Emerging Products + Services

2016 Spring Energy Symposium Track Agenda


Thursday, March 10th

10:00 AM — 11:30 AM
Implications of the Clean Power Plan
Wyley Hodgson, Senior Consultant Planning and Evaluation, Nexant
Amelia Reiver Schlusser, Staff Attorney, Green Energy Institute, Lewis & Clark Law School
Bill Ritter, Jr., Director and former Governor of Colorado, Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University
The Clean Power Plan is a historic and important step in reducing carbon pollution from existing power plans. This panel is comprised of seasoned and forward-thinking individuals who have been thought leaders on a broad array of energy topics. The panel represents different perspectives that will explore the current and anticipated policy and utility needs. This session will provide an opportunity for utilities to explore how each will meet evolving standards under the clean power plan and what this legislation means for new emerging products + services.

12:30 PM — 2:00 PM
Is Your Utility Business Model Still Relevant?
Moderator: Lena Hansen, Managing Director (Electricity), Rocky Mountain Institute
Panelists: Dean Duncan, Senior Director, Strategic Planning, Salt River Project
Jose Esparza, VP Energy Solutions, Southwest Gas
Jason Teller, VP Customer Solutions, Puget Sound Energy
Erwin Furukawa, Executive Director National Advisory, Ernst & Young
Mike Hildebrand, VP, Business Development, E Source
Abbie McBride, VP of Sales, Opower
With the energy industry evolving so rapidly, the question arises: Are utilities prepared to meet these challenges? Will the utility industry be “Ubered”? Staying relevant reaches beyond reading news and staying current. Staying relevant is about taking action to position your business for the future. Attend this session if you want to better understand which trends will disrupt and require change and how they will do so. Learn how utility strategy experts view these disruptions and what effects they will have on utility business models.

2:30 PM — 4:00 PM
Rate Design Matters!
Speakers: Jim Lazar, Senior Advisor, Regulatory Assistance Project
This session will explore how rate design matters for creating a smart future where energy consumption and customer choice are key drivers. Three basic principles will also be discussed: customer should only pay for what it costs to connect to the grid, customers should pay in proportion to consumption, and customers that supply power to the grid should be fairly compensated for the full value of power supplied. The challenges, risks and opportunities of adopting these principles can be complicated when it comes to rate design. Come partake in a robust discussion of how smart rate design encourages new and emerging product development.

Friday, March 11th

9:15 AM — 10:45 AM
Surfing the Data Tsunami – How Do We Manage All The Data?
Speakers: Ngoni Murandu, Chief Information Officer, NW Natural
David Schmitt, Data Governance Program Manager, SMUD
Our industry is building incredibly valuable stores of data from smart grid devices, meters, and, now, new data collection devices in our customers’ homes or businesses.  All this data holds the promise of dramatically improving utility operations and engaging customers in new ways.  But, inside our utility, do we have a clear picture of where the data is coming from and how all the different parts of the organization need to use it?  Worse, other companies, potentially competitors, are collecting information on our customers instead of us.  To sort out these issues, many utilities have Data Governance initiatives underway.  In this session, we’ll hear two perspectives on data governance progress:  solving this inside the walls of the utility and figuring out the right external data governance model.  Who are our organizations’ “data stewards?”  Do customers know where their data is going?  Which sources of data are most important?  Can you really solve these issues with 1 system?  We’ll explore these topics with two brief presentations and a 30 minute Q+A with the audience will follow.

11:00 AM — 12:30 PM
Navigating the Net Metering Minefield
Speaker: June Pusich-Lester, Demand Side Engineer, Regulatory Services Group, Northwestern Energy
This session will begin with an introduction to what net metering involves and how utilities like NorthWestern Energy have adopted net meter systems to advance renewable energy development. The session will explore the key considerations for developing a net metering strategy. Following the introduction, a reverse question and answer session involving the audience will provide all the opportunity to think critically about the benefits and challenges of net metering across different business sectors. Come participate in robust discussion of the challenges and opportunities with net metering policy.