A National Town Meeting on demand response + smart grid

2016 Agenda

A preliminary agenda is posted below with speakers to be announced. Sessions may be re-named or shifted prior to finalization.

Download a PDF of the preliminary agenda here.

Monday, July 11, 2016


Pre-Conference Workshops

Separate registration required.

5:30-7:30 pm

Welcome Reception

Admission included with National Town Meeting registration or workshop registration. Additional tickets may be purchased for $45.


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

8:00 am

Registration Opens

Hot Breakfast for all attendees


9:00-9:30 am

Welcome and Introduction


9:30-10:30 am

ROUNDTABLE #1 – Roadmaps to the Future: Defining the 51st State

The goal of the 51st State is to find multiple frameworks that provide a platform for all stakeholders to participate in our energy future together. Key participants in the 51st State project will discuss the progress, results, and expected outcomes from this visionary process. 


10:30-11:00 AM

Networking Break


11:00-11:30 AM

Fireside Chat

A candid discussion between SEPA Chief Strategy Officer, Tanuj Deora, and an industry expert to be announced. 


11:30 AM-12:30 PM

ROUNDTABLE #2 – Policymakers Talk About Change

Policymakers discuss constructive and balanced ways to deal with the changes in the electricity system.


12:30-2:00 PM

Networking Lunch


2:00-2:30 PM

“Ted Talk”

A brief and engaging presentation on one of the hottest topics in the world of DER and smart grid.


2:30-3:30 PM

ROUNDTABLE #3 – Utilities Look to the Future

Utility executives discuss changing business models, introduction and acquisition of DER, integration, and customer engagement.


3:30-4:00 PM

Networking Break


4:00-5:00 PM

ROUNDTABLE #4 – Welcome to the “Shark Tank”

Representatives for demand response, storage, electric vehicles, and rooftop solar will pitch you, the audience of “sharks,” on what will be the biggest disruptive technology in the coming years.  


5:00-7:00 PM

Networking Reception

Admission included with National Town Meeting registration. Additional tickets may be purchased for $65.


6:30-9:30 PM

SEPA Members-Only Dinner

The SEPA Members-Only Dinner will be held following the Reception. It will be in the stately top-floor Rotunda of the Reagan Building, with balcony views up and down Pennsylvania Avenue. Network with fellow SEPA Members and hear from a special guest speaker.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

8:00 Am

Registration Opens

Continental Breakfast for all attendees


At 9:00am, Breakout Sessions will begin with three different tracks – Grid Integration, Emerging Models and Markets, and Consumer Engagement. Feel free to stick with one track for the day, or mix and match the sessions most useful to you.


9:00-9:55 Am


Grid Integration – DERMS

Emerging Models and Markets – Latest Developments and Success Stories in Time Varying Rates

Consumer Engagement – Modernizing Communications and Outreach


10:00-11:00 AM


Grid Integration - Solar + Storage

Emerging Models and Markets - Benefit-Cost Analysis as it Applies to Grid Modernization Challenges

Consumer Engagement - Leapfrog to Advanced Customer Engagement


11:00-11:15 AM

Networking Break


11:15 AM – 12:15 PM


Grid Integration - Microgrids

Emerging Models and Markets - Policy and Regulatory Evolution

Consumer Engagement - Consumer-Driven Technology Adoption


12:15 -1:15 PM

Networking Lunch


1:15 – 2:15 PM


Grid Integration - DR+

Emerging Models and Markets - Inside Out, Upside Down – RTO Market of the Future

Consumer Engagement - Using Data Analytics to Improve the Customer Experience


2:15 – 2:30 PM

Networking Break


2:30 – 3:30 PM


Grid Integration - EV Integration

Emerging Models and Markets - Distribution Planning Tools

Consumer Engagement - Innovative C&I Programs


3:30 PM

Conclusion of the National Town Meeting


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