Grid Modernization Virtual Summit

Grid Modernization Virtual Summit

April 8-9, 2024 | Online :: Central Time

The EUCI Grid Modernization Virtual Summit is a two-day online platform convening utility professionals and industry experts to discuss the pivotal challenges and opportunities in the journey towards a resilient, reliable, and technologically advanced grid. With a focus on collaboration, innovation, and strategic planning – hear from a powerhouse lineup of industry experts and visionaries who are leading the way in grid modernization.

Register now to examine strategies and gain insights on navigating the complexities of grid modernization. Be part of a transformative dialogue as we delve into the most pressing topics shaping the evolution of our nation’s electric grid. Uncover the transformative potential of artificial intelligence, data analytics, and emerging technologies in optimizing grid operations and driving efficiency. With this conference, stay at the forefront of technological advancements and the evolving regulatory landscape driving the future of the U.S. electric grid.

Learning Outcomes

  • U.S. Grid State of Affairs: Gain comprehensive insights into the existing state of the electric grid in the United States, encompassing its challenges, limitations, and opportunities for enhancement
  • Technological Advancements and Innovations: Explore the latest technologies and innovations driving grid modernization, including renewable energy integration, smart grid advancements, IoT applications, and grid resilience solutions
  • Policy and Regulatory Framework: Discuss the intricate interplay between governmental policies, regulations, and industry initiatives shaping the modernization of the electric grid, and their impacts on utility operations and consumer experiences
  • Integration of Renewable Energy Sources: Identify strategies and best practices for the seamless integration of renewable energy sources into the grid, understanding their impacts on stability, reliability, and sustainability
  • Grid Resilience and Cybersecurity: Explore the measures, protocols, and technologies employed to fortify the grid against cyber threats, natural disasters, and other potential disruptions, ensuring its robustness and reliability
  • Economic Implications and Investment Strategies: Evaluate the economic landscape surrounding grid modernization, including investment opportunities, funding models, cost implications, and the financial viability of technological advancements
  • Collaboration and Future Roadmap: Foster collaborations among stakeholders, policymakers, industry leaders, and innovators to collectively envision and strategize the future of grid modernization in the United States
  • Ethical and Environmental Considerations: Examine the ethical implications and environmental impact of grid modernization initiatives, aiming for sustainability, equity, and responsible energy consumption practices
  • Practical Implementations and Case Studies: Explore real-world case studies and successful implementations of grid modernization projects, understanding their challenges, successes, and lessons learned

Agenda

Monday, April 8, 2024 : Central Time

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch Break

8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Conference Timing

 

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Welcome Remarks, Event Overview and Virtual Instructions

Leo Martinez, Program Director, EUCI

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. :: Keynote Fireside Chat: Empowering Tomorrow: The Imperative of U.S. Grid Modernization

In the pursuit of a sustainable and technologically advanced energy future, the modernization of the U.S. transmission grid emerges as a linchpin for progress. This keynote fireside delves into the crucial importance of upgrading and modernizing the transmission grid to meet the evolving demands of our dynamic energy landscape and growing population.

We will touch upon the strategic significance of transmission grid modernization in enhancing grid reliability, accommodating renewable energy integration, and fostering a resilient energy infrastructure. Attendees will learn about the impact of modern technologies, such as advanced sensors, communication networks, and grid analytics, in optimizing grid operations.

Attendees will gain insights into the economic benefits, environmental considerations, and societal impacts associated with transmission grid modernization.

Commissioner Allison Clements, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. :: Navigating Change: Implications of Smart Grid Innovation to Market Structure

Join us for an enlightening session that delves into the profound changes brought about by smart grid innovation and its transformative impact on market structures. This session will explore the implications of smart grid technologies on market dynamics, regulatory frameworks, and the evolving roles of stakeholders in the energy landscape.

Key topics include, but are not limited to:

Market Evolution in the Age of Smart Grids:
Gain insights into the evolving market structures as a result of smart grid innovation. Explore how the integration of advanced technologies reshapes traditional market paradigms and opens avenues for new players.

Role of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs):
Dive into the changing dynamics of market participation with the rise of distributed energy resources. Understand how smart grid technologies facilitate the seamless integration of DERs, altering the energy supply chain and market interactions.

Consumer Empowerment and Participation:
Explore the empowerment of consumers in the smart grid era. Learn how innovations in technology enable greater consumer participation, from demand response programs to decentralized energy generation, impacting market dynamics.

Grid Flexibility and Market Efficiency:
Uncover the implications of enhanced grid flexibility on market efficiency. Discuss how smart grids enable real-time adjustments, optimize energy flows, and create opportunities for more efficient market operations.

Regulatory Adaptation and Policy Implications:
Examine the challenges and opportunities for regulatory frameworks in adapting to smart grid innovations. Discuss policy implications and the need for agile regulations that foster innovation while ensuring fair market practices.

New Business Models and Market Entrants:
Investigate emerging business models spurred by smart grid advancements. Understand the entry of new market players and their roles in the ecosystem, from technology providers to service integrators.

M.D. Sakib, Director, Future of Electric, National Grid

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. :: Morning Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. :: Panel Discussion: Investing in Power: Grid Expansion and Transmission

As the U.S. grapples with the growing demand for clean, reliable energy, the power sector is undergoing a transformative expansion, emphasizing the need for substantial investments in grid infrastructure. This session offers a unique vantage point from the investor’s perspective, providing a comprehensive analysis of the opportunities and challenges associated with U.S. power grid expansion and transmission projects. The session will delve into the regulatory environment, technological innovations, and market dynamics shaping the investment landscape.

  • Why are interconnections and grid modernization upgrades being delayed and what industry shift can help mitigate this?
  • What innovative infrastructure investment models are being employed to unlock interregional transmission?
  • Where is investment taking place stimulated by new federal support? new federal financing opportunities?
  • What policy changes are being implemented?
  • What other potential solutions to solve regional transmission modernization needs are emerging?

Larry Bekkedahl, Senior VP, Advanced Energy Delivery, Portland General Electric

Arash Ghodsian, Vice President, Transmission & Policy, Invenergy

Nate Boyce, Director, AMI Business Design and Integration, National Grid

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. :: Break for Lunch

1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. :: Next-Gen Grid Technologies: Smart Inverter and New Grid Topology

As we stand at the intersection of technological innovation and grid evolution, this session aims to unravel the transformative potential of smart inverters and their pivotal role in shaping a new grid topology.

Key topics include, but are not limited to:

Smart Inverters Unleashed:
Explore the capabilities of smart inverters as game-changers in grid modernization. Understand how these intelligent devices are revolutionizing energy flow management, voltage regulation, and overall grid resilience.

Grid Integration Strategies:
Delve into innovative strategies for integrating smart inverters seamlessly into existing grid infrastructures. Discover best practices for deploying these devices to optimize energy distribution and enhance grid reliability.

Dynamic Grid Topology:
Embrace the concept of a new grid topology enabled by smart inverters. Learn how these devices contribute to the creation of dynamic grid structures, fostering adaptability and responsiveness to changing energy demands.

Enhanced Grid Stability:
Uncover the impact of smart inverters on grid stability. Examine case studies demonstrating their role in mitigating voltage fluctuations, reducing power losses, and ensuring a stable and efficient electric grid.

Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) Integration:
Investigate the synergy between smart inverters and distributed energy resources. Understand how these technologies collaborate to enhance the resilience and sustainability of the grid, accommodating the rise of decentralized energy generation.

Grid Intelligence and Control Systems:
Explore the integration of smart inverters with advanced grid intelligence and control systems. Witness how these technologies work in tandem to enable real-time monitoring, predictive analytics, and efficient grid management.

Simon Odie, Sr. Research Engineer/Technical Manager, Research & Development, Con Edison

2:15 – 2:45 p.m. :: Cutting the Queue and Emissions in the U.S. Power Sector

  • Two trends are associated with backup in the interconnection queue: energy transition and lack of substantial transmission build-out of the electricity network.
  • The wait times to get through interconnection process have gone up, 1.5 years to 3 years.
  • A new federal regulation can help improve the queue and fully unleash decarbonization.

Will Gorman, Research Scientist, Electricity Markets, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm :: Panel Discussion: The U.S. Power Grid of the Future – Resilient, Reliable, and Secure

We invite attendees to embark on a journey of envisioning the future U.S. power grid—one characterized by resilience, reliability, and paramount security. As the energy landscape undergoes rapid transformation, propelled by technological advancements and an imperative to combat climate change, the need for an adaptive and secure power grid becomes more pronounced than ever. The session will spotlight innovative approaches, cutting-edge technologies, and collaborative strategies that are laying the groundwork for a robust and future-proof U.S. power grid.

Ariel Horowitz, Deputy Director, Grid Modernization, U.S. Department of Energy

Eric Takayesu, SVP Asset Strategy & Planning, Southern California Edison

Girish Behal, Vice President, Projects, New York Power Authority

Noel Black, Senior Vice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs, Southern Company

Tuesday, April 9, 2024 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Conference Timing

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In and Welcome Remarks

Leo Martinez, Program Director, EUCI

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. :: Keynote Fireside Chat: Expanding and Strengthening New York State’s Electric Grid

This fireside chat aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the ongoing projects, collaborations, and future plans that contribute to the resilience, reliability, and sustainability of New York state’s electric infrastructure.

Key Topics to include, but are not limited to:

  • Renewable Integration and Clean Energy Goals
  • Grid Expansion Projects and Infrastructure Upgrades
  • Innovations in Grid Management and Control
  • Collaboration with Stakeholders and Utilities
  • Policy Framework and Regulatory Support

Girish Behal, Vice President, Projects, New York Power Authority

9:30 – 10:00 a.m. :: Case Study: The Energy Gateway South Transmission Line for Modernizing U.S. Infrastructure

This session invites attendees to explore the transformative Energy Gateway South Transmission Line—a critical component in the broader initiative to modernize U.S. infrastructure. As the nation embraces an era of sustainable energy, this transmission line emerges as a pivotal link, facilitating the seamless transportation of clean energy across regions.

Distinguished experts and project stakeholders will provide a comprehensive overview of the Energy Gateway South, offering insights into its design, technological innovations, and the strategic role it plays in advancing the nation’s energy landscape.

Participants will gain a profound understanding of the project’s significance in bolstering energy resilience, promoting grid reliability, and fostering regional energy integration. The session will delve into the collaborative efforts between public and private entities, the regulatory landscape, and the economic implications of this ambitious infrastructure endeavor.

Tracy Stone-Manning, Director, Bureau of Land Management

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. :: Panel Discussion: Workforce Development to Power the Grid of Tomorrow

This session shines a spotlight on the strategic importance of workforce development initiatives in equipping professionals with the expertise needed to navigate the challenges and opportunities presented by grid modernization. Join us for an engaging discussion on fostering a workforce ecosystem that blends traditional skill sets with emerging competencies in smart grid technologies, data analytics, and renewable energy integration. Expert speakers will share insights into successful workforce development programs, addressing the evolving needs of the energy sector.

  • Aging Workforce
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Succession Planning and Staff Development

Will Trumm, Vice President & Human Resources Executive, Tennessee Valley Authority

M.D. Sakib, Director, Future of Electric, National Grid

Speakers

  • Girish Behal, Vice President, Projects, and Business Development, New York Power Authority

  • Larry Bekkedahl, Senior VP, Advanced Energy Delivery, Portland General Electric

  • Noel Black, Senior Vice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs, Southern Company

  • Nate Boyce, Director, AMI Business Design and Integration, National Grid

  • Commissioner Allison Clements, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

  • Arash Ghodsian, Vice President, Transmission & Policy, Invenergy

  • Will Gorman, Research Scientist, Electricity Markets, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

  • Ariel Horowitz, Deputy Director, Grid Modernization, U.S. Department of Energy

  • Simon Odie, Sr. Research Engineer/Technical Manager, Research & Development, Con Edison

  • Maria Robinson, Director, Grid Deployment, U.S. Department of Energy

  • Gene Rodrigues, Assistant Secretary of Energy (Office of Electricity), U.S. Department of Energy

  • M.D. Sakib, Director, Future of Electric, National Grid

  • Tracy Stone-Manning, Director, Bureau of Land Management

  • Eric Takayesu, SVP Asset Strategy & Planning, Southern California Edison

  • Venkat Tirupati, Vice President of DevOps & Grid Transformation, ERCOT invited

  • Will Trumm, Vice President & Human Resources Executive, Tennessee Valley Authority

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a separate email with a unique link to a personalized landing page which will include links to join all sessions of this event.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.

Register

Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all attendees for 7 days after the event

REGISTER NOW FOR THIS EVENT:

Grid Modernization Virtual Summit

April 8-9, 2024 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 1395.00 each

Volume pricing also available

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

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 5,580.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 9,765.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 16,740.00 (40% discount)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before March 08, 2024 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

CEUs

Credits

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EUCI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.8 CEUs for this event

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must log in for the entirety of the program to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Power Point presentations, open discussion and examples will be used.


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

Course CPE Credits: 9.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

CpeEUCI is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site: www.nasbaregistry.org

 

Who Should Attend

Attendees across utilities, transmission owners and operators, transmission developers, project managers and engineers, renewable energy developers EPCs and solutions providers, power grid solutions providers, environmental planners, financiers and investors.

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