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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. 

Monday, December 4th

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Site Tours of Local Facilities and Hill Locations 

· PEPCO Facilities Tour (Home Automation Center, Other) 

· Briefings on Capitol Hill (Networking Event)

· GridWise Alliance Membership Business Meeting

 

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Evening gridCONNEXT Reception 

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, President and CEO, CenterPoint Energy and Chairman, GridWise Alliance; and utility keynote with Calvin Butler, CEO, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE)

 

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

Fireside Chat: The Digital Utility of the Future

 

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

 

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM       

State of the State – Partnership with the National Governors Association (NGA)

 

· Macky McCleary, Administrator, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission

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

· 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 and the Grid  

 

· Susan Mora, Director, Federal Affairs, Exelon

· Electrify America (Invited)

· PG&E (Invited)

· Moderated by John Gartner, Research Director, Navigant 

 

12:15 – 1:30 PM

Lunch and Networking Break 

· Keynote from Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR, Invited)

 

1:30 PM – 1:45 PM

Regulator Keynote – In Partnership NARUC

· John Betkoski, III, President, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), Commissioner, Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA)

 

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM

Regulators: View from the Future

· Ann McCabe (Former Illinois Commissioner)

· Collette Honorable (Former FERC and Arkansas Commissioner)

· Diane Munns (Former Iowa Commissioner)

· John Betoski, 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

·  Lawrence Orsini, Founder & CEO, Brooklyn Microgrid

· 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

·  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

· Moderated by Mike Bates, General Manager, Energy, Industrial Solutions Group, Intel

 

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

 

 

Wednesday, December 6th

7:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Breakfast with Facilitated Break-Out Working Groups 

· U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) – Voices of Experience
· Others TBA

 

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Kick-Off Keynote

 

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 

 

· Sheeraz Haji, Founder and Managing Partner, Zipdragon Ventures

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

· Nancy Pfund, Founder and Managing Partner, DBL Investors

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

 

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Fireside Chat: Senate Energy Committee Leadership 

 

· Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK, Invited) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA, Invited) 

· Moderated by Philip Mezey, CEO, Itron

 

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Lunch and Networking

 

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Cloud as a Service in a Regulated World

 

·  Panelists TBA

·  Moderated by Stephen Callahan, IBM

 

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM

Energy Storage: Enabling Distributed, Fully Optimized & Resilient Grid

 

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

      · John Zahurancik, AES Energy Storage

      · Luke Witmer, Lead Research Engineer, Greensmith Energy, a Wartsila 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, and Future-Proofing the Grid

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

· Moderated by Bruce Walker, Assistant Secretary of Energy – Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

· Others TBA

 

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM  
Closing Remarks