Non-Wires Alternatives

Non-Wires Alternatives

May 18-19, 2022 | 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-Wires 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, and grid deployment strategies.

Utility case studies and leading industry experts will provide attendees with deep knowledge on the state 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 including barriers with traditional rate and regulatory processes, and legal/contractual issues with NWA technologies. Register now for this virtual symposium that puts a spotlight on the prospects, benefits, and challenges for non-wires alternatives and their promise to lower costs and lower emissions.

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

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Conference Timing

 

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

The pipeline of new NWA opportunities is growing in the United States as state regulators increasingly mandate that utilities identify new non-wires opportunities as part of their grid planning processes. Where are the opportunities in NWA in 2022? How will the IIJA impact the outlook for NWA adoption? This opening presentation will examine the current NWA landscape, including strategies, business models, new technologies, and the impacts of federal and state policies, as well as challenges and barriers to implementation and how they can be overcome.

David South, Senior Principal, Energy and Utilities, West Monroe Energy Partners

9:45 – 10:30 a.m. :: Assessing Non-Wires Solutions in Distribution Planning

Non-wires alternatives (NWA) can introduce complex and time-consuming additional considerations and analytics within distribution planning. Various types of technical and economic screening criteria and methods have the potential to streamline the consideration of NWAs, allowing utilities to identify at each stage of the planning process if it is warranted to proceed considering NWAs in subsequent planning stages. This session will discuss criteria and methods to efficiently and effectively screen and evaluate NWAs.

Kristina Kelly, Director of Energy Strategy, Modernization Focus, DNV

Jouni Peppanen, Technical Leader, Electric Power Research Institute

10:30 – 10:45 p.m. :: Morning Break

10:45 – 11:30 a.m. ::  Case Study: ComEd’s use of DERMS and Battery Energy Storage Systems as NWAs

As part of its strategic approach to Non-Wire Alternatives (NWA), Commonwealth Edison is currently demonstrating the use of a Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS) and implementing Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) in its distribution grid. This session will provide an overview of recent progress demonstrating and implementing these technologies for different use cases to avoid/defer traditional capital investments.

Cristina Botero, Senior Manager, Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Engineering, Commonwealth Edison

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: Case Study: Developing a Framework for NWA Deployment

Pacific Gas & Electric has begun accepting innovative proposals for distributed energy resources in locations across the state of California after identifying the potential for NWAs to reduce local capacity constraints and meet local energy needs. The CPUC has adopted two additional pilot programs by which PG&E will test frameworks for procuring DERs to avoid or defer utility distribution investment. This case study presentation will examine PG&E’s efforts to study different frameworks for implementing non-wires solutions.

Mini Damodaran, Expert, Grid Innovation Engineer, Pacific Gas & Electric

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. :: Case Study: Central Hudson’s Targeted Demand Response Program

Central Hudson is actively pursuing distributed energy resource alternatives to traditional utility projects, focusing on projects that contribute to load relief and reliability, with four NWA project currently underway, three of which have been implemented and one in the procurement phase. In conjunction with New York Public Service Commission’s Reforming the Energy Vision Initiative, Central Hudson implemented Peak Perks, an innovative targeted demand management program that incorporates demand response into its T&D planning. This presentation will discuss Central Hudson’s program for deploying NWA to lower costs and reduce rate pressure.

Cory Scofield, Director of Demand Side Management, Central Hudson

Marwa Chowdhury, Demand Response, Non-Wire Alternatives and Non-Pipe Alternatives Program Manager, Central Hudson

1:45 – 2:30 p.m. ::  Case Study: Orange and Rockland NWA Processes

Orange and Rockland Utilities serves more than 300,000 households and businesses in six counties in New York and Northern New Jersey. This presentation will examine  O&R’s non-wires alternatives processes, from concept to project identification to procurement and implementation, with O&R’s Pomona battery storage site serving as a case study of those processes in action.

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

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

2:45 – 3:30 p.m. :: Case Study: Equity in Distribution Energy Resource Planning

Portland General Electric’s approach to non-wires solutions is focused on the distribution side, as well as community needs, requiring a recalibration of a very technical process to incorporate human-centered considerations. This session will examine the values framework that informs PGE’s distribution system planning and its investment in non-wires solutions that reduce energy burdens and improve housing quality and resiliency—increasing investment in under-resourced and marginalized communities through grid upgrades that improve resilient infrastructure and allow for more community-based generation.

Angela Long, Manager Planning and Strategy, Portland General Electric

Nihit Shah, Senior Strategy and Planning Analyst for Distributed Resource Planning, Portland General Electric

3:30 – 4:15 p.m. :: Compensating NWA Providers for their Value to the System

Innovative rates, cost analyses, and regulatory reforms are needed to adapt to the expansion of distributed energy resources (DERs). What role can rate structures, including time-of-use rates, critical peak pricing, real-time pricing, and other smart-meter rates play in accommodating new technologies? How can pricing for energy storage services meaningfully support battery storage adoption while reflecting system value and without discriminating against other resources? Do the wholesale energy and capacity markets send sufficiently accurate price signals to enable integration of battery storage and other DERs when and where needed? This presentation will focus on alternative pricing rate designs that promote investment in beneficial DERs while keeping in mind efficiency and equity principles.

Amparo Nieto, Senior Director, Regulatory, Rates, and DER Modeling, Energy and Environmental Economics

4:15 p.m. :: Day One Adjourns

 

Thursday, May 19, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Conference Timing

 

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. :: Legal and Contractual Consideration for NWAs

Utilities have established precedents when negotiating terms with third-party owners of non-wires solution projects, which resemble existing utility contracts but with adaptations to address the NWS context. This session will address issues to consider with non-wires contracting that recognize the needs and characteristics of DER technologies used in non-wires solutions.

David Brooks, Associate Counsel, Consolidated Edison

9:45 – 10:30 a.m. :: Case Study: National Grid NWAs: Experience, Lessons Learned, and Next Steps

National Grid, an electric and gas investor-owned utility with over a decade of non-wires experience, is pursuing the potential implementation of NWA solutions in each of its service territories.  This presentation will examine how the lessons learned from years of experience are applied in developing RFPs and evaluating proposals for implementation.

Marie Schnitzer, Director, NY Distributed Generation Ombudsperson, National Grid

Andy Israelson, Vice President Strategic Origination, Convergent Energy + Power

10:30 – 11:15 a.m. :: Case Study: Determining the Viability of Non-Wires Alternatives Solutions        

PSEG Long Island continues to expand its initiatives aimed at enabling technologies and solutions that empower customers and evolve distributed system platform projects. This session will examine the utility’s non-wires solution portfolio, including its efforts to attract load response through targeted efficiency and demand response and continuing its focus on examining models and approaches for increasing the cost effectiveness and the feasibility of customer- and utility-sited storage.

Paul DiBenedetto, Non-Wire Alternatives Lead, PSEG Long Island

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Integrating DERs with New Approaches to Grid Resource Planning         

If utilities are to fully capture the benefits of DERs and non-wires solutions, adjustments are necessary for utility planning and procurement practices which are currently designed for traditional infrastructure solutions. This session will focus on ways utilities can standardize, operationalize, and streamline planning and procurement processes for non-wires solutions and DERs, allowing for a fair comparison against traditional approaches.

Mark Dyson, Managing Director, Carbon-Free Electricity, Rocky Mountain Institute

12:00 p.m. :: Day Two Adjourns

Speakers

  • Cristina Botero, Senior Manager, Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Engineering, Commonwealth Edison

  • David Brooks, Associate Counsel, Consolidated Edison

  • Marwa Chowdhury, Demand Response, Non-Wire Alternatives and Non-Pipe Alternatives Program Manager, Central Hudson

  • Mini Damodaran, Expert, Grid Innovation Engineer, Pacific Gas & Electric

  • Paul DiBenedetto, Non-Wire Alternatives Lead, PSEG Long Island

  • Mark Dyson, Managing Director, Carbon-Free Electricity, Rocky Mountain Institute

  • Andy Israelson, Vice President Strategic Origination, Convergent Energy + Power

  • Kristina Kelly, Director of Energy Strategy, Modernization Focus, DNV

  • Angela Long, Manager Planning and Strategy, Portland General Electric

  • Amparo Nieto, Senior Director, Regulatory, Rates, and DER Modeling, Energy and Environmental Economics

  • Jouni Peppanen, Technical Leader, Co-Founder and CEO, Electric Power Research Institute

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

  • Marie Schnitzer, Director, NY Distributed Generation Ombudsperson, National Grid

  • Cory Scofield, Director of Demand Side Management, Central Hudson

  • Nihit Shah, Senior Strategy and Planning Analyst for Distributed Resource Planning, Portland General Electric

  • David South, Senior Principal, Energy and Utilities, West Monroe Energy Partners

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.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • 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: 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 registrants for three business days after the event

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Non-Wires Alternatives

May 18-19, 2022 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 1195.00 each

Volume pricing also available

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

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 4,780.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 8,365.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 14,340.00 (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 April 15, 2022 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

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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 0.9 CEUs for this event.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must login 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.


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

Course CPE Credits: 10.5
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

The Non-Wires Alternatives Symposium will provide a unique forum for information exchange, regulatory updates, and policy and technical discussion for:

  • Electric Utilities
  • Renewable Projects Developers
  • Distribution Planning Engineers
  • Interconnection Engineers
  • Microgrid Developers
  • Storage Developers
  • Renewable Energy Managers
  • Distributed Energy Resources Supervisors
  • Integrated Resource Planners
  • T&D System Planners
  • Professional Engineers
  • Environmental Scientists and Researchers
  • Energy Consultants
  • Public Service Commission Advisors
  • Electric Power Product Developers

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