Serving the energy industry for over 30 years
By - Jon Brown

Non-Wire Alternatives [POSTPONED]
Examining the Viability of Alternatives to Traditional Infrastructure Upgrades
May 4-5, 2020 | New Orleans, LA

Download PDF
 

Overview

Out of an abundance of caution and per CDC guidelines, this event has been postponed. We will post exact dates as soon as they are confirmed. 

For utilities and other power system providers, when they considering grid replacements and upgrades it is increasingly important in their capital and infrastructure financial and operational analyses to evaluate “non-wire alternatives” (NWA).   These NWA are electricity grid investments and operating practices that employ non-traditional measures to defer, mitigate, or potentially eliminate the need for traditional utility transmission and distribution (T&D) investments.  The main goal of a NWA project is to use a total lower resource cost solution to reduce transmission congestion or distribution system constraints, largely for times of maximum demand in specific grid areas.  Thus, NWA projects 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.  In addition to fundamental cost savings, NWAs offer opportunities for lower carbon emissions, greater planning flexibility, opportunities to test new business models, and more.    They include a range of different resources, technologies and operational processes, including but not limited to:

  • Energy efficiency and other demand management techniques
  • Distributed generation (gas-fired, solar PV, storage)
  • Grid software and controls
  • Microgrids
  • Volt/VAR optimization
  • Conservation voltage reduction (CVR)
  • Advanced inverters

These non-wire alternatives (NWAs) are expected to grow from $63 million in 2017 to $580 million in 2026 (Navigant Research). Though NWA offer the promise of potentially saving electric utilities and system operators significant amounts on grid investments, there is a higher perceived risk surrounding NWAs. These barriers have much to do with the prevailing rate mechanisms and regulations that regulate more traditional approaches for grid maintenance. 

This conference will discuss the viability of Non-wire Alternatives (NWA) projects as an emerging utility and power system resource option to optimize existing assets and infrastructure.  It will evaluate how NWA projects can defer, or potentially eliminate, the need for traditional utility T&D investments as a total lower resource cost solution solution to reduce transmission congestion or distribution system constraints.  It will provide a thorough primer on NWA definitions, functions, technology and resource types, evaluating case studies of existing utility NWA projects, as well as what economic and regulatory incentives are necessary to make them viable through least-cost planning and action.

Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate utility NWA project case studies that have been deployed across the country
  • Assess NWA measures and scenarios currently considered feasible
  • Identify distribution and transmission infrastructure that are NWA candidates
  • Discuss policy and regulatory considerations needed to incentivize non-wire alternative projects
  • Review frameworks to assess cost/benefits of NWA projects & overall economic viability
  • Analyze how utilities, grid operators and regulators across the country are viewing NWAs
  • Review how new technologies and market paradigms are impacting traditional resource planning through least-cost, least-risk outcomes
  • Evaluate RFP and contracting processes for NWA specific projects
  • Review analytical processes to optimize NWA location & performance on the distribution grid

Credits

AP_Logo

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 1.0 CEUs for this event.

 

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

PowerPoint presentations and case studies will be used in program.

Agenda

Monday, May 4, 2020

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration & Continental Breakfast


8:30 – 9:45 a.m. :: Non-Wire Alternatives: Overview, Definitions, & Industry Perspectives

  • Traditional solutions to aging transmission and distribution assets
  • Industry drivers for non-wire alternative (NWA) solutions
  • Non-wire alternative resources and technologies overview
    • Distribution grid applications
    • Transmission grid applications
    • Cost/benefit analysis of NWA technologies
  • Goals of non-wire alternative projects
  • Barriers and hindrance of widespread adoption
  • Market-based solutions that would incentivize non-wire alternative development and deployment
  • Utility strategies and business models – how might they evolve as NWAs increasingly proliferate the grid?
    • What are we seeing from utilities & regulators across the country?
    • How might utility strategies evolve as NWAs increasingly proliferate the grid?
  • Contracting, procurement, and business models for NWA projects
  • Regional update on NWA projects
    • What states/regions are currently most economically viable for NWA projects?

Aram Shumavon, Co-founder & CEO, Kevala

James Price, Senior Advisor – Market Analysis & Development, Renewable Integration, CAISO

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. :: Morning Break


10:15 – 11:45 a.m. :: Regulatory and Policy Drivers for T&D Non-Wire Alternative Options

Prevailing policies typically do not incentivize utilities to innovate or consider alternatives outside of the traditional, costly T&D investment upgrades to maintain the grid. Many states are evolving their regulatory processes to incentivize utility implementation of non-wire alternative projects.  Furthermore, there existing FERC orders require transmission planners to consider cost-effective alternatives to traditional transmission infrastructure build outs.  This session will examine the regulatory and policy drivers for non-wire alternatives on the T&D grid at the national and state level, addressing:

  • Challenges and opportunities for enabling NWA growth with regulatory mechanisms and integrated planning practices on the T&D grids
  • Requirements of the Federal Power Act and FERC orders for transmission planners to consider cost-effective alternatives to transmission
  • NWA in recent state and federal policy proceedings
  • Vehicles by which states are embracing change
  • How NWA solutions can be an attractive option by dramatically reducing price tags for ratepayers

Paul DeCotis, Senior Director – Energy and Utility Practice, West Monroe Partners


11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: DTE Energy Non-Wire Alternative Projects: Methodology & Outcomes

  • Pursuing non-wire alternative (NWA) pilot projects to remove technology barriers, understand their costs and technical performance
  • NWA screening process and key considerations to determine pilot projects
    • Load relief required
    • Equipment and reliability
    • Cost and timeline suitability
    • Technology specific considerations
      • Energy efficiency & demand response vs. DERs & storage
  • Overview of NWA pilot projects, their objectives and timelines at DTE Energy
    • Geographically target energy efficiency and demand response measures
    • Identifying substations to reduce peak load and defer capital investments
    • Stakeholder and customer engagement
    • Residential vs. C&I projects
  • Implementation of economic framework plan and analytical methodology
    • Determining cost effectiveness
    • Identification of incremental costs and benefits
  • DER and storage initiatives
    • Economic viability is critical
    • Assessment of future NWA project potential

Kevin Stewart, Principal Marketing Specialist, Pilot Programs, DTE Energy

12:15– 1:15 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


1:15 – 2:30 p.m. :: PHI’s Non-Wire Projects: Storage, Solar, Dynamic Pricing, Demand Response & Energy Efficiency

    • Overview of NWA activity and initiatives in PHI’s Mid-Atlantic jurisdictions
      • Washington D.C., Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey
    • Regional specific policies promoting specific non-wire resources & their implications
      • State mandated initiatives for energy storage
    • Evaluation & costs/benefits analyses for NWA resources
    • Overview of PHI’s NWA projects, their development processes, associated technologies, & deployment
      • Storage
      • Solar + storage
      • Energy efficiency & demand response
      • Dynamic pricing
    • NWA project outcomes, data & findings
    • Future plans for NWA projects

Stephen Sunderhauf, Strategic Manager – Customer Programs, Pepco Holdings, Inc.

Tom Shetty, Manager – Investment Management, Pepco Holdings, Inc.

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. :: Afternoon Break


2:45 – 4:00 p.m. :: Commonwealth Edison: Methodology for DER Valuation Based on Location, Time and Performance

This session will discuss internal methodologies being developed by Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) to evaluate the value of DERs on the distribution grid based on the factors of location, time and resource performance.

Nayeem Mohammad Abdullah, Principal Project Manager – Emerging Technologies, ComEd

Aleksi Paaso, Director of Planning, Smart Grid & Innovation, ComEd


4:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: Evaluating the Economics and Value of Services for NWA Projects

  • Evaluating overall economics for NWA projects
  • Analyzing full value of services NWAs provide to the market
  • Full spectrum of ancillary services
  • Determining how ancillary services provided by NWA projects determine overall project viability
  • How quickly do market values need to materialize to make a project viable?
  • What scenarios of capacity payments and revenue outcome indicate that a project is economically viable?

David South, Senior Principal-Energy & Utilities, West Monroe Energy Partners

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. :: Networking Reception


Tuesday, May 5, 2020

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


8:30 – 9:45 a.m. :: California ISO (CAISO): Non-Wire Project Activity and Implementation in T&D

  • Evolving operational needs on the California grid
  • CAISO processes for planning & initiating NWA projects
    • Transmission level NWA projects
    • Distribution level NWA projects
  • FERC 841 implications for storage projects
  • Description of market products in CAISO markets
    • Demand response
    • Battery storage
    • Other distributed energy resources (DERs)
  • Specifics of NWA project contracting, development and deployment at CAISO
  • Market interactions and features related to NWA projects
    • Market expansion and enhancements
    • California’s 100% renewable energy goal

James Price, Senior Advisor – Market Analysis & Development, Renewable Integration, CAISO

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. :: Morning Break


10:00 – 11:15 a.m. :: NWA Planning & Procurement Methodology for the Distribution Grid: Battery Storage, Solar PV, EVs & other DERs

  • Common NWA technologies proliferating the distribution grid as distributed energy-resources (DERs)
    • Battery storage
    • Solar PV
    • Solar + storage
    • Electric vehicles (EVs)
    • Microgrids
  • Understanding how different NWA projects impact the grid under different scenarios & volumes of penetration
  • Market mechanisms that affect costs and economics of NWAs projects
  • Creating a procurement framework that incorporates market mechanisms and specific assessment of NWA technologies on the grid
  • Determining the ‘need quantification’ for NWA projects:
    • Hourly and sub-hourly forecasts of circuit to circuit behavior
    • Identifying costs locationally and temporarily
  • Optimization of NWA project performance & costs as DERs on the grid
    • Circuit specific analysis for NWA investments across multiple locations
    • Opportunities for optimizing demand charges and enhancing grid services
    • Considerations for rate design, demand charges & customer programs
    • Addressing grid constraint and demand avoidance

Aram Shumavon, Co-founder & CEO, Kevala


11:15 – 11:45 a.m. :: Innovative Planning Processes to Maximizing Utility Value of NWAs

  • Developing processes and tools for NWAs from a distribution planning perspective
  • Snohomish PUD’s “Economic Analysis tool” – combining distribution planning & resource planning for a holistic view on larger costs/benefits of NWAs
  • Evaluation of candidate NWA projects in Snohomish PUD territory
  • Overview of current & upcoming NWA projects
    • DER planning initiative
    • Energy efficiency/conservation
  • Results from initial NWA pilot projects
  • Moving forward: analyzing maximum value pathways for NWA projects
  • DER planning initiative

Garrison Marr, Principal Utility Analyst – Power Supply, Snohomish PUD (invited)

11:45 a.m. :: Conference Adjourns

Speakers

  • Nayeem Mohammad Abdullah, Principal Project Manager – Emerging Technologies, ComEd

  • Paul DeCotis, Senior Director – Energy and Utility Practice, West Monroe Partners

  • Garrison Marr, Principal Utility Analyst – Power Supply, Snohomish PUD (invited)

  • Aleksi Paaso, Director of Planning, Smart Grid & Innovation, ComEd

  • James Price, Senior Advisor – Market Analysis & Development, Renewable Integration, CAISO

  • Tom Shetty, Manager – Investment Management, Pepco Holdings, Inc.

  • Aram Shumavon, Co-founder & CEO, Kevala

  • David South, Senior Principal- Energy & Utilities, West Monroe Energy Partners

  • Kevin Stewart, Principal Marketing Specialist, Pilot Programs, DTE Energy

  • Stephen Sunderhauf, Strategic Manager – Customer Programs, Pepco Holdings, Inc.

Location

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

500 Canal St

New Orleans, LA 70130

Reserve your room:

please call 1-504-525-5527

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of May 3 – 4, 2020

Room rate through EUCI:

$203.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to April 10, 2020.

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

EventEarly Bird Before
Friday, April 17, 2020
Standard RateAttendees
Non-Wire Alternatives [POSTPONED]US $ 1195.00 US $ 1395.00

Cancellation Policy

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 April 03, 2020 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

Sponsor

By clicking Accept or closing this message, you consent to our cookies on this device in accordance with our cookie policy unless you have disabled them. more information

By clicking Accept or closing this message, you consent to our cookies on this device in accordance with our cookie policy unless you have disabled them. You can change your cookie settings at any time but parts of our site will not function correctly without them. We use cookies during the registration process and to remember member settings.

Close