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TUESDAY, NOV 13, 2018

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9:00 am - 12:00 pm A Deep Dive: How to Make the Illinois Adjustable Block Program Work for Your Business | Located in room 190A
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10:00 am - 11:30 am Solar 101 Workshop | Located in room 192AB
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12:30 pm - 5:30 pm SEIA Women’s Empowerment Summit | Located in room 190A
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5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Networking Reception at Motor Row Brewing Located at Motor Row Brewing
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WEDNESDAY, NOV 14, 2018

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8:30 am - 10:00 am Greenbuild Opening Plenary | Located in the Skyline Ballroom
Featuring: 
Amal Clooney, British human rights lawyer, Doughty Street Chambers and Visiting Professor, Columbia Law School
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9:30 am - 10:00 am Networking Break | 190A   Sponsored By:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open | Located in the West Building  
10:15 am - 10:25 am Welcome and Introductions Located in room 190A
Speakers:  
Julia Hamm, President and Chief Executive Officer, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
Abigail Ross Hopper, President and Chief Executive Officer, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
 
10:25 am - 10:50 am A Fireside Chat: The State of Solar in the Midwest Located in room 190A
Speakers: 
Abigail Ross Hopper, President and Chief Executive Officer, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Howard Learner, President and Executive Director, Environmental Law and Policy Center, ELPC
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Join SEIA's President and Chief Executive Officer, Abigail Ross Hopper, and ELPC’s President and Executive Director, Howard Learner, as they discuss key trends facing the solar industry in the Midwest. In this session, you will gain insight into the state of distributed and utility-scale solar since the passage of critical energy legislation in Illinois and Michigan, how recent electoral outcomes factor into regional opportunities and challenges to solar, and how effective strategic partnerships can make solar a more dominant player in the Midwest energy landscape.

10:50 am - 11:45 am The Role of the Utility in Grid Modernization | Located in room 190A
Moderator: 
Julia Hamm, President and Chief Executive Officer, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
Speakers:
Shay Bahramirad, Vice President, Engineering and Smart Grid, Commonwealth Edison Company
Phil Dion, Vice President, Technology Business Solutions, American Electric Power
Camilo Serna, Vice President, Corporate Strategy, DTE Energy
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Join the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Smart Electric Power Alliance, Julia Hamm, for a roundtable discussion with utility executives from across the Midwest about the future of electric utilities. States across the country, including the Midwest, are reforming utility regulation to be responsive to new consumer expectations, the advent of distributed energy resources (DERs), and a growing need for grid resilience. How do they intend to incorporate more solar onto the grid? What is the operational role for data and clean, distributed technologies? How do they intend to navigate new regulatory constructs currently in flux? With growing interest at home and abroad for performance-based regulation, how utilities deliver their services in the face of many changing parameters will have significant impact on how they can respond to these questions. Hear from these executives first hand and bring your own questions for this interactive session.

11:45 am - 1:30 pm Networking Lunch | Located in room 190AB
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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Fronius Sponsored Workshop: Adaptive System Design for your Business (Must RSVP) | Located in room 190A

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12:00 pm - 1:30 pm ISEA Contractor Networking Luncheon | Located in room 192C  
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Opportunities and Challenges for Distributed Generation in the Midwest Located in room 190A
Moderator: 
Shawn Rumery, Director, Research, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Speakers: 
Tyler Anderson, President, Simpleray
Amy Heart, Director, Public Policy, Sunrun
Michael Strong, Member, Funkhouser Vegosen Liebman & Dunn, Ltd
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With Michigan replacing retail net metering, Xcel Energy testing time-of-use rates, and utilities contemplating increased fixed charges and imposing demand charges, this session will explore the outlook for distributed generation in the Midwest.

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Networking Break | 190A   Sponsored By:
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm Smart Inverters in an Evolving Grid | Located in room 190A
Moderator:
Kari Lydersen, Reporter, Midwest Energy News
Speakers:
Ken Boyce, Principal Engineer Director, UL LLC
Brian Lawrence, Director, Sales, North America, OutBack Power
Tim Lindl, Partner, Keyes & Fox LLP
Liuxi (Calvin) Zhang, Principal Project Manager, Smart Grid & Innovation, Commonwealth Edison CompanyMore Info
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Solar interfaces with the power grid through inverters, which are poised to provide new opportunities following recent revisions from UL 1741 and IEEE 1547-2018. Grid operators can look to solar and battery storage inverters for voltage and frequency regulation, expanded ride through, and other capabilities that further enhance solar’s grid value and increase hosting capacity. Interconnection requirements are beginning to permit grid-supporting functionality, and as part of the Illinois Future Energy Jobs Act, ComEd, and Ameren are required to offer rebates for smart inverters. This session will evaluate new developments in codes and investigate the Illinois experiment that will support increased deployment of solar on the grid, improve grid reliability, and create economic value for customers.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Integrating DERs into the Grid of the Future | Located in room 190A
Moderator: 
Katie Rever, Director, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs, IGS Solar
Speakers: 
Tricia DeBleeckere, Senior Planning Director, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
Donald Peterson, Assistant Vice President, Strategic Products and Services, Madison Gas & Electric Company
Becky Stanfield, Senior Director, Western States, Vote Solar
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By strategically modernizing utility regulation, distributed energy resources like solar can flourish to the benefit of consumers and grid operators alike. This session will explore the elements of electric grid modernization and compare the ways in which states in the Midwest like Illinois, Minnesota, and Ohio are tackling these issues.

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Networking happy hour in Expo Hall | Located in the Solar Power Midwest exhibit area
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6:30 pm - 8:30 pm ISEA Solarbration | Located at DIRTT Environmental More Info
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Leadership Awards Reception More Info
The USGBC Leadership Awards Reception recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations committed to advancing green building design, construction and operations.

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THURSDAY, NOV 15, 2018

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8:00 am - 9:30 am Networking Breakfast Located in room 190A  
8:30 am - 9:30 am PURPA, Competitive Procurement & More: Utility-scale Solar in the MidwestLocated in room 190A
Moderator:
Brad Klein, Senior Attorney, Environmental Law & Policy Center
Speakers:
Danielle Changala, General Counsel and Director, Ranger Power LLC
Betsy Engelking, Vice President, Policy and Strategy, Geronimo Energy
Nicole Luckey, Regulatory Affairs, Midwest, Invenergy LLC
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This panel will discuss the near-term challenges and opportunities for non-residential and utility-scale solar development in the Midwest. Specific topics covered will include a review of opportunities and challenges with PURPA, the role of solar in utility Integrated Resource Plans, how to overcome conflicts between land use and utility-scale solar development, and how the solar industry and utilities are responding to growing corporate demand for renewables.

9:30 am - 10:00 am What the Hill is Going On, a Federal Affairs Update | Located in room 190A
Speaker:
Brandon Audap, Director, Federal Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
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A review of the year’s action in Washington and what to expect on the policy front after the midterm elections. What can companies do to get involved and have an impact on the process?

10:00 am - 6:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open Located in the West Building  
10:00 am - 10:30 am Networking Break190A   Sponsored By:
10:15 am - 11:15 am How Can Green Buildings Be Better Grid Citizens? | Located in room 190A
Moderator:
K Kaufmann, Communications Manager, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
Speakers:
Sydney Briggs, General Manager, Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric
Mark Frankel, Technical Director, New Buildings Institute
William Grayson, Executive Director, Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance, Urban Land Institute
Ted Tiffany
, Associate Principal and Director, Sustainability, Guttman & Blaevoet Consulting Engineers
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We are in the midst of a disruptive, industry-wide transformation of the U.S. energy sector. Long-standing organizational and technical silos are being dismantled; new collaborative partnerships are driving innovation. Super-efficient green buildings, many with solar and many LEED certified or Energy Star certifications. So, why do we have this apparent disconnect between the green building community and utilities? And what can we do about it?

11:20 am - 12:20 pm The Next Big Market: Bringing Solar to the Prairie State | Located in room 190A
Moderator:
Sean Gallagher, Vice President, State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Speakers:
Brian Cuffle, Supervisor, Distribution Design, Ameren
Anthony Star, Director, Illinois Power Agency
Suzanne Stelmasek, Policy Manager, Elevate Energy
Sarah Wochos, Director, Policy and Business Development, Midwest, Borrego Solar Systems
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Thanks in large part to the passage the Future Energy Jobs Act, Illinois is on track to become a Midwest leader in solar. This session will evaluate the market outlook for Illinois as it aims to fulfil its Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) obligations, with a particular focus on the Illinois Power Agency’s Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan and what the Adjustable Block Program and Illinois Solar For All Program mean for distributed generation, community solar, and utility-scale solar development in Illinois.

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Community Solar Workshop | Located in room 190A
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1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Solar Job Fair
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7:00 pm - 11:00 pm Greenbuild Celebration Located at the Field Museum
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