Schedule

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All events will take place at the Hilton Albany, unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Time Event | Location
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Registration Open | Hilton Albany Gallery
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Pre-Conference Event: New York Solar Power Happy Hour, Hosted by NYSEIA and WRISE NY Capital Region | Speakeasy 518, 42 Howard St. Albany, NY 12207

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Time Event | Location
7:30 am - 5:30 pm Registration Open | Hilton Albany Gallery
8:00 am - 6:00 pm Exhibits Open | Governor AB & Corridor
8:00 am - 9:00 am Networking Breakfast |Governor Ballroom AB
8:30 am - 9:00 am Welcome Remarks & Keynote | Governor CD
9:00 am - 10:00 am Opening General Session: Advancing New York’s Energy Future | Governor CD
Moderator: Sean Gallagher, Vice President State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Speaker:
Alicia Barton, President and CEO, New York State energy Research and Development Authority
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Join Alicia Barton, President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), for a fireside chat with Sean Gallagher, SEIA’s Vice President of State Affairs as they dive into the state of New York’s Energy future and the role of solar and storage in achieving New York’s ambitious Clean Energy goals. Hear directly from the head of NYSERDA on the role NYSERDA plays in accelerating New York’s transition to a cleaner and more affordable energy system for all New Yorkers.
10:00 am - 11:00 am Business Model Approaches for Energy Storage in NY State | Governor CD
Moderator: Natalia Mathura, Principal, Utility Business Model, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
Speakers:
William Acker, Executive Director, NY-BEST
Ben Downing, Vice President, New Market Development, Nexamp
Luke Forster, Senior Business Analyst DER, NYSERDA
Alison Kling, Project Specialist, Con Edison
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Now that energy storage system (ESS) targets are set and roadmaps are written, how are we actually doing? What ESS business models and/or use cases are proving they can create the most value in NY? Since the NY’s target of 1500 MW was set, incentives have been given out, regulations have evolved, and development has begun. There are a several business model dimensions. Approaches vary: front of the meter vs. behind the meter, utility vs. developer vs. customer asset ownership and operation. So what is working and what isn’t? What needs to change and start working better in order to meet NY State’s ambitious goals?
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Speed Networking |Governor E
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Networking Break & Exhibits |Governor AB & Corridor
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm Networking Lunch & Exhibits | Governor CD
Breakout Session 1 Breakout Session 2
 1:15 pm - 2:05 pm Community Distributed Generation: All for one, one for all | Governor CD
Speakers:
Elizabeth Glynn, Managing Director of Community Solar, BlueWave Solar
Geoff Johnson, Senior Project Developer, Cypress Creek Renewables
Juan Parra, Community Solar Program Manager, Solar One
Mike Pilawa, National Grid
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The Role of Wind Power in Meeting New York State's Renewable Energy Goals | Governor E
Moderator: Joe Martens, Director, New York Offshore Wind Alliance, ACE New York
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Development of community distributed generation, especially community solar, is exploding across New York State, but challenges remain. In this session, we’ll be discussing the current and future challenges to growth in the CDG market segment, and the opportunities for innovative business models and product offerings to help meet them. Come join us, and learn more about what policy makers and market leaders are doing to capitalize on community, and help make a more renewable, distributed energy future a reality. What will be the role of wind power – both offshore and on land – in meeting NY’s ambitious 70% by 2030 renewable electricity goal and 100% zero emissions by 2040 goal? How much wind might be built? What is the potential and how can it be realized? And what are the most serious barriers to getting wind power deployed in NYS?
 2:10 pm - 2:35 pm QuickTalk: Solar Uptown - Empowering Communities through Energy Independence | Governor CD
Anika Wistar-Jones, Affordable Solar Program Manager, Solar One
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Community Wind- Case Study on Black Oak and Copenhagen Wind | Governor E
Speaker:
Marguerite Wells, Senior Manager Renewable Development, Invenergy LLC
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How can community organizing result in more solar panels, green jobs, and empowerment of low income communities of color? This talk will describe several communities based efforts undertaken by WE ACT for environmental justice to increase energy democracy and shift power dynamics in favor of underserved community members. The talk will discuss creative contract negotiation for rooftop projects, and integrating public housing in
community solar solutions.
New York State has the wind and the land --- and the proposed projects – to host additional wind energy projects. But success also depends on communities welcoming wind farms. This session will provide a comparative case study between the Black Oak Wind Project, which did not get built, and Copenhagen Wind, New York’s newest operating wind project. How did support and opposition in the community and with the town government affect the different outcomes? What lessons learned can help with the wind projects currently in development in New York?
 2:40 pm - 3:30 pm Ensuring DERs Improve Resilience | Governor CD
Moderator: Jared Leader, Manager, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
Speaker:
Evan Kolkos, Customer Business Development Manager, New York Power Authority
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Diamond Lane - Committing to Zero Emission Vehicles | Governor E
Moderator: Jonathan Crawford, Head of Research, EnerKnol
Speaker:
Jigar Shah, Manager, Distributed Energy and Grid Services, Electrify America
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Grid Modernization efforts and solutions are transitioning the distribution system toward a platform that can shift supply and load for resilience. A dynamic system increases feasibility of DER implementation and adds to DERs’ ability to support system resilience. Microgrids ensure resilience for single customers – how can utilities and customers work together so that their externalities bring new benefits to the larger system? Ultimately, with proper planning, distribution system resilience and DG go hand-in-hand. One of the key goals of New York State is to add 800,000 zero-emission vehicles by 2025. On a separate note, EV adoption rates are expected to increase annual energy use on the grid by 4.2 million MWh by 2030 and the NYISO estimates summer 2030 demand impact at 410 MW and winter demand impact at 650 MW. How are we going to meet NY State goals without jeopardizing the reliability of the grid?
 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm QuickTalk: An Insider Look at What SEIA’s Doing in Congress to Advance the Solar+ Decade | Governor CD
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NYISO Updates: Integrating Renewables and Considerations for a Zero Emissions Electricity Market (4:00 pm - 5:00 pm) | Governor E
Moderator: Raj Addepalli, Consultant, Raj Addepalli, LLC
Speaker:
Gavin Donohue, President and CEO, Independent Power Producers of New York
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This presentation will provide an update on SEIA’s efforts to defend the ITC and evaluate the range of federal policy pathways under consideration in Washington DC that impact the continued deployment of clean energy technologies, such as solar energy and battery storage. Looking Ahead, what is the response from RTO/ISO on new rules and what is the path forward? What does 100% look like and how do we support a smooth transition? This session will address questions such as: Will New York’s capacity markets need to be re-designed? Is a Carbon Price the best approach to transition markets? In short, in a world of 100% carbon free power, will New York’s electricity markets still work?
 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm QuickTalk: Solar & Sheep in New York | Governor CD
Speakers:
Lewis Fox, Solar Grazier, Agrivoltaic Solutions
Lexie Hain, Executive Director, American Solar Grazing Association
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NYISO Updates Session Continued (4:00 pm - 5:00 pm)
Lexie Hain and Lewis Fox will discuss everyday challenges and successes in solar grazing from their vantage as farmers working at community-scale solar arrays in New York. They will incorporate utility-scale perspectives. Pollinators, fencing, cabling, costs, safety & training: we'll speak from an operations and planning perspective. As American Solar Grazing Association board members, they will also be able to speak to the future: research initiatives and opportunities for farmers and solar to work together to best effect in New York State.
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Exhibit Hall Happy Hour & Networking Reception | Governor AB & Corridor

Friday, December 13, 2019

Time Event | Location
7:30 am - 12:00 pm Registration Open | Hilton Albany Gallery
8:00 am - 10:45 am Exhibits Open | Governor AB & Corridor
8:00 am - 9:00 am Networking Breakfast |Governor Ballroom AB
8:30 am - 9:20 am Putting Policy Into Practice: The Future of New York’s Ambitious Climate Goals | Governor CD
Speaker:
Dave Gahl, Senior Director, State Affairs, Northeast, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
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New York has adopted sweeping measures to propel the state’s clean energy agenda, including adopting the nation’s most ambitious climate targets, awarding the largest offshore wind contract, and refining compensation rules to boost distributed solar. What are the innovative regulatory and industry actions needed to achieve the ambitious goals set forth to achieve a carbon neutral system by 2040?
9:25 am - 10:15 am The Continued Evolution of Small Scale Compensation in New York | Governor CD
Moderator: Kevin Lucas, Director, Rate Design, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Speakers:
Lauri Mancinelli, Principal Analyst, Regulatory Strategy, National Grid
Ted Kelly, Assistant Counsel, New York State Department of Public Service
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Feeling lost on New York’s efforts to redesign rates for residential and small commercial customers who want DER? This session will provide a compass to understanding this portion of the VDER case, ongoing efforts to move away from net metering for small scale projects, and show how New York can better compensate DER projects and lay a solid foundation for a dynamic and distributed energy future.
10:15 am - 10:45 am Networking Break & Exhibits| Governor AB & Corridor
10:45 am - 11:35 am Trials, Tribulations and Triumphs: Developing Solar and Storage in Downstate New York | Governor CD
Moderator: Shyam Mehta, Executive Director, New York Solar Energy Industries Association
Speakers:
Cameron Bard, Senior Advisor General Electric
Jin Jin Huang, Director, Safari Energy
Joe White, ConEdison
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Be it New York City, Long Island or Westchester, developing solar and storage in downstate can be a taxing process that requires navigating a maze of regulatory, legal and economic hurdles. This panel will dive into the numerous challenges facing developers in downstate New York, from siting and permitting to interconnection to value stack compensation, and discuss policy and market solutions to enable greater solar access for the region’s nearly 13 million residents
11:40 am - 12:30 pm Permits, Interconnections, and Taxes: The Three Great Challenges of Reaching Construction Phase of Projects in NY | Governor CD
Moderator: Anne Reynolds, Executive Director, Alliance for Clean Energy New York
Speakers:
Emilie Flanagan, Project Developer, Borrego Solar
Angela Hotaling, Director of Programs, New York League of Conservation Voters
Houtan Moaveni, Senior Advisor to the President and CEO, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Noah Shaw, Partner, Co-Chair Renewable Energy Practice, Hodgson Russ Attorneys
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New York’s ambitious goals – now backed up with law – create strong renewables demand in the State. But a developer’s other needs: siting approval and permit, interconnection agreement, and local tax agreement, can still prove elusive. What challenges are renewable energy developers currently facing in realizing these pre-construction needs? And what tools can developers use to help overcome roadblocks? Join us as we explore the challenges involved in siting renewables in New York State