Agenda

 

Monday, 5/13

2-5 pm

Microgrid 2019 Pre-Conference Workshop

Market & Policy Workshop: Tariffs, Tax Incentives, RECs or Something Else? What’s the Way Forward for Microgrids? 

Sponsored by Microgrid Knowledge and Navigant

What incentives now support microgrids? What other options are — or should be — considered? What public benefits can microgrids offer in exchange for public funds? Should incentives be confined to specific customer groups that clearly serve the public, such as communities or hospitals?

The afternoon will include presentations, small group problem-solving sessions and participant polling. The goal is to produce guiding principles and next steps for microgrid adoption.

Agenda

Monday, May 13, 2-5 pm, Ballroom D

2-2:15 pm Welcome and Overview

Kevin Normandeau, Publisher, Microgrid Knowledge
Ken Horne, Director, Navigant and Workshop Moderator

2:15-2:30 pm  The Landscape

Peter Asmus, Navigant Research, Associate Director: Five Principles to Guide Microgrid Policy Support

Brian Levite, Regulatory Affairs Director at S&C Electric: Three Takeaways on Microgrids & Utilities in the 50 States

2:30-3:45 pm  Participants break into groups to workshop assignments

3:45-4:35 pm  Groups present results. Ideas evaluated in group polling

4:35–4:5 pm  Polling results announced

4:50-5 pm  Synthesis and closing

5-6 pm  Networking Reception

 

Tuesday, 5/14

6:30-7:30am

Microgrid Morning Yoga

Sunset Terrace (4th Floor off Pool Deck)

8-5 pm

Registration

Pacific Ballroom

8-8:30 am

Breakfast

Bayview Ballroom

8:30-1:15 pm

MAINSTAGE PANELS, DISCUSSIONS & DEBATES

8:30-9:15 am

Welcome & Kickoff

  • H.G. Chissell, Master of Ceremonies, CEO of Advanced Energy Group
  • Elisa Wood, Editor & Chief of Microgrid Knowledge

Pacific A-C

9:15-9:45 am

Keynote Address

David Hochschild, Chairman, California Energy Commission (invited)
Pacific A-C

9:45-10:45 am

The Microgrid Wow Factor: Why Customers Said “Yes” 

Microgrid developers describe some of their most successful projects and explain features that were particularly attractive to customers — the wow factor. From innovative contracting to unque engineering and design, what was the secret sauce that delivered what the customer wanted and more? Audience questions encouraged.

Moderator: David Chiesa, Senior Director – Global Business Development, Non-Wire Alternatives, S&C Electric

Panel:

  • Mike Bakas, Executive Vice President, Distributed Energy Systems, Ameresco
  • Jared Friedman, Director | Commercial and Industrial Sales & Sales Operations, REC Solar/Duke Energy
  • Gregg Morasca, Vice President, Strategic Customers, Schneider Electric N.A.

Pacific A-C

10:45-11:15 am

Networking Break with Exhibitors

Bayview Ballroom

11:15-12:15 pm

The Great Debate: What’s the Utility Role in Restructured States?

Thought leaders on both sides come together to explore what’s been a controversial issue before public utility commissions: What role should utilities play when it comes to microgrids in restructured states? Should they own and operate microgrids? How can competitive players and utilities engage in a fruitful relationship? And what can utilities do to drive innovation for microgrids and distributed energy?

Moderator: Elisa Wood, Editor-in-Chief Microgrid Knowledge

Panel:

Pacific A-C

12:15-1:15 pm

Choosing What to Champion: Which Energy Policies, Rules and Programs Open the Way for More Microgrids?

From instituting microgrid tariffs to valuing reliability to brokering a Green New Deal, change is afoot in how energy is governed. What do these policies mean to microgrids? Which should the industry endorse? What should it discourage?

Note: This session includes discussion of results from the pre-conference policy workshop being held Monday. (See agenda May 13.)

Moderator Ken Horne, Director for Smart Grid in the Emerging Technology and Business Strategy, Navigant

Panel:

        • Mike Gravely, Team Lead, Energy Technology Systems Integration,  California Energy Commission
        • Peter Klauer, Senior Advisor, Smart Grid Technology, California ISO 
        • Galen Nelson, Senior Director, Innovation and Industry SupportMassachusetts Clean Energy Center
        • Joseph Sullivan, Vice President Policy & Development, Concord Engineering, former Director Division of Economic Development, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities

Pacific A-C

1:15-2:15 pm

Networking Lunch

Bayview Ballroom

2:30-5 pm

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

2:30-3:30 pm

Utility Microgrids

Providing Public Benefits for Consumers, Business & Communities with Utility Microgrids

Moderator: Chris Evanich, Manager of Microgrid Business Development, S&C Electric

Presentations:

  • Utility Formula for Microgrid Success, Jason Handley, Director – Smart Grid Technology and Operations at Duke Energy
  • Microgrids as a Foundation for DERMS, Horizon Power, Australia, David Jeon, Technical Services Manager, PXiSE Energy Solutions, Sempra
  • Utility Microgrids: Collaboration, Not Competition, Allan Schurr, Chief Commercial Officer, Enchanted Rock

Pacific A-C

2:30-3:10 pm

Technology & Engineering

Building a Better Microgrid with Model-based System Engineering

Moderator: H.G. Chissell, CEO of Advanced Energy Group

How does model-based system engineering — in particular ultra-high-fidelity Hardware in the Loop (HIL) digital twins — significantly de-risk and accelerate projects, eliminate microgrid control integration and interoperability issues, and deliver improved functionality and resilience?

Join Typhoon HIL in a discussion with

  • Scott Baron, Sr. Systems Engineer, Raytheon (invited)
  • Ryan Smith, CTO, EPC Power
  • Andy Haun, CTO Microgrids, Schneider Electric
  • Scott Manson, Technology Director, SEL
  • Qiang Fu, Technology Manager, Eaton

Pacific D

3:30-4 pm

Networking Break

Bayview Ballroom

4-5 pm

Model Microgrids

Microgrids for the Greater Good

Presented by Elisa Wood, Editor-in-chief, Microgrid Knowledge

Moderated by Will Agate, Vice President for Microgrid Services, Ameresco

Awards & Project Presentations

  • Greater Good Award for a Grid-Connected Microgrid
  • Greater Good Award for a Remote Microgrid
  • Highest Recognition for a Microgrid Serving the Greater Good

Pacific A-C

4-5 pm

Technology & Engineering

Special Technical Considerations for Microgrid Design and Operation

Derisking: What are the necesssary evaluations and steps to determine the feasibility of a microgrid?

Moderated by David Jones, Manager, ICF Consulting

      • Syed Qaseem Ali, Team Leader T&D-DER Application eXpertise and Electrical Simulation (AXES) Division, Opal RT
      • Daniel Jones, Project Engineer, Power Engineers
      • Kati Sidwall, Simulation Specialist, RTDS Technologies

Pacific D

5-5:30 pm

Interactive Leadership Session

Harnessing Forces: Solving the Day’s Big Question to Shape the New Grid

Keying on discussions of the day, panelists and audience members will discuss ideas and propose next steps needed to overcome obstacles and drive microgrid adoption. Here’s a chance to ask questions and propose ideas.

Moderator, H.G. Chissell, CEO of Advanced Energy Group

      • Donal Gavagan, Director, Strategic Growth & Special Projects at Solar Turbines
      • Andrea RuotoloSenior Manager Smart & Distributed Energy Advisian (WorleyParsons Group)
      • Richard  Sander, CEO, Rhombus Energy Solutions

Pacific A-C

5:30-6:30 pm

Networking Reception

Bayview Ballroom and Terrace

 

Wednesday, 5/15

Microgrid Morning Yoga

Wellness Center (4th floor)

7:30-8:15 am

Breakfast

Bayview Ballroom

8 to 5 pm

Registration

Pacific Ballroom

8-1:30 pm

MAINSTAGE PANELS, DISCUSSIONS & DEBATES

Pacific A-C

8:15-8:45 am

Welcome and Overview

  • Kevin Normandeau, Microgrid Knowledge Publisher
  • H.G. Chissell, Master of Ceremonies, CEO of Advanced Energy Group

Pacific A-C

8:45-9:15 am

Sen. Edward Markey, The Green New Deal (invited)
Pacific A-C

9:15-10:15 am

Microgrid Financing: How to Make your Microgrid a Reality

Financiers and developers describe innovations in financing they’ve employed to bring a microgrid project to fruition. This educational panel offers practical advice for businesses, communities and institutions that want to install a microgrid but are unsure how to fund it. Successful financing deals will be featured. Audience questions encouraged.

Moderator: Karen Morgan, President and CEO of Dynamic Energy Networks

Panel

Pacific A-C

10:15-10:30 am

Networking Break with Exhibitors

Bayview Ballroom

10:30-11:30 am

Beyond Islanding: The Well-Connected Microgrid

Electric reliability is a key microgrid benefit. But increasingly advanced microgrids also offer value by leveraging their connection to the utility grid — selling energy, capacity and services back to the grid, arbitraging prices, managing renewable attributes and participating in demand response. An expert panel explains how businesses, institutions and communities can benefit from a well-connected grid.

Moderator: Jacqueline DeRosa, Vice President Battery Energy Storage Systems at Ameresco

Panel:

      • Sacha Fontaine, Siemens Digital Grid Marketing
      • Patrick Lee, President PXiSE Solutions, Sempra
      • Doug Sansom, Director, National Accounts and Wholesale Origination for NRG Curtailment Solutions, NRG Energy

Pacific A-C

11:30-12:30 pm

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Microgrid Models

Microgrids in Healthcare

Clark Wiedetz, Director of Microgrids and Renewable Integration, Siemens Digital Grid

Presentations:

  • Kaiser PermanenteSeth Baruch, National Director for Energy and Utilities
  • Berkshire Medical Center Microgrid, Massachusetts, Maggie Clout, Microgrid Business Development Manager, Siemens Digital Grid

Pacific A-C

11:30-12:30 pm

Microgrid Models

The Campus Microgrid

Moderator: Will Agate, Vice President for Microgrid Services, Ameresco

  • Northeastern University, Maria CimillucaVice President Facilities, Northeastern University
  • How Fuel Cells Support Resiliency, Efficiency and Sustainability of the University of California at San Diego Microgrid
  • Clark Crawford, Director of Business Development, FuelCell Energy
  • Mississippi State University: How Challenging the Status Quo with Mixed-Use Microgrids can Realign Institutional Thinking, Benjamin S Parvey II, CEO, Blue Sky Power

Pacific D

12:30-1:30 pm

Networking Lunch

Bayview Ballroom

1:30-5 pm

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

1:30-2:30 pm

Military Microgrids

The Reliability Mission: How and Why the Military is Prioritizing Distributed Energy Resources

Moderator: Roger Sorkin
Executive Director/Producer, American Resilience Project

Presentations:

  • Marine Corps Air Stations (MCAS) Miramar Microgrid Powering Mission-Critical Facilities, Andy Haun, Chief Technology Officer, Microgrids at Schneider Electric; Mick Wasco, Installation Energy Manager at MCAS
  • Creating a Replicable Microgrid Model for the Department of Defense, Nathan Justice, Electrical Engineering Services and Systems, Eaton
  • Bolstering National Security Through Energy Resilience, Lisa Laughner, CEO, Go Electric

Pacific A-C

1:30-2:30 pm

Microgrids in Transportation

Getting from Here to There: The New Role of Distributed Energy in Transportation

Moderator: Rick Bolton, CEO, Compass Energy Platform

Presentations:

  • A Model for Clean, Resilient Energy at the Nation’s Second-Busiest Port; Don Wingate, Vice President Utility & Microgrid Solutions, Schneider Electric; Christine Houston, Manager of Sustainable Practices, Port of Long Beach
  • Enabling Grid Resilience, Disaster Readiness and Clean EV Fleet Transportation using Smart Wide Area Microgrid Network: A California Mode, Vipul Gore, President and CEO, Gridscape Solutions
  • Martha’s Vineyard Nanogrid Assists with Transit Bus Fleet Electrification, Tom McCarran, Energy Consultant, VEIC

Pacific D

2:30-3 pm

Networking Break with Exhibitors

Bayview Ballroom

3-4 pm

Finance & Economics

Capturing and Quantifying the Full Worth of a Microgrid

Moderator: Julieta Giraldez, Senior Research Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Presentations:

  • Understanding the Economics of Microgrid Asset Choices, Kay Aikin, CEO, Introspective Systems
  • Toward Reducing Microgrid Development Costs and Making a Project Pencil – Practical Considerations, Michael Boswell, Vice President-Distributed Generation Projects, Concord Engineering
  • How to Develop a Business Case for Microgrids through the Smart City Solutions, Mehdi Ganji, Smart Cities Vice President, Willdan Energy Solutions

Pacific A-C

3-4 pm

Commercial & Industrial Microgrids

Microgrids for Business, Real Estate & Manufacturing

Moderator:

Presentations:

  • Brisbane Baylands – Pushing the Possibilities, Dave YanniChief Development Officer, GI Energy and Jonathan Scharfman, Senior Vice President, UPC
  • NextGenUrban, Tristan Jackson, Advisian (WorleyParsons Group) Director, Smart & Distributed Energy
  • Hawaii’s First 100% Renewable Industrial Microgrid, Chris Evanich, Manager of Microgrid Business Development, S&C Electric

Pacific D

4-5 pm

Community & Residential Microgrids

From Wildfires to Environmental Protection: How Microgrids Service Communities

Moderator: Peter Asmus, Associate Director, Utilities & Energy Companies, Navigant Research

Presentations:

  • Deploying Microgrids to Mitigate Wildfire Risk, Tim Hade, Scale Microgrid Solutions, COO
  • Clean Coalition’s Goleta Load Pocket Community Microgrid: Setting the Stage for the Most significant Community Microgrid in the US, Craig Lewis, Executive Director, Clean Coalition
  • Yes, Residential Microgrids are a Real Thing! A San Diego Case Study, John Westerman, Vice President-Technical Solutions, Dynamic Energy Networks

Pacific A-C

4-5 pm

Technology & Engineering

Advances in Microgrid Controls, Software & Energy Storage

Moderator: Mike Callahan, Applied Engineering Team Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Presentations:

  • Self-Aware Microgrid Controls, Scott Manson, Principal Engineer, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
  • Optimizing the University of California at San Diego Microgrid with a Long-Duration Energy Storage Asset, Hugh McDermott, Senior Vice President, Sales and Business Development, ESS
  • A Battery as a Cog in the Wheel, Portuguese Island, Graciosa, Bryan Urban, Executive Vice President, Leclanche

Pacific D

5-5:30 pm

Grand Finale

Harnessing Forces: Solving the Day’s Big Question to Shape the New Grid

Interactive Leadership Session

Keying on discussions of the day, panelists and audience members will discuss takeaways and questions from the event. Here’s a chance to ask questions and propose ideas.

Moderator: H.G. Chissell, CEO of Advanced Energy Group

Panel:

      • Peter Asmus, Associate Director, Utilities & Energy Companies, Navigant
      • Mark Feasel, Vice President, Electric Utility Segment & Smart Grid, Schneider Electric
      • Matt Roberts, Managing Director of Prospect Hill, former Executive Director, Energy Storage Association
      • Elisa Wood, Editor-in-Chief, Microgrid Knowledge

Pacific A-C

 

Thursday, 5/16

8am-noon

Tour 1: Microgrid at the University of California, San Diego

7:30 am-noon

Tour 2: Microgrid at the Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar (For Homeland Security reasons US Citizenship required for this tour)

This Agenda is Subject to Change

A Look Inside the Evolving Microgrid Industry

 

microgrid 2019 agenda

Featuring the industry’s top thinkers, innovators and change-makers, Microgrid 2019: Shaping the New Electric Grid will explore microgrids, nanogrids, non-wires alternatives, community aggregations, and other forms of distributed energy remaking the power industry.

Designed by the editors of Microgrid Knowledge, the two-day event will bring out the latest news and trends in market development, technology, business models, financing and policy.

microgrid 2019 agenda

Join us for pre-conference workshop, May 13: Tariffs, Tax Incentives, RECs or Something Else? What’s the Way Forward for Microgrids?”

On May 14, gain a rare look at the evolving industry through lively keynote talks, engaging panel discussions, and in-depth case studies and presentations.

Take note if you are an energy customer exploring these new technologies for your operation. Special sessions will be held May 15 for commercial and industrial operations, utilities, hospitals, colleges and universities, real estate developments, institutions, and government and military.

A third, bonus day — May 16 — will offer tours of some of the world’s most advanced microgrids, all located in the San Diego area.

If you’re a project developer or customer seeking financing for your microgrid project, consider participating in Microgrid Financing Connection II.

For conference updates, please sign up for the free Microgrid Knowledge Newsletter.

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