Virtual Education Schedule

The following schedule is for the virtual education program taking place June 2-3, 2021.

The in-person expo will take place June 9-10 at the Westin Boston Seaport District (formerly known as the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel) in Boston, MA. You can view participating exhibitors here.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Time Session    
1:00 pm - 1:10 pm

Opening Session

Welcome Addresses from Northeast Governors


Governor Daniel McKee, State of Rhode Island
Governor Tom Wolf, State of Pennsylvania
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, State of New York

1:10 pm - 1:30 pm Looking Through the Federal Policy Lens: A Fireside Chat with Senator Angus King
Join this conversation between Abigail Ross Hopper, President and CEO of SEIA, and Senator Angus King of Maine as they discuss how federal policy relates to clean energy and power markets in the Northeast. During this conversation, they will discuss prospective clean energy legislation at the federal level, power markets & the clean energy industry in the Northeast, and how federal decarbonization & clean energy goals relate to state goals.

Abby Hopper, President & Chief Executive Officer, SEIA
Senator Angus King, State of Maine

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm The Future of Power Markets in the Northeast
Throughout the Northeast, falling renewable energy prices and ambitious state decarbonization goals are the norm. To prepare for a future with more renewables on the grid, we must take steps to ensure that the future power market is ready. To get to where we need to go, each state has a role to play. In this keynote session, you will hear from state policy leaders on wholesale market reform, state clean energy goals, distributed energy resources, and what policies are underway to accelerate the transition to a cleaner electric grid.

Jason York,
ISO-NE Correspondent, RTO Insider

Dan Burgess, Director, Maine Governor’s Energy Office
Yves Noel, Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, New York Power Authority
Kathleen Theoharides, Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

2:15 pm - 3:05 pm

The Future of Solar Incentive Programs in the Northeast 

How can we collectively move beyond declining and interrupted incentive programs to ensure long-term solar market stability, program certainty, and consistent rates in the Northeast? How can these programs ensure that clean energy deployment achieves carbon reduction goals, while also extending the benefits to the most vulnerable and marginalized communities? This panel will tackle these questions and explore the future of solar incentive programs in the Northeast. 

Dave Gahl, Senior Director of State Policy, East,
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Kelly Friend
, Vice President, Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Nexamp
Gary Lemay, Renewable Energy Engineer, New Hampshire Electric Co-op 
Christopher Rauscher, Director, Policy & Storage Market Strategy, Sunrun 
Eric Steltzer, Director, Renewable Division, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources 

2:55 pm - 3:00 pm Quick Break  
3:15 pm - 4:05 pm

Strategy Stories from Peers – Integrated Distribution Planning 

The grid is getting more complicated in the Northeast. Several state clean energy mandates and grid modernization processes have driven increased movement towards integrated distribution planning (IDP). Curious what this means to your business or utility? Our experts will share their experiences in different phases of investigation and implementation and execution of IDP plans.

Samir Succar, Senior Director, Distributed Grid Strategy, ICF 

Ahmed Mousa, Manager, Utility of the Future, Public Service Electric & Gas
Dana Small, Director Smart Grid and Technology, Pepco Holdings
Stephen Wemple, General Manager, Utility of the Future, Con Edison 

3:55 pm - 4:00 pm Quick Break  
4:10 pm - 5:00 pm

The Role of Storage, Solar, and Tariffs in Enabling Fast Charging Networks 

The changing landscape of DC fast charging, energy storage, on-site solar, and commercial EV tariffs in project economics 
are going to have grid impacts on some of the Northeast's most ambitious EV charging network programs. This session will prepare you and your organizations to thrive in all this change.

Garrett Fitzgerald, Principal, Electrification, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) 

David Funk, Senior Manager Business Development, Enel X
Judith Judson, Vice President Head of US Strategy, National Grid
David Sandbank, Vice President, Distributed Energy Resources, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Networking  

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Time Session    
2:00 pm - 2:55 pm

Using Policy to Create Revenue Streams for Solar + Storage 

This panel will explore which policies and programs work best to create durable revenue streams for solar and storage assets. Panelists will discuss the compensation frameworks and value streams that are key to driving growth and maximizing benefits to a wide range of customers, use cases, and the overall grid. 

Jeremy McDiarmid, Vice President, Policy & Government Affairs,
Northeast Clean Energy Council 

Luke Forster,
Business Analyst, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Marissa Paslick Gillett, Chair, Connecticut's Public Utilities Regulatory Authority
Sarah Bresolin Silver, Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs and Wholesale Markets Policy, ENGIE North America Inc.
Graham Turk, Innovation Strategist, Green Mountain Power 

2:55 pm - 3:00 pm Quick Break  
3:00 pm - 3:55 pm

Balancing Act: Land Use Policy to Meet a Growing Need for Renewable Energy 

In order to meet decarbonization goals in the Northeast, renewable energy must be deployed beyond rooftops and parking lots. Public policy must balance the protection of public space, agricultural needs, and the land required to meet rapidly growing demand for renewable energy. In this session, you will hear from experts across industry, government, and the nonprofit sector on the challenges of -- and solutions to -- finding the right land use balance for renewable energy.


Jessica Bacher, Executive Director, Land Use Law Center, Pace University 


Ed Brolin, Director, Public Policy, ConEd Clean Energy Businesses
Sarah Haggerty, Conservation Biologist/GIS Manager, Maine Audubon

Houtan Moaveni, Acting Executive Director, NYS Office of Renewable Energy Siting 


3:55 pm - 4:00 pm Quick Break  
4:00 pm - 4:55 pm

Interconnecting Distributed Energy Projects in the Northeast 

As distributed generation (DG) continues to grow across the region a number of states are considering policy changes to encourage streamlining interconnections, including studying the impact of projects in groups, and more fairly allocating system upgrade costs between project developers and utilities. This panel will discuss some of these revised policies under consideration and will focus on strategies that organizations can use this make this process quicker and more efficient. 

Janet Gail Besser, Managing Director, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) 

Noel Augustine,
Lead Engineer, DER Planning, Eversource
Kat Cox-Arslan, Director, Interconnection Policy, Borrego
Al McBride, Director, Transmission Services & Resource Qualification, ISO New England