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Conference Agenda

Wednesday, November 2 Session: Speakers:
7:45 am - 8:45 am Conference Registration and Breakfast
8:30 am - 5:30 pm Technology Demonstration Hall open

Check out the technology demonstration booth demonstrations by select distribution platform vendors

8:45 am - 9:00 am Opening and Introduction

Tony Brunello, President of More Than Smart, and Bill Parks, Senior Technical Advisor at the U.S. Department of Energy, will open the first day of the conference.

Bill Parks, Tony Brunello
9:00 am - 10:00 am Defining State Needs for a Next Generation Distribution System Platform (DSPx)

Moderator: Joe Paladino, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy
Commissioner Nancy Lange, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
Nicolas Chaset, Chief of Staff, California Public Utilities Commission
Jorge Camacho, Chief, Officer of Infrastructure and System Planning, Washington D.C. Public Service Commission

Joe Paladino, Jorge Camacho, Nancy Lange, Nicolas Chaset
10:00 am - 10:30 am Defining the Vision of the DSPx Project

Joe Paladino, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy
Paul De Martini, Managing Director, Newport Consulting Group
Jeffrey Taft, Chief Architect for Electric Grid Transformation, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Jeffrey Taft, Joe Paladino, Paul De Martini
10:30 am - 11:00 am Coffee Break
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Planning for DSPx: Technical Needs and Opportunities

Moderator: Ron Melton, Director of Smart Grid Demonstration Project, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Jay Griffin, Assistant Professor, University of Hawaii
Kevin Kushman, Chief Operating Officer, Integral Analytics
Mark Esguerra, Director, Integrated Grid Planning, Grid Integration & Innovation, Pacific Gas & Electric
Daniel Desrosiers, General Manager, CYME International Transmission and Distribution

Daniel Desrosiers, Jay Griffin, Kevin Kushman, Mark Esguerra, Ron Melton
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch

Take a tour of the technology demonstration booths featuring select distribution platform vendors

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Operations for DSPx: Technical Needs and Opportunities

Moderator: Jeffrey Taft, Chief Architect for Electric Grid Transformation, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Lorenzo Kristov, Principal of Market and Infrastructure Policy, California Independent System Operator
Jeff Gooding, IT General Manager of Smart Grid Engineering, Southern California Edison
Lars Lee-Potreck, VP Product Management and Marketing, Siemens AG

Jeff Gooding, Jeffrey Taft, Lars Lee-Potreck, Lorenzo Kristov
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Coffee Break
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Markets for DSPx: Barriers and Opportunities

Moderator: Paul De Martini, Managing Director, Newport Consulting
Peter Rive, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, SolarCity
Pete Fuller, Vice President of Market and Regulatory Affairs, NRG
Mark Irwin, Director of Contract Origination, Energy Procurement & Management, Southern California Edison
Avnaesh Jayantilal, ‎Product Line Leader, ADMS, Grid Solutions, General Electric

Avnaesh Jayantilal, Mark Irwin, Paul De Martini, Peter Fuller, Peter Rive
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm R&D for DSPx: Projects Today Realizing DSP Goals

Moderator: Tim Heidel, Program Director, ARPA-E, U.S. Department of Energy
Mike Gravely, Deputy Division Chief of the Energy Research and Development Division, California Energy Commission
Ram Rajagopal, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University
Mike Gravely, Deputy Division Chief of the Energy Research and Development Division, California Energy Commission
Aram Shumavon, President, Kevala Analytics
Santiago Grijalva, Chairman, ProsumerGrid Inc.

Aram Shumavon, Mike Gravely, Ram Rajagopal, Santiago Grijalva, Tim Heidel
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Happy Hour Reception hosted by Powerhouse

Join Powerhouse and More Than Smart for a cocktail at the Grid Disrupter Awards Happy Hour Reception. Vote for your favorite grid disrupting startup before the real election.

Emily Kirsch
Thursday, November 3 Session: Speakers:
8:45 am - 9:00 am Opening and Summary of Day 1
9:00 am - 10:00 am Defining a National Distributed Energy Future

Moderator: Nancy Pfund, Founder and Managing Partner, DBL Partners
President Michael Picker, California PUC
Commissioner Nancy Lange, Minnesota PUC
Commissioner Tom Gorak, Hawaii PUC
Bill Parks, U.S. Department of Energy

Bill Parks, Michael Picker, Nancy Lange, Nancy Pfund, Thomas Gorak
10:00 am - 10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:00 am Power Talk: Linking State Greenhouse Gas Reductions with Grid Reform

Moderator: Sonita Lontoh, Vice President, Siemens Digital Grid
Commissioner Liane Randolph, California PUC
Caroline Choi, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison

Caroline Choi, Liane Randolph, Sonita Lontoh
11:00 am - 12:00 pm How New Technologies and Services are Leading the DER Revolution

Moderator: Kevin Barker, Chief of Staff to the President, California Energy Commission
Ryan Hanley, Vice President of Grid Solutions, SolarCity
Susan Kennedy, CEO, Advanced Microgrid Solutions
Dave Geier, VP for Transmission and Distribution, San Diego Gas and Electric

Dave Geier, Kevin Barker, Ryan Hanley, Susan Kennedy
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm Aggregating DERs to Act as Grid Services: A Look at the Edge

Moderator: Tony Brunello, President, More than Smart
Roy Kuga, Vice President, Grid Integration & Innovation, PG&E
Vic Shao, GreenCharge Networks
Pasquale Romano, President and CEO, ChargePoint

Pasquale Romano, Roy Kuga, Tony Brunello, Vic Shao
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm Power Talk with Paul De Martini

Paul De Martini, Managing Director, Newport Consulting; Senior Fellow, More Than Smart

Paul De Martini
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Coffee Break
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Empowering Consumers in a High DER Future

Moderator: Merrian Borgeson, Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council
Tom Roberts, Senior Engineer, CPUC Office of Ratepayer Advocates
Matt Duesterberg, President and CEO, OhmConnect
Yann Kulp, Vice President, SmartSpace, Schneider Electric

Matt Duesterberg, Merrian Borgeson, Tom Roberts, Yann Kulp
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm Framing a National Distribution Grid Agenda for 2017: Q&A with Special Guests

President Michael Picker, California Public Utilities Commission
Joe Paladino, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy
Commissioner Nancy Lange, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

Jeff St. John, Joe Paladino, Michael Picker, Thomas Gorak
4:45 pm - 5:00 pm Closing
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Networking Reception

Relax after the conference with outdoor drinks and hor d'eurves with a beautiful view of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge

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