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Highlights from from California’s DEF Conference
San Francisco, March 2016



Thank you to all who joined More Than Smart and Greentech Media for California’s Distributed Energy Future (#CDEF) 2016 Conference and Workshop in San Francisco!

March 16th #CDEF Conference

March 17th MTS ‘Building the Networked Electricity Grid’ Workshop 

Best practices for building a cheaper, cleaner, safer and more reliable distribution grid
Presentation Slides for March 17th

8:15-8:30              Welcome

Tony Brunello, President and Founder, More Than Smart
Kevin Barker, Chief of Staff to Chair Weisenmiller, California Energy Commission

8:30-9:15              Opening Plenary: Conversation with state leaders on the Role of the Grid

This session will allow state representatives leading grid modernization efforts in six states to discuss current proceedings and future plans for developing their Plug & Play Grids.

  • Speakers
      • Chris Villarreal, Director of Policy, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
      • Rudy Stegemoeller, Special Assistant for Energy Policy, New York State Department of Public Service
      • Nicholas Chaset, Chief of Staff for President Picker, California PUC
      • David Parsons, Economist, Hawaii PUC
      • Jorge Camacho, Electrical Engineer – Office of Infrastructure and System Planning, DC Public Service Commission
  • Moderator – Tony Brunello, President and Founder, More Than Smart

9:15-10:00           The Plug & Play Electricity Grid – An Overview

What is the Plug & Play Grid and how can states plan for upgrading their distribution grid systems? This session will outline the steps for states to consider (Walk-Jog-Run), a process for working through these plans and an overview of how DOE is helping to support these efforts across the country.

  • Speakers
      • Paul De Martini, Senior Fellow, More Than Smart
      • Jeff Taft, Chief Architect for Electric Grid Transformation, Pacific Northwest National Labs
      • Joe Paladino, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy

10:00-11:00         Planning the Networked Grid

This session will describe current distribution grid and transmission grid planning examples for accommodating more DER on a state-wide electricity grid and key issues to consider when initiating the “Walk” phase of the distribution grid planning process.

  • Speakers
      • Jeff Billinton, Manager, Regional Transmission – North, CAISO
      • Mark Esguerra, Principal, Distribution Planning, Pacific Gas and Electric
      • Merrian Borgeson, Senior Scientist, Energy and Transportation, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Moderator – Don Von Dollen, Senior Program Manager, Electric Power Research Institute

11:00-11:30         Networking Break

11:30-12:30         Defining the Value of DER to the Grid

A key issue in planning for distribution grid upgrades is to calculate the locational net value of DER. This panel will outline the importance of the issue, current valuation efforts happening across the country and ideas for defining the full range of benefits and costs of a system over time.

  • Speakers
      • Ryan Hanley, Senior Director, Grid Engineering Solutions, SolarCity
      • Erik Takayesu, Director of Electric System Planning and Grid Modernization, Southern California Edison
      • Jamie Fine, Energy Research & Senior Economist, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Moderator – Shayle Kann, Senior Vice President, GTM Research

12:30-1:30           Lunch

1:30-2:30              Sourcing DER for Grid Services – Defining State of the Art

The Plug & Play grid will eventually require new distribution grid level market structures to facilitate new energy transactions at the distribution grid level. Now, distribution utilities can source services from flexible DER to support flexible operation or as qualified alternatives to traditional infrastructure investments.  In this panel, speakers will discuss how DER markets may evolve at the distribution level, current examples from New York and California using new sourcing options, and how these mechanisms link with customer benefits.

  • Speakers
  • Moderator – Paul De Martini, MTS

2:30-3:00              Wrap up – A conversation with state and federal officials on priorities for 2016

This session will include a rapid fire Q&A with state and federal officials on priorities for enabling their Plug & Play Grid programs in 2016.

Additional Slides:
Tracy Babbidge, Chief of the Bureau of Energy & Technology Policy, Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP)

Additional details can be found on Greentech Media’s Event Webpage

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