Affordable and reliable electricity is the backbone of the American economy and our high standard of living. However, rapid shifts in the technologies that power the current system, and strong challenges to historic business models, cost recovery assumptions, and relevant laws and regulations means the utility sector is likely to undergo profound changes over the next decade.
Please join us for an engaging discussion between top-level industry, government, and expert analysts and decision makers on the future of the electricity grid and the modern electric utility.
Issues to be considered include: variability of renewable energy sources, integration costs, net-metering, transmission, and system balancing among others.
8:30 a.m. – REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST
9:15 a.m. – OPENING REMARKS – Will Marshall, President, Progressive Policy Institute
9:30 a.m. – KEYNOTE – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.)
10:00 a.m. – PANEL ONE – RENEWABLE ENERGY AND A SMART GRID: THE CHALLENGE FOR UTILITIES
Will the centralized utility business model, with revenues tied to electricity consumption, still exist a decade from now?
John Stanton, Executive VP, Policy & Markets, Regulatory Counsel, Solar City
Georg Maue, First Secretary Climate and Energy Policy, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Paul Allen, Senior Vice President, M.J. Bradley & Associates
Michael Carr, Principal Deputy Secretary, DOE, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Umair Irfan, ClimateWire
11:15 a.m. – PANEL TWO – HOW TO BUILD THE FUTURE GRID
Will America’s grid be able to handle significantly higher levels of intermittent resources a decade from now?
Ronald Minsk, Former Director, National Economic Council, The White House
Toby S. Short, Director, Federal Government Relations, Duke Energy Corporation
Ladeene Freimuth, Policy Director, GridWise Alliance and President, The Freimuth Group
Katherine Hamilton, Advisor, Energy Storage Association, Principal, 38 North Solutions
Monica Trauzzi, E&E TV