By - Jon Brown

Utility Measures to Meet Rising RPS & De-Carbonization Benchmarks
November 4-5, 2019 | Portland, OR

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Overview

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State renewable portfolio standards (RPS) and clean energy standards (CES) — which require electric load-serving entities (LSEs) to assure that a minimum portion of their load is generated with eligible forms of renewable electricity — currently exist in 29 U.S. states and Washington, D.C.  Several states, mostly within the same grouping, are pushing beyond that and committing to 100 percent clean electricity attainment by specified dates.

These state-imposed renewable standard policies vary widely on several elements —including production/delivery targets, the entities they include, the resources eligible to meet requirements, rate-payer cost caps and so forth.  Thus, it’s difficult to paint the policies and their cumulative impact with a broad brush.  Nevertheless, what is true for utilities in every case is that those subject to renewable energy and low carbon delivery mandates must satisfy such requirements in two ways:  1) purchase or produce, then distribute power generated by qualifying form(s) of renewable energy and 2) obtain and deliver corollary renewable energy credits or certificates, which carry the monetary value of the environmental benefits.  Yet, the rigorous steps that utilities and other sanctioned load serving entities must follow to satisfy these RPS/CES and carbon mandates typically run counter to years of planning and investment in more conventional electric power assets.  How, then, can utilities prudently and aggressively pivot their capital structures to meet these accelerating renewable and carbon neutral energy production and procurement milestones and still serve their load reliably?  And what regulatory framework adjustments must state policy-makers enact to facilitate this transition to a clean energy power system?

This program will provide a comprehensive survey of RPS/CES and carbon reduction requirements around North America.  It will then examine the toolbox of operational and regulatory measures available to utilities, LSEs, policymakers, RPS administrators, and other decision-makers for attaining these policy objectives most practically and efficiently.  Utilities, other jurisdictional power delivery organizations, their suppliers and consultants — as well as the legislative and regulatory commissions, charged with ensuring the achievement of these renewable energy and low carbon electric power outcomes — will find this program exceptionally beneficial for informing their strategic and operational path forward.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review utility and state efforts to favor renewable energy generation
  • Discuss characteristics, similarities and differences of RPS/CES and de-carbonization measures
  • Identify system impacts and critical utility responses to RPS/CES and de-carbonization measures
  • Compare case studies of utility and power system renewable energy and de-carbonization strategies and implementation approaches
  • Blueprint for establishing the utility and regulatory pathway(s) to attainment of RPS and decarbonization requirements

Credits

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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.3 CEUs for this event.

 

Requirements For Successful Completion Of Program

Participants must sign in/out 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.

Agenda

Monday, November 4, 2019

7:45 – 8:15 a.m. :: Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:15 – 8:30 a.m. :: Welcome and Introductions


8:30 – 9:50 a.m. :: Survey of Utility and State Efforts to Favor Renewable Energy Generation

  • Historical development
  • Current landscape
  • Forward trends
  • Legislative vs regulatory commission imposition and governance

Galen Barbose, Research Scientist – Electricity Markets and Policy Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

9:50 – 10:10 a.m. :: Morning Break


10:10 – 11:45 a.m. :: Reviewing Characteristics of RPS/CES and Carbon Neutral Measures

  • RPS and goals
  • CES and goals
  • Carbon targets
  • Clean peak standards
  • Distributed generation (DG) “carve-outs”
  • Where they converge
  • Where they diverge
  • Penalties and/or recourse for non-compliance
  • Cost analyses to achieve high RPS and low carbon electric power outcomes
  • Is there a better, “middle way”?

Nick Schlag, Principal, E3

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


1:00 – 2:40 p.m. :: Identifying System Impacts and Critical Utility Responses to RPS and De-carbonization Measures

  • Resiliency
  • Flexibility
  • Capacity
  • Capitalization of new qualifying resources
  • Retirement (sometimes early) of non-qualifying resources
  • Supply-demand correlation
  • Reliability
  • Relevance of scale
  • Compliance costs and customer rate/billing impacts
  • Relationship of renewable energy development to federal tax policies and impact on capacity expansion of incentive discontinuation
  • Overlay with transmission system operator requirements, if applicable
  • Transition pathway to interim benchmarks and ultimate mandates
  • Identifying, addressing and overcoming road-blocks

Joseph Ferrari, General Manager – Utility Development, Wärtsilä North America, Inc.

2:40 – 3:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break


3:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: Utility and Power System Renewable Energy and De-carbonization Case Study

Robert Hodel, Strategic Planning Engineer – IRP Group, Los Angeles Dept of Water & Power (LADWP)

Dr. Brandon Mauch, Senior Energy Analyst, Ascend Analytics

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


Tuesday, November 5, 2019

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


8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Utility Transition Strategies to Renewable Energy andCarbon Neutral Outcomes

  • Assembling the Resource Portfolio
    • Procurement
    • Self-build, asset ownership
  • Essential Portfolio “Partners”
    • Load flexibility, management, control and NWA
    • Storage
    • Batteries
    • Large-scale and long duration technologies
    • Overbuild and curtail
    • Electrification
  • Over-the-Horizon Promise
    • Power-to-gas
    • Other technologies

Ryan Hledik, Principal, The Brattle Group

Morgan Putnam, Vice President – Solar Analytics, REsurety

Doug Houseman, Utility Modernization Lead, Burns & McDonnell

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


1:00 – 3:00 p.m. :: State Regulatory Structures that Best Convert RPS and Carbon Reduction Objectives into Workable Utility Scenarios

  • State Regulatory Alignment to Advance De-carbonization
    • Business compact
    • De-coupling
    • Rate-base mechanism adjustment(s)
  • Incentives
    • Rate-based
    • Tax-based
  • Differentiating between Vertically-Integrated and Distribution Utility RPS/Carbon Restriction Applications
  • Distinguishing between Competitive (Wholesale, Retail) and Non-Competitive Power System Applications

Lon Huber, Director – Energy Policy, Navigant

Alison Williams, Director – State Energy & Regulatory Policy, Edison Electric Institute

3:00 – 3:20 p.m. :: Afternoon Break


3:20 – 4:45 p.m. :: Blueprint for Establishing the Pathway(s) to Attainment of RPS and Carbon Reduction Requirements

  • Interpreting the Mandated Requirements
  • Re-calibrating the IRP and/or other Short- and Long-term Planning Documents
  • Confirming Internal, Stakeholder and Regulatory Buy-in
  • Institutionalizing the Process and Outcome

Panel Discussion

4:45 p.m. :: Symposium Adjourns

Instructors

Galen Barbose, Research Scientist – Electricity Markets and Policy Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Joseph Ferrari, General Manager – Utility Development, Wärtsilä North America, Inc.

Ryan Hledik, Principal, The Brattle Group

Doug Houseman, Utility Modernization Lead, Burns & McDonnell

Lon Huber, Director – Energy Policy, Navigant

Morgan Putnam, Vice President – Solar Analytics, REsurety

Nick Schlag, Principal, E3

Alison Williams, Director – State Energy & Regulatory Policy, Edison Electric Institute

Location

Hi-Lo Hotel, Portland

320 SW Harvey Milk St

Portland, OR 97204

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Nights of November 3 – 5, 2019

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$185.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to October 22, 2019.

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