Schedule

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Monday, November 9, 2020

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7:30 am - 5:30 pm Registration Open | A411-A412 Foyer
8:30 am - 10:00 am

Opening General Session | Room A404-A405

10:00 am - 5:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open | Room A411-A412
10:00 am - 11:00 am Bringing 100% Clean Energy to Virginia | Room A404-A405
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Electric Vehicle and the Evolution of the Distribution System | Room A402-A403
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A broad coalition of clean energy companies, environmental groups, and legislators have unveiled key pillars of a plan that puts Virginia on a path towards 100% carbon free by 2050. Hear why the Clean Economy Act is designed to ensure an equitable transition from fossil fuels to clean energy and how it intends to empower consumers to have more say in where they get their energy while reducing costs for consumers across the commonwealth and creating thousands of new jobs in the clean energy sector in the process. The panel will bring together utility planners and the industry to discuss the need for evolution of the local distribution system with the integration of Electric Vehicles. The panel will discuss both the opportunities and challenges that large EV fleets can pose to the grid, including the potential for Vehicle to Grid. Included in the discussion will be the impact of EVs on distribution planning and resilience and permitting.
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm Networking Lunch
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm NEM or not to NEM? Net metering, Successors and the Future of Distributed Generation | Room A404-A405
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The Case for Storage in the Southeast | Room A402-A403
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Existential threat or market opportunity? This panel will discuss recent happenings with respect to state net metering policies across the South and their implications for the business community. Panelists will also attempt to peer into the future and opine on the growing role of energy storage. As battery prices are plummeting, southeast utilities are turning to storage as a solution to enhance the value of existing solar projects. Hear from battery storage companies, utilities, and other storage experts on the benefits of hybrid projects including leveraging existing grid infrastructure, taking advantage of the ITC, and capitalizing on the declining costs of battery storage.
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm Improving Interconnection for Solar & Storage - Cluster Study vs Sequential
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The Prospect of Energy Market Reforms in the Carolinas | Room A402-A403
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This session will discuss common interconnection challenges for solar and storage in the Southeast, 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. A group of state lawmakers from North and South Carolina want to reshape the states' electricity markets by allowing competition for power production. What would moving toward a regional wholesale market mean for clean energy? What does utility business model reform mean for the future of renewables in the southeast? This session will focus on political and regulatory considerations in the growing call for energy market reform in the Carolinas.
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Tax, Energy, and Climate Policy in 2020: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Headed? | Room A404-A405
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Grid Modernization & Transmission Constraints in the Southeast | Room A402-A403
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Federal policy plays an important role in deploying more solar energy nationwide. To keep the solar industry on its current path of achieving deeper penetration in the energy sector over the next decade and beyond, we must continue to advocate for favorable federal policies that account for Solar’s positive impact on the nation’s economy and environment. Join us as we unpack the latest developments in Congress on the Investment Tax Credit and how federal policy on energy and climate will move the industry forward in 2020 and beyond. In vertically-integrated utilities, the management of transmission capacity has become a limiting issue for renewable energy development in some parts of the Southeast. This panel will dive into the technical aspects of existing transmission congestion and offer suggestions on how utilities, solar developers, storage providers, and transmission companies all have a role to play in solving this issue.
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Exhibit Hall Happy Hour

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

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8:00 am - 12:00 pm Registration Open | A411-A412 Foyer
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open | Room A411-A412
8:45 am - 9:10 am Planning for Resilience | Room A404-A405
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QuickTalk: Vanderbilt moving to carbon neutral in collaboration with TVA; a case study | Room A402-A403
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Hurricanes and flooding pose a major threat to utilities and our aging energy infrastructure, with storm surges often leading to power station shutdowns. How can we plan, design, and invest in a more resilient and reliable grid that benefits every customer? Drawing upon an innovative dialogue happening in New Orleans around a Resilient RPS and a recent Climate Change Vulnerability Study by ConEdison, this session will explore opportunities and barriers around planning a distribution system of the future. Information coming soon.
9:15 am - 9:35 am Planning for Resilience (continued)| Room A404-A405 QuickTalk, topic TBA | Room A402-A403
9:40 am - 10:05 am QuickTalk: The Value of Flexible Solar | Room A404-A405
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Modernizing IRPs | Room A402-A403
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Nearly all solar power purchase agreements (PPAs) to date involve compensation in terms of dollars per megawatt-hour (MWh) produced. This QuickTalk will focus on a model of solar procurement that addresses flexible operation contractually to ensure financeable projects and favorable overarching economics for the end consumer. By assessing the viability of a “solar tolling agreement” for PPAs, in which compensation is based on a fixed price per capacity ($/kW-month), perhaps with a small variable O&M component ($/MWh) would enable the utility or other off-take to specify flexible operation of the solar plant. Many states require utilities to file integrated resource plans with their state public utility commissions to plan for future demand in a cost-effective, risk-minimizing manner. Disruptive new technologies, shifting load profiles, aging infrastructure, and lower-cost renewables and energy storage are upending the traditional approach to long-term planning and introducing new concepts like Integrated System & Operations Planning (ISOP), a planning framework that optimizes capacity and energy resource investments across generation, transmission, customer delivery (distribution) and customer solutions. This session will explore the ways utilities should evaluate new resource options such as solar and paired storage to meet future resource needs, increase grid flexibility, and avoid stranded investments in the Southeast.
10:05 am - 10:30 am QuickTalk: DC Fast Charging in North Carolina: Behind the Numbers | Room A404-A405
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Modernizing IRPs (continued) | Room A402-A403
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Achieving the electric vehicle goals outlined in NC Governor Roy Cooper's Executive Order No. 80 will require significant investment in DC fast charging, particularly in rural areas and along corridors for tourism and interstate travel. Fortunately, progress continues to be made thanks to developments from local governments, electric utilities, the Volkswagen Settlement, Clean Cities Coalitions and others. This presentation will provide an overview of publicly accessible electric vehicle charging in North Carolina, with a focus on DC fast charging. It will cover where these stations are located and how many more are likely needed to support the 80,000-vehicle objective of Executive Order No. 80. (North Carolina is currently home to approximately 15,000 electric vehicles.) It will also highlight the players in this sector who are working to fill the gaps, and the efforts they are pursuing. Attendees will gain a detailed understanding of the state of electric transportation in North Carolina, where it looks to be headed and who’s helping to get us there.
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Overcoming Barriers to Corporate Demand for Renewables in the Southeast | Room A404-A405
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Topic TBA | Room A402-A40
Commercial and industrial customers that demand renewable energy in the Southeast face regulatory and market hurdles. This session will focus on the innovations in policy and market structure that can expand corporate access to cost-competitive renewables. Topic and description coming soon.

About Solar and Energy Storage Southeast

Solar Power Southeast has proven to be the premier solar event in the region. The event continues to grow in part due to the exponential solar growth that’s happening in the southeastern United States, as well as the passion the of the region. This year's event will host over 600 attendees and 60 exhibitors.

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