Schedule

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Time Event Location
8:00 am - 5:30 pm Registration Open Brooklyn Bridge Marriott
8:00 am - 6:00 pm Exhibits Open Grand Ballroom E
9:00 am - 10:00 am Welcome & Opening Address Grand Ballroom F-I
10:00 am - 11:00 am Speed Networking Break Grand Ballroom E
11:00 am - 12:00 pm The Evolution of Rate Design: Understanding What “VDER” Means for Your Business Grand Ballroom F-I
New York State's Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) Commission proceeding seeks to revamp how distributed energy resources are compensated by bringing time, location and grid needs into the calculation. This session will assess what the VDER tariff will look like, whether this model can be replicated elsewhere, and what moving beyond net metering means for solar businesses in New York.
MODERATOR:
Kevin Lucas, Director of Rate Design, Solar Energy Industries Association
SPEAKER:
Sean Garren, Northeast Director, Vote Solar
Steve Wemple, General Manager, Utility of the Future, Consolidated Edison
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Networking Lunch & Exhibits Grand Ballroom E
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm The Emerging Energy Storage Opportunity Grand Ballroom F-I
Although New York has been a leader in solar deployment and utility business model reform, its energy storage market has barely left the ground. This session will discuss the business opportunities and challenges for energy storage in New York, and the emerging role that storage can play in reducing investments in utility infrastructure while integrating renewable energy and increasing grid reliability.
MODERATOR:
Nick Esch, Senior Associate of Research, Smart Electric Power Alliance
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm The Solar Industry’s Role in Transforming New York's Clean Energy Standard into Reality Grand Ballroom F-I
New York's Ambitious Clean Energy Standard requires that 50 percent of New York's electricity come from renewable energy sources by 2030. This session will discuss the opportunities and challenges the solar industry will face in making this ambitious goal a reality.
MODERATOR:
Dave Gahl, Director of State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association
SPEAKER:
Anne Reynolds, Executive Director, Alliance for Clean Energy New York
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Networking Break & Exhibits Grand Ballroom E
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm What DPS’s New DER Oversight Means for Your Solar Business Grand Ballroom F-I
As New York REV tackles rate design, market structures, and other key issues, one overlooked component of REV’s docket is consumer protection. A DPS Staff White Paper proposed new rules on company registration, contract terms, marketing, and commission oversight over solar companies. This session will highlight the policy issues driving REV’s consumer protection component, what’s in the Staff proposal and how it will affect your company, industry efforts on consumer protection, and how New York and industry can work together to address consumer protection concerns. This panel is vital for all solar companies working with residential consumers.
MODERATOR:
Tom Kimbis, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Solar Energy Industries Association
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Accelerating Interconnection & Slashing Soft Costs Grand Ballroom F-I
The ongoing struggle to reduce unnecessary (and costly) red tape and arbitrary barriers to interconnection has made remarkable progress in New York. This session will offer a deep dive into the Public Service Commission’s work to improve interconnection processes and reduce soft costs to enable more efficient and profitable solar development in New York.
MODERATOR:
Ryan Edge, Manager of Programs, Smart Electric Power Alliance
SPEAKER:
Houtan Moaveni, Assistant Director of NY-Sun, New York State DG Interconnection Ombudsman, NYSERDA
Andre Wellington, Manager, Distributed Generation, Consolidated Edison
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Networking Happy Hour & Exhibits Grand Ballroom E

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Time Event Location
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Registration & Exhibit Opens Brooklyn Bridge Marriott
8:00 am - 9:00 am Networking Breakfast & Exhibits Grand Ballroom E
9:00 am - 10:00 am Case Study: The NYC Roadmap to Resilience Grand Ballroom F-I
Solar, paired with technologies such as batteries and distributed energy management systems can provide more flexible energy on a localized level to meet critical power needs during natural disasters and similar emergencies that can have long term impacts on the electric grid. These systems can also provide ongoing benefits such as utility bill savings and grid support services. As viewed through the NYC Resilient Solar case study, this session will investigate the application of solar, storage and microgrid deployments as a strategy to enhance preparedness of residents and businesses to future extreme weather and climate variability.
MODERATOR:
Tanuj Deora, Executive Vice President & Chief Content Officer, Smart Electric Power Alliance
10:00 am - 10:30 am Networking Breaks & Exhibits Grand Ballroom E
10:30 am - 11:30 am Best Practices for Developing and Financing Solar Projects Grand Ballroom F-I
This session will provide an overview of development and finance best practices for originating solar projects given the unique challenges of the New York market.
MODERATOR:
Mike Mendelsohn, Senior Director of Project Finance and Capital Markets, Solar Energy Industries Association
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Unlocking Corporate Procurement of Renewables Grand Ballroom F-I
Potential for corporate procurement to meet New York clean energy goals exists but is unrealized. What structural changes can jump start this market? What procurement mechanisms are needed to better engage these customers? What changes may be needed to Clean Energy Standard, VDER, or other policies to improve the value prop for these customers?
12:30 pm Conference Concludes Brooklyn Bridge Marriott

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