By - Jon Brown

2018 New York REV Summit
May 1-2, 2018 | New York, NY

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Overview

Like many states, New York is undergoing an energy revolution. What separates New York from other states is its comprehensive focus on rethinking the entire utility business and operating model.

The Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative encompasses myriad goals, including:

  • Building a more reliable and resilient energy system
  • Improving and revisioning existing initiatives and infrastructure
  • Making energy more affordable for all New Yorkers
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050
  • Helping clean energy innovation grow in the State

These are important goals with varying practical considerations that need to be addressed in order to fulfill them. The 2018 New York Power Summit will discuss current projects, unanticipated roadblocks, and innovative solutions to meeting the REV goals. The conference will showcase the reasoning behind each project, as well as the projects’ cost, cost recovery, and technical implementation. Utilities will be on-hand to discuss the practical challenges that need to be solved in order to successfully meet the goals outlined in Governor Cuomo’s strategy. In addition, the Summit will include regulatory updates, the economics of REV solutions, utility responses to REV, and a panel of experts discussing the path forward. The roster of distinguished speakers will confront the salient elements, trajectories and consequences of many important (and often competing) regulatory, market and technology forces.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss REV-related policy and regulatory considerations
  • Describe the hosting capacity of distribution systems and its application in New York
  • Review a summary of National Grid’s REV projects
  • Explain Con Edison’s Shared Solar pilot program for low-income customers
  • Provide an update on the non-wires projects in Con Edison and Orange & Rockland
  • Discuss DER integration with a panel of experts
  • Review NYPA’s energy efficiency program
  • Discuss the benefits and roadblocks inherent in the next stage of REV development
  • Describe Con Edison’s Smart Solutions for natural gas customers
  • Provide an update on New York Green Bank activities & finance options
  • Explain energy storage policy & market developments in New York
  • Review renewable integration approaches from other states

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.2 CEUs for this conference and 0.4 CEUs for the workshop.

 

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case Studies, Power Point, and group discussions will be used at this conference

Agenda

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast


8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Keynote Presentation

Kenneth Daly, President, National Grid


8:30 – 9:00 a.m. :: Keynote Presentation

Kevin Hale, Director of Utility Affairs and Strategic Partnerships, NYSERDA


9:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Panel: Policy & Regulatory Updates

  • New & emerging regulatory considerations
  • Clean energy standards
  • Rate design reform
  • Additional REV-related updates

Darren Suarez, Director of Government Affairs, The Business Council of New York State

Susanne DesRoches, Deputy Director of Infrastructure, NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

Tammy Mitchell, Deputy Director—Electric, NY Department of Public Service

Courtney Eichhorst, Lead Analyst, Retail Regulatory Strategy, National Grid

Daniel Spitzer, Partner, Hodgson Russ, LLP

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. :: Morning Break


10:30 – 11:00 a.m. :: Hosting Capacity of Distribution Systems and its Application in New York

  • Distribution system planning has taken a turn down hosting capacity lane and it appears that everyone is jumping on board with their own idea where it needs to go, how it needs to get there, and how fast it should proceed
  • The problem is that not everyone fully understands the applications of hosting capacity, its current limitations, or plainly what hosting capacity really is
  • Overview of what hosting capacity is and its current applications in the state of New York. At the same time there will be a focus on what needs to be considered to fully understand where and how the results can be applied for alternative applications
  • Although methods are currently producing valuable information for the changing distribution system environment, those same methods are continuing to evolve and will require time to fully mature
  • To give perspective, traditional distribution system planning has evolved over the last century while the concept of hosting capacity has been around for less than a decade

Matt Rylander, Senior Project Engineer, EPRI


11:00 – 11:45 a.m. :: Bringing Energy to Life – REV Demonstration Projects and Paving the Way for Customer Success

National Grid is working on several innovative demonstration projects under the Reforming Energy Vision that aligns with expanding customer access to renewables, offering customers an array of new opportunities to reduce energy use and cost. The session will provide an overview of select set of these projects and key lessons learnt.

  • Clifton Park Demand Response
  • Community Geothermal
  • Community Solar
  • Automated demand response using PTACs to grid scale battery in a residential neighborhood

Arunkumar Vedhathiri, Director, Solution Delivery, New Energy Solutions, National Grid


11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Con Edison Shared Solar Pilot Program for Low-income Customers

  • Shared Solar goal: provide access to renewables for low-income customers
  • History of Shared Solar conceptual development
  • Program components
    • Solar procurement
    • Credit design
    • Community and customer outreach
    • Integration of energy efficiency
  • Status, next steps and timeline

Alison Kling, Project Specialist, REV Demonstrations and Pilots, Con Edison

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


1:30 – 2:15 p.m. :: Update on the Non-wires Projects in Con Edison and Orange & Rockland Utilities (ConEd and O&R)

An update on the non-wires projects that they’re currently working on:

Non-wires projects are projects that use nontraditional measures to defer, mitigate, or potentially eliminate the need for traditional utility transmission and distribution (T&D) investments. By an electricity grid investment or project that uses non-traditional T&D solutions, such as distributed generation, energy storage, energy efficiency, demand response, and grid software and controls, to defer or replace the need for specific equipment upgrades, such as T&D lines or transformers, by reducing load at a substation or circuit level

Damei Jack, Manager, Energy Efficiency, Con Edison

Alexandra Bykov, Project Manager – Utility of the Future, Orange & Rockland Utilities


2:15 – 3:30 p.m. :: DER Integration Panel

As utilities are being challenged by regulators and customers to open-up their distribution systems to DER interconnection, utilities throughout the county are facing significant back-log in interconnection requests and system studies. To support DER additions to the distribution system, location, load, growth, hosting capacity considerations and internal processing and governance is growing in importance, Likewise, having visibility and control to the extent necessary over DER is an issue ripe for discussion.

Moderator:

David South, West Monroe Partners

Panelists:

MD Sakib, Section Manager, Utility of the Future, Orange and Rockland Utilities

Brian Conroy, Director- Network Projects and Initiatives in Smart Grid Planning and Innovation, AVANGRID

Tammy Mitchell, Deputy Director—Electric, NY Department of Public Service

Alex Papalexopoulos, President & CEO, ECCO International, Inc.

David Smith, Director of Energy Services, Burns Engineering

3:30 – 3:45 p.m. :: Afternoon Break


3:45 – 4:30 p.m. :: NYPA’s LED Street Lighting Conversion Program

Lighting is one of the largest loads in New York City State. Energy audits have revealed that many lighting/street lighting systems in NYC are old. Therefore, upgrading to LED street lighting is a very promising energy efficiency measure and helps support overall REV goals.

  • NYPA’s LED conversion goal
  • Where is street lighting technology today and where will it be in 10 years?
  • Program components
    • Procurement
    • Design
    • Customer outreach
    • Energy efficient savings
    • Timeline

Ronald Johnston, Director, Marketing Strategy – Commercial Operations, New York Power Authority


4:30 – 5:30 p.m. :: REV: A Path Forward

  • How to properly structure markets on the distribution system so both DER providers and incumbent utilities can thrive
  • How are utilities restructuring in order to meet REV goals?
  • Operational reliability
  • Keeping costs low
  • Maintaining rates
  • Earning revenues from “market-facing platform activities”

Moderator:

Paul A. DeCotis, Senior Director, West Monroe Partners

Panelists:

James Gallagher, Executive Director, New York State Smart Grid Consortium

Joe Hally, Director- Strategic Planning, Central Hudson

Justin Bell, Director of Rates and Regulations, Long Island Power Authority

Fouad Dagher, Director, NES Solution Development, National Grid

James Pigeon, Manager of the Distributed Resources Integration Team, New York ISO

Alex Trautner, Section Manager – REV Demonstration Projects, Con Edison


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast


8:00 – 9:00 a.m. :: Con Edison’s Smart Solutions for Natural Gas Customers

  • While customer interest in using natural gas continues to grow, Con Edison’s ability to procure the pipeline capacity to serve additional customers is limited.
  • Con Edison is ‘stealing a page’ from REV and seeking to use customer-side investments and alternative forms of supply to meet our customers’ peak day gas needs.  We have been calling this ‘Smart Solutions for Natural Gas Customers’
  • This includes a solicitation to the marketplace for ‘non-pipeline solutions’, a substantial increase in our gas energy efficiency program, and developing a new gas demand response program
  • Some of these efforts will also be testing out alternative ways to heat homes using ‘renewable heat’ – including geothermal systems and ground source heat pumps

Christopher Raup, Director- Customer Energy Solutions, Con Edison


9:00 – 9:45 a.m. :: Update on New York Green Bank Activities & Finance Options

  • Overview of NY Green Bank (NYGB)
  • Market barriers addressed
  • Description of NYGB activity to date
  • Types of roles NYGB has played in transactions
  • Types of financing opportunities
  • Specific roles with utilities
  • On bill repayment

Alfred Griffin, President, New York Green Bank

9:45 – 10:15 a.m. :: Networking Break


10:15 – 11:00 a.m. :: Energy Storage Policy & Market Developments in New York

This session will provide an overview of developments in the energy storage sector including:

  • Governor’s establishment of a 1,500 MW deployment goal for 2025 on a path toward a 2030 goal to be established by the Public Service Commission  
  • Policy implications and opportunities for energy storage in New York including development of an energy storage policy and regulatory roadmap
  • NYSERDA opportunities including efforts to reduce soft costs

Jason Doling, Program Manager, Energy Storage, NYSERDA


11:00 – 11:30 a.m. :: Big Data Analytics and REV Applications

As utilities continue to remake the grid for the 21st century they need the support of federal and state government, policy makers, and regulators. Maintaining reliability and strengthening resiliency requires continued digitalization of many aspects of the business and integration of operations and information technologies (OT and IT) within utility organizations. The availability and the choice of digital systems and platforms most easily integrated into existing OT/IT functionality will also play a role as well big data analytics. Regulars will ensure customers remain engaged, and customers having opportunities to by-pass the utility with distributed energy resources and microgrids through third-parties will demand such engagement.”

Kyle Hutchins, Director, West Monroe Partners


11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. :: Approaches from Other States

Many states have reform initiatives underway like New York’s. While there are many similarities, there are also many differences. Success is mixed with some states’ initiatives being very successful, and some less so, and in both cases, there are many lessons learned.

Justin Orkney, Senior Program Manager, Renewable Energy Resources, Tucson Electric Power

James Mirabile, Principal Engineer, Baltimore Gas & Electric

Philip Gonski, Project Manager, Burns Engineering

Marc Monbouquette, Senior Regulatory Analyst, California Public Utilities Commission

William Jones, Director, NE and FERC Solutions Delivery, National Grid

1:00 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns

Workshop

Streamlining Microgrid Development, Design and Implementation

Challenges, Opportunities, and Solutions Roadmap

May 2, 2018

Overview

Microgrids are an important step forward for grid reliability, security, and resiliency. Motivated in part by NYSERDA’s $40 million dollar microgrid prize, hundreds of New York communities are exploring microgrid options. New York is poised to be a national leader regarding development in this field. But while microgrids offer exciting opportunities, it is crucial to facilitate a smooth implementation process from both a technological and financial standpoint.

This workshop will begin with an overview of the current microgrid market. It will provide a background and updates about cutting-edge projects. The speaker, who has hands-on experience with several current projects, will review the technical, financial, and commercial challenges and solutions to microgrid deployment. He will also discuss critical microgrid design considerations.

The workshop will showcase opportunities to streamline microgrid processes in order to increase infrastructure resilience. Attendees will discuss technical solutions to successful microgrid deployment. The speaker will also describe business and financial opportunities to facilitate effective microgrid adoption, including various financial structures for microgrid projects and legal/contractual strategies. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about technical and financial considerations of microgrid deployment through real-life, forward-thinking case studies.

Learning Outcomes         

  • Provide a brief overview of the microgrids market
  • Discuss current project updates and trends
  • Describe the technical, financial, and commercial challenges to microgrid implementation- and the solutions
  • Discuss critical factors for microgrid design
  • Explain how streamlining microgrid technology can increase infrastructure resilience
  • Describe business and financial opportunities to facilitate effective microgrid adoption
  • Explain how to leverage energy markets and programs
  • Address legal/contractual strategies to facilitate
  • Utilize real-life, forward-thinking case studies to provide practical application of technological and financial solutions

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, group discussion, and a site visit will be used in this event.

Program Agenda

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. :: Workshop Registration

1:30  – 5:00 p.m. :: Workshop Timing


Microgrid Overview – Opportunities and Challenges

  • State of the market
    • Recent updates
  • Microgrid implementation
    • Where?
    • How?
    • Which microgrids?
    • Why
  • Challenges to deploying microgrids
    • Technical
    • Financial
    • Commercial
  • Opportunities for microgrid deployment

How Streamlining Can Accelerate Microgrid Penetration and Increase Infrastructure Resilience

  • Technical solutions
    • Leveraging technologies and systems to enable streamlining
    • Identify viable options
    • Working with utilities
    • Critical design considerations
    • Case studies
  • Business and financial solutions
    • Utilizing 3rd party structures, special purpose entities and public-private partnerships
    • Leveraging energy markets and programs
    • Legal/contractual strategies to aid streamlining
    • Case studies

Instructor

David Smith, Director of Energy Services, Burns Engineering

Dave has over 30 years of energy industry experience with a background in combined heat and power, microgrids, renewable energy, project finance, energy efficiency, innovative technologies, sustainability, planning and public policy. Dave is a proven systems thinker who, over the course of his career, has led many campus energy and sustainability master planning projects with an emphasis on identifying integrated, holistic strategies to maximize cost savings, energy resilience and environmental benefits. Dave has presented at many industry conferences and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and Green Mountain College, speaking on topics ranging from sustainable energy to smart grids, cogeneration and advanced microgrids. Dave earned is A.B. degree in Economics from Harvard University and a Master of Science in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.

Speakers

Justin Bell, Director of Rates and Regulations, Long Island Power Authority

Alexandra Bykov, Project Manager, Orange & Rockland Utilities

Brian Conroy, Director- Network Projects and Initiatives in Smart Grid Planning and Innovation, AVANGRID

Kenneth Daly, President, National Grid

Paul A. DeCotis, Senior Director, West Monroe Partners

Michael DeSocio, Sr. Manager- Market Design, New York ISO

Susanne DesRoches, Deputy Director of Infrastructure, NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

Jason Doling, Program Manager- Energy Storage, NYSERDA

Fouad Dagher, Director, NES Solution Development, National Grid

Courtney Eichhorst, Lead Analyst, Retail Regulatory Strategy, National Grid

James Gallagher, Executive Director, New York State Smart Grid Consortium

Philip Gonski, Project Manager, Burns Engineering

Alfred Griffin, President, New York Green Bank

Kevin Hale, Director of Utility Affairs and Strategic Partnerships, NYSERDA

Joe Hally, Director- Strategic Planning, Central Hudson

Kyle Hutchins, Director, West Monroe Partners

Damei Jack, Manager, Energy Efficiency, Con Edison

Ronald Johnston, Director, Marketing Strategy – Commercial Operations, New York Power Authority

William Jones, Director, NE and FERC Solutions Delivery, National Grid

Alison Kling, Distributed Generation Specialist, Con Edison

James Mirabile, Principal Engineer, Baltimore Gas & Electric

Tammy Mitchell, Deputy Director—Electric, NY Department of Public Service

Marc Monbouquette, Senior Regulatory Analyst, California Public Utilities Commission

Justin Orkney, Senior Program Manager, Renewable Energy Resources, Tucson Electric Power

Alex Papalexopoulos, President & CEO, ECCO International, Inc.

James Pigeon, Manager of the Distributed Resources Integration Team, New York ISO

Christopher Raup, Director- Customer Energy Solutions, Con Edison

Matt Rylander, Senior Project Engineer, EPRI

Md Sakib, Section Manager, Utility of the Future, Orange and Rockland Utilities

David Smith, Director of Energy Services, Burns Engineering

David South, Senior Principal, West Monroe Partners

Daniel Spitzer, Partner, Hodgson Russ, LLP

Darren Suarez, Director of Government Affairs, The Business Council of New York State

Alex Trautner, Section Manager – REV Demonstration Projects, Con Edison

Arunkumar Vedhathiri, Director- Solution Delivery- New Energy Solutions, National Grid

Location

National Grid MetroTech Center
1 MetroTech Center
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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