Breakfast & Check-in
Breakfast Briefing: Mapping Out the Investment and M&A Landscape for Grid Edge in 2019

The disclosed amount of investments reached a historic high in 2018, but the deal count was lower than previous years.

This Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables breakfast briefing will summarize major investment and M&A 2018 trends, while providing an update on venture capital, private equity and M&A activity on the first half of 2019. #showall

Elta Kolo, Ph.D., Research Manager, Grid Edge, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

Panel: Fueling Utility Digitalization - Global Investment Perspectives

This discussion will gather utility venture executives, VCs and investment banks, in an effort to shed light on how these stakeholders understand risks and what are the major trends driving capital outlook for smart grids. #showall

Ashwin Shashindranath, Managing Director, Evergy Ventures
Rishi Bhakar, Vice President, Tenaska
Wade Bitaraf, Global Head of Energy & Sustainability, Plug & Play
Ramsay Huntley, Vice President, Clean Technology and Innovation Philanthropy Program Officer, Wells Fargo

Moderator: Erik Birkerts, CEO, Clean Energy Trust

Case Study: A Platform Fit for the Future – Coupling the Physics and the Economics Together

This case study presented by Faraday Grid's CTO will show the capabilities of the Faraday Grid’s Exchanger technology and its systemic benefits in the context of changing energy generation and demand.

Matthew Williams, Founder & CTO, Faraday Grid

Moderator: Fei Wang, Senior Grid Edge Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

Networking Break
Towards Decentralization
Panel: Key Strategies for DER Integration

This panel will present examples of how utilities and system operators are opening the energy system to distributed resources, from EV charging infrastructure integration to microgrids. #showall

Vibhu Kaushik, Director of Grid Technology & Modernization , Southern California Edison
Kristin Swenson, DER Program Lead, MISO
Jorge Pikunic, Managing Director, Centrica Business Solutions
Dylan Cutler, Senior Research Engineer, NREL

Moderator: Jeff St. John, Senior Editor, Greentech Media

Panel: Global Experiences on Consolidating an AI-Powered, Automated Grid Through an Integrated Data Platform

How building an IoT platform capable of integrating and coordinating endless streams of data and automating decision-making processes can result in unprecedented levels of operational efficiency across all utility divisions.

Nick Osborn, Director, AES Digital Foundry
Rebekah Eggers, WW Leader - IoT for Energy, Environment, & Utilities, IBM
Shuli Goodman, Ph.D., Founder & Executive Director, Linux Foundation Energy

Moderator: Elta Kolo, Ph.D., Research Manager, Grid Edge, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

Lunch Workshop with RMI: Grid Modernization Done Right

Utilities are investing tens of billions of dollars into "grid modernization" programs to take advantage of distributed energy resources, improve the grid’s efficiency, add resilience, and make needed upgrades. At least, that’s the common story.

However, ubiquitous regulatory fights reveal that many stakeholders disagree that grid modernization’s benefits justify the high cost.

At this workshop, you will join a conversation with leading utilities, technology developers, and other experts about how grid edge investment does or does not lower customer costs, integrate more clean energy technologies, and increase competition at the distribution edge. #showall

Jay Oliver, General Manager, Grid Solutions Engineering and Technology, Duke Energy
Ric O’Connell, Executive Director, GridLab
Curt Kirkeby, Fellow Engineer, Technology Strategy, Avista Utilities

Moderator: Chaz Teplin, Manager, Rocky Mountain Institute

Research Presentation: Venturing into Performance-Based Ratemaking

A Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables research presentation on how 19 US states and DC have explored performance-based ratemaking in recent years, with a focus on drivers behind performance-based ratemaking efforts, regulatory options and progress of these efforts.

Ultimately, this presentation will also cover how these performance-based ratemaking experiences have affected DER integration in these state markets. #showall

Fei Wang, Senior Grid Edge Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

Panel: Leveraging DERMS to Optimize Virtual Power Plants

What are the latest DERMS and microgrid advancements? And how are experiences with evolving system architectures optimizing Virtual Power Plants?

Adam Todorski, Senior Director, Product Technology, AutoGrid Systems
Jason Rondou, Manager of Strategic Development & Programs, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Takanori Tomozawa, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar, Stanford University

Moderator: Brett Simon, Senior Analyst, Storage, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

Case Study: How SGCC Is Revamping the World's Largest Distribution Network Through IoT

Zheng Yu, Business Director, State Grid Corporation of China

Moderator: Francesco Menonna, Research Analyst, Grid Edge, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

Panel: Integrating DERs into Wholesale Markets - What to Expect from FERC?

Exploring successes and pitfalls from around the globe to set up new services, value streams and opportunities for DER participation with wholesale markets, in an effort to lay out different scenarios in terms of how FERC might regulate DERs in wholesale markets. #showall

Anne Hoskins, Chief Policy Officer, Sunrun
Doug McMahon, Vice President of Corporate Strategy, New York Power Authority
Peter Mostow, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Moderator: Elta Kolo, Ph.D., Research Manager, Grid Edge, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables