We're heading to San Diego for our seventh edition. Join us for two full days of data-intensive presentations from the leading grid edge research practice in America and industry-led discussions on how data analytics, AI, DERMS, VPPs and other digital tools are enhancing grid flexibility and resilience.

THE PREMIER CONTENT-LED EVENT FOR GRID INNOVATION

Speakers

Dan Weekley
Dan Weekley
Vice President Energy Innovation Policy & Implementation, Dominion Energy
Quinn Nakayama
Quinn Nakayama
Director of Integrated Grid Planning & Innovation, PG&E
Antoine Jourdain
Antoine Jourdain
Chief Technical Officer, Enedis

Antoine Jourdain, age 52, graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique. He began his career in 1992 in France as an engineer drilling on the underground storages of gas then in Houston in Texas on exploration production projects. 
In 1997, he joined the distribution activity of EDF in Limousin and in Morbihan where he managed the whole customer activity.
In 2002 he is appointed to the management of the Strategy of GDF and worked on the IPO and the restructurings imposed by European Regulations.
IN 2006 he moved to Hungary as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Egaz-Degaz, subsidiaries of Engie. In 2008 he joined Eustream, the company in charge of the transit of Russian gas in Slovakia, as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
In 2012 he is appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SSE, in charge of the distribution and of the sale of electricity on a third of Slovakia’s territory. 
Antoine JOURDAIN joined Enedis in 2014 as Interregional Director and in December 2017 was promoted to “Directeur Technique ” (CTO) in charge of development of Smart Grids, and integration of massive development of renewable on French Territory. 

Kenna Hagan
Kenna Hagan
Senior Manager, Planning, Policy & Strategy, Black Hills Corporation
Larry Bekkedahl
Larry Bekkedahl
Vice President, Transmission & Distribution, Portland General Electric

Larry Bekkedahl is responsible for PGE's transmission and distribution engineering and operations functions. He oversees the company's Transmission and Reliability, Engineering and Design, Distribution Services, Asset Management, System Control Center and Dispatch, and Substation Operations sections. He joined PGE in 2014. Bekkedahl was previously senior vice president for transmission services at the Bonneville Power Administration, and he has held other leadership and management positions at BPA, Clark Public Utilities, PacifiCorp and Montana Power Company. He serves on the Electric Power Research Institute's utility executive committee, the University of Akron's energy advisory committee, Intel's utility sector advisory committee, the All Hands Raised Foundation board for Portland Public Schools, and is an elected representative to the PEAK Reliability member advisory board. Bekkedahl earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Montana State University.

Paul Barham
Paul Barham
Senior Vice President of Delivery Engineering, Integrated Planning, Substation & Transmission, CPS Energy

Paul Barham is responsible for the safe, reliable and economical delivery of electrical power to our customers. He oversees the Engineering and Planning functions for Transmission and Distribution, field operations for Transmission and Substation, and the grid modernization and asset management programs associated with electric delivery. 

Barham has been with CPS Energy for over 32 years. He has served in a variety of positions at our utility, including leadership positions in Power Generation, Generation Planning and Energy Market Operations.

Barham has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas.

Stina Brock
Stina Brock
Senior Vice President, North America, Electron

Stina Brock is the Senior Vice President of North America for Electron. She is focused on working with industry partners, utilities, and grid operators to bring Electron’s innovative solutions to energy markets to enable a more efficient and sustainable grid. Previously, Stina was the Senior Director of Global Utility & Grid Solutions at Sunverge, leading Sunverge’s Solutions Engineering team. At Sunverge, Stina was responsible for developing Sunverge's product offerings for utilities. She led Sunverge’s efforts to use blockchain technology to improve how distributed resources at the grid edge can provide value to utilities and energy markets. As an original member of the product team, she grew the company's product to commercialization and helped to expand Sunverge’s customer base across North America and globally. Prior to Sunverge, Stina led product marketing activities at Primus Power, an energy storage startup based on advanced flow battery technology, and managed utility operations at EnerNOC (acquired by Enel), a demand response and smart grid industry leader. She started her career at Accenture as a strategy consultant in the technology sector. She has an MSEE degree in electrical power engineering from the University of Washington, and AB & BE degrees in engineering and economics from Dartmouth College.

Josh Gould
Josh Gould
Director of Innovation, Duquesne Light Company

Josh is Director of Innovation at Duquesne Light Company, where he leads Company’s Innovation Center, identifies and maintains a portfolio of innovation opportunities, and serves as the principal liaison with external parties focused on innovation. Prior to joining Duquesne Light in 2019, Josh founded and led a new innovation department called the Innovation Hub at Con Edison. Previously he led the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E’s) commercialization efforts focused on the electric grid where we worked with companies such as AutoGrid, Varentec, and Smart Wires who raised over $300M from investors such as Bill Gates. The remainder of Josh’s career has been spent at the intersection of energy and innovation, including a stint at Innosight Ventures, an investment firm based on the applied research of the late Dr. Clayton Christensen, disruptive innovation theorist and Professor at Harvard Business School. Josh has a Certificate in Electrical Engineering from Siemens Power Academy, a Master’s of Business Administration from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and a bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College.

agenda 2020 Conference Themes
  • Understanding flexibility adoption, technology, market design implications and who the utility groundbreakers are
  • The technology and business models behind Virtual Power Plants and other DER aggregation services
  • The role of minigrids in securing power
  • Financing, building and operating charging infrastructure and the opportunities for utilizing EVs as enablers of grid flexibility
  • IoT, AI and edge computing applications for distribution planning and automation, load forecasting and customer experience personalization
  • What we know from early experiences in Europe and what this could mean for the evolution of the U.S. grid
  • How utilities are embracing the role of digital service providers
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Venue

Sheraton Denver Downtown
Sheraton Denver Downtown
1550 Court Place
Denver, Colorado 80202
RESERVATIONS 303-893-3333