A National Town Meeting on demand response + smart grid

2015 Agenda


A PDF version of the 2015 Town Meeting Agenda is available here.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


DER Workshop

Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

Separate registration required.

5:30-7:30 pm

Welcome Reception at the National Press Club

529 14th St NW, 13th Floor

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


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

7:30 am

Registration Opens

Hot Breakfast for all attendees


8:30-9:00 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Delegate Voting

Attendees will have an opportunity to let their opinion be known on a number of topics and issues in the area of demand response and smart grid.


9:00-10:30 am

ROUNDTABLE #1 – Policymakers talk about change

The Town Meeting is generally not focused on policy, but this roundtable is. We feature Federal and State policymakers from around the country that are on the front lines of some of the issues and developments that will affect the evolution and shape of the electricity industry. Hear what they have to say, and get a feel for how they go about the challenging job of trying to find a balanced and constructive way to deal with change. What they say may lead you to change your thinking and expectations.

Michael Picker
President, California Public Utilities Commission

Donna Nelson
Chairman, Texas Public Utilities Commission

Bob Burns
Commissioner, Arizona Corporation Commission

Nancy Lange
Commissioner, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

Bill Hederman
Deputy Director for Systems Integration and Senior Advisor to the Secretary, US DOE


10:30-11:00 AM

Networking Break


11:00 AM-12:30 PM

Delegate Voting

ROUNDTABLE #2 – The industry talks about changes it faces

On this roundtable, leaders from utilities will discuss the many rapid developments which seem to be leading us towards a very different electricity industry in the future compared to what we have today. You will hear a discussion that combines both vision and practical, here-and-now planning and business operations, as topics like DER, cost-recovery, integration, markets, and customer engagement are discussed.

Calvin Butler
CEO, Baltimore Gas & Electric

Ken Daly
President, National Grid New York

Mary Doswell
Senior Vice President, Retail and Alternative Energy Solutions, Dominion

Dave Velazquez
Executive Vice President – Power Delivery, Pepco Holdings, Inc.

Caroline Choi
Vice President, Energy and Environmental Policy, Southern California Edison


12:30-1:30 PM

Networking Lunch


1:30-3:00 PM

Delegate Voting

ROUNDTABLE #3 – Technology on the rise

In the horse race between policy, business models, and technology, some say that technology is winning, in that it is developing at a faster pace than the other two. That makes for a dynamic – and perhaps “scary” – scenario in the months and years ahead. On this roundtable, hear from technology executives and government leaders on what is happening in their world and what it can, or will, mean to you.

Chris King
Global Chief Regulatory Officer, Smart Grid Solutions, Siemens Smart Grid

Gary High
Senior Vice President, Landis+Gyr Solutions Group

Steve Hambric
Vice President, Strategic Sales and Operations, Comverge

Richard Kauffman
Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York State

Seth Frader-Thompson
CEO, EnergyHub


3:00-3:30 PM

Networking Break


3:30-5:00 PM

Delegate Voting

ROUNDTABLE #4 – REVving up for change

Since April 2014, New York State has been undertaking an ambitious initiative to reform the state’s energy industry practices and regulatory models. Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) is being discussed nationally as one of the most ambitious, forward-looking developments occurring anywhere else in the electricity sector. Is it on track? What will the product of REV look like? What challenges have arisen and how have they been addressed?  Come to this session and you will hear from people occupying different seats at the REV table as they talk about how things have gone so far, what’s happened to date, and what developments may be around the corner.

Jim Gallagher
Executive Director, New York State Smart Grid Consortium (NYSSGC)

Carlos Gonzalez
Senior Manager, Grid Engineering Solutions, Solar City

David Ahrens
Managing Director, Energy Spectrum

Richard Caperton
Director of National Policy and Partnerships, Opower


5:00-5:30 PM

Delegate Voting

Closing Remarks


5:30-7:00 PM

Networking Reception

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


7:00-9:30 PM

ADS Members-Only Dinner

The ADS 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 ADS Members and hear from Rod Kuckro of EnergyWire. Sign up for ADS today!


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

7:30 Am

Registration Opens

Continental Breakfast for all attendees


This year, in addition to the traditional tracks of breakout sessions on Demand Response and Smart Grid, we’ve added a third track on Consumer Engagement! Feel free to stick to one track for the entire day, or mix and match for what you want to learn!


8:30-9:25 Am

Demand Response Track – Evolution of DR

Many believe that DR is at a point where the DR community needs to look at how it has evolved and how it should evolve in the near and long term. What should the future role of states be? What will the roles of ISO/RTOs be? What does transactive energy mean to DR? Is DR a true distributed energy resource (DER), and should it be viewed in that context? This panel will talk about new ideas, models, and structures for DR that will grow it and make it more institutional.

Moderator: Susan Covino, Senior Consultant, Emerging Markets, PJM

Henry Yoshimura, Director, Demand Resource Strategy, ISO New England
How ISO-NE is working to integrate DR and DER and look behind the meter

Howard Smith, Manager, Resource Planning and DR Operations, Alabama Power
Viewing DR from both sides of the street – supply and demand

Frank Lacey, Comverge/CPower

Smart Grid Track – Solar has arrived (in partnership with SEPA)

Contrary to many headlines, utilities are embracing solar and looking at how they can help their customers use it. Utility speakers, from different types of utilities, will talk about their respective approaches to providing solar to customers. Each will discuss the strategy that drove them to select their model, and what unique challenges they faced integrating the model into utility operations.

Moderator: Julia Hamm, President and CEO, Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA)

Sonja Cox, SVP, Financial, Economic and Employee Services and CFO, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO)
Using solar as a resource and providing new options to customers

Carmine Tilghman, Director – Renewable Energy Resources, Tucson Electric Power
TEP’s approach to solar energy, both as a utility-scale resiource and as a roof-top customer-based option

Tanuj Deora, Chief Strategy Officer, Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA)
New business and policy models for solar and other DER in a distributed world

Consumer Engagement Track – When are smart grid and DER good for low income customers?

Panelists will consider under what circumstances distributed energy resources and smart grid technology create positive opportunities for low-income consumers. The discussion will encompass effective low-income program designs, applications such as supersaver pricing and flexible payment arrangements, budgeting and behavioral science, economic opportunities such as community solar and aggregated residential DR, and implications for using technology to avoid disconnections and enable rapid reconnection.  The audience will also be invited to pose questions to panelists. 

Moderator: Janine Migden-Ostrander, Principal, The Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)

Laurence Daniels, Director of Litigation, DC Office of the People’s Counsel

Marty Cohen, Founder, MRC&A

Bill Malcolm, Senior Legislative – State Advocacy and Strategy, AARP

Judith Schwartz, President, To the Point

Diane Munns, Senior Director, EDF

Stacia Harper, Consumer Affairs Consultant, Wired Group


9:30-10:30 AM

Demand Response Track – Dealing with the duck: How utilities are using pricing to address projected solar impacts (in partnership with the ADS Pricing Working Group)

If you don’t know what the “Duck” is, you need to learn. Panelists will discuss the efforts to expand time-of-use (TOU) and move peak periods as a result of the forecast California duck curve. They will also discuss the current state of value of solar tariffs and how those tariffs can be used to send the right price signal to customers and solar installers.

Moderator: Evan Pittman, Business Development & Strategy Associate, Comverge   

 John Goodin, Regulatory Policy Manager, California ISO
California’s “Duck Curve” – How to mitigate the impacts of DER using TOU rates

Greg Mandelman, Manager – Demand Response & Distributed Generation Research, Pacific Gas & Electric
PG&E’s pricing efforts in response to California’s rising levels of customer-based solar

Josh Schellenberg, Principal Consultant, Nexant
The current state of value of solar tariffs and how they can be used to send price signals to customers as well as how to apply them to other DER

Smart Grid Track – Integration of Electric Vehicles

We all realize at this point that EVs are not just about moving people and goods from point to point. EVs are going to be about storage, DR, DER, transactive energy, and all sorts of other aspects of the modern grid and utility system. In this discussion, the speakers will present on how fast things are coming on and what to expect in the near and long terms.

Moderator: Jenny Senff, Manager, Programs and Outreach, ADS

Tom Ashley, Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy, Greenlots
Making EVs into a DR/DER resource

Scott Kenner, Director Power and Energy, Concurrent Technologies Corporation
DOD vehicle to grid program for ISO markets

Scott Fisher, Director, Alternative Energy Sources, NRG eVgo
Vehicle to Grid: A new dynamic resource

Consumer Engagement Track – Design session on critical consumer protections

Vulnerable and low‐income consumers are not a monolithic group, nor are the risk profiles the same in every climate. Eric Lightner, Director, Federal Smart Grid Task Force, US Department of Energy, will introduce the session by identifying the top priorities that have surfaced in workshops conducted by DOE followed by a concise presentation by Peter Cappers, LBNL, citing data from the SGIG Consumer Behavior Study results illustrating the variability of responses and bill impacts across customer demographics (e.g., elderly vs. not elderly, low-income vs. higher income, renter vs. owner, single family vs. multi-family, education level).

Judith Schwartz, To the Point, and Cindy Sargent, Brainspur will offer several distinct profiles reflecting a range of low-income consumers to be used to inform scenario creation for the design exercise. Breakout teams will delve into nuances to describe guiding principles, specific consumer protections for segments with different needs and priorities, and what additional research is needed to validate and test assumptions. The exercise will invite teams to delineate lines of contention and policies “acceptable” to advocates, regulators, and utilities that suggest opportunity for common ground.


10:30-10:45 AM

Networking Break


10:45 – 11:45 AM

Demand Response Track – DR as a DER option

If you do not think about DR in a DER context yet, along the same lines as microgrids, storage, etc, you need to start. Many say that the new emphasis on distribution platforms should bring new opportunity for DR and its DER siblings. Speakers in this session will talk about projects underway and how they see DR playing a DER role going forward.

Moderator: Derek Kirchner, Supervisor – Demand Side Management, DTE Energy

Todd Sankey, VP and Chief Architect, Enbala
How DR and other DER can provide ancillary services to grid markets

Paul Grod, President and CEO, Rodan Energy
Lessons from the introduction of DR into the Canadian markets

Ward Camp, SVP, Regulatory and Alliances, Innovari
Harnessing DSM and turning it into DER

Smart Grid Track – Microgrids

2014 was the year when Microgrids came on the DER scene in gangbusters fashion. States jumpstarted projects with funding. Utilities started to embrace them, if not develop them themselves. Communities got in the game. Technologies improved. The momentum has not stopped. Come hear from speakers that come at Microgrids from different angles and approaches and see what they say about where things go from here.

Moderator: Howard Smith, Manager, Resource Planning and Demand Response Operations, Alabama Power

Micah Kotch, Director of NY Microgrid Prize and Strategic Adviser for Innovation, NYSERDA
“NY Prize” funding competition for microgrids and how it fits in NY’s energy future

Dave Dobratz, Supervisor – Direct Install and Load Response, Eversource (formerly Northeast Utilities/Nstar)
Connecticut microgrid initiatives, results, and opportunities

Neal Bartek, Distributed Energy Resources Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric
Lessons from Borrego Springs – a utility-owned microgrid

Consumer Engagement Track – New technology options to enable successful prosumers

The Grid of the Future is evolving from a Smart Grid and Demand Response emphasis to more of a Distributed Energy Resource (DER) framework, as new trends, products, and technologies become available. Energy efficient buildings are proving key to crossing the technology adoption chasm with commercial customers embracing a range of alternatives. While early residential adopters tended to be high-income green consumers, we are now seeing other segments participating in greater numbers. This session will explore how these new tools allow residential and commercial customers to monetize their energy use, personal data, and obtain value from shared generation, storage, and efficiency resources. The conversation will include how we can involve low-income communities in these collective opportunities and how innovations in transactive energy might counteract energy poverty.

Moderator: Becky Harrison, CEO, GridWise Alliance

George Koutitas, CEO, Gridmates Inc.

Alex Zheng, Senior Product Manager, SilverSpring Networks

Ted Ko, Director of Policy, Stem

Marc Romito, Manager, Renewable Energy Program, Arizona Public  Service


11:45 AM -12:45 PM

Networking Lunch


11:45 AM -12:45 PM

ADS Issue Working Group Meetings

Members of the ADS Consumer Engagement, Business Case/Issues , VVO, Microgrids, and Pricing Working Groups are invited to join their fellow working group members at reserved tables in the Atrium for lunch meetings to discuss action items and deliverables for 2015.


12:45-1:40 PM

Demand Response Track – Case Studies

You ask for them each year, and each year we bring them to you. Hear and see presentations on what practitioners have encountered and accomplished, and what they have learned along the way.

Moderator: Wayne Harbaugh, Director, Baltimore Gas & Electric

Tim Roughan, Director of Energy and Environmental Policy, National Grid
National Grid’s DR projects and programs in New England and New York

Sim Zirkiyev, Manager, Commercial Demand Response Programs, ConEdison
Distribution Demand Response 2.0

Renee Castillo, Senior Director, Customer Experience Services, Salt River Project
M-Power – the largest prepay program in North America

Smart Grid Track – DER – the coming platform for plug and play resources?

It seems clear to most people that the distribution level is where DER will play out and where all of the different resources will be integrated. Some are viewing it as the emergence of distribution-level platforms where resources can “plug and play” and where transactive energy and prosumers will emerge. Hear all about the present situation and the future scenarios.

Moderator: Christopher Gillman, Director, Demand Resource Operations, Duke Energy

Amanda Stallings, Energy Specialist, Ohio Public Utilities Commission
Regulatory considerations related to integration of DER

Mike Hopkins, CEO, ICE Energy
California’s state-wide effort for integration of storage onto the grid

James Sherwood, Senior Associate – Electricity Practice, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)
How new technologies will compliment or conflict with solar, what the resilience “factor” is, and how solar can be used for DR

Consumer Engagement Track – Big data + segmentation insights = great ROI on targeted outreach

Organizations obtain better value from marketing research and data analytics when they selectively use customer volunteered information, behavioral data, and segmentation insights to inform their analysis, planning, and budgeting for targeted outreach campaigns. This panel will present examples of where this has been done successfully, what was learned from the SGIG Customer Behavior Studies about consumer choice, and how to find and apply different data sources. The breakout discussion will focus on what the potential impact can be if new innovations are incorporated into our thinking.

Moderator: Patty Durand, Executive Director, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative

Seth Kiner, Founder, Charlotte Street Advisors

Matt Duesterberg, CEO, OhmConnect

Nancy Hersh, VP Analytics, Opower

Pete Cappers, Electricity Markets and Policy Group, LBNL


1:45-2:45 PM


Demand Response Track – More case studies

The only thing better than one breakout session featuring case studies is two of them! Come hear people talk about their lessons learned and decide for yourself whether the way they have done something might be a best practice for you.

Moderator: Mike Hyland, APPA

Cory Welch, Director, Navigant
Integrating demand response and addressing uncertainty in the northwest’s 7th Power Plan

Matt Plante, CEO, EcoFactor
How to call 28 DR events in one summer

Jeff Shaw, Environmental Programs and Energy Conservation Director, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO)
DR lessons from the co-op world

Smart Grid Track – A conversation with DOE

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is coming off a tremendous run in terms of moving grid modernization forward. The Smart Grid Demonstration Grants and the Smart Grid Investment Grants have been evaluated and they are showing impacts and yielding important research data. So what is next up DOE’s sleeve? What technologies do they have in their sights? What will the budget look like for smart grid in the near term? Where will they attempt to have the next impact? This session will feature three of the DOE Smart Grid team, each with point responsibility for different areas, and they will present on what has happened and what their visions are for next steps.

Moderator: Ward Camp, Sr VP, Regulatory and Alliances, Innovari

Chris Irwin, Smart Grid Standards & Interoperability Coordinator

Eric Lightner, Director of the Federal Smart Grid Task Force

Joe Paladino, Senior Advisor

Consumer Engagement Track – Big data and alternative customer satisfaction metrics

Today’s consumers have different and more demanding expectations. The panel will explore what is needed to supplement traditional customer satisfaction metrics to measure brand perception, satisfaction with performance, relationship engagement, and customer experience on an actionable basis for each transaction. We will identify social media and loyalty measurements used routinely in other industries that can and should be leveraged. For the breakout exercise, the teams will use a framework created for a recent study to discuss what barriers and silos need to be overcome so data can be shared within organizations.

Moderator: Lisa Magnuson, VP Global Marketing, Silver Spring Networks

Jamie Wimberley, CEO, DEFG

Deidrea Miller, Manager, Digital Communications and Strategy, New York Power Authority

KC Boyce, Director of Custom Research, Chartwell Inc.


2:45-3:00 PM

Networking Break


3:00-4:00 PM

Roundtable #5 – ISO/RTO Round-Up

It isn’t often that you can hear from four ISO/RTO C-level representatives sitting on the same panel. In fact, you may never have had or will have this opportunity anywhere else other than here, in the last Roundtable Session at the Town Meeting. Come listen to their views on all the challenges they and the electricity industry face, and come armed with your questions for them.

Terry Boston
President and CEO, PJM Interconnection

Gordon van Welie
President and CEO, ISO New England

Steve Whitley
President and CEO, New York ISO

Kim Warren
VP of Operations and COO, IESO


4:00 PM

Conclusion of the National Town Meeting


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