Non-Wire Alternatives

Non-Wire Alternatives

Examining the Viability of Alternatives to Traditional Infrastructure Upgrades

May 25, 2021 | Online :: Central Time

“Continue this series.  Very informative and great to have an event focused on NWA only.” – Senior Consultant, DNV GL

“Great quality of information!” – Senior Manager, SEPA

EUCI’s annual Non-Wire Alternative (NWA) Conference serves as a national forum for the energy industry to explore the dynamic landscape of NWA projects, and their growing role as a resource replacement for traditional (and often costly) T&D upgrade investments. 

The program will evaluate a range of different NWA project types and technologies, their market and regulatory drivers and challenges, overall resource value (economics, grid benefits) and grid deployment case studies:

  • distributed generation (solar PV, storage, hybrid projects, microgrids, EVs)
  • energy efficiency and other demand management techniques
  • renewable gas as a long-duration energy storage resource
  • grid software and controls, Volt/VAR optimization and conservation voltage reduction (CVR)
  • rate design, demand charges, dynamic pricing & customer programs

Utility case studies and leading industry experts will provide attendees with deep knowledge on the state of non-wire alternatives (NWAs) across the country, evaluating the massive growth and potential already underway.  Discussions will also address the challenges associated with NWA projects and tips to overcome them – impacts of COVID-19 on project development, barriers with traditional rate and regulatory processes, and legal/contractual issues with NWA technologies. 

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

Agenda

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Conference Timing

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. :: State of the Industry Update:  Non-Wire Alternatives Industry Trends & Best Practices

  • Traditional solutions to aging T&D assets vs. non-wire alternative (NWA) potential
  • Industry drivers & perspectives for NWA solutions
  • Non-wire alternative resources and technologies overview
    • Distribution grid applications
    • Transmission grid applications
    • Cost/benefit analysis of NWA technologies
  • The NWA current landscape: strategies, business models & projects
    • Impacts of COVID-19 on the non-wire alternative (NWA) landscape
    • What are we seeing from utilities & regulators across the country?
    • What technologies and resources are being deployed?
  • Regional update on NWA projects
    • NWA in recent state and federal policy proceedings
    • What states/regions are currently most economically viable for NWA projects?
  • NWA utility and energy industry best practices
    • Case studies of successful NWA implementation
    • Overcoming challenges and barriers to NWA adoption
  • Evaluating the economics and value of services for NWA projects
  • Analyzing full value of services NWAs provide to the market
  • Full spectrum of ancillary services
  • How quickly do market values need to materialize to make a project viable?

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

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:00 – 11:30 a.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.

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
    • Project type
    • Load relief required
    • Equipment and reliability
    • Cost and timeline suitability
    • Technology specific considerations
  • Overview of NWA pilot projects, their objectives and timelines at DTE Energy
    • Geographically target energy efficiency and demand response measures
    • 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
  • Benefits and costs of economic framework plans
    • Breakdown of benefits: avoided costs, new capacity, and avoided T&D infrastructure buildouts
    • Costs for NWA projects
  • Residential marketing channel processes & their outcomes
  • C&I implementation overview
  • Demand response (DR) programs overview

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

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. :: Break for Lunch

1:00 – 2:15 p.m. :: NWA Planning & Procurement Methodology for the Distribution Grid: a Big Data Approach

  • Common NWA technologies proliferating the distribution grid as distributed energy resources (DERs)
  • Defining variability in need and value for NWA
    • Granular forecasts
    • Locational and temporal cost evaluation
  • Creating a procurement framework that incorporates market mechanisms and specific assessment of NWA technologies on the grid
  • 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

2:15 – 2:30 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

2:30 – 3:15 p.m. :: Con Edison: Operating NWA Projects in New York’s REV Program—Experience, Lessons Learned and Next Steps

This session will discuss Con Edison’s experience participating in New York’s REV program, an initiative focused on advancing deployment of NWA projects on the grid.  It will evaluate their experience with NWA project planning and deployment and lessons learned.

Griffin Reilly, Section Manager, Distributed Resource Integration, Con Edison

3:15 – 4:00 p.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)

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

Speakers

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

  • Griffin Reilly, Section Manager, Distributed Resource Integration, Con Edison

  • 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.

Online Delivery

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