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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Time Session Information  
8:30 am - 5:00 pm SEIA Codes & Standards Symposium More info

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Time Session Information  
8:00 am - 8:45 am Networking Breakfast | Grand Ballroom 11 (open to Full Conference attendees only)  
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration Open  
8:45 am - 10:30 am Opening General Session featuring David Hochschild, Chair of the California Energy Commission and panel discussion on What PG&E's Bankruptcy & Wildfires Mean for California's Energy Transition | Grand Ballroom 12-13 (open to all attendees) More Info
  • Welcome & Introductions i  i

Sean Gallagher, Vice President, State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Chris Schroeder, Vice President, Advisory Services, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

  • The State of California's Energy Future

Keynote Speaker:
Commissioner David Hochschild, Chair, California Energy Commission

  • What PG&E's Bankruptcy & Wildfires Mean for California's Energy Transition

What can California do to prevent a recurrence of the deadly wildfires that pushed California’s largest utility to bankruptcy? What are the potential financial, accounting, and legal implications of PG&E’s Chapter 11 filing on power suppliers, renewable energy contracts, and other creditors? With one of the largest bankruptcies in U.S. history in progress, this session will review the latest on the PG&E bankruptcy and discuss how California must tackle mounting wildfire risk amid its ambitious renewable energy transition.

Sammy Roth, Reporter, Los Angeles Times

James BergerPartner, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
Melicia Charles, Director, Public Policy, California Regulatory, Sunrun
Rick Umoff , Regulatory Counsel and California Director, State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Joseph Wiedman, Director, Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, Peninsula Clean Energy Authority

10:00 am - 5:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open  
11:00 am - 11:55 am Assessing the Market Opportunity for PV on New Homes | Grand Ballroom 12-13 More Info
California’s 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards require that nearly all new low-rise residential buildings incorporate PV beginning January 1, 2020. This session will provide an overview of the requirements of the new codes, evaluate the options and flexibility builders have for compliance, and assess the market opportunity for how solar will be deployed and financed.

Evelyn Butler, Senior Director, Codes and Standards, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Megan Cordes
, CBIA Lead Technical Consultant, ConSol
Helmut Gehle, Senior Director, New Homes, Sunrun
Gary Liardon, President, Consumer Division, Petersen-Dean
Danny Tam, Mechanical Engineer, California Energy Commission

12:00 pm - 12:55 pm Optimizing Distributed Energy Resources on California’s Grid of the Future | Grand Ballroom 12-13 More Info
As higher penetrations of solar generation and energy storage ramp-up in California’s power grid new opportunities will emerge. This session will identify and investigate what monitoring, control, coordination, and aggregation technologies offer the industry on a grid that is becoming increasingly decentralized.

Medha Surampudy, Senior Associate, Research, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

Damon Franz
, Senior Policy Advisor, Tesla
Michael Norbeck, Senior Manager, Grid Services, Sunrun
Manal Yamout, Senior Vice President, Policy and Markets, Advanced Microgrid Solutions

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Exhibit Hall Education More Info
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Networking Lunch | Grand Ballroom 11 (open to Full Conference attendees only)  
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Maximizing Deployment of Large-Scale Storage | Grand Ballroom 12-13 More Info
Energy storage now competes head-to-head with natural gas power plants for flexible capacity applications on the grid, a sea change for utilities, with implications for grid operations, resource planning, and regulation. This session will delve into the values of large-scale energy storage with an overview of operational use cases, policy considerations, and procurement best practices.

Nick Esch, Manager, Research, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

Craig Horne
, Senior Director, Energy Storage, Swinerton Renewable Energy
Vibhu Kaushik, Director, Grid Technology & Modernization, Southern California Edison
Miriam N. Makyhoun, CEO, EQ Research

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm The State of DG Solar Plus Storage | Grand Ballroom 12-13 More Info
With residential and commercial solar and storage companies increasingly viewing themselves as grid service providers, the solar industry is talking about battery storage almost as much as solar these days. This session will examine the business case for pairing solar with storage behind-the-meter and evaluate how the extension of the Self Generation Incentive Program in California and evolution of rate design are impacting the future of solar, storage, and solar plus storage in California.

Barry Cinnamon, Chief Executive Officer, Spice Solar

Tom Beach, Principal Consultant, Crossborder Energy
Bernadette Del Chiaro, Executive Director, California Solar & Storage Association
Allie Detrio, Manager, Policy & Strategy, ENGIE North America

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Networking Reception
sponsored by 

Friday, April 26, 2019

Time Session Information  
8:00 am - 9:00 am Networking Breakfast | Grand Ballroom 11 (open to Full Conference attendees only)  
8:00 am - 2:00 pm Registration Open  
9:00 am - 10:00 am Planning for the Future: Reaching for California’s Climate Goals | Grand Ballroom 12-13 More Info
California has always been place for pioneers, especially when it comes to energy policy in the United State. So how will solar, which provides nearly 16 percent of California’s electricity today, accelerate the realization of the state’s goal of 100% carbon-free electricity by 2045? This session will evaluate the technical and market efforts necessary, including utility Integrated Resource Planning (IRP), regionalization, and accelerated procurement, to spur new construction of the utility-scale solar generation necessary for California to reach its climate and energy goals.

Herman Trabish, Contributing Editor, Utility Dive

Mark Rothleder, Executive Director Market Analysis and Development, CAISO
Virinder Singh, Director, Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, EDF Renewables
Gary Stern, Managing Director, State Regulatory Operations, Southern California Edison
Mike Toomey, Director, Recurrent Energy

10:00 am - 2:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open  
10:15 am - 11:15 am Crowdsourcing Energy: Community Choice Aggregation Opportunities | Grand Ballroom 12-13 More Info
With community choice aggregators (CCAs) now providing electric generation service to millions of Californians, CCAs are leading the charge to deliver ever higher quantities of renewable energy. This session will evaluate the role that CCAs can play in the market for utility-scale and DG solar. What opportunities does this new framework provide solar companies to partner with CCAs? How will this affect CA's ability to get to 100%? What impact will this have on NEM and other foundational solar policies?

Beth Vaughan, Executive Director, California Community Choice Association

Rachel Bird, Director, Policy and Business Development, West, Borrego Solar Systems
Nick Chaset, Chief Executive Officer, East Bay Community Energy
Cody Hooven, Director and Chief Sustainability Officer, City of San Diego
Julia Zuckerman, Senior Manager, External Affairs, Clearway Energy Group

10:15 am - 1:45 pm Exhibit Hall Education More Info
11:45 am - 12:45 pm Electric Vehicles: Infrastructure Demands and Opportunities | Grand Ballroom 12-13 More Info
The newest generation of electric vehicles has arrived with big promises to change the way we travel. In reality, this type of change doesn’t happen overnight and neither does the deployment of the infrastructure needed to facilitate greater electrification. But, slowly but surely, change is happening, utilities, states, cities, and a host of private companies are investing in charging infrastructure. This session will identify critical components of this emerging industry, and investigate potential business opportunities for the renewable energy community attending the California Expo.

James Tong, Director, Chanje Energy, Inc.

Catharine Brookes
, Program Manager, EVgo
Jim Lazar
, Senior Advisor, Regulatory Assistance Project
Renee Samson, Director, Utility Solutions, ChargePoint
Jordan Smith, Senior Engineering Manager, Southern California Edison