Non-Wire Alternatives

October 8-9, 2020


Thursday, October 8, 2020 : Central Time

8:40 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In

9:00 – 9:05 a.m. :: Welcome & Introduction

9:05 – 10:15 a.m. :: State of the Industry Update: Non-Wire Alternatives Industry Trends & Best Practices

Shreyas Vangala, Senior Consultant - Energy & Utilities, West Monroe Energy Partners

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. :: Break

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. :: NWA Regulatory & Market Drivers, Challenges, & Impacts on Operational Implementation

Aram Shumavon, Co-founder & CEO, Kevala

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: California ISO (CAISO): Non-Wire Project Activity and Implementation in T&D

James Price, Senior Advisor – Market Analysis & Development, Renewable Integration, CAISO

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. :: Break for Lunch

1:00 – 2:15 p.m. :: PHI’s Non-Wire Projects: Storage, Solar, Dynamic Pricing, Demand Response & Energy Efficiency

Stephen Sunderhauf, Strategic Manager – Customer Programs, Pepco Holdings, Inc.

Tom Shetty, Manager – Investment Management, Pepco Holdings, Inc.

2:15 – 3:00 p.m. :: Legal & Contractual Issues for NWAs in Uncertain Times

Tara Kaushik, Partner, Holland & Knight


3:00 – 3:15 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:15 – 4:45 p.m. :: Panel: New York NWAs—Experience, Lessons Learned and Next Steps

New York’s infamous REV initiative, along with a range of other progressive state policies, are driving energy innovation and advancing deployment of NWA projects on the grid.  This dynamic panel will feature leaders from some of the most prominent energy companies in NY to share their experiences, case studies, lessons learned, and next steps with NWA project development and grid integration.


David South, Senior Principal- Energy & Utilities, West Monroe Energy Partners


Marie Schnitzer, Lead Project Manager, National Grid

Griffin Reilly, Section Manager - Targeted Demand Management, Con Edison

Mike DeAngelo, Program Manager – Non-Wire Alternatives, NYSEG/RGE (invited)

MD Sakib, Section Manager – Utility of the Future, Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.

4:45 – 5:15 p.m. :: Vendor Demo (Optional): Non-Wire Alternatives Benefits and Costs Analysis Tool Demonstration

Whether due to regulatory mandates, constraints on procuring traditional solutions, renewable portfolio and decarbonization goals, or other policy directives, electric utilities are investigating Non-Wire Alternatives (NWA). Evaluating and comparing NWA to traditional solutions require a thorough and consistent analysis framework. West Monroe’s NWA Benefits and Costs modeling tool was developed based on the New York Joint Utilities BCA handbook to compare benefits and costs of NWA (individually or as a portfolio) to traditional  solutions. During the demonstration, West Monroe will highlight its NWA BCA capabilities and how it could be used to support NWA projects.

Friday, October 9, 2020 : Central Time

8:40 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. :: DTE Energy Non-Wire Alternative Projects: Methodology & Outcomes

Kevin Stewart, Principal Marketing Specialist, Pilot Programs, DTE Energy

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. :: Renewable Gas: An Emerging NWA Solution for Utilities

Gas utilities in the Pacific Northwest are actively developing renewable gas projects – from both biogas and hydrogen resources– to decarbonize their resource supply.  However, renewable gas is also being recognized as a non-wire alternative resource for the benefits it can provide to the transmission grid as a long duration energy storage resource.  This session will evaluate this resource and project development potential, discussing:

Chris Kroeker, Emerging Technology Program Manager, NW Natural

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Closing Panel & Facilitated Virtual Networking Session

Moderator: Paul DeCotis, Senior Director – Energy and Utility Practice, West Monroe Partners

12:30 p.m. :: Program Adjourns



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.