Join MAKE Consulting, Greentech Media and Wood Mackenzie as we gather with industry experts from the energy storage and wind industries to examine technological and regulatory developments, business model innovations, and investments in resources.

Where are the Opportunities for Wind and Storage?

The United States power market continues to embrace renewable energy, pushing more and more intermittent generation capacity onto the grid. Utilities, grid operators, regulators and renewable energy providers across the country are pioneering new business models to maintain this momentum, employing energy storage to increase grid resiliency and tap into new revenue streams. Wind energy developers and OEMs are uniquely positioned to deliver large scale hybrid solutions to the market, with industry leaders already taking steps to include hybrid solutions in their portfolios.

Join us to hear from the executives and thought leaders driving this new trend.

Speakers

Rafael Esteban
Rafael Esteban
CEO, ACCIONA Energy US & Canada Global

Rafael Esteban is Chief Executive Officer of ACCIONA Energy US & Canada Global, a subsidiary of ACCIONA Energy, S.A, one of the world’s largest power companies devoted entirely to renewable sources of energy. Rafael is responsible for all activities of ACCIONA Energy within US and Canada, from development through operation of renewable energy assets. He was appointed to his current position in July 2017.

Rafael joined ACCIONA Energy in March 2010. Prior to his position at ACCIONA Energy US & Canada, Rafael served in several international roles at the company, including Managing Director of ACCIONA Energy Italy, Director of Europe (excluding Spain) and most recently as CEO of ACCIONA Energy South Africa. In these positions, he has been responsible for the development, construction and operation of new and existing renewable energy plants in the countries under his management.

Rafael earned a law degree from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and master’s degrees in Business Administration and Tax Advisory from the Instituto de Empresa of Madrid.

Andrea Bianco
Andrea Bianco
Director, Energy Storage Technology Solution, E.ON Climate & Renewables North America

Dr. Bianco has held engineering, business development and strategy positions in power generation in the US, Germany, Sweden and Italy.  He started his career in nuclear technology and successively turned his attention towards distributed energy resources, renewable energy and energy storage. Dr. Bianco holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from La Sapienza University in Rome, a M.S. in nuclear engineering from the University of Pisa, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Munich. Dr. Bianco has originated, developed and designed the Texas Waves project, two utility scale energy storage projects co-located to E.ON Wind Farms in West Texas.

Mia Adams
Mia Adams
Senior Manager, Market Strategy, MISO

Mia collaborates with internal and external stakeholder groups to synthesize market insights and guide the prioritization of investments for the development of new market products. MISO’s markets clear more than $37 billion dollars in energy transactions annually. With an evolving fleet, market strategy focuses on what new products are needed to continue to drive non-discriminatory market efficiency and price transparency, aligned with grid reliability, and also send appropriate price signals to guide investment decisions. Prior to MISO, Mia worked at 3M in Corporate Strategy and in Global Sustainability in Corporate R&D on innovating new products to address major world challenges like climate change and water scarcity. Earlier experiences were gained at Gamesa in wind farm development and in management consulting for market strategy for clean tech and renewable energy clients. Mia has a Masters in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University, an MBA from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Communications and Swedish from North Park University.

Jason Burwen
Jason Burwen
Vice President, Policy, Energy Storage Association

Jason Burwen is the Policy Vice President of the Energy Storage Association, leading the industry’s state, federal, and RTO/ISO engagements. Previously, Jason was the Associate Director for Energy Innovation at the Bipartisan Policy Center, where he directed research and advocacy on U.S. energy R&D and tax policy. He also served as staff director of the American Energy Innovation Council, a group of CEOs led by Bill Gates to advocate for greater federal investments in clean energy technology development. Jason has also consulted to utilities on demand-side management programs for FSC Group/Nexant and reviewed renewable energy procurement processes and trends for the California Public Utilities Commission.

Justin Sabrsula
Justin Sabrsula
Head of Product Strategy, Onshore Wind, GE Renewable Energy
Travis Douville, PE
Travis Douville, PE
Manager, BoP & SCADA Power Solutions , Vestas - American Wind Technology, Inc.

Travis manages the Balance of Plant and SCADA technical sales team of Vestas-American Wind Technology, Inc. in Portland, OR. Previously at Vestas, he served two years as a technical sales specialist for the western region where he focused on turbine supply for new wind energy projects, and the technology commercialization of tall towers, Aircraft Detection Lighting Systems (ADLS), and avian detection and deterrence. Before finding inspiration in the future of energy and the grid, he spent 10 years in aeronautics. He holds an MBA in sustainable business and MS and BS degrees in aerospace engineering.

Mallory Lindgren
Mallory Lindgren
Director, Solar and Storage, Westwood

Mallory is the market leader for Westwood’s national solar team. She is responsible for developing the strategy for Westwood’s pursuit of commercial and utility-scale solar and energy storage markets and overseeing the execution of the engineering, surveying and environmental services provided to our clients. Mallory closely monitors renewable energy policies and trends to support Westwood’s strategic growth, including new client, service, and geographic initiatives. She is a shareholder in the company and an experienced, client-focused senior project manager for renewable energy projects.

Mallory has expanded Westwood's visibility in her 10 years with the firm by championing community involvement, increasing media exposure, and being involved with numerous industry organizations. She actively volunteers her time at charitable events and participates in industry conferences and committees. Prior to joining Westwood, Mallory worked for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) and interned with two National Weather Service offices.

Caleb Waugh
Caleb Waugh
Head of Analytics - Energy Storage, Lockheed Martin Energy

Caleb Waugh leads energy storage business analytics at Lockheed Martin Energy where he applies advanced analytics to guide market strategy, business development and product design. As part of his role he oversees the design and implementation of high-fidelity techno-economic-financial models and algorithms to evaluate emerging energy technologies and business opportunities in distributed, wholesale market and microgrid applications. Key focus areas include project financial valuation, renewables integration, distributed asset integration, value stacking optimization, risk assessment and total cost of ownership benchmarking for Lockheed Martin's GridStar™ Lithium and Flow battery products.

Previously, Caleb held an internal advisory role with Lockheed Martin’s CTO’s office supporting the VP of Technology and Innovation incubating and developing early-stage technology investments to drive new growth opportunities for the corporation.

Caleb holds dual graduate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Plasma Physics and Technology and Policy and has published/presented in many leading journals and conferences.

agenda 2018 Conference Themes
  • How storage can increase the value of wind energy
  • Financing and operation of utility scale wind & storage assets
  • Alternatives to traditional storage technologies
  • Solutions outside of the typical scope of supply for major wind turbine OEMS
  • Key policymakers and utility executives take on how wind & storage fit into their near- and long-term plans
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Venue

Summit Chicago
Summit Chicago
205 N Michigan Ave 10th Floor, Chicago, IL 60601
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