|Thursday, June 13
|8:00 am - 9:00 am||
LEADERSHIP COUNCIL AND UTILITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE BREAKFAST - INVITATION ONLY
|8:00 am - 9:00 am||
BREAKFAST AND NETWORKING
|9:00 am - 9:05 am||
|9:05 am - 10:00 am||
MORNING KEYNOTE – FIRESIDE CHAT: GETTING TO 100% CLEAN
There's a recent trend of governors announcing aspirations to get to 100% clean energy, with New York recently setting the ambitious goal of 100% by 2040. In this fireside chat, Michelle Patron will talk with Alicia Barton and discuss questions such as: How will New York get there? What are the biggest obstacles that need to be overcome? How will REV contribute to achieving the goal? What can other states learn about getting to 100%?
|10:10 am - 11:00 am||
BREAKOUT SESSION 1 – CHOOSE ONE
Beneficial Electrification and Electric Vehicles: A Look at the Impact on the Power Sector
Moderator: Lisa Frantzis, Senior Managing Director, AEE
"Beneficial electrification" is the new buzzword for the electric power system, but what does success look like? Electrifying transportation will be a critical component, and electric vehicle integration is one challenge to be discussed.
Business Models for Energy Storage and Distributed Energy Resources in Wholesale Markets
Moderator: Dylan Reed, Director, AEE
FERC has taken steps to open the wholesale markets to participation by energy storage resources and distributed energy resources located on the distribution grid or behind the meter. Advanced energy technology companies are working hard on business models to take advantage of this massive revenue opportunity, while states and distribution utilities are expressing concerns about impacts on their own jurisdiction, programs, and operations. Panelists will discuss these new business models and how jurisdictional and other concerns are being addressed.
Unlocking New Opportunities for Voluntary Renewable Buyers
Moderator: Caitlin Marquis, Director, AEE
Businesses have purchased over 15 GW of renewable energy over the past six years, yet projects are still concentrated among a handful of leading states and a limited universe of large corporations. What can we learn from the first 15 GW that will help to accelerate the expansion of this market into new states—like the Southeast—and to new buyers—like cities and universities?
|11:00 am - 11:30 am||COFFEE AND NETWORKING BREAK|
|11:30 am - 12:20 pm||
BREAKOUT SESSION 2 – CHOOSE ONE
Strong Winds Blow for Offshore Wind: Which Region Will Capture the Benefits?
Moderator: Ryan Katofsky, Managing Director, AEE
The US offshore wind industry is rapidly scaling, with leases shattering prior auction prices and major project announcements up and down the east coast. This session will explore the transformative potential of the offshore wind industry, the different approaches states are taking, current challenges hindering its growth, and what states can do to maximize job creation.
Role of Energy Efficiency on a Clean Energy Grid
Moderator: Harry Godfrey, Director, AEE
Is energy efficiency still the least cost next kilowatt-hour? With relatively flat load growth and a cleaner grid, what is the role of energy efficiency? This panel will explore the continued benefits of energy efficiency and what policies are needed to unlock its potential in states like Virginia.
Emerging Best Practices in Distribution and Generation Planning and Procurement
Moderator: Matthew Nelson, Chair of Massachusetts, Department of Public Utilities (invited)
Many states have recently begun to reconsider how they undertake both utility-scale generation and distribution-level resource planning as well as resource procurement, spurred on by rapid improvements and cost declines in advanced energy technologies. What are emerging best practices in integrated resource planning and distribution system planning? In utility-scale and distributed non-wires alternatives (NWA) procurements?
|12:30 pm - 1:30 pm||
LUNCH PLENARY PANEL: STATE LEADERSHIP FOR ADVANCED ENERGY NOW
Moderator: J.R. Tolbert, Managing Director, AEE
While gridlock in DC continues, states across the region are charting their own course to ensure a future that is powered by advanced energy. For some states this means participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, for others it is a focus on expanding clean energy deployment from its utilities as they transition away from fossil fuels. This session will examine the strategies that states are deploying to transition to a carbon-restrained economy that embraces the suite of solutions advanced energy provides.
|1:40 pm - 2:30 pm||
BREAKOUT SESSION 3 – CHOOSE ONE
Valuing Reliability, Resilience and "Fuel Security" – Imperative, Opportunity, or Threat?
Moderator: Joel Eisen, Professor of Law, University of Richmond
The resource mix on the bulk power grid is changing rapidly, with advanced energy technologies like wind, solar, energy storage and distributed energy resources challenging the market share of traditional power sources and requiring new ways of thinking about wholesale market design and bulk power system operating practices. Debates over the pace of this change, and its impacts, have added new concepts like “resilience” and “fuel security” to traditional debates over reliability. Regulators and grid operators are now asking - what does it mean to be “resilient” to threats like severe weather or physical attack? How do we assess whether a system is vulnerable to fuel supply threats? And how resilience considerations interact with clean energy goals? For the moment, the policy debate seems to have shifted from consideration of blunt out-of-market tools like use of emergency authorities to preserve legacy generation technologies to consideration whether "resilience" and "fuel security" attributes should be compensated in the market. Will clean and advanced energy technologies find market opportunity in providing resilience and fuel security-related services? Or will tools to value these attributes prove to be a threat to advanced energy growth?
Optimizing Rate Design for Electric Vehicles
Moderator: Matt Stanberry, Managing Director, AEE
Good rate design is key to ensuring that drivers see financial benefit from EV adoption and to enabling the grid benefits and ratepayer savings that EVs can provide. This session will explore rate design options that send the right price signals to customers and facilitate the growth of EVs.
Utility Business Model Innovation: Emerging Trends and Best Practices
Moderator: Anne Reynolds, Alliance for Clean Energy New York
We have seen continued conversation around the country about the suitability of the traditional cost-of-service regulatory model as the energy landscape changes and how the model may be able to evolve to a system that better reflects new market conditions, allows utilities to take advantage of the growing service economy, and rewards performance against established goals rather than inputs--with recent examples from NY to PA to RI to OH to IL to ME. What’s happening where and why? What best practices are emerging?
|2:40 pm - 3:25 pm||
AFTERNOON KEYNOTE: ENERGY POLICY FROM STATE HOUSE TO CONGRESS
Moderator: Robert Zullo, Editor-in-Chief, Virginia Mercury
Congressman Donald McEachin will join Advanced Energy Now to discuss the energy debates ongoing in the current Congress including the Green New Deal and the Green Real Deal. McEachin, a veteran of the Virginia General Assembly, will also share his perspective on the differences between setting energy policy at the state and federal levels, and discuss his vision for congressional action in this and future sessions of Congress.
|3:25 pm – 3:30 pm||
|3:30 pm - 4:30 pm||
Join us for a networking reception featuring VIP guests, local Virginia beer and wine, games and more!