7:30-8:30 Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30-9:20 Welcome & Keynote Address
David Danner, Chairman, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
9:30-10:45 Session 1 – Concurrent Tracks


Energy In Context

1A The Path to Decarbonization

In 2008 the Washington legislature mandated the state reduce its emissions of greenhouse gasses by establishing reduction limits to be reached by mid-century. In 2016 the Department of Ecology recommended the limits be strengthened to reflect current science and the increased ambitions created by the Paris agreement. Hear how Washington can achieve these deep GHG emission reductions through a variety of technologies and approaches including renewables integration; transportation electrification; and grid modernization.

Moderator

 - Kelly Hall, Climate Solutions

Speakers

 - Reuven Carlyle, Washington State Senator
 - Megan Smith, King County
 - Tony Usibelli, Washington State Dept. of Commerce 



The Business of Renewable Energy

1B Building the Electric Highway: EV Infrastructure Deployment

Throughout Washington planning is underway to build a state-wide charging infrastructure in order to become “PEV-Ready.” Cities and counties are taking initiatives to increase the use of electric vehicles and are leading the way by investing in electric vehicle infrastructure. Learn about the policies and programs that are making Washington’s electric highways a reality and how the state can maximize its investment in electric transportation.

Moderator

 - Peter Moulton, Washington State Dept. of Commerce

Speakers

 - Stu Clark, Washington State Dept. of Ecology
 - Evan Corey, Seattle Dept. of Transportation
 - Jim Gaston, Energy Northwest
 



The Business of Energy Efficiency

1C Transforming the Built Environment: Getting to Net Zero

Net zero energy, a model that is generally applied to ultra-efficient individual buildings, is beginning to transform the built environment in a more holistic way. While not a new concept, net zero energy is now being thought of in the context of entire neighborhoods or districts that include green buildings, carbon-free transportation options, and scalable renewable energy systems. Panelists will share perspectives on the growth of net zero energy at scale; policy drivers; advanced design and operational practices; and emerging technologies.


Moderator

 - Brad Liljequist, International Living Future Institute

Speakers

 - Vincent Martinez, Architecture 2030
 - Lori Moen, Seattle City Light
 - Julian Weber, JW Architects 

 



Innovations In Clean Tech: The Clean Energy Fund Story

1D Washington's Clean Energy Future Defined
The Washington Clean Energy Fund, some have suggested, is the state’s defining policy directing innovation in the clean energy sector. What is it, how did it come to be, and what are the prospects for the future.

 

Moderator

 - J. Thomas Ranken, CleanTech Alliance 

Speakers

 - Lauren McCloy, Office of Governor Jay Inslee
 - Bob Kirchmeier, Washington State Dept. of Commerce
 - Brian Young, Washington State Dept. of Commerce

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


Energy In Context

2A Market Access for Renewables: PURPA

The Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act (PURPA) was enacted in 1978 to reduce dependence on foreign oil and promote domestic alternative energy sources. And while PURPA did a great deal to advance renewable energy production, a lot has changed since it was implemented. Hear how pending changes to this landmark legislation could impede the path for further renewable energy development.


Moderator

 - Eric Christensen, Cairncross & Hempelmann

Speakers

- Joni Bosh, NW Energy Coalition
- Bill Eddie, OneEnergy Renewables
- Jason Kuzma, Perkins Coie LLP




The Business of Renewable Energy

2B Storage & Integration
Grid-scale storage is the key to effective integration of our growing supply of intermittent renewable energy, and many large 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

 - Renee Gastineau, University of Washington

Speakers

 - Kenny Dillon, Avista Corporation
 - David Lowrey, Itron, Inc.
 - Vilayanur Viswanathan, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 

 



The Business of Energy Efficiency

2C Using Data to Drive Efficiency
Analytical tools are playing a growing role in 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 pursuit for greater efficiency.

 

Moderator

 - Kerry Meade, Northwest Energy Efficiency Council

Speakers

 - Julie Kriegh, Kriegh Architectural Studios
 - Sarah Newman, Bright Power, Inc.
 - Jessica Raker, Puget Sound Energy



Innovations In Clean Tech: The Clean Energy Fund Story

2D Funding the Future: Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Grants
An important portion of the CEF are the RD&D Grants which provide funding into research projects that are creating the innovations that will enable the development of a new clean energy sector.  What is on the cutting edge and how are we creating it?


 

Moderator

 - Brian Young, Washington State Dept. of Commerce

Speakers

 - Ashish Kumar, Zunum Aero
 - J. Devin McKenzie, University of Washington
 - Rahul Shendure, Oscilla Power, Inc.
 

 

12:30-2:00 LUNCH & Keynote Address
Amanda Sturgeon, CEO, International Living Future Institute


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


Energy In Context

3A Grid Reliability & Resiliency
Grid reliability and resilience has become more and more critical as climate change increases the frequency and intensity of severe weather. Moreover, the threat of cyberattacks is also a growing and very serious concern for the security of our bulk power system. Explore how utilities are responding to these ominous large scale threats and how they are safeguarding the grid’s physical and cyber security.

 

Moderator

 - Dwight Miller, Parametrix

Speakers

 - Laura Feinstein, Puget Sound Energy
 - Jessica Matlock, Snohomish County PUD
 - Noel Schulz, Washington State University 



The Business of Renewable Energy

3B Keeping Solar Strong In Washington
Solar energy is vital to our efforts to reduce carbon and replace the polluting sources of electricity that power our homes and businesses. Solar also promises to improve our energy independence and is a growing source of local, high-paying jobs that can’t be outsourced. Hear how the state, industry, and utilities are working to implement changes to the state’s solar incentives (SB 5939/HB 1048) to broaden Washingtonians’ access to solar power.

 

Moderator

 - Jasmine Vasavada, Washington State Dept. of Commerce

Speakers

 - Jake Fey, Washington State Representative
 - Bonnie Frye-Hemphill, A&R Solar 
 - Therese Miranda-Blackney, Puget Sound Energy
 - Ben Serrurier, Cypress Creek Renewables

 

 



The Business of Energy Efficiency

3C Pay for Performance

This session explores emerging utility Pay for Performance programs. Stan Price will describe why Pay for Performance (P4P) is the best next move for utility-incentivized energy efficiency in the commercial building sector, and the three major utilities, SCL, PSE, and SnoPUD, will each describe how their P4P program delivers on this projected progress. Topics will include a dive into how P4P is different than traditional utility programs, including how savings and associated incentive payments are expected to drive initial investments and the emphasis on ongoing operations and maintenance over the course of the agreement. We’ll also answer your questions about baseline and ongoing modeling, what it means to be “well behaved”, and non-routine adjustments.

 


Moderator

 - Kendra White, Cascadia Consulting Group 

Speakers

 - Corey Corbett, Puget Sound Energy
 - Joseph Fernandi, Seattle City Light
 - Jessica Mitchell, Snohomish County PUD
 - Stan Price, Putnam Price Group, Inc.

 

 



Innovations In Clean Tech: The Clean Energy Fund Story


3D Loan Program Success Stories
Access to capital for commercial and residential projects can be difficult—or impossible—in the open market. The CEF and its non-profit lending partners are breaking down those barriers in Washington.

 

Moderator

 - David Allen, McKinstry

Speakers

 - Shannon Ellis-Brock, Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union
 - Carl Seip, Craft3
 - Juliana Williams, Washington State Housing Finance Commission

 

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


Energy In Context

4A Social 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

 - Francis Janes, International Living Future Institute

Speakers

 - Sean Bagsby, IBEW Local 46
 - Mikhaila Gonzales, Spark Northwest
 - Tim Miller, Enhabit
 - Louise Petruzzella, Shoreline Community College



The Business of Renewable Energy

4B Expanding Opportunities: Innovative Approaches to Procuring Renewable Energy
Large electricity customers are asking for access to green power to fulfill their sustainability goals. Others see direct investment in renewable energy projects as a way to hedge power costs. But regulatory barriers stand in the way. 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

 - Ben Mayer, K&L Gates LLP

Speakers

- Rachel Brombaugh, King County 
- Kirk Myers, REI
- Irene Plenefisch, Microsoft Corporation 



The Business of Energy Efficiency

4C Empowering Residential Energy Customers

The future of energy for residential customers is filled with choice, change and opportunity.  This session will provide a current update on policies and projects with Net Zero Energy and Passive House initiatives.  Then you will hear from two leaders in their industry who are implementing large-scale programs in this space.  There will be time for questions and facilitated discussion.  Join us to learn about cutting-edge residential applications of these promising building technologies.


Moderator

 - Cassandra Delaune, Enhabit

Speakers

 - Aaron Fairchild, Green Canopy Homes
 - Sloan Ritchie, Cascade Built 
 - Zachary Semke, NK Architects 

 


Innovations In Clean Tech: The Clean Energy Fund Story

4D Driving Innovation: The Utility's Role in Grid Modernization
Transmission grid operations are being challenged to modernize to increase efficiency and reliability. The need to absorb, transmit, and manage intermittent renewables is driving innovation. Here in Washington the CEF is empowering utilities to accelerate innovation that includes storage, smart grid, and distributed power. How are they responding?

 

Moderator

 - Curt Kirkeby, Avista Corporation

Speakers

 - Ben Farrow, Puget Sound Energy
 - Jim Gaston, Energy Northwest
 - Ben Rushwald, Seattle City Light

5:00-6:00 Cocktail Reception