DETAILED CONFERENCE AGENDA
June 27, 2019

REGISTRATION AND NETWORKING BREAKFAST
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Description
Come early to Boston Marriott Newton to register for the conference, enjoy the continental breakfast, meet the exhibitors, and network with conference attendees and speakers. 

WELCOME ADDRESS AND OPENING REMARKS
8:30 A.M. – 8:40 A.M.

Description
The agenda and objectives for the day will be introduced, and the opening keynote speaker will be introduced. 

Speaker
Brad Bradshaw, Chair, 2019 New Energy Solutions Conference; and President, Velerity, Institute for Innovation and Sustainability, and the Hydrogen Energy Center

oPENING kEYNOTE ADDRESS
8:30 A.M. – 8:40 A.M.

Description
Energy markets continue to evolve, around the nation and the world, with the market for energy storage accelerating, microgrids gaining traction, and variable and lower cost renewable energy resources displacing existing generation resources. Additionally, the electrification of transportation and heating are gathering steam. The great energy transformation is underway, and energy storage is going to play an increasingly important role.

We are very pleased to have Kelly Speakes-Backman of the Energy Storage Association providing the opening keynote for the conference. Kelly will provide her unique perspective on energy storage ambitions, opportunities, breakthroughs and challenges taking place around the country and the world.

Speaker
Kelly Speakes-Backman, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Storage Association

Track 1 - Residential Energy Storage for Backup Power and Peak Load Reduction
9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.

Description
Residential energy storage is becoming one of the fastest growing market segments for energy storage.  Several companies are pursuing innovative residential storage business models, aggregating residential energy storage to provide wholesale demand reduction for investor owned and municipal utilities, while retaining the ability to provide consumers backup power.  This approach to building out the market, sharing an asset to provide dual value streams, reduces the cost to the consumer for the energy storage system, increasing the addressable market and accelerating market deployments. 

Panel:
Chris Rausher, Director, Policy and Storage Market Strategy
Sean Becker, President, SparkPlug Power

Track 2 - Microgrid Networks for Cost Reduction & Resilience
9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.

Description
Multi-building facilities are integrating a variety of distributed generation resources to improve reliability, reduce cost, and reduce carbon emissions. The integration of low cost solar power, energy storage, and other distributed generation assets are creating the opportunity for these multi-building facilities to implement a localized energy network in the form of a microgrid. 

Panel:
Steve Levesque, Executive Director, Maine Midcoast Redevelopment Authority

Networking Break
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Track 1 - Commercial & Industrial Behind the Meter Energy Storage Strategies
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Description:
In 2017, the commercial behind the meter energy storage solution became one of the largest market segments in energy storage.  This was driven by a combination of lower cost battery energy solutions, increasing sophistication of system integrators, and the inclusion of battery energy storage in California’s Small Generator Incentive Program (SGIP).  Other states where incentives and economics have expanded the BTM energy storage market include New York and Massachusetts. This panel will explore the factors which create good market opportunities, identify the most compelling solutions and customer value propositions, identify challenges associated with continued growth in this segment, as well as identifying specific policy recommendations.

Panel:
Mark Tholke, Advanced Microrgrid Solutions
Philip Martin, Head of Business Development for Storage, Enel X

Track 2 - Long Term Storage with Hydrogen Energy Storage and Power-to-Gas
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Description:
The increasing penetration of variable renewable energy resources, with near zero marginal costs and unconstrained generation, is creating challenges on the grid.  Power-to-gas converts electrons into hydrogen or methane, depending on the process, which is then injected into a natural gas pipeline.

Panel:
Steve Szymanski, Director, Business Development, Nel Hydrogen
Nick Barilo, Director, Center for Hydrogen Safety

Track 1 - Advanced Software Solutions for Distributed Energy Resource Performance Optimization
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Description:
The challenge of realizing market adoption of energy storage is creating new business models geared towards increasing asset utilization and revenue generation.  One solution in the industry is to stack up potential revenue streams, and to cross optimize between alternative value streams, by switching in real time.  In addition, one of the challenges facing the financing of energy storage is making sure that the system is flexible enough over time to accept and operate on new operating paradigms, recognizing that market rules and opportunities shift over time.  The selection of which operating software to use, and the management approach and responsibility are critical to optimizing financial performance over time. 

Panel:
Joe Crespo, CEO, GenBright
Lucy Yang, Head of Business Development, Peak Power Energy
Trevor Gionet, Chief Science Officer, Introspective Systems

Track 2 - Solar Plus Energy Storage: Value Propositions and Successful Market Strategies
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Description:
Many solar and energy service companies have expanded their service portfolios to include energy storage. This panel will explore the value propositions and successful market strategies that are driving successful business strategies and the solutions which customers seek.

Panel:
Fortunat Mueller, Co-Founder and Managing Director, ReVision Energy
Steven Strong, Founder and Head of Company, Solar Design Associates
Paul Makris, VP of Distributed Energy Systems, Ameresco

Lunch
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Track 1 - Utility & Utility Scale Energy Storage Strategies
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Description:
Utility companies are pursuing a range of energy storage strategies, in some cases driven by regulatory requirements, and, in other cases, pursuing their own cost of service, reliability and resilience studies.  The largest storage projects in the country are those being installed by utility companies in California, driven by regulatory concerns over system resilience with the loss of critical infrastructure, such as the Aliso Canyon gas leak. Some utilities are implementing storage to defer upgrades in capacity, or to mitigate peak demand and save money for themselves and ratepayers. 

Panel:
Charlotte Ancel, Director of Strategic Development, Eversource
Troy Miller, Sales Leader, Energy Storage, GE

Track 2 - Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Transportation: Infrastructure Opportunities and Challenges
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Description:
State and regional policies are moving quickly to decarbonize transportation, including the development of deploying hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and building out hydrogen distribution and refueling infrastructure.  Approximately 6,000 fuel cell vehicles are in use around the world, with a significant investment and business opportunity to build out the hydrogen refueling infrastructure. 

Panel:
Roy Bant, Hydrogen Energy Business Development, Air Liquide
Edmund Young, Toyota Motors North America
Michael Harrington, Chief Engineer, US Hybrid

Track 1 - Innovation and Next Generation Technology for Energy Storage
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Description:
Current energy storage solutions have significantly more cost effective than just five years ago, yet certain markets and applications remain stubbornly inaccessible due to high cost.  This becomes apparent when looking to lengthen storage durations beyond two hours for many applications, needed for effective variable renewable energy integration.  The race is on for advancing the performance of storage solutions, including testing and evaluating a variety of technologies.  

Panel:
Joseph Adiletta, Senior Director of Products, 24M Technologies
Carlo Brovero, StorEn Technologies
Benjamin Bollinger, VP Hardware Systems Engineering, Malta

Track 2 - Building Out the Electric Transportation Infrastructure: Opportunities and Implications
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Description:
The growth of electric vehicles, including passenger vehicles and commercial trucking, represent significant new business opportunities for new market participants, manufacturing and selling new vehicles and power platforms, as well as charging infrastructure design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance. This growth also portands significant issues and challenges not yet addressed for the electric power grid, considering ensuring adequate capacity, new capacity overbuilds, rate structures, and meeting increased energy and capacity demands. This panel will consider the opportunities and challenges associated with building out power systems to satisfy emerging market needs.

Panel:
Barry Woods, Director of Electric Vehicle Innovation, ReVision Energy
Julie Blunden, Executive Vice President of Business Development, EVGo (invited)
Fouad Dagher, Director of Customer Innovation, National Grid (Invited)

Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The Blockchain Energy Nexis
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Description:
Blockchain can allow system operators of distributed generation to optimise grid operation by managing all connected devices through automated smart contracts, enabling flexibility and real-time pricing. Blockchain also empowers consumers to become ‘prosumers’ by enabling them to monetise their excess electricity (generated by rooftop solar for example) by securely recording data and sending and receiving payments automatically, through smart contracts built on platforms such as Ethereum.

Panel:
Frank Curran, Vice President, Clean Energy Blockchain Network
Chris Rezendes, Chief Operating Officer, Spherical Analytics
Jesse Phillips, Chief Operating Officer, Harpia Mining

Closing Keynote Address
5:30 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.

Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall
5:50 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Please join conference attendees, sponsors, exhibitors and speakers for the conference reception. Take the opportunity to network with conference participants to expand your network and career opportunities, make connections, and find people that can help your organization succeed.