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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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8:00 am - 4:45 pm SEIA Solar+ Manufacturing Summit

The Solar+ Manufacturing Summit will bring together leaders in manufacturing to discuss pathways and policies for building a strong domestic supply chain for solar and other clean energy technologies. Learn More

8:00 am - 12:00 pm PV 203: PV Sales and Finance Workshop

This four-hour course uses a combination of presentations and online resources to demonstrate a cost/benefit analysis of a PV system. Learn More

8:00 am - 4:45 pm PV 230: PV Battery Based PV System Design Workshop

This four-hour course uses a combination of presentations, exercises, and classroom discussions to cover battery-based PV system components, from modules and array configurations to batteries, charge controllers, and inverters. Learn More

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm SEIA Manufacturing Summit Networking Reception

Thursday, November 14, 2019

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8:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration Open
8:45 am - 10:00 am

Solar and Energy Storage Midwest Opening Session

8:45 am - 8:50 am | Welcome and Introductions

Speakers: 

Julia Hamm, Chief Executive Officer and President, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

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


8:50 am - 9:10 am | Keynote by Illinois Legislators and Solar Champions


9:10 am - 10:00 am | On the Horizon: Grid Modernization

Moderator: 

Julia Hamm, Chief Executive Officer and President, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

Speakers: 

Bradley Klein, Senior Attorney, Environmental Law & Policy Center

Curt Volkmann, President, New Energy Advisors, LLC

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Midwest utility commissions are increasingly considering new opportunities to "modernize" the grid through investment in a variety of technologies that will enable greater adoption of distributed energy resources that can provide new grid services and potentially defer traditional utility investments. This panel will provide a range of perspectives on Midwest grid modernization opportunities and challenges, including a close examination of integrated distribution planning (IDP) and hosting capacity analysis in Midwest state dockets.
10:00 am - 10:30 am Speed Networking in Exhibit Hall
10:00 am - 5:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
10:30 am - 11:20 am

The Evolution of Consumer Protection in Illinois- Who Needs Protection? And From Whom?

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Trends in Financing Renewables

Speakers: 

Josh Cornfield, Vice President, Marathon Capital

Dan Siegel, Director of Business Development, Renewable Energy Investments, U.S. Bank

Anneli Alers, Vice President, Structured Finance, Invenergy LLC

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Consumer protection issues have grown more and more important in solar over the last several years, and there's no indication that the trend is reversing. The panel will explore the latest in model consumer protection standards, disclosure statements, and areas in need of improvement in developing regulations that serve customers and expand solar access. This session will provide an in depth look at leading perspectives on financing trends, structures, deal terms, current market conditions, and a forecast on where the renewables industry is heading in the Midwest.
11:25 am - 12:15 pm

Corporate Procurement of Renewables in the Midwest

Moderator: 

Chris Mathey, Senior Director, Policy and Market Innovation, Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance

Speakers: 

Daniel King, Team Lead - Product Strategy & Development, Xcel Energy

Ben Serrurier, Senior Manager, Origination, Level10 Energy

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Interconnecting Renewables in the Midwest

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Corporate procurement of renewables is poised for significant growth in the Midwest. This session will cover a forecast of C&I needs, green tariffs and highlight high profile companies that are purchasing solar, wind, and other renewables. This session will discuss how to appropriately address common interconnection challenges for renewables in the Midwest. Wholesale market, utility, and industry experts will share their perspectives on the adoption of the updated IEEE interconnection standards, challenges with interconnecting hybrid systems, and high voltage transmission needs in the Midwest.
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Networking Lunch |Red Lacquer Room
1:15 pm - 1:35 pm

QuickTalk: Ohio Market Update 

Speakers:

J. Caleb Bell, Partner, Bricker & Eckler

Dylan Borchers, Associate, Bricker & Eckler

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State of Wind Development in the Midwest

Moderator: 

Beth Soholt, Executive Director, Clean Grid Alliance

Speaker: 

Shanelle Evens Montana, Project Development Manager, EDF Renewables

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Ohio has been in the news recently for nuclear and coal bailouts, as well as the gutting of its renewable energy and energy efficiency standards. However, Ohio has also seen over 1 GW of new utility scale solar projects before the state permitting board. In addition, Ohio is a nationwide leader for the use of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), which is increasingly being used for onsite solar. This presentation will provide an Ohio regulatory update, an overview of its siting process, and the use of PACE to advance solar projects. This session will give the latest facts, figures and trends in wind development in the Midwest. Hear from experts working in the region about state markets and policy driving development, utility plans and goals for wind and carbon reduction, and the demand by Commercial and Industrial (C&I) customers for wind projects. What factors have made wind development in the regional so successful? For anyone developing wind projects in the Midwest or looking at getting in the game, this session is a must!
1:40 pm - 2:00 pm

QuickTalk: Case Study - Distribution Planning for EVs

Speaker: 

Don Peterson, Vice President, Energy Technology, Madison Gas & Electric Company

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Optimized charging of electric vehicles is necessary to mitigate distribution system impacts and prevent additional costs to the customer. This session will discuss the state of the managed charging industry and the impact of electric vehicles on grid flexibility.
2:05 pm - 2:25 pm QuickTalk: Engineering Considerations for a Carbon Free Future

QuickTalk: Planning and Building a Transmission Grid for the Future that Enables Wind Power 

Speaker:

Sean Brady, Regional Policy Manager and Senior Counsel, Clean Grid Alliance

2:30 pm - 3:20 pm

The State of DERs in the Midwest 

Speakers: 

Brian Cuffle, Supervisor Distribution Design, Ameren

Madeleine Klein, Managing Director, Policy and Market Strategy, Engie North America

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Breakout Session
Distributed energy resources like solar can benefit consumers and grid operators alike. This session will explore perspectives on the technical capabilities of DERs to provide grid value, the policy framework to ensure that customers are compensated fairly for that value, and implementation that ensures a smooth transition and minimal market disruption.
3:20 pm - 3:50 pm Networking Break & Exhibits
3:50 pm - 4:40 pm

Clean Energy Accessibility for All 

Moderator: 

John Delurey, Midwest Director, Vote Solar

Overcoming Barriers in the Midwest Storage Market

Moderator: 

Richard Farinas, Manager, Research, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

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States across the country are embracing energy storage due to the falling costs of lithium-ion batteries and its role as a valuable grid asset but the Midwest storage market is just starting to gain its footing. In 2018, the Midwest region interconnected just over 6% of all energy storage deployed in the U.S. States such as Iowa and Minnesota are investing in studies to quantify the value of adding storage to the grid but still face obstacles in reaching broad implementation. This session will cover the technical, policy and regulatory barriers of scaling storage in the Midwest. An abundance of wind generation in the midwest is causing utilities to look to solar to meet their capacity needs. Diversifying the generation mix and co-locating complementary technologies like wind and solar (and storage) can make projects economical and mitigate the limitations of intermittency. Hear from a panel of leading developers, analysts, and utility representatives as they discuss what’s needed to meet peak demand.
4:45 pm - 5:30 pm

How Effective Messaging Can Win Over Audiences

Moderator: 

Colin Silver, Director, Digital & Internal Communications, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Speakers: 

Scarlett Chepke, Digital Media & PR Coordinator, Swinerton Renewable Energy

Liz Dalton, Executive Director, Clean Energy Leadership Institute

Dave Lundy, President, Aileron Communications

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Learn from a diverse set of professional communicators and campaigners on how to best communicate the value of renewables in the Midwest. We’ll dive into the latest public opinion polling to show you what works and what doesn’t, and help attendees learn better ways to tell their story, attract customers, and leverage the industry’s overwhelming popularity to develop a more active and engaged public network of supporters.
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Exhibit Hall Happy Hour
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Networking Reception (ticket included with Conference Registration only)

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Time Session Information  
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Registration Open
8:30 am - 12:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
8:45 am - 9:35 am

Bringing Clean Energy to the Prairie State 

Moderator: 

Nakhia Morrissette, Regulatory Counsel & Midwest Director, State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Speakers: 

Amy Heart, Director, Public Policy, Sunrun

Nicole Luckey, Director, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Invenergy LLC

Scott Vogt, Vice President, Energy Acquisition, ComEd

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  2019 has seen explosive growth in the movement towards 100% clean and/or renewable energy in the United States and the state of Illinois is attempting to up the ante. This session will provide an overview of recent developments in Illinois, including legislation, interconnection fixes, storage ownership, the framework for a capacity market in the state, high voltage transmission enhancements, and how to maintain Illinois leadership as low-income solar leader.
9:40 am - 10:30 am

Modernizing IRP Planning - Efficiency and Resource Planning  

Moderator: 

Margrethe Kearney, Senior Staff Attorney, Environmental Law & Policy Center

Speakers: 

Kevin Borgia, Midwest Policy Director, Cypress Creek Renewables

Kevin Lucas, Director, Rate Design, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

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How to Expand Community Solar in the Midwest

Moderator: 

Gabe Chan, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota

Speakers: 

Jonathan Roberts, Vice President of Development, Midwest, Soltage

Sarah Wochos, Director, Policy and Business Development, Midwest, Borrego Solar Systems

  Due to rapidly declining wind and solar costs, renewables are increasingly becoming the cheapest long-term option for energy supply across the country. How are utilities changing their resource planning to account for these trends? Can the tools and models they have used in the past work for the future? What do regulators need to know to oversee a more renewables-heavy power system? What are the opportunities and challenges for renewable energy developers as wind and solar become the primary sources of new power? In this session, we'll discuss the changing economics of energy, and what the changing resource landscape means for utilities, regulators, and developers.
10:30 am - 11:10 am Networking Break & Exhibits
11:10 am - 12:00 pm

Land Use, Permitting, Siting, and Agriculture in the Midwest 

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Regulatory Reform in the Midwest

Moderator: 

Natalia Mathura, Principal, Utility Business Model, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

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  Development of solar projects is often met with land use issues and opposition to development. Hear a panel of innovative experts discussing what mitigation techniques have worked well for them. This session will detail trends in siting, permitting, and land use; discuss the Powering Renewable Energy in the Midwest (PREM) initiative: and map out innovative civil engineering and vegetation strategies that will generate support for solar projects regardless of people's feelings about clean energy. In a fast-changing energy environment, regulation needs to enable innovation that meets customer needs and expectations while continuing to ensure clean, affordable, safe and reliable electric service. This session will explore what's worked, what hasn't and themes across regulatory innovation in the Midwest.