Schedule

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

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8:00 am - 5:00 pm SEIA Codes & Standards Symposium Learn More

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Time Session Information  
10:00 am - 6:00 pm Registration OpenGrand Ballroom Foyer  
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Exhibit Hall OpenGrand Ballroom 5-9  
12:30 pm - 5:15 pm Technical Training in Exhibit Hall  
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Opening General Session Grand Ballroom 12-13  
2:05 pm - 3:00 pm

Meeting California's Reliability Needs with Clean Energy | Grand Ballroom 12-13

Moderator: 

Herman Trabish, Contributing Editor, Utility Dive

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  The CPUC recently order 3 GW of new resources to be procured by California load serving entities to meet the state's near term capacity shortfall. At the same time, the state is moving off gas as it decarbonizes its grid. This session will consider the challenges associated with a transition to clean capacity resources such as solar and storage, and how best to value these resources to enable CA to move off gas for its reliability needs.
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Networking Break | Grand Ballroom 5-9  
3:30 pm - 4:25 pm

Microgrids for Resilience | Grand Ballroom 12-13

Speaker: 

Lee Krevat, Chief Strategy Officer, Connect California

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  The 2019 Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) in California to prevent wildfires have pushed utilities, regulators, and politicians into action. What are the sustainable alternative solutions and their respective tradeoffs to address wildfire risk, and climate adaptation? What role will microgrids play in adding resilience to the backcountry, especially critical facility community microgrid solutions? How should the NEM rules, interconnection process, stakeholder engagement process, Utility-third party partnerships, community microgrids, etc. evolve to meet this challenge, and move microgrids beyond the current “pilot” phase?
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

QuickTalk: Keeping Up with Washington | Grand Ballroom 12-13

Speakers:

George Hershman, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Swinerton Renewable Energy

John Smirnow, General Counsel & Vice President of Market Strategy, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

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  Policy uncertainty and potential risk play a frequent and challenging role in the financing and deployment of renewable energy projects. Join our panelists as they discuss how to navigate the latest developments with import tariffs and the Investment Tax Credit and how federal policy impacts the financing and deployment of renewables.
5:05 pm - 6:00 pm

Integrating Storage on California's Distribution System - Opportunities and Barriers | Grand Ballroom 12-13

Moderator: 

Gizelle Wray, Manager, Regulatory Affairs & Counsel, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

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  California has unique regulatory challenges as distributed and bulk power storage enters the state’s energy market. Regulators and developers are actively working to shape the tariffing and appropriate policy framework when addressing unprecedented levels of storage. The speakers will discuss these challenges and how California can develop workable solutions to proliferate solar+storage that is economical and fair.
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Offsite Networking Reception Barleymash

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Friday, May 15, 2020

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8:00 am - 4:00 pm Registration Open | Grand Ballroom Foyer
8:00 pm - 9:00 am Full Conference Networking Breakfast | Grand Ballroom 11
9:00 am - 9:55 am Whose Balance Sheet Will Support California’s Future Power Needs? | Grand Ballroom 12-13 

Moderator: 

Rick Umoff, Regulatory Counsel & California Director, State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Speaker:

Sondra Martinez, Senior Director, Nord LB
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California needs 10,000 MWs of new renewable generation and 5,000 MW of storage by 2030 to meet its RPS mandate and keep the lights on – more if transportation and building electrification take off. How can we work together to blaze a trail to inject institutional money into deals and solve for bankability of unrated CCAs and the vulnerability of IOUs due to wildfires? Hear panelists from the off-taker, project finance, rating, and development sectors discuss the challenge of making financing of California’s energy goals happen.
10:00 am - 2:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open Grand Ballroom 5-9
10:00 am - 3:00 pm Technical Training in the Exhibit Hall | Grand Ballroom 
10:00 am - 10:55 am Maximizing the Sustainability Benefits of Transportation Electrification Grand Ballroom 12-13

Moderator:

Erika Myers, Principal, Transportation Electrification, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

Speaker:

Brittany Syz, Director, Clean Transportation, San Diego Gas & Electric

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Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) have zero tailpipe emissions, but what is the total well-to-wheel impact of these vehicles? The sustainability of transport rests on a clean power generation source, and the time of charge, how are utilities, auto OEMs, fleet owners and others building a sustainable EV charging infrastructure, and incenting the right charging behavior? What additional local policies and subsidies are still needed for this market to scale? Lithium-ion has dominated the market but is there room for hydrogen and other alternative fuels to play in this market? How is the EV ecosphere planning to address the challenges associated with battery recycling?
10:55 am - 11:25 am Networking Break | Grand Ballroom 5-9
11:25 am - 12:15 pm Death and Taxes: Will the Roll Back of Prop 13 Be the Death Knell for Solar Development in California? | Grand Ballroom 12-13

Speakers:

Peter Kanter, Counsel, Reed Smith LLP

Daniel Nelson, Vice President, Tax, 8minute Solar Energy

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This session will look at the proposed “split-role initiative” and its impact on solar should it pass. The split-roll initiative is a ballot amendment to roll back Proposition 13 for commercial property in California. If it passes, solar projects may be subject to new tax assessment that would have a huge impact on project economics. The session will provide an overview of the initiative and the background on Prop 13, as well as a discussion of potential impact and options for the industry.
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Networking Lunch | Grand Ballroom 11
1:15 pm - 2:05 pm The Influence of Rate Design and Net Energy Metering on Solar Adoption: What’s in Store for California? | Grand Ballroom 12-13

Speaker:

Andrew Christensen, Director, Markets and Regulatory Affairs, Vivint Solar

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Rate design (energy rates, demand charges, time-of-use (TOU) periods) and net energy metering (NEM) rules are important determinants for customer adoption of on-site solar. Recent TOU period changes have reduced the value of solar energy during peak production periods and later this year, the CPUC will be revisiting the current NEM tariff, possibly resulting in a lowering of the credit that new solar customers will receive for their energy exports. At the same time, the increasing availability of battery storage systems will offer customers a tool with which to manage these rate changes while also providing critical resiliency benefits in the face of wildfire-related power shutoffs. This panel will explore the impact of rate design changes may have on future solar adoption and the role that energy storage can play in mitigating the adverse impact on solar economics.
2:10 pm - 3:00 pm Looking Beyond California’s Solar Home Mandate | Grand Ballroom 12-13

Moderator:

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

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California’s historic solar mandate went into effect in 2020 and it is already reshaping the way the solar providers and builders do business. This session will look at implementation of the mandate and the impact it has had on the industry so far. And, it will look ahead to the next code cycle and the opportunities on the horizon for commercial and multifamily buildings, storage, and electrification.
3:05 pm - 4:00 pm Community Choice Aggregators and Local, Renewable Energy Development: Is it Happening? | Grand Ballroom 12-13
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Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) have been forming across California with several more still in the planning stages. One of the guiding principles of these formations has been to foster local, renewable energy development. This panel will discuss the approaches that CCAs are taking to promote local solar development as well as identify some of the challenges that they face.