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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Time Business, Technology, and Market Insights Track Policy and Regulation Track Resilience and Innovation Track
8:00 am
6:00 pm
Registration Open | Commonwealth Ballroom Foyer
8:30 am
10:00 am

Opening General Session (All registrants can attend) | Harbor Ballroom I

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10:00 am
6:00 pm
Exhibit Hall OpenGrand Ballroom
10:00 am
10:30 am
Networking Break |Grand Ballroom Foyer Sponsored by
10:30 am
11:25 am
Solar Portfolio Optimization |
Harbor Ballroom I
Moderator:
Zoe Berkery, Vice President, CleanCapital

Speakers:
Rob Andrews, Chief Executive Officer, Heliolytics Inc.
Thomas Biddinger, Vice President, Kenyon Energy, LLC

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The Future of Solar Compensation and Incentives in the Northeast |
Harbor Ballroom II
Moderator:
Dave Gahl, Director, State Affairs, Northeast, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Speakers:
Ilan Gutherz
, Senior Director, Policy and Strategy, Borrego Solar Systems
Jim Kennerly, Consultant, Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC

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Expectations for the Economics of Energy Storage Applications |
Harbor Ballroom III
Moderator: 
Nick Esch
, Senior Research Associate, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

Speakers:
Benjamin Downing, Vice President, New Market Development, Nexamp
Will Lauwers, Emerging Technology Director, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

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  This panel will focus on the ways in which you can optimally manage your solar assets. From efficient and cost effective O&M strategies, to thorough asset management and financial analyses. We will look at way to ensure a healthy PV system both from a technical and financial standpoint. And we will explore some of the new technologies allowing us to get there.
Clean energy ambitions in Northeastern states highlight the increased importance of getting incentive programs right so that the solar industry can scale as it continues to lower costs and become increasingly competitive. This session will discuss the future of incentive programs in the northeast, with a focus on New Jersey’s consideration of a successor to its current SREC program, the rollout of the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program in Massachusetts, and insights from the evolution of New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision.
Energy storage systems provide a wide array of technological capabilities to managing our power supply in order to create a more resilient energy infrastructure and bring cost savings to utilities and consumers. But how do we move beyond the hype and transition from talking about energy storage to a robust market for energy storage? This session will focus on the economic fundamentals of energy storage, its relationship with solar, value to the grid, and how the energy storage market will transform over the next five years.
11:30 am
12:30 pm
Key Pillars of Running a Healthy Solar Business |
Harbor Ballroom I

Moderator:
Boaz Soifer, Chief Executive Officer, BayWa r.e. Solar Systems LLC

Speakers:
Lamara d'Arbeloff, Procurement Manager, SunBug Solar

Peter Troast, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Energy Circle


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The Rules of a Better Road: Improving Interconnection for Solar and Storage
Harbor Ballroom II


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Municipal Utility Roundtable Discussion |
Harbor Ballroom III

Speakers:
Jesse Stowell, Director, Business Development, Encore Renewable Energy

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  With the changes in the solar market increasing complexity for contractors, the struggle to run healthy businesses is real. Join us to learn how some businesses are internally managing change in this evolving marketplace. Our expert panelists will share how they are addressing change by looking at the key metrics and strategies around main pillars of business health. Clear interconnection standards are the “rules of the road” of the grid. They are essential to maintaining system safety and reliability, while also enabling the adoption of solar energy and energy storage. This session will discuss common interconnection challenges for solar and storage in the Northeast, how to most appropriately address energy storage in interconnection standards, and best practices for interconnection timelines, fees, technical requirements, and other related processes critical to sustained solar and energy storage market growth. Municipally-owned utilities and are accountable to their communities, not shareholders. This provides opportunities to invest in solar power, emerging grid technologies, and revenue-generating, or cost-saving programs, without the same regulatory hurdle sof investor-owned utilities. This session will explore opportunities to partner with small utilities for new growth of solar in the Northeast.
12:30 pm
2:00 pm
Networking Lunch | Marina Ballroom
2:00 pm
3:00 pm
Community Solar in the Northeast |
Harbor Ballroom I

Moderator:

Jennifer Szaro, Vice President, Research and Education, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

Speakers:

David Hill, Director, Distributed Resources and Policy Fellow, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

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Updates on Energy Storage and Distributed Energy Resources in PJM and ISO-NE |
Harbor Ballroom II

Moderator:

Ari Peskoe, Director, Electricity Law Initiative, Harvard Law School

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Emerging Technologies Enabling Flexible Grid Management |
Harbor Ballroom III

 

Speakers:

Joe Crespo, Chief Executive Officer, Genbright LLC

Christopher Rauscher, Director, Policy and Storage Market Strategy, Sunrun

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  The ever-expanding promise of community solar has created buzz with utilities, developers, and customers, but what’s next for this unique business model in the Northeast? Will community solar plus storage become the norm? Can more “consumer friendly” product offerings be reconciled with efforts to make community solar projects financeable? Drawing from a diversity of experience, this session will investigate, analyze, and evaluate how to overcome key bottlenecks to the expansion of community solar in the northeast and better provide homeowners, renters, and businesses access to the benefits of shared solar energy generation. In this session, we will discuss PJM and ISO-NE’s plans for integrating energy storage into their markets. We will also highlight the key issues that may be slowing progress on a FERC rule requiring RTOs to facilitate participation of DER aggregators. FERC proposed a rule in late 2016 and held a technical conference in April 2018, and has not issued an update since.
What is the next innovation for the power sector now that solar and batteries are becoming the new normal? There is still plenty more digitization to come. Hear from companies leading in transactive energy, Internet-of-things, grid sensing and automation, and more. These technologies will have the potential to lower costs to consumers, increase system reliability and resilience, and better integrate solar, storage, EVs, and flexible demand to create the grid of the future.
3:05 pm
3:30 pm
Banking on Solar: Opportunities for Community and Regional Financial Institutions |
Harbor Ballroom I


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What the Hill is Going On? Harbor Ballroom II


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Utility Business Model Panel |
Harbor Ballroom III


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  This presentation will focus on how community and regional financial institutions (CRFIs), including community banks and credit unions, can provide a significant portion of the required capital while creating a large investment opportunity for themselves.
Come and hear an in-depth review of national trends for the solar industry from Washington, D.C. insiders. You will hear the latest details on tax reform in Congress, what you need to know about the U.S. solar trade dispute, and what SEIA is doing to protect your business in Washington, D.C. The world is changing for utilities. They are seeking new revenue streams to better align with the value of new technologies and to address declines from their traditional sources.

This case study based presentation  will investigate one such example of a utility’s evolution, what is next, and how they are responding to new market dynamics.

3:30 pm
4:00 pm
Networking Break in Exhibit Hall | Grand Ballroom Sponsored by
4:00 pm
5:00 pm
New England Development Beyond Massachusetts |
Harbor Ballroom I

Moderator:

Jamie Dickerson, Policy Analyst, Northeast Clean Energy Council

Speakers:

Chad Farrell, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Encore Renewable Energy


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Combating Myths Around the Costs of Solar |
Harbor Ballroom II


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Resilience and Microgrids |
Harbor Ballroom III

 

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  The development of solar projects in New England from design to commissioning requires a keen understanding of property taxes, and regional zoning laws. These variables will most directly affect the likelihood of a project moving forward and can create delays and drive up development costs when mistakes are made. 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. Details to come! The need for greater grid resilience in the face of growing threats from severe weather, cybersecurity, and physical threats to electricity delivery is creating a buzz for microgrids. Falling costs for distributed solar power and energy storage, coupled with advances in control technologies, are enabling a market for microgrids in a durable, sustainable way. This session will dig into the trends in the microgrid market with case studies to illustrate the drivers of adoption.
5:00 pm
6:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Happy Hour |
Grand Ballroom
7:30 pm
10:00 pm
Networking reception at Harpoon Brewery (Tickets sold separately for $100) 

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Time Business, Technology, and Market Insights Track Policy and Regulation Track Resilience and Innovation Track
8:30 am
1:30 pm
Registration Open | Commonwealth Ballroom Foyer
8:30 am
9:25 am
Financing Solar and Storage |
Harbor Ballroom I

Moderator: 

Mark Barnett, Partner, Foley Hoag LLP


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Cutting the Red Tape: How to Halve the Cost of Residential Solar in the U.S. |
Harbor Ballroom II

Moderator:

Justin Baca, Vice President, Markets and Research, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Speakers:

Philip Haddix, Director, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships, The Solar Foundation

Costa Nicolaou, Chief Executive Officer, PanelClaw, Inc.

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Unpacking the Future of EVs in the Northeast |
Harbor Ballroom III

Moderator:

Stephen Russell, Alternative Transportation Program Coordinator, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Speakers: 

Carlos Nouel, Vice President, Innovation and Development, National Grid

Matt Stanberry, Vice President, Market Development, Advanced Energy Economy

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  Details to come! Permitting fees, inconsistent code interpretation, wet stamps, truck rolls, redesign, delays, lost customers, meeting inspectors, frustration. They each add cost and those costs make your systems more expensive. More expensive systems are harder to sell, adding customer acquisition costs. It’s a vicious cycle that is far worse in the U.S. than in other developed countries and it contributes to a typical residential PV system in the U.S. costing twice is much in the U.S. as in Germany or Australia. Why? It doesn’t have to be this way. We can improve safety and quality while cutting unnecessary costs and massively expand the addressable market! Come learn about and join the effort to fix the process. Electric Vehicles are a promising opportunity for significant electric load growth not experienced over the past decade that presents important questions around cost recovery and rate design for industry, policymakers, and regulators alike. This session investigates what the electrification of vehicles means for the grid in the Northeast, including the importance of load management, and whether utilities should serve as facilitators, managers, or providers of EV charging stations.
9:30 am
10:00 am
Training and Retraining a Diverse Solar Workforce |
Harbor Ballroom I

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Overview of Renewable Thermal Incentives in Massachusetts |
Harbor Ballroom II

Speakers:

Meg Howard, Project Manager, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

Samantha Meserve, Renewable Thermal Program Coordinator, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

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Land Use and Community Engagement |
Harbor Ballroom III

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  The number of solar jobs has nearly tripled in the past seven years. However, the rise in solar jobs has gone hand-in-hand with shortages of skilled employees and women and people of color continue to face significant hurdles to achieving equal pay and positions in the solar industry. This session will highlight the importance of workforce development efforts and ongoing industry efforts around improving training and hiring more women, people of color, veterans, and underrepresented groups.  Details to come!
Responsible development is pivotal to community and utility-scale solar deployment. This session will continue dialogues between industry, local stakeholders and public officials around best practices in solar construction and maintenance, decommissioning, and co-locating solar projects with agriculture.
10:00 am
10:45 am
Networking Break | Grand Ballroom Sponsored by
10:00 am
2:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Open | Grand Ballroom
10:45 am
11:40 am
Opportunities and Challenges in C&I Solar |
Harbor Ballroom I

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Bringing Large-scale Solar to the Northeast |
Harbor Ballroom II

Speakers:

Melissa Kemp, Policy Director, Northeast, Cypress Creek Renewables

Paul Raducha, Senior Director, Kearsarge Energy

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What's New in Inverters? |
Harbor Ballroom III

Moderator:

Ryan Edge, Program Manager, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

Speakers:

Babak Enayati, Manager, Technology Deployment, National Grid

Emily Hwang, Applications Engineering Manager, Yaskawa Solectria Solar

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  Compared to residential and utility-scale projects, commercial development can range widely in size and complexity -- and depend heavily on state policies. This session will dive into the range of solar options available to large and small companies and discuss opportunities and challenges for C&I solar deals in the Northeast. Utility-scale solar is critical to helping the Northeast achieve its renewable energy targets. However, the Northeast is a land-constrained region, with unique siting and permitting barriers and without vast tracts of public land like in western states. This session will assess and identify barriers to development and discuss strategies for accelerating large-scale solar deployment in the Northeast. Recent updates to the standards governing inverters interconnecting with the grid are changing the way inverter-based resources are integrated. These changes are increasing the hosting capacity for solar generation while harnessing inverters capabilities to provide ancillary services. Hear from experts how these revisions affect your business and your customers.
11:45 am
12:15 pm
Construction Best Practices for Harsh Winter Conditions |
Harbor Ballroom I

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How to Make the MA SMART Program Work for You |
Harbor Ballroom II

Speakers:

Michael Judge, Director, Renewable and Alternative Energy Division, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

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Solar and EVs on Wineries Case Study |
Harbor Ballroom III

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  As more solar photovoltaic facilities are being installed in the northern regions of the United States and southern Canada, it’s important to avoid the costly consequences of frost heave on solar ground-mounts. This presentation covers best practices to address frost heave and harsh winter conditions during the design and construction phases of your project, along with methods for mitigating the impact frost heave can have on your photovoltaic facility. With the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program replacing Massachusetts’ successful solar renewable energy credits (SREC 2) program, understanding program requirements and latest developments with respect to SMART implementation will be critical in helping your business grow. This session will provide a deep dive into the new policy, including a review the SMART auction results, key issues in the SMART tariff, the role of the program administrator, and an up-to-minute timeline for SMART’s rollout. Wineries are working to offset the impacts of climate change through renewable energy initiatives on their farms. This session will include information on solar installation, EV charging stations, and sustainable initiatives that have been implemented to reduce consumption and aid in production efficiency.