Schedule

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Time Event Location
8:00 am - 5:30 pm Registration Open Brooklyn Bridge Marriott
8:00 am - 6:00 pm Exhibits Open Grand Ballroom E
8:40 am - 9:05 am Opening General Session Fireside Chat Grand Ballroom F-I
9:05 am - 10:00 am Opening General Session Grand Ballroom F-I
10:05 am - 10:25 am QuickTalk: Solar 100 | New York City’s Municipal Solar Strategy: Getting to 100 MW and Beyond Grand Ballroom F-I
10:30 am - 11:25 am Cracking the Code on New York Development Challenges Grand Ballroom F-I

Interconnecting PV systems in New York can be a time intensive and unexpectedly expensive process. Factors such as property taxes, land use considerations, local land use and zoning laws, and community engagement all impact the likelihood of a project moving forward and can create delays and drive up development costs. This session will emphasize the importance of understanding and identifying barriers to development and will help you ‘crack the code’ with insights and best practices designed to guide you through the interconnection and development landscape in New York.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm Speed Networking Grand Ballroom D
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Networking Lunch & Exhibits Grand Ballroom E
1:30 pm - 2:25 pm Rate Design for Residential DERs Grand Ballroom F-I

New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision seeks to reform the utility business model and to align ratemaking practices with an evolving set of regulatory and policy objectives, such as Governor Cuomo’s goal of ensuring all New Yorkers “regardless of their zip code or income have the opportunity to access clean and affordable power.” This session will offer a deep dive into New York’s transition away from traditional net metering and evaluate the impact that changes in solar compensation might have on residential and small commercial solar businesses.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm NYISO Carbon Pricing Initiative Grand Ballroom F-I

Carbon pricing is seen widely by economists and environmentalists as a method to lower greenhouse gas emissions. Recently, New York Independent Service Operator (NYISO) proposed a carbon pricing initiative as a tool to meet the state’s ambitious climate goals. Come hear from experts how a carbon price would affect the wholesale power market, ratepayers, and the economics of energy storage.

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Networking Break & Exhibits Grand Ballroom E
4:00 pm - 4:20 pm QuickTalk: Bringing Solar to Affordable Housing: A Case Study with Fifth Avenue Committee Grand Ballroom F-I

Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC), Brooklyn’s second largest affordable housing operator, is putting 400 kilowatts of solar across 18 facilities in their housing portfolio. But developing solar on FAC’s portfolio of buildings in densely crowded Brooklyn and Queens is a complicated undertaking. This case study will cover the motivations and unique challenges and opportunities around this project, which is part of the US Department of Energy’s Solar In Your Community Challenge, a national competition aiming to expand solar electricity access to underserved segments of the population including low- and moderate-income households.

4:25 pm - 5:25 pm Improvements to the VDER Value-Stack Grand Ballroom F-I

A central component of New York’s landmark Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) proceeding is a transition away from traditional net energy metering and the creation of a “value stack” compensation mechanism for community solar and commercial and industrial projects. Regulators seek to improve the method of customer compensation by taking into account the locational, environmental and temporal values of a every project. This session will evaluate ongoing efforts to refine and further improve the “value stack,” and investigate how New York’s experiment with DER valuation is impacting project finance and development.

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Exhibit Hall Happy Hour Grand Ballroom E
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Networking Reception TBA

Friday, December 14, 2018

Time Event Location
7:00 am - 12:00 pm Registration & Exhibit Opens Brooklyn Bridge Marriott
8:00 am - 9:00 am Networking Breakfast & Exhibits Grand Ballroom E
8:30 am - 8:55 am QuickTalk: The Utility as a Service Platform Grand Ballroom F-I

ConEdison has piloted an evolution in the traditional utility business model by providing a first-of-its-kind platform for customer services. Home energy marketplace provider Pick My Solar partnered with the utility to feature an end-to-end consumer facing and co-branded home energy shopping experience. ConEdison customers can easily see home energy options including Rooftop Solar, Community Solar, Energy Storage, EV Charging stations and more. A pre-vetted pool of highly qualified local installers bid on the projects and each customer is assigned an Energy Advisor whose only goal is to build the best solution for each customer's unique personal energy needs. Hear from ConEdison and Pick My Solar about their goals and objectives for launching the program, early findings and results, as well as product expansions and future development plans.

9:00 am - 9:30 am VIP Remarks Grand Ballroom F-I
9:35 am - 10:30 am Energy Storage Roadmap and Progress Report Grand Ballroom F-I

Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo unveiled New York State’s ambitious Energy Storage Roadmap which would make the Empire State the nation's leader in energy storage, with a target of 1,500 MW deployed by 2025. This session will feature a panel of experts from the business community, utilities, and regulatory agencies who will share key insights into the process of commissioning energy storage projects in New York, investigate challenges, and identify key opportunities that our industry must focus on as this program ramps up.

10:30 am - 11:00 am Networking Breaks & Exhibits Grand Ballroom E
11:00 am - 11:55 am Interaction of Wholesale Market with Distributed Solar and Small-scale Markets Grand Ballroom F-I

Distributed energy is beginning to reshape the generation profile in New York. What effect will this paradigm shift have on markets? And how can the solar and storage industries, grid operators, and state/local regulators adapt? This session will seek to uncover opportunities, address challenges and reveal lessons learned on issues relevant to distributed energy moving forward.

12:00 pm - 12:55 pm Bringing Large Scale Solar to the Empire State Grand Ballroom F-I

New York’s Clean Energy Standard requires that 50 percent of electricity sales come from renewable sources, such as solar and wind, by 2030. In order to achieve this goal, it is necessary to accelerate large-scale solar development. In April, New York announced the second in a series of major procurements that are expected to result in the development of dozens of large-scale renewable energy projects. This session will provide insights from the initial large-scale solar solicitations, identify and assess barriers to and mechanisms for large-scale solar development in New York, and discuss what is necessary to accelerate large-scale solar development across the state.