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7:30-8:30 Registration & Continental Breakfast
> Structured Networking: 7:45-8:20
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8:30-9:20 Welcome: David W. Danner, Chair, Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission
Keynote: David Heurtel, Quebec Minister of Sustainable Development,
                the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change
9:30-10:45 Session 1 – Concurrent Tracks


Energy In Context

1A The Politics of Clean Energy
A number of clean energy initiatives came before the legislature in Olympia this year. Take an in-depth look into the results, and their implications for future political action – either through the legislature or through the initiative process.

Moderator
- Chris Bast, Climate Solutions
Speakers
- Joe Fitzgibbon, State Representative
- Michael Mann, Cyan Strategies LLC
- Aiko Schaefer, Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy



The Business of Renewable Energy

1B Meeting the Demand for Solar in Washington
Public interest in solar energy is growing in Washington, but institutional and regulatory impediments are holding back the market. Discuss what it will take to pave the way for more installations, including streamlining permitting, enabling solar leasing, and developing community solar models.

Moderator
- Richard Krug, City of Seattle
Speakers
- Alexandra Sawyer, Northwest SEED
- Jeremy Smithson, Puget Sound Solar LLC

- Eric Steinhofer, Clean Energy Collective



The Business of Energy Efficiency

1C Achieving Deep Retrofits
Comprehensive commercial and industrial retrofits that go beyond efficiency’s “low hanging fruit” can lead to much greater savings and returns over time. However, it can be difficult to get property owners and managers to take this path. Explore the structural and economic barriers that stand in the way, along with creative solutions that have succeeded in overcoming the obstacles.

Moderator
Jameson Morrell, CH2M Hill
Speakers
- James Angelosante, University of Washington
- Dan Arnett, Central Co-op
- George Frasier, Green River College Foundation



Energy Technology Innovation

1D Advanced Biofuels - The Commercial Frontier
Biofuels remain key to the quest for cleaner transportation fuels, and this region is a leader in the development of processing technologies. Review the status of various R&D initiatives, with a special focus on drop-in replacement fuels and their readiness for the market.

Moderator
- Fred Ghatala, Waterfall Group  
Speakers
-
Rick Gustafson, University of Washington
- Jack Saddler, University of British Columbia
- Mike Wolcott, Washington State University   

10:45-11:15 Networking Break
11:15-12:30 Session 2 – Concurrent Tracks


Energy In Context

2A Executive Action on Climate and Energy
Many aspects of energy policy fall within the authority of the executive branch of government. Learn about initiatives that are under way in Washington and on the ferderal level, including the EPA Clean Power Plan, the state Clean Air Rule, and state Executive Orders.

Moderator
- Tony Usibelli, Washington Dept. of Commerce
Speakers
- Stuart Clark, Washington Dept. of Ecology
- Ann Rendahl, WA Utilities and Transportation Commission

- Susan Wickwire, Seattle 2030 District



The Business of Renewable Energy

2B Progress in Biogas Projects
Improved technologies, new markets, and lower costs are creating exciting opportunities for projects creating electricity, fertilizers, and renewable natural gas from biogas. Examine case studies of completed projects and the business opportunity they represent.

Moderator
- Craig Frear, Regenis  
Speakers
- Jan Allen, Impact Bioenergy
- Dan Evans, Promus Energy
Kevin Ricks, Klickitat PUD



The Business of Energy Efficiency

2C Valuing Efficiency's Non-Energy Benefits
The value of energy efficiency tends to be narrowly defined as the return on individual measures when compared with the lowest cost new generation. However, this leaves out non-energy benefits such as demand reduction and greenhouse gas reduction, as well as indirect benefits to the utility and the end user. Explore progress in addressing and valuing non-energy benefits, including the latest research findings, utility plans in terms of valuation and program implementation, plus other research and policy efforts.

Moderator
- Yvonne Kraus, Enhabit
Speakers
- Shawn Collins, Opportunity Council
- Phillip Kelsven, Bonneville Power Administration
-
Greg Rock, Washington Dept. of Commerce
- Sandra Sieg, Puget Sound Energy



Energy Technology Innovation

2D Advances in Efficiency Analytics
Analytical tools are playing a growing role in commercial building efficiency – both in identifying underperforming buildings to target as well as uncovering savings opportunities within buildings. Hear how the marriage of technology, data, and software is aiding the hunt for greater efficiency.

Moderator
- Denis DuBois, P5 Group, Inc.
Speakers
- Terry Egnor, EnergyRM
- Josh Henretig, Microsoft
- Dirk Mahling, Seattle City Light

12:30-2:00 LUNCH & Keynote Address: Washington Governor Jay Inslee
2:00-3:15 Session 3 – Concurrent Tracks


Energy In Context

3AThe Electric Utility of 2030
Hear from utility executives as they weigh in on the changing strategic and logistical landscape they face as it relates to clean energy – including the resource and infrastructure planning challenges tied to distributed renewables and electric vehicles, the creative opportunities they see for their companies, and what they would like to see from regulators to help pave the way to the future.

Moderator
- Craig Gannett, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Speakers
- Sephir Hamilton, Seattle City Light
- Heather Rosentrater, Avista Corporation
- Jake Wade, Puget Sound Energy
- Jim West, Snohomish County PUD



The Business of Renewable Energy

3B Serving the New Power Purchasers
An increasing number of large energy users are seeking sources of “green” power to fulfill their sustainability goals. And some also see direct investment in renewable energy projects as a way to hedge power costs. Explore the motivations and strategies of this new market sector, what products utilities can offer in response, and when direct project investment makes sense.

Moderator
- Bill Lemon, Source Capital Group, Inc.
- Ankur Tohan, K&L Gates LLP 
Speakers
- Travis Bryan, OneEnergy Renewables
- Bill Holmes, K&L Gates LLP
-
Robert Kahn, Northwest & Intermountain Power   Producers Coalition



The Business of Energy Efficiency

3C Developments in Behavior Management
There is a growing understanding among efficiency practitioners about the central, and often confounding, role played by building occupants in determining building performance. Examine initiatives that demonstrate how technology and the application of social science principles can help to shape and maintain positive behaviors.

Moderator
- Stan Price, Northwest Energy Efficiency Council
Speakers
- Bryan Anderson, EnerNOC, Inc. 
- Linda Dethman, Research Into Action
- Jason Gregory, EnergySavvy
- Emma Johnson, City of Bellevue
- Jessica Raker, Puget Sound Energy



Energy Technology Innovation


3D Energy Storage & Transactive Energy Control
Transactive energy control represents a new approach for integrating energy storage, distributed generation, and intermittent renewables. Learn how Washington State is a national leader in developing and deploying various forms of both energy storage and transactive energy control, and how our state’s leading research organizations are working with electric utilities to demonstrate the key role of these technologies in grid modernization.

Moderator
- Bob Kirchmeier, Washington Dept. of Commerce
Speakers
- Daniel Kirschen, University of Washington
- Chen-Ching Liu, Washington State University
Robert Pratt, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory  
3:15-3:45 Networking Break
3:45-5:00 Session 4 Concurrent Tracks


Energy In Context

4A Social Equity & Clean Energy
The mainstream acceptance of renewables and efficiency has led to questions about equitable access to the elements of clean energy – including residential solar for renters, efficiency savings for multi-family housing tenants, and workforce development opportunities. Discuss what social equity means in the clean energy context, and how it can be addressed through both policy and market mechanisms. 

Moderator
- Jack Newman, Seattle City Light
Speakers
- Jeffrey Gleeson, Nest Labs
-
Kelly Haines, Enhabit
- Thomas Webler, Western Washington University



The Business of Renewable Energy

4B Grid Services - Capturing the Value Stream
A number of new energy technologies and approaches can provide indirect benefits to the distribution grid including reliability, voltage/frequency control, and deferred investments. In fact, delivering and getting paid for these ancillary services is key to the economics of initiatives such as storage and smart grid, plus distributed generation and renewables integration in general. Examine the value streams involved, and how they can be calculated and monetized.

Moderator
- Eric Christensen, Cairncross & Hempelmann
Speakers
- Erin Boyd, Snohomish County PUD
- Anna Chittum, Gridkraft
- John Galloway, Landis+Gyr

 


The Business of Energy Efficiency

4C New Concepts in Commercial Building Design
Rethinking building design, internal mechanics, and construction methods can radically reduce energy use. Learn how new approaches and holistic thinking are stretching the boundaries of what is considered obtainable – and how leaders are leapfrogging codes.

Moderator
- Michael Nesteroff, Lane Powell PC
Speakers
- Jess Harris, City of Seattle
- Tom Marseille, WSP / Parsons Brinkerhoff
- Vikram Sami, ZGF Architects LLP


Energy Technology Innovation

4D Washington Research Showcase
Our universities are a hotbed of research and innovation in the energy realm. Explore the leading edge thinking coming out of these institutions through a set of rapid-fire presentations.

Moderator
- Brian Young, Washington Dept. of Commerce
Speakers 
Hugh Hillhouse, University of Washington
- Steve Hollenhorst, Western Washington University
- Tim Kowalczyk, Western Washington University
- Chen-Ching Liu, Washington State University
- Daniel Schwartz, University of Washington
Joel Swisher, Western Washington University

5:00-6:00 Cocktail Reception