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Drawing upon data and analysis from GTM's solar, energy storage and grid edge research teams, Shayle Kann will place California within the context of the national transition toward a distributed energy system.
A one-on-one interview covering California's largest utility's views on distributed energy, the ongoing regulatory proceedings, and the future of the grid.
California is at the forefront of the push to consider distributed energy resources as assets to the grid. On this panel, leading experts discuss the benefits and challenges of shifting the lens through which distributed energy is viewed, and how markets must adjust to enable this transformation.
Caroline Choi, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison
Mark Ferron, Member, Board of Governors, CAISO, Former Commissioner, CPUC
David L. Geier, Vice President, Electric Transmission & System Engineering, San Diego Gas & Electric
As distributed energy expands in California, electricity rate structures will take center stage. Tomorrow's rates should send appropriate price signals to customers while minimizing complexity and protecting lower-income ratepayers. In this session, experts on electricity rates will discuss California's currently planned rates and where tariffs should head next in order to efficiently maintain distributed energy growth.
Jamie Fine, Director, Energy Research & Senior Economist, Environmental Defense Fund
Matthew Freedman, Staff Attorney, The Utility Reform Network (TURN)
Tom Mercer, Director of Product Management, Opower
California is in the midst of a variety of proceedings that will help incorporate distributed energy into grid planning and ultimately catalyze further distributed energy growth. This panel will bring those disparate pieces together to provide a cohesive view on California's progression toward a better link between distributed energy and grid infrastructure.
In this fireside chat, the President of the CPUC will discuss his views on California's various distributed energy regulatory proceedings and where he expects the CPUC to take action to further expand distributed energy's role in the state's mix.
In our most popular conference format, this session will take the pulse of California's distributed energy market by polling the audience. Attendees will vote on a series of questions surrounding the future of distributed energy in California, and a panel of experts will present their own votes while reacting to the crowd.
Elisabeth S. Brinton, , Industry Thought Leader
Graham Horn, Vice President, Business Development, Enbala
Tom Starrs, Vice President, Market Strategy & Policy, SunPower Corp.
Manal Yamout, Vice President of Policy & Markets, Advanced Microgrid Solutions
The growth of distributed energy is contingent on the increased availability of data from customers, utilities, and third parties. But data access comes with challenges ranging from technical to security concerns. This panel will discuss the data that is and will become available to foster the distributed energy transition, and how to overcome the challenges presented by making this data widely available.
As the California electricity system evolves toward a more distributed landscape, the customer will become increasingly central to the market's future. But distributed energy is only as valuable as the customer finds it, and DER providers need to focus first on designing solutions that delight their customers. This session will dive into the customer mindset and discuss what the end-user really wants out of the distributed energy future.
Who will provide the capital for the distributed energy future?
What types of financing solutions will emerge as the market develops?
What challenges will DER providers face as they seek to raise capital to fund their developments?
In this session, a panel of finance providers will discuss these questions and others to help illuminate the ways in which financing will accelerate, or hinder, California's distributed energy market.
Moderator: Eric Wesoff, Founder , Sage Marketing
Case Study 1: ActionDR Peak Load Shifting
Presenter: Abhay Gupta, CEO and Founder, Bidgely
Case Study 2: Vehicle-Grid Integration: The World’s First Demand Clearing House
Presenters: Michelle Bogen, Project Associate, Center for Sustainable Energy & Stephen G. Davis, CEO, KnGrid.
Case Study 3: Using AMI to Turn Energy Efficiency into a DER
Presenter: Matt Golden, CEO, Open Energy Efficiency
Find out more here.