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Solar Power Events and the Colorado Solar & Storage Association (COSSA) has teamed up to bring the industry's leading education and networking to Denver. Interested in participating in the program as a speaker? Complete the speaker interest form

All events will take place at the Hilton Denver City Center, unless otherwise noted.

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Monday, February 24, 2020

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8:00 am - 5:30 pm Registration Open | Colorado Lobby
8:00 am - 9:00 am Networking Breakfast | Colorado Lobby
8:45 am - 9:00 am Welcome and Introductions | Colorado F-J
Speakers:
Sean Gallagher, Vice President of State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Mike Kruger, President & CEO, Colorado Solar and Storage Association (COSSA)
Jennifer Szaro, Vice President, Research, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
9:00 am - 10:00 am General Session: Transition to Clean Energy across the Mountain West | Colorado F-J
Moderator: Bill Ritter, Former Governor, State of Colorado
Speakers:
Duane Highley, CEO, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association
Sarah Cottrell Propst, Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources
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The emergence of very low-cost renewable energy pricing has created unprecedented opportunities. Join Bill Ritter former governor of Colorado, and a panel of mountain west leaders, as they dive into the state of the region’s clean energy future and how the region is setting long-term goals for renewable energy production.
10:00 am - 11:00 am Networking Coffee Break | Colorado A-E
10:00 am - 6:00 pm Exhibits Open | Colorado A-E
Policy and Regulation Track Business, Technology, and Market Insights Track Energy Storage, Resilience, and Innovation Track
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Regulatory Update From the Mountain West | Colorado F-J
Moderator: Mike Kruger, President & CEO, COSSA
Speakers:
Hesid Brandow, Wyoming Solar
Taylor Henderson, Chief Energizing Officer, Outshine Energy (COSSA Policy Chair)
Court Rich, Vice Chair, ARISEIA
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Understanding Distribution Cooperatives Solar and Storage Needs | Denver 3
Moderator: Kent Singer, Executive Director, Colorado Rural Electric Association (CREA)
Speakers:
Bryan Hannegan, President and CEO, Holy Cross Energy
Mike McBride, CEO, Gunnison County Electric Association
Luis Reyes, Chief Executive Officer, Kit Carson Electric
Kristen Taddonio, Asst. Secretary/Treasurer, Mountain Parks Electric, Inc.
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Speed Networking | Denver 4
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Hear regulatory updates from Arizona, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado on how pending regulations will impact your solar and storage markets. The rural mountain west is changing and cooperatives are evolving to better meet those needs. Hear from those cooperatives on how they are incorporating more solar and storage. Connect with other conference attendees in a quick meeting format designed to accelerate new business contacts.
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Networking Lunch | Colorado A-E
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Community Solar: Big Changes in Colorado | Colorado F-J
Moderator: Jake Schlesinger, Partner, Keyes and Fox
Speakers:
David Amster Olszewski, CEO and Founder, Sunshare
Devin Moeller, Renewable Energy Manager, Black Hills Corporation
Kacie Peters, Director of Business Development, Pivot Energy
Jonathan Rogers, Renewable Energy Specialist, City and County of Denver
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Evaluating DERs as Non-Wires Alternatives in System Planning | Denver 3
Moderator: Kate Strickland, Manager, Utility & Regulatory Strategy, SEPA
Speakers:
Commissioner Jeffrey P. Ackermann, Chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission
Donald Chung, Customer Technology Product Development, Arizona Public Service (APS)
Milton Geiger, Alternative Energy Administrator, Poudre Valley
Erin Overturf, Deputy Director, Clean Energy Program, Western Resource Advocates
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Battery Safety: How to Keep Families and First Responders Safe | Denver 4
Moderator: Ken Boyce, Principal Engineer Director, Energy & Power Technologies, UL
Speakers:
Captain Richard Birt, Las Vegas Fire Department
Linh Tran, Director of Sales, LG Chem
Jessica Reinhardt, Director, Public Policy, Sunrun
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With forthcoming Public Utility Commission rules that will open up the Community Solar Garden market to more competition, learn about the latest developmets in community solar in Colorado and how to navigate these new rules. Hear how DERs can be integrated into utility system planning and the grid of the future. The new era of battery storage has already drawn scrutiny since the same chemistry that makes lithium-ion batteries so effective also poses a potential hazard. With the energy storage industry growing, this session will focus on the need for risk and safety management and ensuring the safety of first responders, the public, and the environment.
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Networking Break & Exhibits | Colorado A-E
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Legislative Update from the Mountain West Capitals | Colorado F-J
Moderator: Sara Birmingham, Senior Director of State Affairs, SEIA
Speakers:
Rick Gilliam, Program Director, DG Regulatory Policy, Vote Solar
Rikki Seguin, Executive Director, Interwest Energy Alliance
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3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
IGNITE Talks | Denver 3
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3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Quicktalk: Ensuring All Tools are Deployed to Maximize Customer Savings | Denver 3
Speakers:
Rowena Adams, Account Executive, Johnson Controls
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Distributed Storage and Bulk Storage: Either, Or, Both? | Denver 4
Speakers:
Adam Gentner, Acting Regional Sales Manager, Sonnen
JW Postal, Founder and CEO, Nikola Power
Lidija Sekaric, National Business Director, Distributed Energy, Siemens
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Multiple states are looking to decarbonize their electric grid. Learn where the next legislative action opportunity is. IGNITE Talks: 15 slides, no more than 6 words per slide that auto-advance every 30 seconds. That's the challenge. Hear these speakers share their story


QuickTalk: Eating your energy efficiency vegetables to maximize solar and storage desserts: common themes to optimizing energy infrastructure to maximize savings to attain energy resiliency.

Does behind the meter storage solve resilience questions? Is a bulk battery the solution to demand charges? This panel will explain where to start when planning to integrate energy storage into customer’s needs.
4:05 pm - 5:00 pm The Evolution of DG Compensation in the Intermountain West | Colorado F-J
Moderator: Travis Lowder, Project Manager with the Integrated Applications Center, NREL
Speakers:
Leland Keller, Energy Services Engineer, Fort Collins
Briana Kobor, Program Director, DG Regulatory Policy, Vote Solar
Shaun Laughlin, Head of US Strategic Development, Standard Solar
Kevin Lucas, Director of Rate Design, SEIA
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Evolving Your Workforce’s Diversity | Denver 3
Moderator: Brittany Heller, Workforce and Community Engagement Manager, GRID Colorado
Speakers:
Evelyn Carpenter, Founder and Principal, Solas Energy Consulting
Jake DiRe, President and CEO, Ecomark
Marilyn Stansbury, Chief Executive Officer, Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mountain Chapter (IECRM)
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State of Transportation Electrification in Colorado | Denver 4
Moderator: Natalia Mathura, Principal, Utility Business Models, SEPA
Speakers:
Mathias Bell, Electric Vehicle Strategy and Initiatives, Xcel
Will Toor, Executive Director, Colorado Energy Office
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A well-designed compensation mechanism can minimize negative impacts and maximize the value of DG to all stakeholder groups, including distribution utilities, the DG system owner, and other ratepayers.
This session aims to clarify whether retail NEM reign supreme and additional options available in compensation mechanisms to effectively and efficiently value DERs.
The rise in solar jobs has gone hand-in-hand with shortages of skilled employees while women and people of color continue to face significant hurdles to achieving equal pay and positions. As we continue to grow, we must build a diverse workforce that reflects our country. The long-term growth and success of our industry will depend on significant training, workforce development, and a diverse workforce.
This session will highlight the importance of workforce development efforts and ongoing industry efforts to improve training and hiring more women, people of color, veterans, and underrepresented groups.
Ridesharing companies, automakers, and utilities are leading the charge on EV innovation in Colorado. Learn how recently announced programs and initiatives will help the state reach its carbon reduction goals.
5:15 pm - 6:00 pm Networking Happy Hour & Exhibits | Colorado A-E
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Networking Reception | Wynkoop Brewery

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Time Event | Location
8:00 am - 2:30 pm Registration Open |Colorado Lobby
8:00 am - 9:00 am Networking Breakfast |Colorado Lobby
8:30 am - 9:30 am General Session: RTO, ISO and the Future of the Western Grid | Colorado F-J
Moderator: Kris Mayes, Professor and Director, Utility of the Future Center, Arizona State University
Speaker:
Paul Suskie, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Southwest Power Pool
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Job Fair | Denver 5-6
Policy and Regulation Track Business, Technology, and Market Insights Track Energy Storage, Resilience, and Innovation Track
9:35 am - 10:30 am Trends in Financing Solar and Storage | Colorado F-J
Moderator: Joe Ritter, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Seminole Financial Services
Speakers:
Eric Barr, Business Development Associate, US Bank
Bryan Birsic, Founder and Executive Chairman, Wunder Capital
Nick Perugini, Vice President, Project and Partner Development, Solaris
Danielle Thompson, Vice President, MMA Energy Capital
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Clean Energy Needs for Corporate Buyers in the Mountain West | Denver 3
Moderator: Kevin Haley, Director of Member Value and Engagement, REBA
Speakers:
John Shaw, Commerical Solar Project Developer, Namaste Solar
Ali Weaver, Senior Project Development Manager, Silicon Ranch
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Microgrids and Resilience in the Mountain West | Denver 4
Speakers:
Samantha Reifer, Business Development, Scale Microgrid Solutions
Lisa Reed, Power Supply Supervisor, Holy Cross Energy
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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 solar and storage industries are heading in the mountain west. The ITC will step down to 0% for residential and 10% for commercial projects in just 2 years. Figure out your next steps now. Microgrids offer many benefits for communities, but executing them is incredibly difficult. Learn from those doing the hard work.
10:30 am - 11:00 am Networking Break & Exhibits | Colorado A-E
Policy and Regulation Track Business, Technology, and Market Insights Track Energy Storage, Resilience, and Innovation Track
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Overcoming Hurdles to Large Scale Solar Development in the Mountain West | Colorado F-J
Moderator: Roger Freeman
Speakers:
Scott Canada, Sr. Vice President, Renewable Energy, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
Daniel Dus, Head of Renewables, Adani Group
Noah Eckert, Development Director, Community Energy
Mark Hall, Vice President of Power Development, TRC
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Operations & Maintenance: Big Data or Sweaty Brow? | Denver 3
Speaker:
Darin Carei, Co-owner, Atlasta Solar Center
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The Business Case for Energy Storage in the Mountain West | Denver 4
Moderator: Jared Leader, Manager, Advisory Services, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
Speakers:
Thad Kurowski, Senior Policy Advisor, Tesla
Sara Mills, Director of Projects and Policy, Able Grid Energy Solutions
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This session will assess and identify barriers to development and discuss strategies for accelerating large-scale solar deployment in the Mountain West. O&M is often overlooked, but for long-term asset owners, how your project performs is key. From efficient and cost effective O&M strategies, to thorough asset management and financial analyses, this session will look at new technologies and ways to ensure a healthy PV system both from a technical and financial standpoint. Energy storage holds the promise of a firmer, more flexible grid. This session will discuss what's being done already, business models, and how to extract value out of this technology.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Networking Lunch & Exhibits | Colorado A-E
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Solar and Storage Friendly Communities: How to encourage local jurisdictions to adopt better permitting and inspection | Colorado F-J
Moderator: Kristen Ardani, Solar Program Lead, NREL
Speakers:
Bill Clay, Principal, Solar Power Pros
Larry Sherwood, President and CEO, Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)
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The Solar+ Manufacturing Opportunity: Lessons Learned and the Road Ahead | Denver 3
Moderator: John Smirnow, General Counsel & Vice President of Market Strategy, SEIA
Speakers:
Eric Goodwin, Director of Business Development, OMCO
Cary Hayes, President-America's, REC
Katie Woslager, Senior Manager- Advanced Industries, State of Colorado Office of Economic
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Quicktalks | Denver 4
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Soft costs continue to beguile the industry. Learn how Colorado is working to lower costs for customers and communities. This session 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 and serve as an incubator for ideas to increase manufacturing for solar products and adjacent technologies in the U.S. More details to come.
2:05 pm - 2:30 pm Closing Session Part I: Achieving 100% Clean Energy in the Intermountain West: SEPA fireside chat with Public Service Company of New Mexico | Colorado F-J
Moderator: Jennifer Szaro, Vice President, Research, SEPA
Speakers:
Ron Darnell, Senior Vice President, Public Policy, Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM)
Orijit Ghoshal, Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs, Invenergy
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Jennifer Szaro from SEPA sits down with Ron Darnell to discuss how Public Service Company of New Mexico is approaching the transition to a carbon free future.
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Closing Session Part II: Achieving 100% Clean Energy in the Intermountain West | Colorado F-J
Moderator: Sean Gallagher, Vice President, State Affairs, SEIA
Speaker:
Johnny Casana, Senior Manager, US Political & Regulatory Affairs, Pattern Energy Group
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The Intermountain West has a long history of cheap and plentiful energy, but in recent years the region has put itself on the map for climate and clean energy leadership. Which states and utilities are setting ambitious targets to decarbonize? How does the region plan to embrace the benefits of solar and paired storage to meet future resource needs, increase grid flexibility, and support workers and communities adversely impacted by an economic transition to a cleaner grid? This session will focus on the biggest obstacles to achieving 100% clean energy and how policymakers, utilities, and other stakeholders in the Intermountain west can better collaborate to increase clean energy access and equity for all.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Time Event | Location
All Day COSSA's Inaugural Industry Ski Trip (Add-on Item)
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Thermography and Drones in PV Applications Workshop (Add-on Item)