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

Multi-Sector Resource Planning to Achieve Clean Energy Standards
November 14-15, 2019 | New Orleans, LA

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The wide-scale adoption of renewable energy is the most complex modernization of the electricity grid in 100 years. De-carbonization of the electric sector requires the careful coordination of many new technologies, including renewables, storage, electrification, efficiency, and demand response. Now comes the hard part – making it all work! The evolution taking place in electric grids requires robust decision analytics, improved modeling techniques, and greater insight into the profit opportunities of an advanced flexible resource portfolio to be developed in the coming decade.

This course will provide attendees a survey of planning strategies and tools to address how utilities can map their transition successfully from traditional, carbon-based technologies and uni-directional power flows to the new paradigm of clean energy that flows in many directions across the grid.

Learning Outcomes  

Attendees at this symposium will:  

  • Assess the effects of increasing renewable energy resources on present and future price formation through both supply and demand fundamentals and observed market dynamics
  • Examine the impact of technological advances of batteries, renewables, flexible loads, and EVs on present and future supply and demand fundamentals
  • Identify over-supply conditions, their price ramifications and how IRPs should reflect these structural changes
  • Analyze and quantify the impact of increased renewables penetration on market price volatility
  • Demonstrate how to weigh the marginal value of wind versus solar
  • Evaluate resource adequacy in a high renewable portfolio
  • Assess the impact, need and value of increased renewable penetration rates on flexible resource requirements
  • Identify how to model the impact of electrification on future supply and demand fundamentals
  • Discuss modeling and valuing energy storage economics
  • Illustrate simulating “meaningful certainty” needed for robust decision analysis
  • Construct a plan that credibly addresses the final gap to 100% that satisfies important company, regulatory and clean energy stakeholders



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.


Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations and test cases will be used to present course information.

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.


Thursday, November 14, 2019

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Registration

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. :: Overview and Introductions

1:15 – 3:00 p.m. :: Market Transformation from West to East

  • Policy, market, and technology changes
  • Changes in the load and resources mix in the West
  • Economic challenges for baseload generation in the Midwest
  • Growth of solar in the southeast and implications for vertically integrated utilities
  • Transitioning from a dominant, utility-owned asset structure to a blend of utility-owned and distributed energy resources (DERs)
  • Hybrid market structures

3:00 – 3:20 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:20 – 5:00 p.m. :: Determining Resource Adequacy in a High Renewable Portfolio

  • Understanding the effect of “firm” capacity contributions of renewables
  • How to translate simulation uncertainty into standard planning metrics
  • Assessing the impact of increased renewable penetration rates on flexible resource requirements
  • Estimating flexible capacity requirements as a function of renewable penetration
  • Factoring in weather

5:00 p.m. :: Course Adjourns for Day

Friday,  November 15, 2019

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

8:30 – 10:15 a.m. :: Modeling the Impact of Electrification on Future Supply and Demand Fundamentals

  • Electric vehicles (EVs) as fixed and flexible load adoption and growth
  • Conversion to electric power of consumer and commercial devices/technologies
  • Internet of Things (IoT) to aggregate flexible demand

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Modeling the Impact of Demand Response, Energy Efficiency and Other Measures on Future Supply and Demand Fundamentals

  • Building codes and related modifications
  • Conversion of fossil fleets to clean fuels

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ::  Group Luncheon

1:00 – 2:45 p.m. :: Modeling and Valuing Energy Storage Economics

  • Optimizing the sizing of energy storage projects for flexible and firm capacity needs
  • Analyzing energy storage value streams for utility procurement
  • Case studies of energy storage applications involving…
    • Utilities operating in organized markets
    • Utilities operating under traditional, vertically integrated regulations

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. :: How to Realize the Last 20% to Achieve Total Clean Energy

  • What is left “in the tank” after solar, wind and storage max out?
  • Why simulating “meaningful certainty” is needed for robust decision analysis
  • Structuring a plan that credibly addresses the final gap to 100% that satisfies these stakeholders
    • Utility management
    • Regulatory agencies
    • Environmental advocates

4:30 p.m. :: Program Adjourns


Gary Dorris, PhD, CEO & President, Ascend Analytics

Dr. Dorris has been a pioneer of innovative solutions for energy planning and risk. For the last dozen years, Gary has introduced utilities to new solutions to model and analyze 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. He has established industry standards for model validation, monetization of risk, portfolio selection, and performance metrics. In 2001, Dr. Dorris won distinguished recognition from the IPE for contributions to the field of energy risk management. Dr. Dorris 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.

David Millar, Director of Energy Analytics/ Project Manager, Ascend Analytics

David Millar is Director of Energy Analytics at Ascend Analytics. He leads Ascend’s consulting practice, providing utility clients with expertise in risk-based, long-term resource planning, valuation, and renewable integration. His recent work with Ascend includes WECC market analysis and capacity valuation for Northwestern Energy and flexible resource planning with high renewables for LADWP. Previously, David Millar worked at Pacific Gas and Electric, where he served as a Principal of Energy Modeling and Analysis. He led data analytics projects to guide company strategy on generation portfolio planning, energy storage valuation, and load and price forecasting. Mr. Millar previously worked in energy consulting with DNV GL and regulatory policy research at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. He holds a master’s degree in Energy Economics and Policy from Duke University, and bachelor’s degrees in Earth Sciences and Political Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Dr. Brent Nelson, Senior Analyst, Ascend Analytics

Dr. Brent Nelson is a senior analyst at Ascend, providing utility clients with expertise in demand management, resource planning, and renewable integration. Prior to joining Ascend, he was an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Northern Arizona University, while also holding a collaborative appointment with the directorate of Scientific Computing and Energy Analysis at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He also worked for the US Department of Energy from 2014-2016, focusing on technology research and development programs for energy efficiency and demand side management. Dr. Nelson has extensive experience in energy technology and energy system modeling, with a focus on understanding the impacts of future shifts in technology adoption. He has also consulted for several companies and universities on their energy and sustainability initiatives. In addition to 11 years of experience as an academic with a research focus in energy analysis, he holds PhD and MS degrees in mechanical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a bachelor‘s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.


Hyatt Regency New Orleans

601 Loyola Ave

New Orleans, LA 70113

Reserve your room:

please call 1-504-613-3900

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of November 13 – 14, 2019

Room rate through EUCI:

$259.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to October 23, 2019.


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

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