A National Town Meeting on demand response + smart grid



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Tuesday, May 26, 2015



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

Keynote 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 not all about 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.


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 the  panelists, including representatives from utilities and other parts of the industry, will discuss the many rapid developments which are leading us towards a very different electricity industry in the future compared to what we have today. Hear a combination of vision and practical, near-term planning, as topics like DER, cost-recovery, integration, markets, and customer engagement are discussed.


12:30-1:30 PM

Networking Lunch


1:30-3:00 PM

Delegate Voting

ROUNDTABLE #3 – Technology on the rise

In a 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 other stakeholders on what is happening in their world and what it can, or will, mean to you.


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 undertaken 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? This panel will feature stakeholders from different areas of the REV process who will give an update on what’s happened to date, and what developments may be around the corner.


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 a guest speaker. 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, structures, etc for DR that will grow it and make it more institutional.

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. Three 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.

Consumer Engagement Track – Is SG/DER good for low income consumers?

Electricity consumers can no longer be thought of as “generic” in the coming electricity world.  Panelists will debate the motion: “Distributed energy resources and smart grid technology create positive opportunities for low-income consumers.” The discussion will encompass consumer protections and 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.


9:30-10:30 AM

Demand Response Track – Dealing with the duck: How utilities are using pricing to address projected solar impacts

If you don’t know what the “Duck” is, you need to learn. Panelists will discuss the efforts to expand 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.

Smart Grid Track – Integration of Electric Vehicles (in partnership with OpenADR Alliance)

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, a utility, a major auto manufacturer, and a technology provider will present on how fast things are coming on and what to expect in the near and long terms.

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. This session will begin with brief presentation that will identify various types of low-income consumers and cite data from the SGIG Consumer Behavior Study results illustrating the variability of responses and bill impacts across customer demographics. 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.


10:30-10:45 AM

Networking Break


10:45 – 11:45 AM

Demand Response Track – DER – Opportunity or threat?

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.

Smart Grid Track – Is transactive energy the future? (in partnership with GWAC)

What is transactive energy and why is everyone talking about it? How does it relate to traditional DR, evolving DER, and the needs of the grid of the future? What do decision makers need to know about it? Find the answers to these questions and more, here!

Consumer Engagement Track – New technology options to enable successful prosumers

As we evolve from a SG/DR to a DER mindset, what new trends, products, and technologies are becoming available? How do these tools allow residential and commercial customers to monetize their energy use or personal data or obtain value from shared generation or efficiency resources? What will it take to involve communities in these collective opportunities? Can technology help us counteract energy poverty and the impact of extreme weather conditions and frequent “storms of the century?”


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.

Smart Grid Track – Microgrids

2014 was the year when Microgrids came on the DER scene in gangbusters fashion. States jumpstarted project 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.

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

Organizations obtain better value from marketing research and data analytics when they also use customer volunteered information and segmentation insights to inform their planning and budgeting for targeted outreach campaigns. This panel will present examples of where this has been done successfully and what the potential impact can be.


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.

Smart Grid Track – A conversation with DOE

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.

Consumer Engagement Track – Big data and alternative customer satisfaction metrics

Today’s consumers have different and more demanding expectations. 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? What social media and loyalty measurements used routinely in other industries 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.


2:45-3:00 PM

Networking Break


3:00-4:00 PM

ISO/RTO Round-Up

This panel will feature the CEOs of ISO-NE, NYISO, PJM, and CAISO sitting together in a facilitated discussion session talking about the challenges they are facing as the electricity industry rapidly evolves, and sharing their thoughts on how they will respond. They will not only talk about the business and operational changes and shifts they foresee, but also the policy changes that will or may happen that impact their jobs as well as other parts of the electricity industry spectrum. It should be among the highlights of the National Town Meeting and you will want to be there for it!


4:00 PM

Conclusion of the National Town Meeting