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02:00 PM



H.G. Chissell
Senior Vice President, Viridity Energy

Mark Matthews
VP of Sales & Marketing, EaglePicher

Harris Schaer
Senior Project Manager, NYSERDA

Shellka Arora
Associate, Chadbourne & Parke LLP

Anthony Barna
Con Edison, Research & Development Engineer

Conquering Barriers to Widespread Energy Storage Implementation

Incentivizing utilities, policy makers, and users to create a scalable regulatory framework for energy storage innovators

In spite of an upswing in the energy (i.e. electricity) storage market and projects, the legislative and regulatory environment impacting the technology lags behind. California recently rolled out the nation’s first energy storage procurement targets, but issues surrounding the market viability of energy storage remain. At the core, the multifaceted operational functions of storage confound effective regulatory categorization and valuation. The cost effectiveness of storage often appears to be negative, unless a given storage technology can be utilized for several applications (e.g. integrating renewable energy; smoothing and shaping; firming; transmission and distribution system reliability), and even then only in certain geographic locations. In this panel, experts will discuss the current legislative climate, projected regulatory developments, and technological progress that will enable energy storage to “cross the chasm” to financial viability.

AGRION Disrupt 100

Transactive energy, soft grid, big data, energy storage batteries, and many more: innovations in the grid space are changing the face of energy infrastructure. At these panels, we will hear from these top startups and technological forerunners to discuss their vision of the future of smart grids, urban infrastructure, energy use, and how their technologies will change the game.


03:00 PM



Larisa Dobriansky
SVP, Legal, Regulatory, & Policy, General Microgrids

Gary Leatherman
Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton

John Westerman
Executive Vice President, Green Energy Corp

Go Takizawa
Chief Representative, NEDO

Darren Hammell
Chief Strategic Officer, Princeton Power Systems

Tullio Panarello
VP Marketing, Solantro

Microgrids: Emerging Opportunities for Utilities, Startups, and Industrials

The growth of distributed generation and microgrids is expected to continue to accelerate, as the benefits become clearer, the economics improve, distributed energy technologies are further developed, and regulations are updated to reflect the new reality.  Benefits can include (but are not limited to) lower electricity costs, diversification of electricity sources, increased reliability of the macrogrid and microgrids, reduced vulnerability to outages, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, increased economic growth, and the reduced use of, and investment in, transmission and distribution infrastructure by utilities.

Here are some of the many challenges to resolve before microgrids can become widespread, while simultaneously enabling a smooth transition in the business models of electric utilities seeking to maintain financial viability despite losing many of their customers:

1) Investor-Owned Utilities (IOU) typically have a Franchise granted by their state public utility commission (PUC) for the exclusive right to provide electricity within their jurisdiction as a monopoly.  How can this Franchise be modified to accommodate microgrids?

2)  How will regulators determine whether, and which, microgrids will face regulatory overview?

3)  In what ways will regulators seek to regulate microgrids?

4)  Will regulators allow investor-owned utilities to invest in, implement, and earn a rate of return on, microgrids?

5)  What incentives can regulators provide for IOUs to facilitate interconnection with independent microgrids?

6)  What regulatory policies are needed to ensure that IOU ratepayers do not subsidize microgrid owners which remain grid-tied and dependent upon back-up electricity?

7)  How should independent microgrid owners be compensated for providing back-up power to the IOU’s grid?

8)  What standards (i.e. IEEE 1547.4, 1547.8, IEC 61850) will impact the development and interoperability of microgrids?

9)   What emerging technologies will increase the economic feasibility of microgrids?

10) How can IOU’s pricing be modified to avoid the continuously increasing allocation of fixed costs onto a diminishing customer base, further burdening remaining ratepayers to the point of implementing their own distributed generation and microgrids? 

11) Can IOUs avoid a “death spiral” by implementing Transactive Pricing similar to wholesale markets (e.g. both spot and forward pricing).

Our panel of experts will offer their proactive responses to these and related questions.

AGRION Disrupt 100

Transactive energy, soft grid, big data, energy storage batteries, and many more: innovations in the grid space are changing the face of energy infrastructure. At these panels, we will hear from these top startups and technological forerunners to discuss their vision of the future of smart grids, urban infrastructure, energy use, and how their technologies will change the game.


04:00 PM



Matt Haskins
Cleantech Tax Leader, PwC

Eli Katz
Partner, Chadbourne & Parke

Peyton Boswell
Managing Director, EnterSolar

Laurence Mackler
CEO & Founder, Solaire Generation Inc

Driving Renewable Energy Investment Among CSO's and CFO's of Fortune 500's, Universities, and Municipalities

Tapping Into corporate equity by communicating the value of renewables

SolarCity recently released market research on trends in consumer attitudes toward sustainability. Across a host of categories (SRI, green building, renewable energy), sustainable behaviors are trending, especially among the young, who have a growing preference for companies that show a commitment to sustainability, as well as a growing awareness of their personal footprints.  71% recognize that private consumption contributes to climate change and are willing to address this by reducing electricity consumption and 62% of respondents say they would be more willing to buy products from brands that use renewable energy. 

Aside from a branding benefit, renewable energy targets provide an energy hedge and help achieve emissions targets. In this panel, we examine the main drivers for private and public entities to procure clean energy, and ways to optimize clean energy procurement (i.e. PPA's vs. REC purchases vs. onsite generation).

AGRION Disrupt 100

We will hear from the top 25 innovators and startups that are disrupting traditional energy finance by facilitating the driving and aggregation of demand, the cutting of transaction costs, and the creation of greater channels of access to capital. 


05:00 PM



Charles Malcomb
Associate, Hodgson Russ

Gary Davidson
Team Leader, Strategic and Business Planning, NY ISO

Matthew Plante
VP Sales, Bidgely

Pam Maines
Vice President, Pepco Energy Services

Thomas Bucher
Lead Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton

Next-Generation Utilities: Adapting to a Distributed Energy Economy

Transactive energy, distributed renewable assets, and demand side management for the smart utility

In the past three years alone, there has been a 600% increase in installed megawatts of PV in the US. With distributed power generation undoubtedly on the rise and climate change exacerbating peak load, utilities are being forced to move away from the long- held centralized model into a more flexible decentralized and competitive form. Systems integration issues such as intermittency can be mitigated by technologies such as inverters and storage, yet adoption for the latter lags behind.  Distriubted automation will play a key role.

Efficiency is likewise key to secure energy delivery and utility performance. Recent record heat and energy usage further highlights the necessity of peak load reduction and the role of demand side management. In order to ramp up demand-side activity, issues such as enabling technology, optimal incentive programs, and barriers to adoption must be addressed.

This panel will discuss recent developments in distributed generation and demand response as well as adaptation strategies for utilities to be protagonists for the evolving distributed energy economy.

 AGRION Disrupt 100

Transactive energy, soft grid, big data, energy storage batteries, and many more: innovations in the grid space are changing the face of energy infrastructure. At these panels, we will hear from these top startups and technological forerunners to discuss their vision of the future of smart grids, urban infrastructure, energy use, and how their technologies will change the game.