A National Town Meeting on demand response + smart grid

2014 Agenda

Monday, May 19, 2014

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

12:30 PM

OPTIONAL: Microgrid Workshop Registration Opens


1:30-5:30 PM

OPTIONAL: Microgrid Workshop


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.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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

Ali Zaidi
White House Deputy Director for Energy Policy at the White House Domestic Policy Council

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.

Griddie® Awards – Finalist #1

This winter, ADS put out its third annual “Call for Creative,” and began looking for the best examples of creative work that explain the importance of smart energy practices and technologies to the public. Utilities, community organizations, technology companies, and other stakeholders sent in their submissions, and now the finalists are up for a vote!

Who do you think deserves a National Town Meeting Award for Excellence in Communication-aka a Griddie®?


9:00-10:30 am

Do the States Have the Ball?

This roundtable will feature regulators from states around the country that are on the front lines of some of the issues and developments that will affect DR and smart grid, as well as the evolution 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.

Audrey Zibelman
Chair, New York Department of Public Service

Ann Berwick
Chair, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities

Kelly Speakes-Backman
Commissioner, Maryland Public Service Commission

Lorraine Akiba
Commissioner, Hawaii Public Service Commission

Ralph Izzo
Chairman and CEO, PSEG

Sue Kelly
President and CEO, American Public Power Association

Town Meeting Leadership Award Presentation


10:30-11:00 AM



11:00 AM-12:30 PM

Delegate Voting and Griddie® Awards – Finalist #2


Utilities and Smart Grid – Threats and Opportunities

On this roundtable, panelists, including representatives from utilities and other parts of the industry, will discuss the many developments – some of them rapid – which are putting DR and smart grid in the position of change agents. Hear a combination of vision and practical, near-term mapping.

Steve Corneli
SVP, Policy, Strategy & Sustainability, NRG Energy

Brent Dreher
Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Comverge

Steve Malnight
VP, Customer Energy Solutions, Pacific Gas & Electric

Leslie Sibert
VP, Distribution, Georgia Power

Paul DeMartini
Managing Director, Newport Consulting Group

James Connaughton
EVP, C3 Energy


12:30-1:30 PM



1:30-3:00 PM

Delegate Voting and Griddie® Awards – Finalist #3


Are We Going to Hal?

Tech, tech, tech…is technology a ticking time bomb that is going to be the ultimate change agent? And one that can’t be managed, let alone stopped? Where are we headed, and how fast? Hear from technology executives and other stakeholders on what is in store and what it can, or will, mean to you.

Seth Frader-Thompson
Founder and President, EnergyHub

Ben Bixby
Director of Energy Products, Nest

Anthony Hawkins
Group Product Manager, Landis+Gyr

Ogi Kavazovic
Vice President Marketing and Strategy, Opower

David Wade
Executive VP and COO, EPB Chattanooga

Micah Remley
VP of Product Strategy and Technology, EnerNOC


3:00-3:30 PM



3:30-5:00 PM

Delegate Voting and Griddie® Awards – Finalist #4


Tales from the Front Lines of DR

This roundtable will feature DR practitioners from utilities and service companies talking about what lessons they have learned, and what they think are the evolving best practices. Come hear from these battle-tested veterans on how DR is unfolding in the real world.

Tim Roughan
Director of Energy and Environmental Policy, National Grid

Howard Smith
Manager, Resource Planning and Operations, Alabama Power

George Katsufrakis
Program Operations Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric

John Rankin
Manager, Demand Response, Southern California Edison

Chris Cantone
VP of Load Response Sales, Constellation

Scott Hammond
Project Administrator Energy Programs, Central Electric Power Cooperative, Inc.


5:00-5:30 PM

Delegate Voting and Griddie® Awards – Finalist #5


Griddie® Award Review and Voting


Closing Remarks


5:30-7:00 PM

Networking Reception

Admission included with National Town Meeting registrations. Additional tickets can 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!


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

8:00 Am

Registration Opens


Continental Breakfast for all attendees


8:00 – 8:45 Am

ADS Member Meeting

ADS Members are invited to bring their breakfast into the Ballroom and join their fellow members for an annual meeting to discuss membership issues and ideas for the future of the organization. You may join ADS now at www.demandresponsesmartgrid.org. If you wish to join ADS while you are on site for the event, you can do so at the registration desk.


9:00-9:55 Am

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: Rick Voytas
Director, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Ameren

Jun Shimada
CEO, ThinkEco
“Broadening the Scope of Residential Demand Response Through Technology and Data Analytics”

Inia Burginger
Manager, Demand Side Management, Pepco Holdings, Inc.
“Best Practices in Participant Recruitment into Energy Management Programs”

Rick Luna
Manager, Demand Management and Analysis, CPS Energy
“Deploying a DR Solution to Every Customer”

Smart Grid Track – Case Studies

Yes…the smart grid is now officially old enough to have honest-to-goodness case studies. This session will look at some of the projects that have been done under DOE’s Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) program.

Moderator: Ron Dizy
EVP and Chief Revenue Officer, ENBALA

Lee Hall and Erik Gilbert
Smart Grid Programs Manager, Bonneville Power Administration
Director, Navigant Energy Practice
“Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Regional Business Case”

Chris Irwin
Smart Grid Standards & Interoperability Coordinator, US Department of Energy
“Update on the Smart Grid Demonstration Grants”

Tom Magee
General Manager, Smart Grid Implementation Group, Con Edison
“Secure Interoperable Open Smart Grid Demonstration Project”


10:00-11:00 AM

Demand Response Track – Now That We Can Measure It, Why Not Price It?

More time-based meters are being installed across the country with each passing day. New research on how customers feel about pricing continues to be rolled out. This session will present findings on four different pricing options – TOU, CPP, TOU-CPP  and VPP – under various marketing and enrollment options, including both opt-in and default enrollment.  Come and find out what customers think about time-variant rates compared with standard rate options, see how load impacts vary across different rate options and enrollment strategies, see what drives rate choice and opt-out decisions, whether impacts persist across multiple years, and more.

Moderator: Mike Alexander
Senior Manager, Customer Energy Solutions, Customer Program’s EM&V, Pacific Gas & Electric

Steve George
Senior Vice President, Customer Planning, Strategy, and Analysis, Nexant
“Load Impacts and Customer Choice Results from SMUD’s Two-Year Smart Pricing Options Pilot”

Jennifer Potter
Principal Market Analyst, SMUD
“What Do Customers Really Think About Time-Based Pricing?”

Mike Farrell
Senior Manager, Customer Programs, Oklahoma Gas & Electric
“Variable Peak Pricing Tariff Results”

Smart Grid Track – Making Room for the “Others”

Storage, solar and wind, microgrids, EVs…oh my! There is no shortage of new players that are vying for a piece of the electricity pie. How will all of this fit together? How will it all be managed? This session will explore just that.

Moderator: Sachin Gupta
Development – Demand Response and Smart Grid Applications, Siemens

Lee Krevat
Director of Smart Grid, San Diego Gas & Electric
“Day ahead pricing for electric vehicle charging”

Mahesh Morjaria
VP, Product Management, First Solar, Inc.
“Impact of Solar Generation on Grid Stability and Reliability”

Chris Villarreal
Senior Regulatory Analyst, California Public Utilities Commission
“Overview and Update on California Policies and Programs”


11:00-11:15 AM



11:15 Am – 12:15 PM

Demand Response Track – The Customer: Meet the New Boss – Different Than the Old Boss

We all seem to have jumped the ratepayer hurdle and at least we are calling them “customers.” But have we only seen the beginnings of the future in terms of customer choice and other aspects of the empowered customer that will rule our world?

Moderator: Steve Cowell
President and CEO, Conservation Services Group

KC Boyce
Assistant Director, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative
“…It’s Actually More than One Boss”

Judith Schwartz
President, To the Point
“Low-income consumer decision-making”

Darren Brady
“Results: Northwest Utility Prepay Programs and Research”

Smart Grid Track – Microgrids: Are All Signs Pointing to Them?

Microgrids have rapidly emerged as one of the hottest issues (and business areas) in the electricity industry. And our microgrid session at last years Town Meeting was a hot ticket for attendees. Come hear some presentations on microgrids that have been built and are operating.

Moderator: Paul Grod
President, Rodan Energy Solutions

Terry Mohn
CEO, General Microgrids & Chairman, Microgrid Alliance
“Microgrid Strategies, Models, and Applications”

Alex Kragie
Deputy Chief of Staff, CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
“Lessons Learned in the Connecticut Microgrid Program”

Steven Pullins
Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Green Energy Corp
“Microgrids: Aligning Economics and Resiliency”

12:15-1:15 PM


12:15-1:15 PM

ADS Issue Committee Meetings

Members of the ADS Mass Markets Committee, Business Case/Issues Committee, and Pricing Committee are invited to join their fellow committee members at reserved tables in the Atrium for lunch meetings to discuss action items and deliverables for 2014.


1:15-2:15 PM

Demand Response Track – ISO Round-Up

This session will feature representatives of the various ISOs and RTOs talking about the state of DR in their world. They will talk about how DR is evolving in the wholesale markets and what the challenges are that they see coming up.

Moderator: Dan Delurey
Executive Director, ADS

Henry Yoshimura
Director, Demand Resource Strategy, ISO-New England

Pete Langbein
Manager, Demand Response Operations, PJM Interconnection

Mike Barber
Demand Response Advisor, MISO

Paul Wattles
Senior Analyst, Market Design, ERCOT

John Goodin
Regulatory Policy Manager, California ISO

Smart Grid Track – Making the Grid More Efficient Without the Customer

Not all of the ways to make the grid smart involve price signals and automated controls relative to customers. This session will focus upstream from the customer interface on how the distribution system and other parts of the utility system can be automated and/or made more efficient.

Moderator: Mike Hyland
Senior Vice President, Engineering Services, American Public Power Association

Alex Pratt
Business Development, Autogrid
“Big Data Driven Predictive Control for the Grid”

Valerio Vadacchino
Manager, Smart Grid Business Development, Enel
“Lessons Learned in European Deployments”

Matt Smith
Senior Director of Utility Solutions, Silver Spring Networks
“The Continuously-Connected Utility: Leveraging the Smart Grid for Real-Time Insights”


2:15-2:30 PM



2:30-3:30 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: James Reiley
Manager, PECO

Heather Langford
Director, LEED, U.S. Green Building Council
“Driving adoption of demand response in commercial buildings”

Derek Kirchner
Principal Program Advisor, DTE Energy
“Lessons Learned in Customer Behavior and Dynamic Peak Pricing”

Ruth Kiselewich
Director of DSM Programs, Baltimore Gas & Electric
“Results from the Smart Energy Rewards® program”

Smart Grid Track – Reliability, Resilience, and Repulsion

Are these the new 3 “R’s” that will govern how the grid is built and operated? Reliability used to be the main “R” that mattered. And much of the planning, costing, and operation of the utility system revolved around it. Now resiliency in the face of weather and natural disasters is coming to the forefront. And with substations being physically attacked and entire networks being cyber-attached, there is another criteria on the table. Come hear about what all this means.

Moderator: Sharyn Barata
Senior Principal Energy Consultant, Itron

David Wade
Executive VP and COO, EPB Chattanooga
“How the smart grid benefits outage management and restoration”   

Gary Rackliffe
North America VP for Smart Grids, ABB
“Resiliency and the modern grid”

Josh Schellenberg
Managing Consultant, Utility Services, Nexant
“Transmission Planning in the Face of Natural Disasters”