Solar Power Events and the Colorado Solar & Storage Association (COSSA) has teamed up to bring the industry's leading education and networking to Denver.

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

Monday, February 24, 2020

Time Event | Location
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
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
Duane Highley, CEO, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association
Sarah Cottrell Propst, Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources
Chad Teply, Sr. Vice President Business Policy and Development, PacifiCorp
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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 - 11:00 am Speed Networking | 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
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)
Mike McBride, CEO, Gunnison County Electric Association
Lisa Reed, Power Supply Supervisor, Holy Cross Energy
Luis Reyes, Chief Executive Officer, Kit Carson Electric
Kristen Taddonio, Asst. Secretary/Treasurer, Mountain Parks Electric, Inc.
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Rolls Battery Training: Deep Cycle Battery Selection, Sizing & Installation | Denver 4
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Hear regulatory updates from Arizona, Wyoming, 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. This session will offer a general overview and comparison of available deep cycle batteries technologies and their use in a range of off-grid and backup residential, commercial & micro-grid energy storage applications. Battery selection, general system sizing, proper installation practices, charge programming and maintenance considerations will also be discussed.
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
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Moderator: Jake Schlesinger, Partner, Keyes and Fox
Melina Fleming, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Operations, 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
Commissioner Jeffrey P. Ackermann, Chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission
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
Captain Richard Birt, Las Vegas Fire Department
AJ Lyle, Founder, Sandbox Solar
Linh Tran, Director of Sales, LG Chem
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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
Rick Gilliam, Program Director, DG Regulatory Policy, Vote Solar
Rikki Seguin, Executive Director, Interwest Energy Alliance
Chris Worley, Director of Regulatory Rate Design, Vivint Solar
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3:00 pm - 3:05 pm
IGNITE Talk: Colorado Brightfields Inventory | Denver 3
Speaker: Susan Brodie, Managing Director, Convergence Associates LLC

3:10 pm - 3:15 pm
IGNITE Talk: Gaining Efficiency in Your Solar Business as You Grow | Denver 3
Speaker: Rich Clubine, Owner, Active Energies Solar, LLC

3:20 pm - 3:25 pm
IGNITE Talk: Subsurface Conditions – Déjà vu | Denver 3
Speaker: Rob Hernandez, Business, Technology, and Market Insights, Terracon
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3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Quicktalk: Ensuring All Tools are Deployed to Maximize Customer Savings | Denver 3
Rowena Adams, Account Executive, Johnson Controls
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Distributed Storage and Bulk Storage: Either, Or, Both? | Denver 4
Moderator: Gizelle Wray, Manager, Regulatory Affairs & Counsel, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
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.
3:00 pm - 3:05 pm: Colorado has set ambitious goals related to renewable energy generation. Will the current model of siting commercial and utility scale projects on flat, open land continue to provide opportunity for renewable energy development as we near Governor Polis’s goal of 100% renewable electricity by 2040? Enter Brightfields: abandoned or contaminated properties that are redeveloped through the incorporation of solar energy, wind power, or other renewable energy resource. Potential brightfield sites offer attributes that make them attractive for renewable energy development, including proximity to population centers and utility infrastructure, the potential to make productive use of property that may have restrictions on development, and the opportunity to integrate economic development and habitat improvement. The Colorado Brightfields Inventory, currently under construction, will give municipalities, developers, utilities – anyone interested in siting renewable energy in Colorado – a wealth of information to help identify sites for solar and wind development. It builds upon federal and state efforts to more completely identify suitable renewable energy development sites in the state and will make that information easily accessible to stakeholders via a publicly available, subscription-free web-mapping application.

3:10 pm - 3:15 pm: Solar is booming across the Mountain West and it can be difficult to improve internal processes to keep up. Active Energies has experienced greater than 50% revenue growth in the past 3 years. Learn some of the secrets to keeping up with that customer demand!

3:20 pm - 3:25 pm: For more than a century, geotechnical professionals have documented the location and conditions encountered in hundreds of thousands of subsurface borings. Oftentimes, we spend thousands to conduct geotechnical investigations. But we have been here before, yet we so often forget. We routinely progress as if we were on Planet Mars with no data to assist in our exploration. Technology is allowing for new ways to predict subsurface conditions and mitigate risk associated with unanticipated subsurface conditions during solar development. In a world where big data and predictive analytics are surging, we must take advantage of valuable assets that we have already obtained in the past, prior exploration data, and combine that with an explosion of publicly available information to predict subsurface conditions and identify project challenges during site selection.


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
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
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)
Aspen Stover, Installation Foreman, Blue Raven Solar
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State of Transportation Electrification in Colorado | Denver 4
Moderator: Natalia Mathura, Principal, Utility Business Models, SEPA
Mathias Bell, Electric Vehicle Strategy and Initiatives, Xcel
Jake Swanton, Sr. Manager, Public Policy Rockies Region, Lyft
Kenneth Symank, Transit Assistant Manager, Town of Breckenridge Free Ride
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 - 1:00 pm Exhibits Open |Colorado A-E
8:00 am - 9:00 am Networking Breakfast |Colorado A-E
8:30 am - 9:30 am General Session: RTO, ISO, and the Future of the Western Grid | Colorado F-J
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Moderator: Kris Mayes, Professor and Director, Utility of the Future Center, Arizona State University
Mike Boughner, Director, Market Operations, Xcel
Peter Colussy, Manager, Regional Affairs, California ISO
Paul Suskie, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Southwest Power Pool
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An organized market offers many advantages for ratepayers, including increased penetrations of renewables and lower overall costs. However, multiple roadblocks exist for a truly integrated western RTO/ISO. Come learn about the current effort to better integrate across states and what additional work still needs to be done.
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 | Denver 3
Moderator: Joe Ritter, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Seminole Financial Services
Eric Barr, Business Development Associate, US Bank
Nick Perugini, Vice President, Project and Partner Development, Solaris
Danielle Thompson, Vice President, MMA Energy Capital
Dave Riess, CEO and Co-Founder, Wunder Capital
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Clean Energy Needs for Corporate Buyers in the Mountain West | Colorado F-J
Moderator: Kevin Haley, Director of Member Value and Engagement, REBA
Phoenix Dugger, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Ardent Mills
John Shaw, Commerical Solar Project Developer, Namaste Solar
Sam Sours, Regional Development Director, Community Energy
Ali Weaver, Senior Project Development Manager, Silicon Ranch
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Microgrids and Resilience in the Mountain West | Denver 4
Moderator: Karlynn Cory, Group Manager for Project Development & Finance in the Integrated Applications Center, NREL
Chris Bilby, Engineer, Holy Cross Energy
Jason Doherty, CTO, 60Hertz Microgrids
Gary Oppedahl, Vice President, Emerging Technologies, Emera Technologies
Samantha Reifer, Business Development, Scale Microgrid Solutions
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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. Corporate procurement of renewables has grown rapidly in recent years and more corporate buyers have announced substantial renewable energy commitments. Join developers who have worked with these corporates as they discuss the trends behind this growth and the factors likely to impact the market moving forward. 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 | Denver 3
Moderator: Roger Freeman, Renewable Energy and Environmental Lawyer, Current COSSA Board Vice Chair
Erin Bibeau, Senior Associate, Logan Simpson
Mark Hall, Vice President Renewables, TRC
Drew McMahan, Principal, ACM Energy Advisors
Dhruv Patel, Sr. VP EPC, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
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Operations & Maintenance: Big Data or Sweaty Brow? | Denver 4
Moderator: Rob Andrews, Chief Executive Officer, Heliolytics
Darin Carei, Co-owner, Atlasta Solar Center
Reegan Moen, Business Development Manager, SOLV, Swinerton Renewable Energy
Shamera Sandoski, Co-Owner and O&M Account Manager, Namaste Solar
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The Business Case for Energy Storage in the Mountain West | Colorado F-J
Moderator: Jared Leader, Manager, Industry Strategy, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
Beth Chacon, Director, Grid Strategy Integration and Innovation, Xcel
Thad Kurowski, Senior Policy Advisor, Tesla
Sara Mills, Director of Projects and Policy, Able Grid Energy Solutions
Ján Porvaznik, Director, Energy Storage, RWE Renewables Americas, LLC
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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 | Denver 3
Moderator: Kristen Ardani, Solar Analysis Sub-program Lead, NREL
Karyn Boenker, Public Policy Manager, Sunrun
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 4
Moderator: John Smirnow, General Counsel & Vice President of Market Strategy, SEIA
Eric Goodwin, Director of Business Development, OMCO
Cary Hayes, President-America's, REC
Kendra Hubbard, Strategic Account Manager, Unirac
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
Ron Darnell, Senior Vice President, Public Policy, Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM)
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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
Johnny Casana, Senior Manager, US Political & Regulatory Affairs, Pattern Energy Group
Christopher Clack, Chief Executive Officer, Vibrant Clean Energy
Orijit Ghoshal, Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs, Invenergy
Kathleen Staks, Director of External Affairs, Guzman Energy
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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.