9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

 

Opening Keynote

Keynote Speaker: 
Ralph Izzo
Chairman, President and CEO, PSE&G

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

     

Smart Grid Market: Scope and Scale

Massive investment is required to bring the smart grid into the 21st century. One estimate (from Working Group for Investment in Reliable and Economic Electric Systems) projects a need in the USA for $12-16 billion per year through 2030, but only if planning, permitting, and cost-recovery obstacles are overcome. Another study, from the Brattle Group (2008), estimates that a total of $2 trillion in new investment is required to modernize the US grid. This panel discussion will examine ways of overcoming the barriers posed by the current tenuous economic environment and longstanding consumer reluctance to higher electricity rates. How do smart grid technology providers and utilities communicate the benefits of demand response and advanced metering technology to increased reliability and security in the grid?

Speakers: 
Kevin Genieser
Managing Director & Head of Clean Energy & Renewables, Morgan Stanley
Joe Callis
Sr. Applied Solutions Engineer, PJM Interconnection
David Groarke
Smart Grid Senior Analyst, Greentech Media
Andy Bochman
Energy Security Lead, IBM

Break
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Leading Smart Grid Projects: North America, Europe, Asia

Ramping-up renewable energy and energy efficiency while accommodating an expected surge in electric vehicles, requires extensive advances in smart grid deployment, along with the deployment of energy storage where feasible. In the US, California leads as a state which has developed extensive forward-looking smart grid roadmaps for the large investor-owned electric utilities. Texas has taken a different approach, unhindered by extensive environmental regulations or permitting, and has made great progress, including in their innovative "Smart Meter Texas" initiative. In Europe, Germany has bravely decided to eliminate nuclear power entirely, while holding to ambitious plans for low greenhouse gas emissions, and legislating aggressive renewable energy and energy efficiency targets (renewable energy is projected to be 45-65% of peak demand by 2022). In Asia, in the wake of the Fukushima tragedy, Japan is focused on rapid development of their smart grid as virtually all of Japan's nuclear reactors have been shut down, amounting to 30% of the country’s power. In this meeting, we hope to document the successes and setbacks of smart grid rollout developments in these three regions.

Speakers: 
Kyle Kem
Vice President & General Manager, Toshiba International Corporation 
Aseem Kapur
Department Manager, Consolidated Edison- Smart Grid Implementation Group 

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

  


 

 

Investing in a Smarter Grid: the Storage Technology Market

The vast majority of currently deployed energy storage is pumped hydro. New utility scale storage will increasingly come from promising new technologies, however, such as Compressed Air, thermal storage (e.g. molten salt storage at concentrated solar power plants), various types of batteries, and flywheels. Distributed small scale customer-side energy storage will become increasingly economical, including V2G technology using electric vehicles. The business models for achieving economical energy storage are still at an early stage; we will hear from the large manufacturers about the most promising storage technologies and the market solutions that will abet their takeoff.

Speakers: 

Alan Gotcher
CEO, Xtreme Power
Sean Hendrix
Chief of Engineering, EnerDel 
Bahman Daryanian
Director of Smart Power & Power Economics, GE Energy Consulting

Moderator:
John Cerveny
Director of Resource Development, NY-BEST

Agrion Project
Agrion Energy Storage Initiative

The largest utilities are members of Agrion: RWE, EDF, E.On, ConEdison, ENEL ... All of these companies work on energy storage which is indispensable for the integration of renewable energies onto the grid. The Agrion Energy Storage Initiative aims to accelerate the development of energy storage technologies and drive market success by identifying the storage and smart grid applications that will contribute to the growth and progress of the energy sector.

This project will be unveiled at the Agrion New York Energy & Sustainability Summit. If you would like to know more, please contact: Josh.soble@agrion.org

 
Lunch
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

 

    

 

 

 

 

Energy Trading: Buying and Selling Renewable Energy

UK energy policymakers have recently initiated inquiries into renewable energy trading schemes as a way to realize aggressive domestic targets for renewable energy consumption while protecting “consumers from cost and delivery risks”. In this panel discussion, we hear more about the joint and statistical transfer schemes put forth for this plan. The scope of the discussion will expand to encompass questions regarding the size of the REC forward market in the US as well as in the UK. What is needed to create legitimacy of exchanges (e.g. credit and default risk mitigation, exposure transparency)? What is the state of the development renewable trading platform technologies and clearinghouses? What impact does the Dodd-Frank legislation have on the dynamism of renewable energy trading?

Speakers
Peter Zaborowsky
Managing Director, Evolution Markets
Erin Eckenrod
Manager of Renewable Energy Marketing and Organization, Horizon Wind Energy
Emmanuel Mroz
Directeur Général, SNCF Énergie
Gabe Phillips
CEO, GP Renewables & Trading

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

  

Electricity Pricing Mechanisms

There is a general philosophical difference toward the pricing of renewable energy in the US, versus in other countries. In the US, there is a general preference for market determined pricing while in Europe, China, and in many other countries, there is greater confidence in governmentally-determined prices. Indeed, many US states have considered reducing the dominance of monopolistic utilities, and enabling competitive energy service providers. How are FIT's and renewable auction mechanisms changing the face of rate design? What price responsive demand, dynamic pricing, critical peak pricing technologies exists? How will energy storage technology influence rate regimes?

Speakers: 
Garry Brown

Chairman, NY State Public Service Commission
Dr. Roger Anderson
Senior Research Scientist (Center for Computational Learning Systems, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science), Columbia University
Jacob Susman
Founder and CEO, OwnEnergy

Moderator:
Lex Heslin
President, Beautiful Earth Group

Agrion Project
E.V. Fleet Accelerator

Anyone who believes that E.V. adoption should grow at a faster rate must pay attention to the potential of professional fleets. The E.V. Fleet Accelerator is a program that congregates the fleet and transportation managers of major companies and collectivities who own and manage professional fleets in order to encourage them to go electric. What are the conditions involved to carry part or all of one’s fleet towards electric vehicles? What models fit best with fleet managers? What is the ROI of electric integration? This project will result in a white paper and a multi-language website dedicated specifically to fleet and transportation managers.

This project will be unveiled at the Agrion New York Energy & Sustainability Summit. If you would like to know more, please contact: josh.soble@agrion.org

 
Break
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

   

 

 

Microgrid: Moving Towards a New Model of Producing, Distributing and Billing for Energy

What will the impact of Microgrid on the energy industry be; from production to distribution, storage, billing and eventually the connection to the grid? How will it distort the value chain in the electricity sector? What companies are currently involved in Microgrid? What technology skills and assets are required? How will Microgrid projects be financed and who will be the leading stakeholders (cities, states, independent developers or property developers)? What are the main Microgrid projects in America, Europe and Asia? Who backs and develops these projects? What improvements are expected, and what value created?

Speakers
Samuel Wolfe
Managing Director, Legal & Regulatory Affairs, Viridity Energy

Dr. Hisham Othman
CTO, Petra Solar
Bradley Williams 
Vice President of Industry Strategy, Oracle

Moderator
Mike Gordon
CEO, Joule Assets

Agrion Project
Agrion Microgrid Demonstration Project

The Agrion Microgrid Demonstration Project was launched in September 2012 by the Agrion San Francisco team in collaboration with over a dozen energy technology providers including Panasonic, eMeter (Siemens), GE Energy, Xtreme Power, Aclara, and PG&E. The aim is to build and show an international Microgrid application that will provide substantial rewards in energy savings, security, and interoperability.

 
List of companies and institutions currently involved in Agrion Microgrid Demonstration Project: eMeter (Siemens), Aclara, Joule Assets, SK Telecom Americas, California Public Utilities Commission, PG&E, Smart Grid Library, UC Berkeley, Versant Corporation, Xtreme Power, Morrison & Foerster, Panasonic, Growing Energy Labs Inc. (GELI), Nedo Silicon Valley Office, Trilliant, Viridity Energy, Homer Energy, General Microgrids Inc, Arup, G.E. Energy, San Francisco Department of Environment.

This project will be unveiled at the Agrion New York Energy & Sustainability Summit. If you would like to know more, please contact: Ted.howard@agrion.org

 
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM

 

Closing Remarks

Transitioning from Oil and Gas to Renewables: When Will it Happen?

 It is clear that oil will remain dominant as an energy source for the foreseeable future. Figures from Black & Veatch paint a stark picture, projecting the combined shares of coal and natural gas consumption to be 65% of the energy mix in the US in 2035. Additionally, with only a few government programs attempting to put a price on greenhouse gas emissions (e.g. RGGI, EU Emission Trading Scheme, California), the prospects for significantly reducing oil and gas dependence look tepid. How can government policies and private investment in clean technology affect long-term, sustainable thinking that will ultimately accelerate this transition? What measures can be taken to ensure that natural gas will be a boon and not a deterrent to renewable energy production? How can cross-sector collaboration, entrepreneurship and cluster think be encouraged to find solutions to aid progress?

Keynote Speaker: 
Reed Hundt
CEO, Coalition for Green Capital