Urban Energy Storage

Urban Energy Storage

April 20, 2022 | Online :: Central Time


Energy storage systems (ESS) are critical in the energy transition from fossil fuels to clean energy. ESS are emerging as a key solution for successfully integrating high shares of wind and solar renewables in global power systems. Energy storage provides an integrated solution to North America’s most critical energy needs: electric grid modernization, reliability, and resilience; sustainable mobility; flexibility for a diverse and secure, all-of-the-above electricity generation portfolio. Despite already demonstrating compelling economics in multiple transmission and distribution grid-connected scenarios, ESS deployments remain limited in urban areas primarily due to things such as safety concerns, lack of standardization, interconnection, and installation feasibility as well as noise ordinances.

Many densely populated urban areas are in continuous growth and they need innovative technologies to resolve the evolving energy challenges. Energy storage systems are critical tools to overcome these challenges and a sustainable solution to increase renewable deployment. As a result, industry focus on ESS is shifting to safety, ease of installation and footprint to complement cost and performance metrics. Furthermore, urban energy storages help improve the security of power supplies and lowers the chance of sabotage. This symposium will provide utility case studies and energy storage experts will share what is necessary to enable rapid ESS adoption in urban areas. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Review types of safety hazards for batteries particularly in an urban setting
  • Identify the different types of safety hazards for batteries
  • Review what energy storage companies must prove to be sited by state regulators
  • Review what developers look for when considering storage projects
  • Discuss pre-incident planning and standards for mitigating hazards for battery storage
  • Examine installation measures for batteries
  • Discuss the challenges and opportunities for deploying energy storage in urban environments
  • Discuss how to design for safety and operating safely
  • Examine installation measures for batteries


Wednesday, April 20, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Course Timing


9:00 – 9:15 a.m. :: Overview and Introductions

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. :: Morning Session: Key Considerations for Urban Energy Storage

Session Overview

Energy storage is set to increase by over 40% each year in markets around the world until 2025.  As a result, utilities across many countries are rapidly deploying energy storage technologies and more utilities look to deploy storage in urban areas. In more densely populated areas, energy storage can involve more resilient and flexible energy systems with higher levels of energy security through integration of locally produced energy. In this session, attendees will gain a better understanding of the factors driving energy storage adoption and why it is essential to understand the constraints that urban energy storage imposes.

Morning Session Speakers:

An Overview of Urban Energy Storage and Key Factors to Consider

Doug Houseman, Principal Consultant, Burns & McDonnell

What Energy Storage Companies Must Prove in Order to be Sited by State Regulators

Andrew Kaplan, Partner, Pierce Atwood LLP

Optimizing Enclosure Design for Energy Storage

Jim Siffring, Director of Sales – Girtz Industries


12:45 – 1:30 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:45 – 4:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Session: Utility Case Studies


Utilities are carefully evaluating when it makes sense to invest in energy storage and under what configuration, size, and operational use case to do so. Energy storage is the ultimate in malleable grid resources, acting as generation, load, and a grid reliability resource. Cities with more densely populated urban areas require more concentrated distribution circuits delivering higher voltage power thereby driving the creation and need for an urban energy storage market. This session will include several utility case studies on urban energy storage deployment. The session will explore the various benefit streams of implementing urban energy storage, the safety considerations and how planning must evolve to capitalize on urban storage.

Afternoon Session Speakers:

Energy Storage Deployment in Dense Urban Environments: Challenges and Opportunities

Mohamed Kamaludeen, Project Manager Energy Storage, Consolidated Edison

Pre-Incident Planning and Standards for Mitigating Hazards

Sharon A. Bonesteel, Energy Storage System Safety & Codes WG Leader, Salt River Project

CMS Energy Battery Fire: Corporate Response and Lessons Learned

Chuck Hookham, Executive Director, CMS Energy (invited)


Doug Houseman, Utility Modernization Lead, Burns & McDonnell

Doug Houseman is a long-time industry veteran who is a member of the Gridwise Architecture Council (GWAC), chair of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Intelligent Grid and Emerging Technology Coordinating Committee, and a NIST Resiliency Fellow. He has been working on storage issues since 1980, when he was involved with several DOD projects.

Andrew Kaplan, Partner, Pierce Atwood LLP

Andrew Kaplan focuses his practice on providers of energy storage, demand response, ancillary services, and electricity and gas transmission and supply, both in the wholesale and retail markets. He regularly represents clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Independent System Operators/Regional Transmission Operators (NYISO, ISO-NE, PJM, Midcontinent ISO, California ISO, SPP and ERCOT), and many state public utility commissions. Andrew has won significant rulings before FERC that helped to pave the way for growth among leaders in the energy storage industry.

With more than 25 years of energy law experience, Andrew acts as a strategic advisor to companies seeking private equity, venture capital, and government loans, and provides legal and business guidance to help obtain key U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) loans, state grants, and incentive tax credits/production tax credits for renewable projects. He also helps facilitate the approval process for federal, state, and local permits, assuring compliance with state siting and grid interconnection requirements. He earned his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law and his B.A. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Jim Siffring, Director of Sales – Girtz Industries

Jim has been in the electrical/electronic and power industries since 1986 when he enlisted in the US Air Force.  He graduated from the USAF Precision Measurement Equipment course at Lowry Air Force Base in 1987.  During his military service he attended Air Force Community College, earning an AAS in Electronic Systems Technology.  After discharge he attended Metropolitan State University working toward a BSMET. Since then, he has worked in Energy Storage and Power Generation industries as an Electronics & Instrumentation Tech, Technical Writer, Commissioning / Project Engineer, Application Engineer, Power Systems Sales Rep and Generator Product Manager.  He is currently Director of Sales for Girtz Industries, an engineering and packaging company specializing in power generation and energy storage enclosures based in Monticello, IN. 

Mohamed Kamaludeen, Project Manager Energy Storage, Consolidated Edison

Mohamed Kamaludeen is a Project Manager with more than 10 years of professional service in the electric power industry.  His experience spans the breadth and depth of the electric system planning process including Engineering and Design, Forecasting, Substation Planning and Energy Storage. He leads the integration of Utility-scale battery systems into the distribution architecture and develops new business models to optimize benefits to the grid and customers. His portfolio of projects advances the utility’s stake in integrating energy storage to achieve New York State Clean Energy goals and the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) objectives. His professional and personal background affords him the technical and policy tools necessary for making a more resilient and resourceful grid. Mohamed graduated from Clarkson University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and later earned two master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and Economics from the City College of New York.  He is pursuing a PhD in Electrical Engineering with research focus on energy storage systems.

Sharon A. Bonesteel, Energy Storage System Safety & Codes WG Leader, Salt River Project

Ms. Bonesteel has over 30 years of experience in the Construction Industry; including directing operations at her architectural firm, providing expert witness on building code issues, as well as jurisdictional code enforcement. She brings this experience to the utility industry, leading an enterprise wide energy storage team on the safe deployment of Energy Storage Systems at the Salt River Project. She participates in the technical committees writing the codes and standards related to Energy Storage Systems, and develops Pre-Incident Plans and Emergency Response Plans for their installations. Bonesteel is a licensed Architect in California and Arizona, an ICC Certified Building Official and Commercial Energy Inspector, an Arizona State Certified Fire Inspector, and a CA Emergency Management Safety Assessment Coordinator. She is SRP’s voting representative to the ICC Code Development Process and a member of the Board of Directors of NAATBatt International. She is an alumni of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Architecture.

Chuck Hookham, Executive Director, CMS Energy

Mr. Hookham has over 36 years of experience in the electric power and other heavy industrial sectors, involved with project development, strategic planning, engineering, and EPC delivery of domestic and international projects for industrial, utility, and independent power producers. His recent focus has been on energy storage, integrated resource plans, economic/technical analyses, risk analysis, generation/transmission siting studies, and EPC project management. He has been active nationally in infrastructure improvement, energy efficiency, sustainability, and resilience. In the 1980s, he assisted in piloting DTE Electric’s customer-focused energy management practice. More recently, he has led the development, design, and construction of wind farm, biomass combustion and gasification, solar photovoltaic, grid battery storage, T&D, and multiple international natural gas-fired generation projects. He also co-authored the City of Ann Arbor’s Sustainability and Climate Action Plans. Chuck has a Bachelor of Science degree along with Post Graduate Studies, Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign and a Master of Business Administration (MBA, Int’l. Finance) from Eastern Michigan University.

Online Delivery

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Urban Energy Storage

April 20, 2022 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 895.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 3,580.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 6,265.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 10,740.00 (40% discount)

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Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

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Pack of 10 attendees - $ 6,265.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 10,740.00 (40% discount)

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Requirements For Successful Completion Of Program

Participants must log in and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies and PowerPoint presentations will be used in this program.

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 7.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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Who Should Attend

Individuals working in the following areas will benefit from attending this event:

  • Distributed level renewable energy project developers
  • Grid level renewable energy project developers
  • Utility management
  • Technical staff
  • Regulators
  • RTOs/ISOs
  • Consultants
  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Renewables system
  • Solicitation / Procurement staff
  • Resource Planning staff
  • Transmission staff
  • Distribution staff
  • Regulatory staff
  • Storage vendors

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