By - Jon Brown

Renewable Energy and Storage
July 18-19, 2016 | Denver, CO

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This course will describe  the considerations involved in developing combinations of renewable energy (solar and wind) with energy storage to create needed solutions for the growing transition from fossil fuels to clean energy in North America.  Combinations of renewable energy and storage for both distributed retail and grid-level wholesale markets will be covered — including their similarities and differences — as well as how they can work together.

By the end of the course, participants will be familiar with how distributed solar/storage facilities are configured, the typical costs of such facilities, the value propositions from the project developer, customer and distribution utility perspectives, and issues related to the various value streams that storage can provide to the distribution system.

It will examine how the task of integrating intermittent energy resources can be an economically thankless task for the storage owner, but a necessary one for utility ratepayers. Participants will also learn how to maximize the storage owner’s opportunity to monetize the various benefits storage can provide. In addition, the program will cover the role storage can play in state renewable portfolio standards (RPS) and the EPA clean power plan (CPP), how distributed and grid-level storage can work together, future roles for the various stakeholders in developing renewable/storage projects, and discussion on some of the current issues and challenges facing energy storage enabling more renewable energy.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain how distributed solar/storage facilities are configured
  • Discuss the latest trends in energy storage and their impact on the development and integration of renewables
  • Review how to maximize the storage owner’s opportunity to monetize the various benefits storage can provide
  • Identify the barriers to participating in energy storage and discuss solutions to overcome and move beyond them
  • List the necessary conditions that need to be in place for it to make sense for IOUs to invest in/use storage applications
  • Explain how storage plays a role in renewable portfolio standards (RPS) and the EPA clean power plan (CPP)
  • Discuss how grid-level renewables/storage combinations can be configured
  • Evaluate how Independent System Operators (ISO) networks can operationally accommodate energy storage
  • Discuss additional measures or market mechanisms that could be introduced to stimulate more aggressive adoption of energy storage at the bulk power scale level



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 credits for this event.


Monday, July 18, 2016

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

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

  • Fundamentals of distributed solar/energy storage installations at the retail distribution customer level
    • Typical solar/storage integration arrangements
    • Technologies available for distributed storage
    • The benefits that storage can provide to the distribution system
    • The value propositions
      • From the retail customer’s perspective
      • From the distribution utility’s perspective
    • The relevance of the net energy metering (NEM) debate to storage
    • State regulatory perspectives towards storage across the nation — status and trends
  • Fundamentals of grid-level renewables/energy storage installations at the bulk power level
    • Examples of renewables/storage integration arrangements
    • Technologies available for grid-level storage
    • Similarities and differences in grid-level storage enabling solar or wind energy
    • The benefits that storage can provide to the wholesale grid
    • The value propositions
      • From the renewable energy developer’s perspective
      • From the merchant storage owners’ perspective
      • From the potential utility off-taker’s ratepayers perspective
    • The grid implications of increasing state-level RPS (e.g., the California “Duck Curve”) and the mushrooming need for storage
    • How grid-level storage can reduce, or increase, regional CO2 emissions
  • How distributed and grid-level storage enabling renewables can work together
  • Implications of the federal/state regulatory framework in moving distributed demand response (DR) including storage to the wholesale grid
  • Market, rate and tariff challenges to monetizing the benefits of storage, and potential solutions to them
    • Distribution level
    • Grid level
  • The potential roles of renewable and storage developers, utilities, RTOs/ISOs, regulators, state and federal legislators, investors, consultants and others in the development of renewable energy/energy storage combo projects


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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

8:30 – 11:45 a.m. :: Course Timing

  • Opportunities for storage in an RTO/ISO
    • MISO’s value-based planning for storage
    • How an ISO network can operationally accommodate energy storage
    • Storage selection results
    • Additional measures that could be introduced to stimulate more aggressive adoption of energy storage at the bulk power scale
    • Renewable load duration curves
  • Energy storage penetrations and trends
  • Defining energy storage applications (use cases) on utility systems
    • Grid-scale
    • Customer-scale
  • Flexible generation
    • Evaluation of market price signals
    • Differential between wholesale and retail rates



Tuesday, July 19, 2016

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Registration

1:00 – 4:30 p.m. :: Workshop Timing


Storage in combination with renewable energy figures prominently in the future of the utility industry. But how, when, and where that future unfolds is not guaranteed to be smooth.

This workshop will illustrate how this future is already here, but it is unevenly distributed and shaped by geography and policy. This workshop will offer a synthesis of how the different locations for storage on the grid (behind-the-meter, distribution, or transmission) and the alternatives available for managing the grid change the value and need for storage. Business case studies from a behind-the-meter storage services provider and a developer of grid-level storage services on the transmission system will illustrate implementation and operational success.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss how to recognize opportunities with multiple layers of information
  • Explain how to evaluate and improve monetization of storage benefits
  • Discuss the best use of storage to meet grid needs with high penetrations of renewable energy
  • Evaluate the alternatives that utilities use to meet grid operational requirements without storage


  • Grid Types and Renewable Energy Technical Impacts
    • Islands and micro-grids
    • Local distribution feeders
    • Bulk power transmission
  • Revenue Types
    • Behind the meter
    • Distribution
    • Bulk power
  • Solution Mixing, Matching, and Mis-matching
    • Grid problems on different levels
    • Grid revenues on different levels
    • Priorities and who decides when to charge


Michael B. Jacobs, Senior Energy Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists

Mike Jacobs is Senior Energy Analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists’ (UCS), leading the organization’s work on electricity markets and regulatory reform. He develops proposals in an effort to shape federal, regional and state electricity markets, regulation and policies to encourage the expansion of renewable energy resources and the reduction of coal-fired generation.  Prior to coming to UCS, he worked as the markets and policy director at a number of renewable energy and energy storage companies, as well as at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Most recently, Mr. Jacobs was part of the Electricity Storage Association (ESA) Advocacy Council and advisor to the Sierra Club on storage procurement in California.  Prior to this work, he served as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) liaison to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He has served on the boards of Wind on the Wires, the Wind Coalition, Interwest Energy Alliance, and the Northern Maine Independent System Administrator. Mr. Jacobs earned a B.A. in the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University and an M.S. in urban and regional planning at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Patrick Leslie, Energy Storage Business Manager, Renewable Energy Systems (RES) Americas

Patrick Leslie is Energy Storage Business Manager for Renewable Energy Systems (RES) Americas.  He is responsible for energy storage business activities in the U.S., with a special focus on helping utilities model the financial benefits of distributed storage. Before joining RES Americas, he led the implementation of two battery storage projects for Puget Sound Energy (PSE), an investor-owned utility in the Pacific Northwest. He also worked on power plant acquisitions and development while at PSE.  Mr. Leslie has an MBA with a concentration in finance from the University of Washington, and a BA from Dartmouth College.

Matt Owens, Director Business Development, STEM

Matt Owens is director of Business Development at STEM.  He has over 17 years of experience in developing, marketing, and selling technology solutions to energy and water utilities and large energy consumers. He has significant product management and strategy, marketing, and expertise in the areas of: smart grid solutions and services, energy analytics, demand response, energy efficiency, customer self-service, meter data management, energy pricing, SaaS models and product road mapping.


Robert Schulte, Principal, Schulte Associates LLC

Robert Schulte is Principal at Schulte Associates LLC.  He has 36 years experience in the electric power industry. He is an expert in generation, transmission and distribution planning and project development, as well as utility business and regulatory affairs for both public and private utilities. He has been and is currently active in several large bulk energy storage projects, as well as having evaluated their opportunities and challenges over the past few years. He is a co-author with his workshop co-presenter, Ingrid Bjorklund, of the paper: “Market and Tariff Challenges to Grid-level Energy Storage Enabling Renewables in RTO/ISO Markets”.  Mr. Schulte served 16 years at Northern States Power Company (NSP), now a unit of Xcel Energy. At NSP, he held a variety of positions in resource planning for large-scale generation and transmission projects; demand response program development and marketing, distribution planning, engineering and operations, metering, rate design, and legislative/regulatory affairs.  He led development of the first large-scale utility customer energy efficiency programs now in common use in the Upper Midwest, and led NSP decisions resulting in the first large-scale wind energy developments on the Buffalo Ridge in Minnesota, where more than 1000 MW are now in operation. He served as NSP VP of Rates and Corporate Strategy, and VP of Marketing and Customer Service. He holds a BSEE (Power Systems) from South Dakota State University, and an MSEE (Power Systems) from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Ingrid Bjorklund, Principal, Bjorklund Law, PLLC

Ingrid Bjorklund is the principal attorney of Bjorklund Law, PLLC, which provides legal and consulting services to energy clients with an emphasis in energy regulation. She is a co-author with her workshop co-presenter, Robert Schulte, of the paper: “Market and Tariff Challenges to Grid-level Energy Storage Enabling Renewables in RTO/ISO Markets.”  Ms. Bjorklund earned her J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law and served on the William Mitchell Law Review. She also holds an M.A. in environmental resource policy from The George Washington University and a B.A. from St. Catherine University in international relations.  She served as Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Public Utilities Law Section and remains on the Section’s Council.  She has also served on the Minnesota Second Judicial District Ethics Committee and the Board of Supervisors for the Ramsey Conservation District in Minnesota

Rao Konidena, Principal Advisor, Midcontinent ISO (MISO)

Rao Konidena is Principal Advisor at Midcontinent ISO (MISO).  He began his work at MISO in the areas of resource adequacy and transmission planning. He and his team developed demand side and clean technology options as alternatives to generation in the 20 year long term transmission expansion planning process.  Mr. Konidena is currently involved in the development of a comprehensive approach towards implementing state and federal policy objectives around increased penetration of energy storage and renewables. He has an MBA from University of MN and MSEE (Master of Science in Electrical Engineering) from University of Texas at Arlington. He is a Board member of Finnish American Chamber of Commerce – Minnesota and volunteers at City of Roseville, MN on the Finance Commission.

Dr. Gary Dorris, President, Ascend Analytics

Dr. Gary Dorris is President and CEO at Ascend Analytics, where he has pioneered multiple innovative solutions for energy planning and risk. For the last dozen years, he has introduced utilities to new solutions for modeling and analyzing planning portfolios. His analytic innovations and expertise are sought by industry leaders including expert testimony in some of the most prominent resource planning and risk management proceedings in the country. His company’s software solutions are used by 3 of the top 5 utilities in America and many CoOps and municipalities.  Dr. Dorris has established industry standards for model validation, monetization of risk, portfolio selection, and performance metrics. In 2001, he won distinguished recognition from the IPE for contributions to the field of energy risk management. He holds a Ph.D. in applied economics and finance from Cornell University and a BS in mechanical engineer and BA in economics with Magna Cum Laude distinction also from Cornell University.


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The room rate is $179.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.


A room block has been reserved for the nights of July 17 – 18, 2016.


Make your reservations prior to June 24, 2016. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.


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