10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Insight into the Growing Industry of Marijuana Cultivation
Speakers: David Johnson, Customer Project Coordinator, Avista Utilities
Jonathan Bos, VP Asset Development, Village Farms International, Inc.
Jon Gilrein, Regional Operations Engineer, Avista Corp.
Patrick McConahay, Distribution Engineering Manager, Southern California Edison
Gain insight into the growing industry of marijuana cultivation from industry and utility experts. The panel of experts discuss their experiences and offer up lessons learned. An industry expert will discuss the expectations of receiving power to serve their need and how the reality differed. Utility experts discuss the challenges in delivering power in short timeframes while still maintaining a reliable system, sometimes in areas where little to no infrastructure exist.
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Cryptocurrency Loads – A Discussion of Ways Utilities + Developers Can Work Together to Successfully Integrate Them into the Grid
Speakers: Chris Heminsley, Senior Manager, Business & Economic Development, BC Hydro
Shane Golden, Managing Director, Goldenstrike Technologies Inc.
Bryan Hellard, Mechatronics Technician, Goldenstrike Technologies Inc.
John Stoll, Managing Director, Customer Utilities, Chelan County PUD
Unplanned penetration of cryptocurrency loads may pose new challenges for utilities to maintain a secure and reliable power grid. Join us to learn more about what challenges utilities face in integrating cryptocurrency facilities into their system and how utilities can work with its newest customers, cryptocurrency facilities, to meet their needs. Partake in an exciting exchange between the service provider and the end customer as they share their experiences and perspectives.
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Working Together to Increase EV Adoption: Case Studies of EV Charger Infrastructure Deployment
Speakers: Joe Colett, Emerging Technologies Product Manager, Portland General Electric
Dave Packard, Vice President of Utility Solutions, ChargePoint
Robert Barrosa, Director, Utility Strategy and Operations, Electrify America
As the growth in electric vehicle (EV) adoption across North America and the world continues to gain momentum, electric utilities and third-party companies are investing in charging infrastructure to enable this growth. This panel will present case studies on EV charging infrastructure deployment from a variety of perspectives, including utilities and private network owners. Challenges, lessons learned, and best practices will be presented and discussed by leaders in this growing market.
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Transitioning Fleet Vehicles to Electric: Lessons Learned and Best Practices for a Successful Implementation
Speakers: Ted Dowling, Regional Vice President, BYD Heavy Industries
Chris Iveson, Director of Fleet Services, Hydro One
Marisa Espinosa, Director, Green Operations, City of Vancouver, BC
Fleet vehicles account for more than 25% of greenhouse gas emissions in the vehicle sector. To help reduce these emissions, Customers have made electrifying their fleet a priority to move towards a clean energy future. As electric fleet adoption becomes more prominent, the utility industry is faced with new challenges at a rapid pace. This panel will aim to gain insight from those on the forefront of large scale EV deployment by including representatives from Transportation, Government and Utility markets. We will share experiences from an electric bus vendor in manufacturing and electrifying a fleet. Utility and Government experts will discuss their experiences transitioning to electrification. This session will offer an opportunity to share our best practices, lessons learned, and provide transparency to help improve the system planning and successful implementation of these high demand vehicles.