these studies. These could have reliability implications as well as result in model validation for MOD-033. In addition depending upon the profile of the DER, the impact on peak needs to be considered as to the historical time period of the peak and in particular with solar the potential of shifting of the peak to later hours.

demand response / DER expert
Paul F. McGlynn
Senior Director, System Planning Division
PJM Interconnection
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demand response / DER expert
Rao Konidena
Principal Advisor, Policy Studies
Midwest ISO
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demand response / DER expert
Garry Chinn
Transmission Planning and Interconnection
Southern California Edison

5:30 - 6:30 pm    Networking Drink Reception

Thursday, October 12, 2017

8:00 - 9:00 am    Continental Breakfast

Session 7: Demand Response and Storage - The new DER

9:00 - 10:15 am

Scaling up the Behind-the-Meter (BTM) Energy Storage Market: Best Practices for Developing BTM Storage Projects

There's a lot of hype and buzz surrounding the rapidly growing energy storage market. Distributed Energy Resource developers want to get in on the action today. However, in order for the BTM segment to really begin scaling up, effective strategies and tools for developing projects are required. This presentation will focus on best practices developers are using to analyze, model and propose the economics of BTM storage projects, including a discussion of:
  • Why granular Green Button Data (interval meter data) is a prerequisite for modeling BTM storage projects and how to access Green Button Data
  • How developers quantify dollar savings for different types of storage value streams, like peak demanding shaving, time-of-use arbitrage, and self-consumption
  • How developers can identify the best storage project use-cases, so they can focus their development resources most effectively
  • How does proposing an energy storage project differ from proposing solar PV projects?

demand response / DER expert
Adam Gerza
COO & VP Business Development
Energy Toolbase
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demand response / DER expert
Tim Swaney
Customer Success Manager
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10:15 - 10:45 am    Networking Coffee Break

Session 8: DR & DER in Transition

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Electric water heaters have been used by electric cooperatives as a load shedding application for several decades, utilizing one way paging or power line carrier technology. Due to the rapid deployment of wind and solar renewable energy in several regions of the US there are now times when excess renewable energy exists and wholesale energy prices can actually go negative or renewable energy production has to be curtailed to maintain reliability. This panel will discuss recent technology developments and use cases where electric water heaters can now be used as a cost effective thermal energy storage medium for excess renewable energy as well as provide capacity and ancillary services. Panel will also discuss the economic and policy aspects of utilizing electric water heaters as an energy storage medium.

demand response / DER expert
Ross Malme
Skipping Stone
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demand response / DER expert
Paul Steffes, PE
President and CEO
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demand response / DER expert
Conrad Eustis
Director, Retail Technology Development
Portland General Electric
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demand response / DER expert
Clint Caudle
President and Director of Software Development
Carina Technology
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12:15 - 1:15 pm    Networking Luncheon

Session 9: Meter as the Hub for DER Management

1:15 - 1:45 pm

Through its history, the meter has always had a central role in the power delivery system. Serving as the demarcation point between the customer and the utility, the meter has evolved from a mechanical sensor used primarily in billing to a digital sensor and node in a secure utility network, which is at the heart of the modern power system. Now, onboard computing power is transforming the meter from a powerful grid edge sensor to a control hub that can enable more efficient grid operation and a closer relationship between the utility and their customers in the evolving distributed grid.

This session will focus on how this latest evolution of the meter will impact core utility operations in the age of Distributed Energy Resources and the next generation of home energy management. The use of the meter's edge computing and communication capabilities to enable an innovative demand response program will be highlighted, as well as the logical extension of this capability to control other premise-level DER to support the grid.

demand response / DER expert
Jim Richardson
Director, Business Development
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Session 10: Autonomous Demand Management

1:45 - 2:45 pm

What can be done to change the shape of the "Duck Curve"? Demand Reduction (DR) is basically "demand restriction" and although simple and relatively inexpensive to implement is has undesirable side effects, most notably affecting comfort.

Autonomous Demand Management, in its simplest form, a "load controller" has been around since 1982. Back then, there was a problem to solve, the utility put a rate structure in place to encourage behavior modification and a small industry grew to meet the needs of the customer. The utility won (lower demand), the customers won (lower bills), and a small industry won (sales revenue and jobs). Fundamentally, many utilities have the same type of problem to solve, which is to figure out a way to motivate or cause their customers to have a more uniform demand. With a more uniform demand, supply planning and forecasting are much easier and equipment and resource capacity are better utilized for a more efficient system.

This case study shows that Autonomous Demand Management does work and work well. A population of 50 homes have been studied (with and without solar generation) and analyzed to show conclusively that it is possible to change the shape of the demand curve and do it in a way that doesn't affect customer comfort. In fact, done properly, the customer doesn't know it's being done.

demand response / DER expert
Scott Scharli
Manager, Residential and Commercial Solar
Salt River Project

demand response / DER expert
Nick Wold
Director of Business Development
Inergy Systems
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2:45 - 3:15 pm    Networking Coffee Break

Session 11: Integrating Electric Vehicles as DERs

3:15 - 4:15 pm

Why Smart Charging? The Role of Smart EV Integration in Increasingly Renewable Grids

When unmanaged, EVs can pose a burden to energy system operation by exacerbating mismatches between load and renewable generation and requiring extreme energy storage capacities to ensure uptake of renewable generation. When managed in response to grid conditions, however, EVs can be a uniquely effective resource at helping to manage renewable-based energy systems by 1) ensuring practical realization of projected emission benefits from deploying EVs and 2) reducing energy storage requirements to sustain high renewable penetration electricity systems. This presentation will present research results for the extent to which smart charging of EVs provides these benefits, along with practical aspects to be considered.

demand response / DER expert
Dr. Brian Tarroja
Associate Manager, Sustainable Energy & Transportation
Advanced Power and Energy Program, UC Irvine
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Report on Honda's SmartCharge Beta Program

An electric vehicle is most people's first introduction to "Smart Grid," "TOU Rate," "Demand Response" and related terminology and technologies. Electric vehicles are a unique, dispatchable load that can be leveraged for site level, distribution level, and wholesale electric system benefits. This presentation discusses results to date from the May 2017 Honda SmartCharge Beta Program -- a V1G program with a driver smartphone app, back-end server, and vehicle telematics approach designed to schedule the charging of the customer's Fit EV. The SmartCharge system achieves the user's transportation needs while reducing the CO2 emissions associated with charging, increasing renewable energy in the charging mix, reducing the utility's cost of distributing energy to EVs, incorporating Demand Response calls, and participating in real-time wholesale markets. Honda's electrification efforts are steeply ramping up, with a 2030 goal of 2/3 of sales being HEVs, PHEVs, BEVs, and FCVs.

demand response / DER expert
Ryan Harty
Manager of Connected and Environmental Business Development Office
American Honda Motor Co.
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Leveraging Open Standards to Meet Government Mandates & Electrification Goals

Increasingly, cities and states are implementing stricter environmental regulations, and setting goals for fleet electrification and public charging infrastructure. To meet growing demand, utilities are turning towards de facto open standards like Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) for charger to central system communication and Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) as the new open model for interoperability. Such was the case when Eastern Washington's leading utility, Avista Corp., was tasked with helping to meet the state's "Electric Vehicle Action Plan" goals in 2016. These open standards allow electric vehicle assets to meet growing regulatory mandates, and the shift is providing system-wide value.

This presentation discusses the importance of leveraging open standards to effectively integrate renewables, electric vehicles, and storage to meet and exceed government mandates. Thomas Ashley will cite the work his company has done with progressive utilities like Avista to incorporate EV infrastructure into the grid through open standards. This case study will serve as a proof-point for higher EV penetration, in a way that maximizes the utilization of existing grid assets and minimizes unnecessary distribution and capacity upgrades, providing the most value and benefits possible to all electric customers.

demand response / DER expert
Tom Ashley
Senior Director of Government Affairs & Public Policy
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