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4th Annual Southeast Clean Power Summit

Event Description and Agenda:

The Southeast (SE) U.S. accounts for more than one-fifth of the country's total energy consumption and this share is expected to grow over the next several years. States in the region face increasing demand for electricity driven by rapid population growth and higher per capita energy use. The region has a modest portfolio of renewable energy and demand side options that need to be continually developed to meet current and future electricity needs. Importing renewable energy resources from other states and grid system operators is an important option.

Solar, wind energy, distributed generation and energy efficiency continue to expand as a percentage of consumed power in the SE. The boom in solar power has moved well beyond the rooftops of homes and businesses to large-scale projects. There has been increasing interest in wind energy with the continued development of the Plains & Eastern and Southern Cross HVDC projects (importing wind from SPP and ERCOT, respectively),as well as several PPAs signed by TVA & Southern Company. Energy efficiency improvements are now a critical part of the solution to meet the region's energy challenge too. Finally,development of small-scale distributed generation is reducing carbon emissions and generating electricity from renewable energy sources closer to the point of consumption.

This conference will provide vital information regarding the future of the Southeast's clean power supply and infrastructure. It will feature experts from throughout the region discussing the most current information and what it's likely to mean for stakeholders in the region.

 

Monday, March 30, 2015

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

8:30 - 8:40 a.m. :: Opening remarks

8:40 - 9:00 a.m. :: Welcome Address from Southern Company

On behalf of Georgia Power, a unit of Atlanta-based Southern Company, one of the nation's largest electric utility holding companies and the local utility for the city of Atlanta, Norrie McKenzie (Vice President of Renewable Development) will welcome his power industry colleagues and provide a detailed overview of Southern Company's renewable operations.

Norrie McKenzie, VP of Renewable Development, Georgia Power

Session I: Utility Scale Solar and Wind Energy in the Southeast

9:00 - 9:45 a.m. :: The Unexpected Sunshine State: How Georgia Became a National Leader in Utility Scale Solar

Through multiple utility scale procurement programs, the state has positioned itself as a national leader in developing solar technology. Georgia Power was recently named Utility of the Year by the Solar Electric Power Association, recognizing the tremendous growth of the solar mkaret in Georgia. This presentation will discuss the genesis of the company's programs, how they relate to the states solar intitiatives, what was successful and the challenges along the way.

Seth Blocker, Utility Scale Manager, Georgia Power

9:45 - 10:15 a.m. :: Networking Break

10:15 - 11:00 a.m. :: Florida Power & Light's Solar Initiatives

With the costs of solar coming down, Florida is pushing to increase its solar generation. To this end, FPL plans on adding up to 225MW of utility scale solar by the end of 2016. The additional solar generation will help to diversify FPL's generation without increasing costs to the customer. Furthermore, the new solar projects will support FPL's clean generation profile.

Buck Martinez, Senior Director of Project Development, Florida Power & Light

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. :: The Viability of Wind Energy for the Southeast
  • Current and future view of the wind market, including the South
  • Power market trends and economics
  • Wind technology advancements increasing low wind speed site viability

Kevin Siwik, Regional Director of Renewable Energy, General Electric

Justin Sabrsula, Marketing Manager, GE Renewables

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. :: Commissioners Perspective on the Southeast Clean Power Outlook

This regulatory session will take a comprehensive look at the SE.Each Commissioner will provide a brief regulatory overview on clean power issues in their respective states. This session will also include a moderated panel discussion on the future demand for renewable resources.

Moderator:

Katrina McMurrian, Executive Director, CCIF (former Florida State Commissioner)

Panelists:

Lauren 'Bubba' McDonald Jr., Commissioner, Georgia Public Service Commission

Kenneth C. Hill, Commissioner, Tennessee Regulatory Authority

Butch Howard, Commissioner, South Carolina Public Service Commission

Chris Howard, Senior Environmental Manager, Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM)

2:30 - 3:00 p.m. :: Networking Break Session

II: Energy Efficiency in the Southeast

3:00 - 3:30 p.m. :: Energy Efficiency as Part of the Clean Power Portfolio

Utilities in the Southeast continue to see broader adoption of energy efficiency practices among commercial and residential customers. This presentation will discuss the rationale and approaches utilities take in the region to engage and incentivize their customers to reduce the amount of energy they use in their homes and businesses.

Angela Strickland, General Manager of Marketing and Sales, Gulf Power

3:30 - 4:00 p.m. :: A Holistic Approach to Energy Efficiency: Understanding the Market and Regulatory Barriers and Opportunities for Energy Efficiency

This presentation discusses why seemingly cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities appear to be overlooked by consumers and utilities including rate structures, principal agent problems, uncertainty and risk, transaction costs, irreversibility of investments, information asymmetry, and capital market imperfections. A wide variety of policy instruments can be applied to address these barriers. This segment will offer perspective on the careful discretion that should be employed to determine when and how to cost-effectively promote energy efficiency.

Daniel Matisoff, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

4:00 - 4:30 p.m. :: Knowing Your Neighbors- Utility Energy Efficiency Programs in the Southeast

Natural gas and electric utilities in the Southeast continue to meet and exceed their energy efficiency targets through effective programs. This presentation will discuss the leading trends and innovations in these programs. It will also explore new programmatic areas under investigation by the utilities.

Mandy Mahoney, President, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance

4:30 - 5:00 p.m. :: Innovative & Effective Energy Efficiency Programming from an Unusual Source

This session will detail the requirement for innovative energy efficiency programs and how these programs help utilities in achieving a variety of goals. Southeast utilities have expanded energy efficiency programs in recent years, and these comprehensive, integrated programs are driving energy savings and cost reductions while creating hundreds of local jobs.

These southeast utilities set ambitious goals which require successful development and deployment of energy efficiency programs - fast forward - these utilities have initiated extremely successful incentive programs focusing on lighting and HVAC measures for historically hard to reach customers - Small Businesses.

In the US small businesses represent 39 percent of the electric energy used. A program targeting these businesses is not only beneficial for the environment and goal objectives standpoint, but it results in job growth and economic stimulus - an important objective in its own right today as new innovations to the efficiency program have been added

Alexander Castro, Senior Vice President, Lime Energy

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. :: Networking Reception

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

7:45 - 8:15 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast Session

III: Legal Perspectives on Utility Scale Solar and Small Scale DG

8:15 - 9:00 a.m. :: Issues in Distributed Generation and Key Features of Power Purchase Agreements

This presentation will address the legal and contractual structure of small scale DG purchase agreements. The focus will be on contracts used to purchase and sell green energy from mid-size utility PPAs as well as small-scale generation owners and utilities. It will center on unique issues associated with the sale and purchase of energy from all types of renewable technologies, with special emphasis on how PPAs or other contractual structures can best be used in the context of the Southeast region.

Ashley Wald, Partner, Holland & Hart

9:00 - 9:45 a.m. :: Utility Scale Solar in the Southeast

This presentation will focus on the recent activity in the utility scale solar market in the SE by both regulated utilities and non-regulated entities, including the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative program, Duke Energy's 500 MW solar procurement, recent military solar projects, and other significant developments. It will also highlight best practices and what to look for in 2015 and beyond.

Katie Ottenweller, Staff Attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center

9:45 - 10:00 a.m. :: Morning Break

Session IV: Utility Perspectives on Renewables and DG

10:00 - 10:45 a.m. :: Conventional vs. Renewable Resources: Compare and Contrast the Efforts of Entergy Arkansas

This presentation will cover Entergy's results to date as it pertains to comparing conventional and renewable capacity with respect to the benefits of each and the effects on planning for the utility's resource needs.

Kandice Fielder, Senior Analyst-Integrated Resource Planning, Entergy

10:45 - 11:30 a.m. :: Renewable Strategy to Optimize Investment

The Tennessee Valley Authority offers various renewable programs and a new approach to defining distributed generation - integrated value. This presentation will review TVA's renewable strategy, programs, and future enhancements.

Cindy Herron, Vice President, EnergyRight® and Renewable Solutions, Tennessee Valley Authority

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. :: A Little Here and a Little There: The Utility Approach to Distributed Generation

Distributed generation has an increasingly important role in the future of meeting customers' energy needs in the SE. This presentation will discuss the different types of DG technologies currently being employed and researched as well as the challenges and benefits to deploying these technologies.

Steven Baxley, Research & Technology Principal Engineer, Southern Company Services

12:00 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns

 

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