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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Time Session    
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Workshop: 2020 NEC Updates LEARN MORE
10:00 am - 4:30 pm Workshop: Ready for Commercial Lift-Off: U.S. Offshore Wind Joins Solar, Storage in Decarbonization Efforts LEARN MORE
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm Workshop: Solar 101 LEARN MORE

 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Time Business, Technology, and Market Insights Track Policy and Regulation Track Energy Storage, 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

8:30 am - 8:35 am | Welcome and Introductions

Speakers:

Abigail Ross Hopper, Chief Executive Officer & President, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Janet Gail Besser, Managing Director, Regulatory Innovation & Utility Business Models, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)


8:35 am - 9:15 am | The Evolution of Utility Business Models

Moderator:

Janet Gail Besser, Managing Director, Regulatory Innovation & Utility Business Models, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

Speaker:

Steven Camerino, Chief Executive Officer, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative


9:20 am - 10:00 am | SEIA Opening General Session

Moderator:

Abigail Ross Hopper, Chief Executive Officer & President, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

10:00 am - 6:00 pm Exhibit Hall OpenGrand Ballroom
10:00 am - 10:30 am Networking & Coffee Break |Grand Ballroom Foyer
10:30 am - 11:30 am

Development and Financing Trends in the Northeast | Harbor Ballroom I

Moderator:

Sara Mattern, Attorney, Foley Hoag LLP

Speakers:

Sripradha Ilango, Chief Financial Officer, Soltage

Joe Ritter, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Seminole Financial Services

Jessie Robbins, Senior Director, Structured Finance, Sol Systems

Peter Tawczynski, Chief Financial Officer, Nexamp

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Streamlining Interconnection Procedures in the Northeast | Harbor Ballroom II 

Moderator:

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

Speakers:

Andrew Belden, Director, Customer Solar Program, Eversource Energy

Jeff Lord, Senior Vice President, Project Development, Clean Energy Collective

Marc Montalvo, President, Principal Consultant, Daymark Energy Advisors

Kavita Ravi, Utility and Technical Services & Senior Director, BlueWave Solar

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Integrating DERs into RTOs/ISOs | Harbor Ballroom III

Moderator:

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

Speakers:

Joe Crespo, Chief Executive Officer, Genbright LLC

Liz Delaney, Director, Wholesale Market Development, Borrego Solar Systems

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  In this session, industry experts 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 mean for the solar and storage industries. With more and more distributed generation coming on-line across the region, interconnection has become an increasingly challenging step—and frequent barrier—in getting a project across the finish line. With higher volumes of applications and technical challenges on the grid, this panel will get into near-term strategies for improving the interconnection process for all projects. Unlocking the value of DERs requires those resources being able to participate in all markets and programs possible. DERs can blur the line between transmission and distribution resources. How are RTO/ISOs enabling this transition? What hurdles remain? How should state policymakers react/account for these changes?
11:40 am - 12:30 pm

Effectively Engaging (DER) Stakeholders in Utility Grid Modernization Plan Development | Harbor Ballroom I

Moderator:

Elizabeth Wilson, Professor, Dartmouth

Speakers:

Tim Roughan, Director, Regulatory Strategy, National Grid

Brandon Smithwood, Director, Policy, Dimension Renewable Energy

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Community Solar and Agriculture | Harbor Ballroom II

Moderator:

Dave Gahl, Senior Director, State Affairs, Northeast, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Speakers:

Hannah Muller, Director, Public Policy, Clearway Energy Group

Erika Niedowski, Northeast Director, Coalition for Community Solar Access

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Business Strategies for New Growth Opportunities in an Evolving Market |Harbor Ballroom III

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  For DER stakeholders to participate in utility grid mod planning it’s helpful to understand how utilities look at modernizing the grid. In this Fireside chat we’ll do a deep dive into what grid mod means and how DERs could play a role in the utility of the future. In addition, we'll do a deep dive into what grid mod means, how DERs could play a role in the utility of the future, and how DERs are changing the utility landscape. Across America, small farmers are securing the long-term viability of their operations by entering into lease agreements with community solar projects. This session will explore the ways in which community solar can benefit small farms and the communities in which they reside. The panelists will also discuss ways to improve the Massachusetts “dual-use” agriculture and solar program, and whether there are other ways to further encourage collaboration between agricultural industry and community solar firms. The solar+ decade is here and you are probably thinking of ways to put your business ahead of the curve. This panel of innovative industry leaders will identify strategies you can apply to your existing business to investigate new opportunities for growth and consistency in an evolving market. Topics covered will include: updates on the “energy as a service” market and new opportunities such as battery storage, electric vehicle charging, and smart home technologies.
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Networking Lunch | Marina Ballroom 

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Community Solar & Storage - Rebuilding the Grid, Together? | Harbor Ballroom I

Moderator:

Ben Downing, Vice President, New Market Development, Nexamp

Speaker:

Juliana Mandell, Director, Policy and Business Development, ENGIE North America

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The Solar+ Manufacturing Opportunity: Lessons Learned and the Road Ahead | Harbor Ballroom II

Moderator:

Colin Silver, Chief Content Officer, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) 

Speakers:

Costa Nicolaou, Chief Executive Officer, PanelClaw, Inc.

Miles Russell, Director, Product Management, Yaskawa Solectria Solar

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DER Integration to Capture Value for All Customers | Harbor Ballroom III

Moderator:

Justin Woodard, Principal Engineer, National Grid

Speaker:

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

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  Community solar is driving solar growth across multiple markets and becoming a key portion of nearly every solar market in the US. Energy storage deployments are reshaping the Grid. Given that, it is only natural for CS and storage to overlap, as they have in MA & NY. What is the future of community solar & storage? Are Northeast markets the exception or the rule? If they are the rule, how do we make the most of these two markets overlapping?
What are the challenges and opportunities for the future of solar+ manufacturing? This session will bring together leaders in manufacturing to discuss pathways and policies for building a strong domestic supply chain for solar and other clean energy technologies in the U.S., including federal R&D programs, state and local investment, long-term sustainability and risk management. Understanding the role of DERs in creating distribution value can be complicated and difficult to understand. This panel will focus on trying to demystify values and provide ways in which you can utilize different assets to create value. The panel will also discuss the challenges and opportunities for DER in capturing this integration value.
2:40 pm - 3:05 pm

Built to Last: Best Practices for High-Quality Commercial Solar Projects | Harbor Ballroom I

Moderator:

Shawn Shaw, Head, Solar and Energy Storage, Natural Power

Speakers:

Brian Ewing, Senior Project Manager, Swinerton Renewable Energy

Mike Zimmer, Vice President, Development, New England, Soltage

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QuickTalk: Prevailing Wage Requirements & Solar: Ensuring Growth and Success of the Solar Industry | Harbor Ballroom II 
Presenter:

Dave Gahl, Senior Director, State Affairs, Northeast, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

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QuickTalk: Our Fragmented DER Community - Why Open Source is a Game Changer | Harbor Ballroom III
Presenter:

Shuli Goodman, Executive Director, Linux Foundation Energy

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  Will the scheduled step-down of renewable tax credits impair commercial solar project economics? How do we ensure investors are getting the best possible system for their investment? How do we ensure the system operates safely, reliably and aligns with expected finance modeling? This session will focus on best practices to build confidence among potential solar customers, regulators, investors, rating agencies, and other stakeholders that C&I solar systems are a valuable building improvement, a consistent and long-term source of electricity generation, and a credit-worthy investment asset class. The transition to clean energy will require a massive increase in renewable jobs. In states across the country and in Washington, organized labor has sought to ensure many of the new jobs created in the renewable industry are union jobs. Join us for a quick discussion of the impacts of prevailing wage requirements in key states, strategies for working with our friends in labor, and policy approaches from different jurisdictions.
With industry changes rapidly advancing the use of DERs to meet grid flexibility needs, we need to ensure DER software platforms are built via an open source community so that a common foundation supports interoperability and data sharing used by a host of players - from ISOs, utilities, vendors to customers. This is essential to ensure a workable, nimble and scalable transactive energy platform for DERs. What can the electric industry learn from other industries that are built on open source code? How does the open source software development process work, and who needs to be involved? What does the future energy world look like with and without open source platforms? This panel /speaker will address how and why open source is a game changer, and how an active developer community can change the profile of utilities to be able to manage flexibility services, such as digital substations, predictive maintenance, microgrids and IoT energy platforms, and vehicle to grid, grid balancing.
3:05 pm - 3:30 pm

Built to Last: Best Practices for High-Quality Commercial Solar Projects (continued) | Harbor Ballroom I

QuickTalk: Northeast by the Numbers: A Data-Driven Look Back and Ahead | Harbor Ballroom II

Presenter:

Shawn Rumery, Director, Research, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

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QuickTalk: EV Managed Charging: Lessons from Utility Pilot Programs | Harbor Ballroom III

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    Join SEIA Director of Research Shawn Rumery as he unpacks the deployment, procurement and workforce trends that shaped 2019 in northeast markets, as well as the opportunities and challenges these markets can expect to face as we progress into 2020. Electric Vehicles will become a significant load on the electric grid in the coming years. Managed Charging is a crucial piece in allowing consumers and the grid to reap the benefits of EVs. This QuickTalk will define managed charging, outline current barriers and opportunities, and give an overview of best practices to ensure EVs are grid assets and not grid liabilities.
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Networking Break | Harbor Ballroom Foyer
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

To Account or Not to Account: Evaluating DERs as a Non-Wires Solution in Distribution System Planning? | Harbor Ballroom I

Moderator:

Brenda Chew, Senior Manager, Research, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

Speakers:

Marie Schnitzer, Lead Project Manager, Non-Wires Alternative Solutions, National Grid

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Regulatory Strategies for Achieving Carbon Reduction Goals | Harbor Ballroom II

Speakers:

Courtney Feeley Karp, Senior Counsel, Klavens Law Group, P.C.

Nathan Phelps, Regulatory Director, Vote Solar

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Energy Resiliency and Microgrids: Model for a Just Transition | Harbor Ballroom III

Moderator:

Jared Leader, Manager, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

Speaker:

Todd Olinsky-Paul, Project Director, Clean Energy Group / Clean Energy States Alliance

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  Transparency on data about needs on the distribution system can ensure that distributed energy resource providers are afforded the opportunity to identify all opportunities where they may be able to provide more cost-effective solutions. This session will discuss key considerations for evaluating NWS in context of benefit-cost analysis (BCA) for a range of DERs including energy efficiency, demand response, solar PV, and energy storage. The session will share perspectives depending on whether the DER owner is a utility or third party vendor, criteria for how NWS evaluation ties into distribution planning, and consideration of FOM and BTM permutations of NWS. After the legislation has passed, the real work begins. Carbon reduction strategies need to be executed in PUC proceedings, state and regional programmatic efforts and, ultimately, through the deployment of clean energy. Come listen to a variety of perspectives on the ways in which creative regulatory approaches can help us reach our climate goals. Historically LMI communities have been hit harder by disasters and associated grid outages than the general population. And these communities typically have fewer resources available to help them recover after a disaster. Now that installations of solar PV coupled with battery storage (solar+storage) are becoming more common in commercial markets, how can we ensure that disadvantaged communities also take advantage of this clean energy system.
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Happy Hour  | Exhibit Hall

7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Networking Reception  | Harpoon Brewery

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time Business, Technology, and Market Insights Policy Regulation Energy Storage, Resilience, and Innovation
8:00 am
1:30 pm

Registration Open | Commonwealth Ballroom Foyer

9:00 am
10:00 am

Overcoming Land Use Issues in the Northeast | Harbor Ballroom I

Moderator:

Sean Gallagher, Vice President, State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Speakers:

Sean Garren, Senior Director, Northeast, Vote Solar

Elizabeth Glynn, Managing Director, Community Solar, BlueWave Solar

Ilan Gutherz, Vice President, Policy and Strategy, Borrego Solar Systems

Sarah Haggerty, Conservation Biologist/GIS Manager, Maine Audubon

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New Jersey Deep Dive | Harbor Ballroom II

Moderator:

Scott Weiner, Principal, SAW Associates LLC

Speakers:

Annika Colston, President and Founder, AC Power, LLC

Robin Dutta, Market Development & Policy, Eastern US, SunPower Corporation

Robert Pohlman, Director, Business Development and M&A, New Jersey Resources

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Planning for Electric Vehicle Growth in the Northeast | Harbor Ballroom III

Speaker:

Rachel Flynn-Kasuba, Manager, Clean Transportation Growth, National Grid

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  How can we create stronger set of services and tools to educate local communities and county commissioners about the benefits of solar and potential multi-use opportunities associated with solar deployments to establish best practices relating to land use? Learn from our panel of industry experts about land use barriers and opportunities for efficiencies. New Jersey has been an early leader in solar energy. Forward-thinking energy polices and state incentive policies have made New Jersey a perennial top-10 solar state. A final Transition Plan will allow projects in the pipeline to move forward and help New Jersey achieve its clean energy goals. This session will offer a deep dive into the New Jersey market, and how a balanced order will protect investments and keep New Jersey on track in meeting its clean-energy goals. There are predicted to be 7 million EVs on the roads by 2025. Electric Vehicles could dramatically shift load shapes and impact grid planning and electricity markets. Hear how the Northeast market has grown and how utilities are managing the rise in electricity demand driven by electric vehicles.
10:00 am
2:00 pm
Expo Hall Open | Grand Ballroom Foyer
10:10 am
11:00 am

PPA vs. Community Solar: Utilizing Commercial Rooftops for Optimal Value Creation | Harbor Ballroom I

Speaker: 

Sandhya Murali, Co-founder & Chief Operating Officer, Solstice

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Maine Deep Dive | Harbor Ballroom II 

Moderator:

Catherine Morehouse, Reporter, Utility Dive

Speakers:

Dan Burgess, Director, Maine Governor’s Energy Office, State of Maine

Kathryn Chelminski, Senior Manager, New Market Development, Ameresco

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Storage for the New Grid | Harbor Ballroom III

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  There are many urban areas where rooftop space exists and is suitable to host a solar facility, but the building owner/ tenant doesn’t have the necessary load, meet the necessary underwriting criteria, or have power costs that economically justify the existence of a system. Find out how community solar on C&I rooftops can offer an optimal solution for this challenge and can provide economic benefits that surpass the typical savings from a PPA. Over a gigawatt of solar and storage projects have entered interconnection queues since the Pine Tree State passed sweeping legislation aimed at kickstarting renewable energy development. Learn how the state is turning solar policy around and what to keep your eyes on as stakeholders determine the best ways to make solar grow in Maine. Energy storage is an important part of building the modern energy grid, helping drive reliability, resilience, and the integration of renewable energy resources. Hear how the storage market is expanding in Northeastern states and views on the role of storage in the grid of the future.
11:00 am
11:30 am
Networking & Coffee Break | Expo Hall
11:30 am
12:30 pm

Massachusetts Deep Dive | Harbor Ballroom I

Moderator:

Jon Chesto, Reporter, Boston Globe

Speakers:

Becky Gallagher, Manager, Project Development Strategy, SunPower Corporation

John Murphy, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Nexamp

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  This session will unpack the latest developments with the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) incentive program, including perspectives on an appropriate program expansion, changes to program requirements, fixes to lingering implementation issues, proposed penalties on larger scale solar deployment, and what these developments mean for the long-term success of the solar industry in Massachusetts.

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