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 and other smart grid innovations are enhancing grid reliability, optimization and planning.

THE PREMIER CONTENT-LED EVENT FOR GRID INNOVATION

Speakers

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. 

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.

Kenna Hagan
Kenna Hagan
Sr. Manager, Planning, Policy & Strategy, Black Hills Corporation
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.

Macy Neshati
Macy Neshati
CEO, Antelope Valley Transportation Authority

Mr. Neshati has been involved in the heavy equipment and transit industry for 35 years, starting when he joined the Northern California Distributor for Detroit Diesel and Allison in 1979. After working within the Detroit Diesel and Allison distributor network for nearly fifteen years in various roles including service and parts manager, materials manager and eventually General Sales Manager, he joined Complete Coach Works as Vice President of Sales and Marketing.  There he led the company to significant sales growth during his 18 year tenure, including the sale of 22 zero emission buses to IndyGO - the single largest order for battery electric buses at the time.

Mr. Neshati joined BYD Coach and Bus in 2014 as Senior Vice President of BYD Heavy Industries helping build a dynamic sales team that quickly led the company to record levels of battery electric bus sales. In his early years, he managed the construction of an additional 450,000 sq. feet of manufacturing and warehouse space leading to the creation of over 700 new jobs in the Antelope Valley.

Mr. Neshati also led the negotiating team that successfully executed a Collective Bargaining Agreement with SMART Local 105 and a groundbreaking Community Benefits Agreement between BYD and a coalition led by Jobs to Move America (JMA).

Mr. Neshati is a graduate of Berkeley High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management from St. Mary’s College in Orinda, CA.

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.

Erik Hall
Erik Hall
Director, Energy Services & Technology, North Carolina Electric Cooperatives

Erik is the Director of Energy Services & Technology at North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, the wholesale power provider serving the end needs of 2.5 million people through a network of 26 locally owned and operated distribution cooperatives. Erik and his team are focused on efficiently, effectively deploying distributed energy resources for the benefit of consumer-members, their local electric cooperative and the wholesale portfolio. Current initiatives include the build out and operation of multiple microgrids, energy storage, renewables integration and the mass deployment of demand response devices. Another critical function of Erik’s team is the careful coordination and dispatch of distributed energy resources to ensure they are delivering optimum value. His group also leads the pursuit and evaluation of emerging technologies and resources. Erik has a mechanical engineering degree and MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He served as a navy nuclear submarine officer for 12 years and most recently worked at North Carolina State University as the Director of Energy Management.

Todd Glass
Todd Glass
Partner, Energy and Infrastructure, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Todd Glass is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he leads a market-leading energy development and finance practice focused on the representation of energy companies, project developers, and investment banks engaged in competitive new business models, technologies, and financing mechanisms revolutionizing how energy is generated, sold, and consumed in the U.S. electric power sector.

Todd has extensive experience with the development, purchase, and sale of renewable and thermal generation projects; structuring, negotiation, and implementation of energy transactions and financings; and state and federal regulation of the energy industry. He served as lead project counsel in the commercialization, project development, regulatory approvals, and financing of alternative energy projects and technologies, including solar photovoltaic (PV), concentrated solar, wind, energy storage, , hydroelectric, biomass, natural gas, and clean coal. Notably, he has led some of the most significant energy deals in North America, including landmark projects, such as the 14.2 MW Nellis AFB Solar Project (the first utility scale solar PV project in the US), BrightSource Energy's power purchase agreements (totaling 900 MW) for its Ivanpah project (the world's largest solar thermal power plant), and Stem's 85MW energy-storage enabled distributed demand response agreement in Southern California (a first-of-a-kind utility scale energy storage transaction).

Todd also teaches Energy Project Development and Finance, as an Adjunct Faculty/Lecturer at UC Berkeley School of Law.

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

Rancho Bernardo Inn
Rancho Bernardo Inn
17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive
San Diego, CA

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