Utility Focus at RE+ Northeast

As the premier solar and energy storage event in the northeastern U.S., RE+ Northeast is your hub for innovative companies and thought leaders helping integrate renewable energy projects into utility planning.

Be sure to participate in these utility-focused sessions taking place onsite.

Opening Session: Defining the Opportunity: Carbon Reduction, Climate Change and Resilience
February 23 | 8:45 am - 10:00 am

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

Speakers

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

Climate Impacts and Utility Planning: How the Northeast is Preparing for Extreme Weather Events
February 23 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am ET

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? Speakers will unpack current adaptation plans and how they will contribute to a safe, reliable, clean and modern grid system.

The Garage Powerplant: Unlocking Residential Flexibility and Resiliency
February 23 | 11:40 am - 12:30 pm ET

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. This session features examples of successful programs for residential demand flexibility and resiliency, with a focus on electric vehicle charging and solar+battery storage. Panelists will construct a blueprint for launching similar programs in your area, including cost/benefit modeling, regulatory engagement, tariff design, customer experience, and day-to-day program administration.

Looking Ahead: Regulatory Opportunities and Challenges in the Northeast
February 23 | 11:40 am - 12:30 pm ET

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

Shock Me Like An Electric Fleet: How to Electrify a Commercial Vehicle Fleet
February 23 | 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm ET

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.

FERC Order 2222: Valuing DERs in the Wholesale Electricity Markets
February 23 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET

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.? The rule applies to all RTOs/ISOs under FERC jurisdiction, states and most utilities cannot opt out, and DERs are broadly defined as any resource located on the distribution system or behind a customer meter. This session will explore the 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. Join us as we consider this sweeping change in how DERs are valued and integrated into the grid, how grid participants and technology providers of virtually all types will be impacted, and the benefits, opportunities and challenges of broadly implementing the order.

From Challenge to Opportunity: Improving Community Engagement on Infrastructure Siting
February 24 | 9:00 am - 10:00 am ET

The energy industry will need to make substantial infrastructure investments to achieve our collective climate goals. As an industry, we also need to be more responsive to the concerns of local communities where infrastructure investments are needed. The panelists will discuss the challenges Northeast utilities are facing in siting infrastructure, even infrastructure which supports achievement of climate goals; 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 where we put infrastructure.

A Rapidly Evolving Energy System: Overcoming Transmission Challenges in the Northeast
February 24 | 9:00 am - 10:00 am ET

The rapidly evolving energy system and the technologies that support it create unique opportunities for innovative solutions to address transmission management issues, especially in the Northeast, but projects this big are never simple. This session will investigate technical and community issues relating to recent projects and forecasts from ISO-NE’s Transmission Study.

Interconnecting Distributed Energy Projects in the Northeast: Lessons Learned
February 24 | 10:10 am - 11:00 am ET

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

Featured Speakers


Patrick Woodcock
Commissioner
Massachusetts Department of Energy

Shadea Mitchell
Vice President of Client Success
Virtual Peaker

Joachim Lohse
Founder and CEO
AmpControl

Jeff Dennis
Managing Director and General Counsel
Advanced Energy Economy (AEE)

Check out the full list of session speakers and sessions

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Be sure to visit our exhibitors in-person, February 23-24 in Boston, MA, including:

  • APA Solar Racking
  • CAB Products
  • Canadian Solar USA
  • Eaton Corporation
  • EN Engineering, LLC
  • Nine Fasteners, Inc.
  • Titan Wire and Cable
  • Yaskawa Solectria Solar

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