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7:30-8:30 Registration & Continental Breakfast
> Structured Networking: 7:45-8:20
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    Network while you eat! The Structured Networking is a hosted event designed to maximize networking.

8:30-9:20 Welcome & Keynote Address

David MacNaughton,
Ambassador of Canada to the United States of America
9:30-10:45 Session 1 – Concurrent Tracks


Energy In Context

1A State Greenhouse Gas Reduction: What Makes Sense? 

As the state plans to enforce an unprecedented carbon cap on over 60% of emissions, we will explore whether this approach has unintended consequences or whether others may hold greater promise of swift, economic and effective carbon reductions. Topics to be covered include the rule’s level of ambition, choices between electricity and efficient in-home natural gas, and how this policy will interact with other requirements including the Clean Power Plan and Initiative 937. With the rule adopted and pending litigation, where does the state go next?

 

Moderator

- Craig Gannett, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Speakers

- Vlad Gutman-Britten, Climate Solutions 
- Bruce Howard, Avista Corporation
- Tiffany Roberts, Western States Petroleum Association
- Greg Rock, Carbon Washington



The Business of Renewable Energy

1B The Clean Energy Fund – Moving Washington Forward

Hear from Clean Energy Fund managers and grant recipients about their progress and the impact the Fund has had on both their projects and on the state’s clean energy industry.

Moderator

- Brian Young, Washington Dept. of Commerce

Speakers

- Shannon Ellis-Brock, Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union
- John Gibson, Avista Corporation
- Dennis Stiles, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory



The Business of Energy Efficiency

1C Rethinking the Role of Efficiency

Efficiency’s traditional role in the power supply equation is being challenged by low load growth plus the fact that plentiful natural gas is holding down power costs and questioning the cost-effectiveness of some popular efficiency measures. Explore the conceptual shift from “negawatts” to “flexiwatts” as efficiency becomes part of a Demand Response framework where its value is partly determined by location and timing.

Moderator

- Stan Price, Northwest Energy Efficiency Council

Speakers

- Hossein Haeri, The Cadmus Group, Inc.
- Tina Jayaweera, Northwest Power and Conservation Council
- Elaine Markham, Puget Sound Energy

 



Energy Technology Innovation

1D Grid Modernization – The Northwest’s Role

Transmission grid operations across the country are being challenged to modernize to increase efficiency and reliability. Especially in the West, the need to absorb, transmit, and manage intermittent renewables is leading to new collaborative thinking. Review initiatives among West Coast utilities such as the development of Energy Imbalance Markets and the potential integration of Northwest utilities with California’s grid operations (CAISO).

Moderator

- Tony Usibelli, Washington Dept. of Commerce

Speakers

- George Caan, Washington PUD Association
- Carl Imhoff, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
- Bob Kirchmeier, Washington Dept. of Commerce

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


Energy In Context

2A Utility Thought Leadership

Hear from representatives of key Washington utilities about their perspectives on strategic issues facing their industry, including customer engagement, the changing concept of value delivery, the role and challenge of distributed energy, and the pathway to grid modernization.

Moderator

- Craig Gannett, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Speakers

- Craig Collar, Snohomish County PUD
- Sephir Hamilton, Seattle City Light
- Heather Rosentrater, Avista Corporation
- Andy Wappler, Puget Sound Energy



The Business of Renewable Energy

2B Defining the Value of Solar in Washington

The value of distributed solar needs to be appropriately calculated if it is to successfully compete against other sources of power, including utility scale renewables. Explore more robust ways of looking at solar’s value, especially when integrated with storage and/or used as part of a community’s resiliency strategy.

Moderator

- Linda Irvine, Northwest SEED

Speakers

- Steve Fine, ICF International, Inc.
- Chris McGuire, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
- Heather Mulligan, Puget Sound Energy
- Jan Whittington, University of Washington

 



The Business of Energy Efficiency

2C Achieving Operational Excellence in Buildings

Review a number of case studies where individual buildings or districts are going beyond codes to creatively stimulate next-generation thinking in commercial building efficiency.

Moderator

- Walker Stanovsky, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Speakers

- Ash Awad, McKinstry
- Sandra Mallory, City of Seattle
- Susan Wickwire, Seattle 2030 District



Energy Technology Innovation
2D Transportation Electrification – Planning & Action

Cities throughout the region are taking steps to increase the use of electric vehicles for private passenger, freight, and transit applications. What does connecting our transportation sector to the electrical grid mean for utilities, and what does the future hold for transportation electrification? Learn how electrical utilities are responding to this new demand and the impact this exciting new business is having on their strategic planning.

Moderator

- Tonia Buell, Washington Dept. of Transportation

Speakers

- Benjamin Farrow, Puget Sound Energy
- Brendan O'Donnell, Seattle City Light
- Lindsay Smilgis, BC Hydro
 

 

12:30-2:00 LUNCH & Keynote Address

Zhao Hauiyong, Director of Energy Conservation Division, Department of Environmental
Protection and Resource Conservation of China
National Development and Reform Commission 

2:00-3:15 Session 3 – Concurrent Tracks


Energy In Context

3A Building Political Support for Clean Energy in Washington

Discuss the process of building additional political support for renewables and efficiency in the Washington legislature, and how the issue might be depoliticized – along with a review of past and future legislative sessions, and the potential impact of the impending election.

Moderator

-Ted Sturdevant, The Athena Group

Speakers

- Brad Boswell, Boswell Consulting
- Steve Hobbs, Washington State Senator
- Norma Smith, Washington State Representative



The Business of Renewable Energy

3B The Customer Choice Movement

Large electricity customers are asking for access to green power that is distinct from a utility’s standard resource mix, but regulatory barriers stand in the way. Examine the market forces involved, the path to changing the current power supply framework, plus UTC and utility concerns over supplier quality and rate impacts.

Moderator

- Bill Lemon, StoneBridge Securities LLC

Speakers

- Will Einstein, Puget Sound Energy
- Robert Kahn, Northwest & Intermountain Power  Producers Coalition
- Bryce Smith, Level Ten Energy

 



The Business of Energy Efficiency

3C The Durability of Efficiency Savings

As utilities steadily increase the amount of efficiency in their resource mix, and building and business owners increase their investments in efficiency measures, the question arises as to whether the savings will persist over time – and whether we are getting what we’re paying for. Review the latest findings that address the question of durability of savings, lessons learned, and the role that information technology can play in maintaining performance.

Moderator

- Stan Price, Northwest Energy Efficiency Council

Speakers

- Rebecca Baker, City of Seattle
- Jessica Mitchell, Snohomish County PUD
- Chris Olmsted, ATS Automation 

 

 



Energy Technology Innovation


3D  Microgrids & Resiliency

The term “microgrid” can apply to buildings or groups of buildings that, along with their own distributed energy and storage resources, can operate as an extended “energy island” should the main grid go down in an emergency. Explore the concept, value proposition, and initial applications of this step that goes beyond traditional backup power.

Moderator

- Eric Christensen, Cairncross & Hempelmann

Speakers

- H. Scott Gibson, Snohomish County PUD
Eric Moe, University Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
- George Roe, Alaska Center for Energy and Power

3:15-3:45 Networking Break
3:45-5:00 Session 4 Concurrent Tracks


Energy In Context

4A  Equity & Inclusion in the Clean Energy Economy

There is a growing conversation about equity in the clean energy framework, including ratepayer equity, equitable access to solar and efficiency savings, and access to jobs. Explore what social equity means in the clean energy context and how it can be addressed through both policy and market mechanisms.

Moderator

- Cassandra Delaune, Enhabit

Speakers

- Emily Salzberg, Washington Dept. of Commerce
- Jeremy Smithson, Puget Sound Solar
- Jaimes Valdez, Northwest SEED



The Business of Renewable Energy

4B Developments in Clean Energy Research

The regions’ universities and research institutions are hotbeds of clean energy research. Learn about a number of exciting concepts that have made it to the commercialization stage.

Moderator

- Dwight Miller, Parametrix

Speakers

- Chin-Ching Liu, Washington State University
- Daniel Schwartz, University of Washington
- Jud Virden, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory



The Business of Energy Efficiency

4C Adding New Load  Efficiency Implications

While load growth tends to be positive for a utility, it can also create unforeseen challenges. Look at how three different sources of new load – data centers, indoor marijuana growing operations, and electric vehicles – can stress supply systems, and how they can stimulate creative responses from the efficiency sector.

Moderator

- Ruth Bell, Cascadia Consulting Group

Speakers

- Brian Booth, Snohomish County PUD
- Bob Gunn, Seinergy LLC
- Patrick Keegan, Collaborative Efficiency

 


Energy Technology Innovation
4D How is Storage Working?

Energy storage projects have been around long enough to deliver real-world performance results. Review learnings from pilots and commercial projects that reveal whether these deployments are meeting expectations, both technically and financially, and where we are on the path to market adoption.

Moderator

- Ted Schilling, GHD

Speakers

- Virgil Beaston, Powin Energy
- John Fernandes, RES Americas 
- Lon Huber, Strategen Consulting
- Shane Richards, Puget Sound Energy

5:00-6:00 Cocktail Reception