AGENDA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

 

gridCONNEXT brings together business, utility, and policy leaders to explore the most important topics impacting the grid at the national, regional, state, and local level. Our goal is to convene experts to explore diverse perspectives and business, tech, policy, and finance innovations poised to redraw energy markets and the utility landscape. With recent monster hurricanes in Florida, Texas, and Puerto Rico; the growth of clean-energy and electrified transportation; and new business and regulatory models supporting investments in grid modernization – the need for this event has never been timelier.

 
CONNECT to a broad spectrum of grid stakeholders and explore what’s NEXT in our industry.  To download the full event agenda, please click here

Monday, December 4th

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
PRE-EVENT MEETINGS  

· GridWise Alliance Membership Business Meeting

 

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

EVENING RECEPTION

·  For GridWise Alliance members and all gridCONNEXT attendees

Tuesday, December 5th

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM            

REGISTRATION, BREAKFAST, & NETWORKING  

 

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

INTRODUCTIONS & UTILITY KEYNOTE

· Welcomes by Co-Hosts Steve Hauser and Ron Pernick; introductions by Scott Prochazka, CEO, CenterPoint Energy and Chairman, GridWise Alliance; and utility keynote with Calvin Butler, CEO, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company

 

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

FIRESIDE CHAT: THE DIGITAL UTILITY OF THE FUTURE

 

· Gil Quiniones, President & CEO, New York Power Authority (NYPA) in Conversation with Steve Martin, CDO (Chief Digital Officer), GE Energy Connections 

 

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM       

STATE OF THE STATE – IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION (NGA)

 

· Bill Grant, Deputy Commissioner of Division of Energy Resources, Minnesota

· Macky McCleary, Administrator, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission

· Valerie Brader, Executive Director, Michigan Agency for Energy 

· Moderated by Sue Gander, Director, Environment, Energy, & Transportation Division, Center for Best Practices, NGA

 

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

CHARGING AHEAD: ELECTRIC VEHICLES & THE GRID 

 

      · Suzanna Mora, Director, Federal Affairs, Exelon
· Wayne Killen, Senior Director, Infrastructure Planning, Partnerships & Operations, Electrify America
· Cassie Powers, Senior Program Director, National Association of State Energy Officials  
· Moderated by John Gartner, Research Director, Navigant 

     12:15 – 1:30 PM

LUNCH & NETWORKING BREAK

1:30 PM – 1:45 PM

REGULATORY KEYNOTE – IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REGULATORY UTILITY COMMISSIONERS (NARUC)

· John Betkoski, III, (new president of NARUC, Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority Commissioner)

 

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM

REGULATORS: VIEW FROM THE FUTURE

· Ann McCabe (Former Illinois Commissioner)

· Colette Honorable (Former FERC and Arkansas Commissioner)

· Diane Munns (Former Iowa Commissioner)

· John Betkoski, III (Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority Commissioner)

· Moderated by H. Ward Camp, Principal, East Fork Group

                                                                                                                 

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM

TRENDS WATCH: BLOCKCHAIN’S IMPACT ON ENERGY MARKETS

 

· Chris Villarreal, President, Plugged In Strategies; Former Director of Policy, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

·  Jon Creyts, Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute and Board Member, Energy Web Foundation

·  Lawrence Orsini, Founder & CEO, Brooklyn Microgrid

·  Moderated by Ron Pernick, Managing Director, Clean Edge, Inc.

  

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM

NETWORKING BREAK 

· Refreshments provided

 

3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT: HOW TECHNOLOGY IS RESHAPING THE GRID

· Chuck Whitlock, Senior Vice President, Strategic Growth, Duke Energy

· Mirko Molinari, General Manager, Distributed Grid, GE Grid Solutions

· Mike BatesGeneral Manager, Energy, Intel 

· Moderated by John Carey, Award-Winning Writer and Former Senior Correspondent, BusinessWeek 

 

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM

KEYNOTE: BUILDING OUR NATION’S NEXT-GEN GRID INFRASTRUCTURE: LESSONS FROM THE TELECOM INDUSTRY

· Reed Hundt, Former Chairman, FCC and Co-Founder of Coalition for Green Capital

 

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

COCKTAIL RECEPTION

· Atrium Ballroom – Washington Court Hotel; beer, wine, and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Live music with Chuck McDermott (unplugged)

 

 

Wednesday, December 6th

7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

BREAKFAST WITH FACILITATED BREAK-OUT WORKING GROUPS

· DOE: Voices of Experience
· EDF: Grid Modernization – The Foundation for Climate Change Progress 

9:00 AM 

KEYNOTE: LATEST UPDATES ON ENERGY & GRID-RELATED LEGISLATION

· Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Chairman, U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources 

 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

KEYNOTE: CITIES AT THE FOREFRONT OF GRID MODERNIZATION & ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE

· Jon Mitchell, Mayor, New Bedford, MA and Energy Chair, U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) 

 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

GRID MODERNIZATION INDEX: BEST PRACTICES FROM LEADING STATES

· Steve Hauser in conversation with GridWise Alliance Board member Gary Rackliffe (ABB) 

 

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

INVESTING IN GRID INNOVATION & SMART INFRASTRUCTURE

 

· David Yeh, Former Senior Advisor, The White House and Managing Director, Capitol Hill 

· Nancy Pfund, Founder and Managing Partner, DBL Investors

· Puon Penn, Executive Vice President and Head of Technology Division, Wells Fargo

· Moderated by Ron Pernick, Managing Director, Clean Edge, Inc.

 

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

FIRESIDE CHAT: GRID MODERNIZATION PRIORITIES, OPPORTUNITIES, & CHALLENGES

 

· Spencer Gray, U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Professional Staff, in conversation with Philip Moeller, Executive Vice President, Business Operations Group and Regulatory Affairs, Edison Electric Institute (EEI)

 

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

LUNCH & NETWORKING

 

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

“AS A SERVICE” BUSINESS MODELS IN A REGULATED WORLD

 

·  Marisa Uchin, Senior Director, Global Regulatory Affairs, Oracle Utilities 

·  Sunil Cherian, Founder and CEO, Spirae

·  Steve Thiel, Partner & Market Leader, Power & Utilities, EY

·  Moderated by Stephen Callahan, IBM

 

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM

ENERGY STORAGE: ENABLING DISTRIBUTED, FULLY OPTIMIZED, & RESILIENT GRIDS

 

· Andy Marshall, Practice Director, Distributed Energy Resource Mgmt., Landis & Gyr

      · Praveen Kathpal, Vice President, AES Energy Storage

      · Luke Witmer, Lead Research Engineer, Greensmith Energy, a Wärtsilä Company

      · Richard Brody, Director, Sales and Marketing, Energy Storage, Lockheed Martin Energy

          · Moderated by Ram Sastry, Vice President, Infrastructure & Business Continuity, American Electric Power

 

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM

HURRICANES, RESILIENCY, & FUTURE-PROOFING THE GRID

· Scott Prochazka, CEO, CenterPoint Energy and Chairman, GridWise Alliance

· Bruce Walker, Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, DOE

· Robert Schimmenti, Senior Vice President, Electric Operations, Con Edison

· Moderated by Tim Gardner, Energy & Environment Correspondent, Reuters

 

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM  
CLOSING REMARKS