By - Jon Brown

Utilities, Data Centers & Renewable Energy Summit
July 25-26, 2018 | Denver, CO

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Overview

Data centers are expected to double in number by 2021 and it is poised to be one of the largest energy consumers in the near future. The industry is leading the shift to renewable energy to power the internet economy and address climate risk. As a result, more utilities have begun to offer data-center operators access to large-scale renewable energy, adding another milestone to the initiative in achieving sustainable economic development. It emphasizes the need to utilize renewable energy to power data centers, in order to reduce the environmental footprint.

EUCI’s Utilities, Data Centers & Renewable Energy Summit will bring together policy makers, utilities, and data center operators to address challenges faced by both utilities and data center operators with renewable energy procurement and evaluate the effectiveness of current renewable energy incentives programs. The summit also discusses how utilities and data centers are working in tandem to fuel sustainable economic development and effectively address climate change issues.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review impact of recent tax legislation on renewable energy sector
  • Assess how design decisions affect colocation data center energy efficiency
  • Explore new innovative renewable energy options available
  • Discover demonstrated PUE and energy reuse effectiveness (ERE) examples
  • Evaluate benefits of data center operators and utilities partnerships
  • Optimize the usage of their power assets to achieve cost savings
  • Identify how utilities can meet future renewable energy demands of end-users

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 1.0 CEUs for this conference and 0.3 CEUs for the workshop.

 

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations and panel discussion will be used in this event.

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.

Agenda

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

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

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. :: Opening Remarks by Chairperson


8:45 – 10:00 a.m. :: 100% Renewable Goal: Scaling Data Center Renewable Energy Demand

Leaders Panel Discussion:

  • Future trends in data center energy consumption
  • Factors driving on-site generation decision
  • Challenges faced with sourcing RECs
  • Assess potential impact of proposed energy legislations – Is it really a boon for renewable energy?

Panelists:

Travis Wright, VP – Energy & Sustainability, QTS

Brian Green, Vice President – Global Lead, Data Center Engineering & Operations, VISA Inc.

Dan Pfeiffer, Senior Director, Corporate Economic Development, Xcel Energy

Tim Comerford, Managing Director, Sugarloaf Associates LLC

Stan Blackwell, Director – Customer Service & Strategic Partnerships, Dominion Energy

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Networking Break


10:30 – 11:15 a.m. :: Achieving Energy Efficiency: Role of Data Centers & Utilities

Depicting the sweeping shift in the ever-growing data centers industry and inspiring areas where renewable energy and utilities can merge to provide an effective and sustainable ecosystem for application delivery. This presentation shall also discuss the impact of power purchases by data centers operators on availability and affordability of clean energy.

James Critchfield, Director, Green Power Partnership, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Design Decisions That Lead to Energy Efficient Colocation Data Center

In the past, colocation data centers operated with a PUE of 2.0 or even higher. In today’s competitive and environmentally conscious market, colocation providers must build and operate data centers with a PUE of 1.5 or lower. This presentation will focus on the “thousands” of design decisions that Flexential applied to our current highly efficient colocation data centers.

Todd Gale, VP of Engineering, Flexential

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


1:30 – 2:15 p.m. :: Xcel Energy Case Study – Success with Data Center Energy Efficiency Program

This presentation will highlight updates on Xcel’s “steel-for-fuel” strategy that was launched in 2016. The session will also discuss Xcel’s non-solar REC and Colorado Energy Plan.

Dan Pfeiffer, Senior Director, Corporate Economic Development, Xcel Energy


2:15 – 3:00 p.m. :: Energy Efficiency Strategies from World’s Most Energy Efficient Data Center

This session will discuss our holistic approach to design one of the world’s most energy efficient data center, at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). This high-performance computing (HPC) data center has achieved a trailing twelve-month average power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 1.04 and features a chiller-less design, component-level warm-water liquid cooling, and waste heat capture and re-use. Details of the demonstrated PUE and energy reuse effectiveness (ERE), and lessons learned during four years of production operation will be provided. Recent efforts to dramatically reduce the water footprint will also be discussed. A thermosyphon cooler (TSC) at NREL’s HPC data center that resulted in a 50% reduction in water usage during the first year of operation. The Thermosyphon Cooler Hybrid System (TCHS) integrates the control of a dry heat rejection device with an open cooling tower. Site and source Water Use Effectiveness (WUE) metrics will be presented. A portion of the energy for the data center is provided by an onsite -720 kW PV system, energy performance of the PV systems will be presented.

Otto Van Geet, Principal Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)


3:00 – 3:45 p.m. :: Offsite Renewable Purchases – Intermediation Structures and Risk Allocation Considerations

QTS Realty Trust (QTS) and Citigroup Energy Inc. (Citi) will discuss a new offsite renewable arrangement that is being employed to supply clean, renewable energy for a 10-year term to a QTS data center in Irving, TX. The discussion will focus on how the intermediation structure achieved QTS’ renewable energy goals, managed their exposure to commodity prices and to the project assets itself. The discussion will also highlight the role intermediaries in these markets, and the structures and tools they can provide to achieve a more attractive allocation of risk among corporates, projects and intermediaries.

Travis Wright, VP, Energy and Sustainability, QTS

Sturgis Sobin, Associate, Commodities Structured Products, Citigroup Energy Inc.


3:45 – 5:00 p.m. :: Flexential Compark Data Center Tour

5:00 p.m. :: End of Day One


Thursday, July 26, 2018

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


8:30 – 8:45 a.m. :: Opening Remarks by Chairperson

Leading the Way To RE100 Club – Procurement, Reliability & Cost-Benefit Analysis


8:45 – 9:30 a.m. :: The Financial Drivers of Energy Supply, the Grid, and the Data Center Interconnection

Data Centers, estimated at 2% of the electrical grid (US more in other markets), represent a potential resource for energy producers, ISOs, regulators, and the Grid-at-large. Data Center energy consumption is expected to grow 3X over the next 10 years. With rising energy costs, it is of utmost importance for data center owners and operators to optimize their energy costs and take advantage of the opportunity to utilize renewable energy, preserving the energy availability and resiliency of the grid. This presentation will discuss how data centers and power-intensive users can optimize the usage of their power assets to achieve cost savings and earn attractive additional revenue streams from grid energy, storage, and power quality services.

Jack Pouchet, Vice President Business Development of Global Solutions, Vertiv Co


9:30 – 10:15 a.m. :: Visa’s Journey to 100% Renewable Energy

A case study that covers Visa’s journey on energy conservationism in data center operations over the past three years.  Our key focus has covered relationships with utility providers, energy efficiency priorities in high resiliency environment, and dedicated execution.

Brian Green, Vice President – Global Lead, Data Center Engineering & Operations, VISA Inc.

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. :: Networking Break


10:45 – 11:30 a.m. :: Renewable Energy and Different Tiers of Data Centers

  • Understand evolving energy requirements of data center operators
  • Reliability requirements and renewable integration in data centers of different sizes
  • How can utilities meet data center’s future energy demands?

Stan Blackwell, Director – Customer Service & Strategic Partnerships, Dominion Energy


11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: Future of RE Sourcing Strategies & Green Power Partnership Program

  • Interplay between RECs and data center operators
  • Why every utility should have a Green Power Program
  • Current REC/RSPs challenges

Case Study: Connecting RECs to RE project finance   

James Critchfield, Director, Green Power Partnership, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

12:15 p.m. :: Closing Remarks and End of Summit

Workshop

Best Practices in Renewable Energy Procurement

Thursday, July 26, 2018

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. :: Registration

1:30 – 5:00 p.m. :: Workshop Timing (30 mins networking break included)

Overview

Value of renewable energy purchasing through large-sale, long term contracts, is being widely recognized. Renewable energy procurement through a competitive bidding process will help secure contracts on a lowest-cost basis. This workshop will cover REP process from structuring to completion and include:

Learning Outcomes

  • Review REC procurement planning process
  • Analyze key agreement provisions
  • Evaluate procurement schedule – Solar & wind
  • Discuss best practices for REC procurement

Agenda

  • Goals of REC procurements
  • Structuring REC purchase agreement
  • Possible sources of RECs
  • Bundled vs unbundled RECs
  • Structuring RFP
  • Regulatory considerations
  • Procurement of unbundled RECs

Instructors

Benjamin Chee
Director
Nera Economic Consulting

Mr. Chee is a Director in NERA’s Energy Group. He advises on the design of electricity markets and has specific expertise in introducing competitive mechanisms in the context of the embedded market structure to the benefit of ratepayers. Mr. Chee has a long history of working with utilities, regulatory commissions, governments, and state power agencies in managing and overseeing competitive processes for capacity, energy, demand response, and renewable resources in the energy sector as well as radio spectrum in the telecom sector. Mr. Chee has also managed international auction assignments related to climate change mitigation to reduce methane and other greenhouse gas emissions.

Mr. Chee is an expert on power contracts and has worked with many standard power contracts in the industry, including the EEI Master Power Purchase and Sale Agreement, the ISDA Master Agreement, the EFET General Agreement, and the ABA-EMA-ACORE Master REC Purchase and Sale Agreement. Mr. Chee has also worked with contracts developed for particular non-standard transactions and has expert knowledge in areas critical to stable and low-cost supply arrangements for customers, including knowledge of wholesale power markets and RTOs.

Mr. Chee also has expertise in renewable energy and distributed generation. He has consulted on the economics of RECs and is familiar with the commercial arrangements in the renewable industry, integration and interconnection issues, renewable portfolio standards, State certification requirements, and REC registries. Mr. Chee has performed studies on the key success drivers and best practices for market incentives related to distributed generation development and uptake.

Kathleen Orlandi
Consultant
Nera Economic Consulting

Ms. Orlandi is a Consultant in NERA’s Energy and Auctions practice and advises utilities, ISOs, and government officials on issues related to wholesale power, capacity and renewable energy credit markets, and auctions.

Ms. Orlandi has served as a key member of the project team in many high stakes auctions to procure billion-dollar wholesale power and capacity contracts and millions of renewable energy credits annually from utility-scale solar and wind, brownfield, and distributed generation projects in many states throughout the US. She develops auction rules and project eligibility requirements, supports contract development and negotiation processes, and specializes in building models to benchmark energy contracts, including full requirements service (wholesale power, capacity, and ancillary and other services) and bundled/unbundled renewable energy credit contracts. Through this work, she has gained expertise regarding commercial arrangements in the renewable energy industry, solar and wind project development processes and timelines, ISO and utility interconnection processes, and federal/state policies and incentives.

Ms. Orlandi also has significant experience working on marginal cost studies and has developed models used in a wide range of applications, including tariff design and evaluating the economics of demand-side initiatives. She has worked on these projects with utilities in many jurisdictions across the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean.

Speakers

Stan Blackwell, Director – Customer Service & Strategic Partnerships, Dominion Energy

Tim Comerford, Managing Director, Sugarloaf Associates LLC

James Critchfield, Director, Green Power Partnership, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Otto Van Geet, Principal Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Brian Green, Vice President – Global Lead, Data Center Engineering & Operations, VISA Inc.

Dan Pfeiffer, Senior Director, Corporate Economic Development, Xcel Energy

Todd Gale, VP of Engineering, Flexential

Jack Pouchet, Vice President Business Development of Global Solutions, Vertiv Co

Sturgis Sobin, Associate, Commodities Structured Products, Citigroup Energy Inc.

Travis Wright, VP – Energy & Sustainability, QTS

Location

Flexential Compark Data Center
8636 S Peoria Street
Englewood, CO 80112

 

Nearby Hotels

Ramada Englewood Hotel and Suites
7770 S Peoria St, Englewood, CO, 80112
(303) 790-7770
1.2 miles to the conference location

Homewood Suites by Hilton Denver Tech Center
199 Inverness Drive W, Englewood, CO, 80112
(303) 706-0102
1.6 miles to the conference location

Courtyard by Marriott Denver South/Park Meadows Mall
8320 S Valley Hwy, Englewood, CO, 80112
(720) 895-0300
1.6 miles to the conference location

Residence Inn By Marriott Denver Park Meadows
8322 South Valley Highway, Englewood, CO, 80112
(720) 895-0200
1.6 miles to the conference location

Element Denver Park Meadows
9985 Park Meadows Drive, Lone Tree, CO, 80124
(303) 790-2100
2.1 miles to the conference center

Marriott Denver South at Park Meadows
10345 Park Meadows Drive, Lone Tree, CO, 80124
(303) 925-0004
2.2 miles to the conference center

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