Detailed Conference Agenda

Registration and Networking Breakfast
7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Description
Come early to Boston Marriott Newton to register for the conference, enjoy the continental breakfast, meet the exhibitors, and network with conference attendees and speakers. 

Welcome Address and Opening Remarks
8:00 a.m. – 8:05 a.m.

Description
The agenda and objectives for the day will be introduced, and the opening keynote speaker will be introduced. 

Speaker
Brad Bradshaw
Chair, 2017 Energy Storage and Microgrid Conference; and President, Velerity, Institute for Innovation and Sustainability (Innovation Northeast), and the Hydrogen Energy Center

Opening Keynote Introduction
8:05 a.m. – 8:10 a.m.

Description
The formation and growth of clean energy businesses requires having a range of critical ingredients in place, including entrepreneurs, inventors, capital, professional service providers, bench depth in hardware and/or software, and incubators.  MassCEC plays a central role facilitating cleantech formation and growth with its Catalyst and InnovationMass programs, among other programs and incentives to develop the cleantech market.  

Speaker
Steve Pike
Chief Executive Officer, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

Opening Keynote Address
8:10 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Description
Massachusetts is in the vanguard of the energy storage industry, driving innovation in core technology while setting an aggressive 200 MWh energy storage target for 2020, aligning regulations and key legislation, and implementing approximately $20 million in demonstration projects.  The goals in Massachusetts relative to energy storage include:

  1. Attracting, supporting and promoting storage companies in Massachusetts;
  2. Accelerating the development of early commercial storage technologies;
  3. Expanding markets for storage technologies, and valuing storage benefits to clean energy integration, grid reliability, system wide efficiency, and peak demand reduction; and
  4. Recommending and developing policies, regulations and programs that help achieve those objectives.

Speaker
Judith Judson
Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Grid Scale Utility Energy Storage
8:30 a.m. – 9:25 a.m.

Description
The accelerating deployment of intermittent renewable energy systems is creating challenges for grid operators to maintain system reliability and for regulators to maintain robust power markets.  Large scale energy storage offers the prospect of addressing fundamental grid challenges including regulating system frequency and deferring expensive transmission and distribution upgrades.  The Grid Scale Utility Energy Storage Panel will explore the status and prospect for grid scale energy storage, reviewing the characteristics and performance of completed energy storage installations, and providing insight on future markets and applications for grid scale energy storage. 

Moderator
Brad Bradshaw, President, Velerity

Panelists
Carissa Sedlacek, Director of Resource Adequacy, ISO-NE
Doug Alderton, Director, Sales, NEC Energy Solutions
Kristen Anand, Senior Sales & Applications Engineer, Younicos

Municipal Energy Storage Strategies
9:25 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

Description
Municipal utilities have often been at the vanguard of adopting new technologies and approaches to improve system resilience and enhance customer service, and energy storage is no different.  Faced with the high costs of procuring power, securing transmission access and paying annual capacity charges, municipalities are seeking new ways to leverage energy storage to reduce costs while improve service.  This panel will review the experiences of three municipal utilities who are integrating energy storage to best advantage.

Moderator
Sean Becker, President, Spark Plug Power

Panelists
Doug Alderton, Director, Sales, NEC Energy Solutions (Representing Sterling Electric Light)
Brian Beauregard, Superintendent - Electric Division, Holyoke Gas & Electric Department
Tom Ollila, Integrated Resource Engineer, Reading Municipal Light Department

Networking Break
10:20 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

Description
Network with conference attendees, speakers and exhibitors while enjoying additional refreshments.

Microgrids for Resilience & Critical Infrastructure
10:40 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.

Description
The costs and impacts of downtime associated with critical electric infrastructure is increasing. Recent storms such as Hurricane Irene and Hurricane Sandy took out power for 6.7 million and 8.7 million customers respectively, impacting critical public safety, emergency response, critical care facilities, and commercial infrastructure for days and weeks.  In order to maintain critical services and infrastructure, microgrids are being deployed to provide continuous power in the face of electric supply disruption.

Moderator
Joel Rinebold, Chair, Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster (NEESC)

Panelists
Carsten Baumann, Strategic Alliance Manager, Schneider Electric
Doug Staker, VP Global Business Development, Demand Energy Networks, Inc.
Marc Aronson, Senior Business Development Manager, Constellation Energy

Hydrogen Energy Storage
11:35 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Description
Innovative energy storage technologies and solutions are being deployed to shift energy from low-demand/over-production time frames to higher-demand/lower-production time frames.  For example, power-to-gas applications use electricity generated during off-peak times to produce hydrogen, which can then be used to generate electricity, fuel vehicles, and/or, be injected into the natural gas transmission pipeline system.  These systems typically use electrolyzers, which can also be throttled up and down to provide ancillary services to the grid operator for high value frequency regulation.  

Moderator
Ryan Hamilton, President, Interphase Technologies

Panelists
Chris Capuano, Program Manager, Proton Onsite
Monjid Hamdan, Director of Engineering, Giner, Inc.
Gary Higginbottom, Market Development Consultant, ITM Power, Inc.

Lunch
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Description
Enjoy the company of all the conference’s attendees, sponsors, speakers and exhibitors by the Charles River in the Boston Marriott Newton’s Pavilion facility with a full service lunch. 

Afternoon Keynote Address
1:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Description
Innovation in distributed generation, energy management, energy efficiency, distributed generation and energy management and controls are unlocking a myriad of options and opportunity for customers to reduce costs and enhance performance and reliability.  From solar power to smart meters and electric vehicle recharging, the choices and options can be at times complex and mystifying for customers. 

To help customers navigate these fast emerging options and make the best choices for their particular needs and circumstances, National Grid formed New Energy Solutions.  Services offered by New Energy Solutions, depending on location, includes: smart and connected thermostats, electric vehicle charging, advanced air conditioner controls, and demand response programs.  

Speaker
Colette Lamontagne, Director, Internal Innovation, National Grid

Microgrids for Island Power
1:50 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Description
Islands represent the original proving ground for microgrids, with islands with either too few residents or too far from the mainland to afford an undersea power cable relying initially on diesel power for their electricity.  As new technologies and approaches were developed, island communities are now shifting from noisy, expensive and polluting diesel powered systems to combinations of solar power, battery electric storage, wind power, microturbines and combined heat and power to significantly curtail and potentially wholly eliminate diesel fueled generation. 

Moderator
Warren Leon, Executive Director, Clean Energy States Alliance

Panelists
Suzanne MacDonald, Community Energy Director, Island Institute
Richard Case, Consulting Engineer, Star Island Corporation
Steve Strong, President, Solar Design Associates

Behind the Meter Residential & Commercial Energy Storage
2:45 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.

Description
Demand charges for commercial, industrial and institutional customers can sometimes account for as much as 50% of a customer’s electricity bill.  Given the right load shape, commercial customers frequently have the opportunity mitigate or shift their peak demand, to reap the significant financial rewards by reducing their demand and cap charges.  Residential customers have the opportunity to deploy storage assets to provide backup power and to keep solar energy on the customer side of the meter.  This panel will explore the solutions driving energy storage solutions to the customer’s side of the meter. 

Moderator
Galen Nelson, Senior Director of Innovation and Industry Support, MassCEC

Panelists
Mat Tuttelman, Business Development, Green Charge Networks
David Hebert, Director of Business Development, Sunverge Energy Inc.
John Bellacicco, Director, Northeast Operations, Stem Inc.

Networking Break
3:40 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Description
Network with conference attendees, speakers and exhibitors while enjoying additional refreshments.

Project Finance and Investment Capital
4:00 p.m. – 4:40 p.m.

Description
Raising equity capital for new businesses and finding project capital with attractive terms for energy storage and microgrid projects can be quite challenging.  This panel will review sources and approaches to attracting both equity capital and project finance for energy storage and microgrids.

Moderator
Tibor Toth, Managing Director of Investments, MassCEC

Panelists
Anthony Clark, Senior Manager, Commercial, Industrial & Institutional Programs, Connecticut Green Bank
David Miller, Managing Director, Clean Energy Venture Group

Technology and Innovation Showcase
4:40 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Description
Around the world, our energy networks are being transformed, integrating increasing amounts of intermittent renewable energy and distributed generation sources, while customers are looking for lowering costs and increasing reliability and resilience.  These pressures on the grid are creating surging demand for new and innovative energy storage and microgrid solutions, encouraging entrepreneurs and investors around the world to invest their time, energy and capital in developing new products and solutions.  The Technology and Innovation Showcase provides several of these innovative companies the opportunity to present their technologies and innovations.

Moderator
Joan Popolo, Executive Director, ACTION - Association of Cleantech Incubators of New England

Panelists
Aaron Birt, CEO, Kinetic Batteries
Frank Gibbard, President & CEO, WattJoule
Andrew McClaine, Chief Technology Officer, Safe Hydrogen
Lenny Lozinsky, Partner, Aquaenergy
Anthony Baro, Co-founder, PowerDocks

Reception
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Description
Please join conference attendees, sponsors, exhibitors and speakers for the conference reception. Take the opportunity to network with conference participants to expand your network and career opportunities, make connections, and find people that can help your organization succeed.