Preliminary Schedule

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Time Session    
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

General Session

Information Coming Soon

 
1:25 pm - 2:00 pm Live Session TBD  
2:00 pm - 2:55 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. 

 

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

 

Speakers: 
Kelly Friend, Vice President, Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Nexamp 
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  
3:00 pm - 3:55 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. 

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

The Role of Storage, Solar, and Tariffs in Enabling Public 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.

 

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

 

Speakers:
Judith Judson, Vice President Head of US Strategy, National Grid 

 

 
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. 

 

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

 

Speakers:
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.

 

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

 

Speakers:
Ed Brolin, Director, Public Policy, ConEd Clean Energy Businesses
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. 

 

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