2022 Schedule

Solar and Energy Storage Northeast is now RE+ Northeast! Below you'll find the preliminary schedule at-a-glance (subject to change) taking place in-person February 23-24, 2022.

Wednesday Thursday

Workshops available on Tuesday, February 22. View available workshops.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Galleria

Registration Open

8:45 am - 10:00 am
Harbor Ballroom

Opening Session: Defining the Opportunity: Carbon Reduction, Climate Change and Resilience

Utilities, energy companies, and policymakers across the Northeast are navigating the impacts of climate change on an evolving grid while striving to meet carbon reduction goals. Explore how our industry rises to the opportunities of planning for resilience while increasing clean energy deployment. Gain insight into how the evolving climate increases stress on our energy system and considerations needed to meet our ambitious goals to rapidly bring more clean energy to the grid.

Moderators

  • Julia Hamm, President and CEO, Smart Electric Power Alliance
  • Abigail Ross Hopper, President, Solar Energy Industries Association

Keynote Speaker

  • Dr. Jason Shafer, Professor, Atmospheric Sciences, Northern Vermont University; Director, Vermont Institute of Applied Meteorology

Speakers

  • Zaid Ashai, CEO, Nexamp
  • Patrick Woodcock, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Energy

10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Concourse Ballrooms

Exhibit Hall Open

10:00 am - 10:30 am
Concourse Foyers

Networking Break

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Harbor Ballrooms

Climate Impacts and Utility Planning: How the Northeast is Preparing for Extreme Weather Events

With extreme weather events occurring at a historic rate, climate models are becoming a key aspect of utility planning. Northeast utilities are following suit by investing in resilience including flood mitigation and coastal hardening. How will these investments impact carbon reduction efforts? Panelists will discuss current adaptation plans and how they will contribute to a safe, reliable, clean and modern grid system.

Moderator

  • Lakin Garth, Senior Manager, Research and Industry Strategy, SEPA

Speaker

  • Hector Artze, Partner, Guidehouse
  • Jen Schilling, Vice President, Grid Modernization, Eversource

State of the States: Are States on Track to Meet Their Own Renewable Energy Deployment Goals?

Will the Northeast states meet their renewable energy deployment goals and is a state-by-state perspective optimal? Panelists will discuss higher level transmission, ISO, regional implications and whether regional policies can work in conjunction with state policies to support accelerated deployment.

Moderator

Francis Pullaro, Executive Director, RENEW Northeast

Speakers

Liz Delaney, Senior Director, Wholesale Market Development, Borrego

Nathan Phelps, Regulatory Director, Vote Solar

11:40 am - 12:30 pm
Harbor Ballrooms

The Garage Powerplant: Unlocking Residential Flexibility & Resiliency

The road to a decarbonized energy system starts at home, and many of the technologies needed for residential decarbonization can moonlight as grid assets, including wholesale market participation. Panelists will discuss examples of successful programs for residential demand flexibility and resiliency, with a focus on electric vehicle charging and solar + battery storage, as well as a proposed blueprint for launching similar programs, including cost/benefit modeling, regulatory engagement, tariff design, customer experience, and day-to-day program administration.

Moderator

Graham Turk, Innovation Strategist, Green Mountain Power

Speakers

  • Heather Tebbetts, Manager, Liberty Utilities
  • Shadea Mitchell, VP of Client Success, Virtual Peaker
  • Isaac Maze-Rothstein, Client Relationship Manager, Leap
  • Giovanni Bertolino, Head of e-Mobility, Enel X North America

Looking Ahead: Regulatory Opportunities & Challenges in the Northeast

Hear from Northeast commissioners on important issues from their respective states including net metering reform, energy storage deployment, and implementing best practices and innovation toward carbon reduction efforts.

Moderator

  • Becca Trietch, Manager, Research and Industry Strategy, SEPA

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Marina Ballroom

Lunch and Networking Break

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Harbor Ballrooms

Shock Me Like an Electric Fleet: How to Electrify a Commercial Vehicle Fleet

Commercial fleets are a prime candidate for electrification, with predictable routes, central parking depots, and a focus on total cost of ownership. Panelists will discuss a real example of fleet electrification including the journey from initial concept to daily operation, vehicle financing, charging infrastructure, route planning, tariff optimization, and realized savings.

Speakers

  • Joachim Lohse, Founder and CEO, AmpControl
  • Tobias Lescht, Head of EV Infrastructure and Energy, Revel

Net Metering 2.0: What Will the Future of Customer Compensation Look Like?

The Northeast has a variety of NEM policies in place from VDER in NY to retail-rate NEM in Maine. The common thread throughout is that all current DG markets are in flux, contemplating future programs, and future compensation structures. With most Northeast states relying, in-part, on DG to meet their climate goals, the future of NEM is more important than ever.

Moderator:

Dave Gahl, Senior Director of State Policy, East, SEIA

Speaker

  • Courtney Feeley Karp, Senior Counsel, Klavens Law
  • Evan Dube, Vice President, Public Policy, Sunrun

State Deep Dive: New Jersey

Speaker

  • Erick Ford, Executive Director, New Jersey Energy Coalition

2:40 pm - 3:05 pm
Harbor Ballrooms

Quick Talk: Vineyard Wind 1, The First Offshore Wind Farm in the United States

Through Avangrid Renewables, Iberdola is taking part in the development of a large-scale offshore wind farm off the coast of the state of Massachusetts. This discussion will include the 800 MW capacity of Vineyard Wind 1 and how it will meet the energy needs of over 400,000 homes.

Quick Talk: New York’s Hydrogen Future

New York announced a partnership with NREL and others to study possible applications for green hydrogen. Interest in using hydrogen as a decarbonized fuel in a wide variety of applications and sectors is continuing to rise and the Biden Administration has made hydrogen investment a key cornerstone of their environmental and energy agenda. This discussion will include potential use cases NYSERDA and New York are exploring, recent investments within the state testing hydrogen for energy storage, transportation and heating, and policy needs going forward.

Speaker

  • John Lochner, VP, Innovation, NYSERDA

3:05 pm - 3:30 pm
Harbor Ballrooms

Quick Talk: Maine Community Resilience Partnership

Coastal communities throughout the Northeast are becoming increasingly vulnerable to disruptive weather events caused by a warming climate. This discussion will include how the Maine Community Resilience Partnership creates pathways to mitigate these increasing threats through an innovative grant process, eligible to communities and service providers alike.

Speaker

Carolyn Dougherty, Analyst, Research and Industry Strategy, SEPA

 

Quicktalk: Challenge to Opportunity: Improving Community Engagement and Environmental Justice in Infrastructure Siting

The energy industry will need to make substantial infrastructure investments to achieve collective climate goals, while staying attuned and responsive to the concerns of local communities where infrastructure investments are needed. Panelists will discuss the challenges Northeast utilities are facing in siting infrastructure, how to move beyond rhetoric of “energy equity” into community engagement, and specific strategies for working with communities to plan, build, and “leave better” the communities in which infrastructure is placed.

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Concourse Foyers

Networking Break

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Harbor Ballrooms

Clean Energy for All: How Can We Ensure Renewable Energy Systems are Deployed Equitably, so Everyone Reaps the Benefits?

From rooftop to community projects renewable energy systems can serve all ratepayers. Panelists will discuss states’ efforts to enact policies to support equitable deployment.

Speaker

  • Tolu Omotoso, Director, Energy Solutions, NRECA
  • Adaora Ifbeigh, Director of Impact, Sol Systems
  • Zack Gerson, Partner, Foley Hoag

FERC Order 2222: Valuing DERs in the Wholesale Electricity Markets

FERC’s groundbreaking Order 2222 directed RTOs and ISOs to open their electricity markets and enable aggregated DERs to participate for the first time. What are the implications for this significant mandate that will impact two-thirds of electricity customers in the U.S.? Panelists will discuss operating implications for DER providers, grid operators and distribution utilities as well as the evolving opportunities for battery energy storage, demand response, energy efficiency and electric vehicles.

Moderator

Darleen D. DeRosa, Regulatory/Policy and Industry Relations Director, Landis+Gyr

Speaker

  • Jeff Dennis, Managing Director and General Counsel, Advanced Energy Economy (AEE)
  • Nancy Chafetz, Senior Director of Regulatory and Government Affairs, Cpower
  • Michael Macrae, Regulatory Affairs, Enel Group
  • Chris Rauscher, Senior Director, Market Development & Policy, Sunrun

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Concourse Ballrooms

Exhibit Hall Happy Hour

7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Harpoon Brewery

Harpoon Brewery Networking Reception

Thursday, February 24, 2022

8:00 am - 1:30 pm
Galleria

Registration Open

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Harbor Ballrooms

Quicktalk: A Long Duration Storage Case Study
9:00 am - 9:30 am

Long duration energy storage solutions in hydrogen, electrical, mechanical, chemical, and thermal-electric energy storage innovation are vital to meeting clean energy goals in the Northeast. This discussion will include innovative and under-utilized long duration energy storage solutions, devices, software, controls, and other complementary technologies that lower associated costs, improve performance, and demonstrate integration with the power grid.

Speaker

  • Dan William Reicher, Senior Research Scholar, Stanford Woods Institute for Environment; former U.S. Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; and Director of Climate and Energy Initiatives, Google

Quicktalk: Early Learnings from MA’s Clean Peak Energy Standard
9:30 am - 10:00 am

Aggressive renewable portfolio standard and climate goals are driving rapid adoption of renewables across the country, but this new generation doesn’t always align with demand or offset the dirtiest plants, mitigating the economic and environmental benefits of renewable generation. Massachusetts’ Clean Peak Energy Standard, which took effect in 2020, represents a first-of-its-kind, market-based policy mechanism designed to support resources (primarily storage) that can help maximize the benefits of cleaner supply. This session will review the design of the Clean Peak Standard, share learnings and implications from the early years of the policy, and discuss the possibility of adopting similar policies in other jurisdictions. Attendees will leave with an understanding of how the Massachusetts Clean Peak Standard functions and how such a policy mechanism may bring benefits to other areas.

 

A Rapidly Evolving Energy System: Overcoming Transmission Challenges in the Northeast

Constant developments in the energy system and the technologies that support it create unique opportunities for innovative solutions to address transmission management issues, especially in the Northeast. Panelists will discuss technical and community issues, process improvements including comprehensive DER transmission analyses and grid forming inverters, and forecasts from ISO-NE’s Transmission Study.

Speakers

  • Goodarz Ghanavati, Principal, Eversource
  • Max Luke, Director of Commercial Operations, VEIR

10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Concourse Ballrooms

Exhibit Hall Open

10:10 am - 11:00 am
Harbor Ballrooms

Interconnecting Distributed Energy Projects in the Northeast: Lessons Learned

The Northeast is facing issues related to costs and timeline certainty in interconnection. Panelists will discuss how to remove these barriers, innovative approaches in the Northeast states, and a discussion of how lessons learned in other states can be leveraged in the Northeast.

Moderator

Sean Gallagher, Vice President of State & Regulatory Affairs, SEIA

Speaker

  • Jeremy McDiarmid, Vice President, Policy & Government Affairs, NECEC
  • Kelly Friend, Vice President, Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Nexamp
  • Gia Mahmoud, Head of Future of Electric, National Grid

Finance and Developer Roundtable

How do renewable energy projects ultimately receive funding? Panelists will discuss the state of renewable project finance, including challenges they’re facing in the current market, where they see room for innovation, and what the phase out of tax credits means for the solar and storage industries.

Moderator

Chris Gladbach, Partner, McDermott, Will & Emory

Speaker

  • Jesse Stowell, Chief Commercial Officer, Encore
  • Jessie Robbins, Vice President, Structured Finance and Tax Equity, Generate Capital

11:00 am - 11:30 am
Concourse Foyers

Networking Break

11:30 am - 12:15 pm
Harbor Ballrooms

What’s Next for Massachusetts?

Assuming the SMART program is eventually expanded to its full capacity, how long will it last and what should replace it? Panelists will discuss lessons learned from SMART and how can the next program be simplified.

Moderator

Eric Steltzer, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Speakers

  • Elizabeth Mahony, Deputy Chief of Staff for Cabinet Affairs and Policy, Massachusetts Attorney General Office
  • Jonathan Persaud, Chief Commercial Officer, Grasshopper Energy
  • Jessica Robertson, Director of Policy and Business Development, New England, Borrego