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by Nicholas Rinaldi
March 29, 2019

Squared will livestream a full day of panels and presentations from GTM's Grid Edge East Forum on April 3 from Durham, North Carolina. Squared members get exclusive access to the broadcast and video on-demand afterward. Learn more about the membership benefits here.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 (all times Eastern)

8:50 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Polling Session: Get to Know the Audience

  • Daniel Vermeer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of the Practice of Energy & Environment Executive Director Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE) Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
  • Julian Spector, Staff Writer, Greentech Media

9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Keynote Panel: Innovating at the Core to Become an Energy Groundbreaker

How are utilities moving toward the "utility of the future" concept, and what specific steps are being taken to prioritize which corporate divisions need to be digitalized? This panel will present varied utility perspectives on how to implement AI, data analytics and other frontier technologies to better serve the needs of the liquid customer, moving from mere commodity providers into service companies.

  • Melissa Dykes, President & COO, JEA
  • Michael Quinn, Vice President Portfolio Strategy & Risk Management, Oncor Electric Delivery
  • Gina Garner, Vice President, General Manager of Sales and Customer Operations, Landis+Gyr
  • Lee Ragsdale, Senior Vice President Grid Infrastructure & Compliance, North Carolina's Electric Cooperatives
  • Moderator: Elta Kolo, Ph.D., Research Manager, Grid Edge, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m. The Digitalization/Electrification Nexus: The Changing Role of Data in the Distribution Utility

Keynote Research Presentation, presented by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

  • Ben Kellison, Director, Grid Research, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Panel: Distribution Automation and Near-Real-Time Grid Intelligence as Essential Tools for Energy Efficiency

Utilities are deploying sensors across their T&D infrastructure and applying AI to simulate and predict stress caused by extreme weather events and other resiliency constraints. But what are the specific strategies and technologies relative to specific applications that are most effective when it comes to applying data analytics and AI to achieve more resilient and efficient power infrastructure?

  • Tim Driscoll, Director of Information Management Outcomes, Itron
  • Howard Smith, Manager of Distributed Energy Resource Policy, Southern Company
  • Warren Westrup, Business Developement Manager, Utilties, Sierra Wireless
  • Thomas Golden, Chief Strategy Officer, EnergyUnited
  • Moderator: Ben Kellison, Director, Grid Research, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m. Case Study: How Duke Energy Is Relying on Frontier Technologies to Become More Resilient

From GIS analysis of flooding to remote imagery and power electronics, hear how Duke Energy is deploying innovative connected technologies to enhance its resiliency in the event of extreme weather.

  • Jason Handley, Director of Smart Grid Technology & Operations, Duke Energy
  • Moderator: Julian Spector, Staff Writer, Greentech Media

12:30 p.m.-12:40 p.m. Emerging Tech Speed Pitch

  • Jessica Hamm, Director of Solutions, Utilities, SparkCognition

1:50 p.m.-2:20 p.m. Case Study

  • Kyle Butler, Vice President Horizontal Markets, PowerSecure
  • Moderator: Ben Kellison, Director, Grid Research, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

2:20 p.m.-3:05 p.m. Panel: The EV Future

How will charging infrastructure impact the grid, what are the expected timeframes for EV technology development and mass adoption, and what regulatory incentives can be expected across the East Coast?

  • Joe Woomer, Vice President, Grid & Technical Solutions, Power Delivery Group, Dominion
  • Gary Rackliffe, Vice President Smart Grids and Grid Modernization, ABB
  • Sherry Login, Electric Vehicles Program Manager, ConEdison
  • Timothy Johnson, Associate Professor, Duke University

3:05 p.m.-3:35 p.m. Case Study: It’s All About Data  and the Customer

Utilities are unlocking the power of data by coordinating forms of information across organizational departments, applications and databases to personalize their services and put customer at the center of their businesses.

  • Raiford Smith, Vice President, Energy Technology and Analytics, Entergy
  • Moderator: Patty Durand, President & CEO, Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative

3:35 p.m.-3:45 p.m. Emerging Tech Speed Pitch

  • Raj Lakhiani, CEO, Athena Power

4:05 p.m.-4:25 p.m. Fireside Chat

A one-to-one conversation with a senior executive within National Grid's innovation division.

  • Rishi Sondhi, Emerging Products Manager, National Grid
  • Moderator: Julian Spector, Staff Writer, Greentech Media

4:25 p.m.-4:35 p.m. Emerging Tech Speed Pitch

  • Chris Doerfler, Founder, 3DFS

4:35 p.m.-5:05 p.m. Panel: Enhancing DER Integration Through Data Tools

Developing digital strategies and enterprise architectures for existing and planned systems to manage the proliferation of distributed energy and better integrate DERs.

  • Eduardo Guerra, Manager, Non-Wires Alternatives, ConEdison
  • Samuel Delay, Sr., Program Manager Enterprise Research & Technology Innovation, Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Sharon Allan, Chief Innovation Officer, SEPA
  • Moderator: Chris Wedding, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, IronOak Energy Capital

5:05 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Closing Recap Session with Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables Analysts

Our team of Grid Edge analysts at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables will summarize the key takeaways from the day, setting time aside to cover any audience questions that might remain unanswered.

  • Elta Kolo, Ph.D., Research Manager, Grid Edge, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables
  • Moderator: Julian Spector, Staff Writer, Greentech Media