MDF Markets & Policy Day Agenda

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | David Brower Center, Berkeley, CA

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8:15 - 9:15 Networking Breakfast

9:15 - 10:15 Welcome & Introductions

10:15-10:25 Honoring Carla Peterman

10:25 - 10:35 California’s Energy Storage Journey

10:35 - 11:05 Coffee Break

11:05 -11:25 How Should We Progress to a 100% GHG-free Grid?

11:25 - 12:05 Dealing with local grid challenges: Power Flow and Contingencies

12:05 - 12:30 System Planning Tools for the Grid



12:30 - 2:00 Networking Lunch

2:00 - 2:30 CPUC Leadership Perspective: The future, and what we need to know

2:30 - 3:15 California’s DER Progress

3:15 - 4:00 Charting a Constructive Path Forward for Resource Adequacy

4:00 - 4:30 Coffee Break

4:30 - 5:00 Legislative Leadership: PG&E, the future, energy storage, and what we need to know

5:00 - 5:30 Wrap up and Reflection

Welcome, instructions, and ground rules.

  • Janice Lin, Co-Founder & Executive Director, California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA)

  • Mona Tierney-Lloyd, Senior Director, Western Regulatory Affairs, Enel X North  America and CESA Board Chair

As the first assigned commissioner for energy storage in California, Commissioner Carla Peterman’s leadership has shaped California and global power sector history.   Former CPUC commissioner Carla Peterman will be presented with CESA’s Champion Award to honor her leadership and service in advancing energy storage as part of California’s mainstream energy toolkit.

  • Carla Peterman, Member, California Commission on Catastrophic Wildfire Cost and Recovery, Office of Planning and Research & former Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)  

Former CPUC Commissioner and CESA Champion Awardee will share her thoughts and reflections on California’s energy storage journey, and more importantly, her sage advice for how CESA and other stakeholders can chart a pathway forward.

  • Carla Peterman, Member, California Commission on Catastrophic Wildfire Cost and Recovery, Office of Planning and Research & former Commissioner, CPUC

  • Moderated by Janice Lin, CESA

In September 2016, the Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution that ordered Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) to study how to transition from fossil fuels to 100% clean energy.  In June 2018, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that the city has committed to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, a major step forward from the previous target of 80% reduction by 2050.  Martin Adams, LADWP’s Chief Operating Officer will share his views on how North America’s largest publicly owned utility is making these goals happen. 

  • Martin Adams, Chief Operating Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)

  • Moderated by Alex Morris, CESA

Local system planning involves technical studies that focus on voltage support, power flows, and counter-intuitive contingencies.  Speakers will explore ensuring reliability in local areas and storage solutions that may fit with local needs and contingency conditions.

  • Jim Caldwell, Project Manager, Low Carbon Grid 2030 Study

  • Neil Millar, Executive Director, Infrastructure Development, California Independent System Operator (CAISO)

  • Moderated by Alex Morris, CESA

This moderated panel discussion will explore the concept of resiliency as it relates to fires and tease out potential policy and market steps to support resiliency solutions, such as innovative policy tools and compensation mechanisms.

  • Edward Burgess, Director, Strategen

  • Carrie Bentley, Co-founder and CEO of Gridwell Consulting

  • Moderated by Alex Morris, CESA

The path forward for an affordable, reliable, green, and safe electric system isn’t straight forward.  Commissioner Martha Guzman-Aceves will discuss her views of what the future holds and the CPUCs role in charting a path forward in a changing regulatory environment.

  • Martha Guzman-Aceves, Commissioner, CPUC

  • Moderated by Alex Morris, CESA

Energy Storage and Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) can play important roles in supporting the grid and meeting climate, policy, and customer needs. Are we on track with DERs?  We’ll review progress, successes, and challenges for DERs vis-a-vis the state DER Roadmap, with an eye towards smartly leveraging DER storage. 

  • Aimee Bailey, Director, Decarbonization & Grid Innovation, Silicon Valley Clean Energy

  • Mike Florio, Senior Fellow, Gridworks (former CPUC Comissioner)

  • Moderated by Jin Noh, Policy Manager, CESA

The Resource Adequacy (RA) tool has been challenged by changes in our grid participants, fleet evolution, and other factors. Speakers identify key aspects of a workable RA program and look for supportable changes to the RA construct that works for key stakeholders, aligns with long-term goals and statute, and leverages the capabilities of energy storage as a broad asset class.

  • Nick Chaset, Chief Executive Officer, East Bay Community Energy

  • Eric Little, Principle Manager, Southern California Edison (SCE)

  • Karl Meeusen, Market Design & Regulatory Policy Lead, CAISO

  • Moderated by Alex Morris, CESA

The California legislature has provided the vision and leadership to transform California into a clean energy model for the world. The path forward for an affordable, reliable, green, and safe electric system isn’t straight forward. Hear from a state Legislative leader sharing views and answering questions regarding what the future holds, fire challenges, the PG&E situation, and roles for energy storage going forward.  

  • Speaker TBD

Audience reflection about energy storage markets, policy developments and opportunities, and how CESA and its members can most constructively work with other stakeholders to help California over come near term challenges and achieve its clean energy goals. 

  • Janice Lin, Co-Founder & Executive Director, California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA)

  • Mona Tierney-Lloyd, Senior Director, Western Regulatory Affairs, Enel X North  America and CESA Board Chair

Join us for a Mardi Gras themed bash Cornerstone Brewery, 2367 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley CA! Party is included in all Day 2 and All-Access passes.

5:30 - 9:30 10th Anniversary Bash


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