Planning for Decarbonization

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023

1:15 PM – 2:30 PM
Decarbonization: The Relationship Between Policy + Stakeholder Impacts
Moderator: Mike Eugenis, Manager, Resource Planning, Arizona Public Service Company
Speaker: Juliet Homer, Energy Policy Analytics Team Lead, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
A panel of industry leaders will discuss federal, state and local level policies driving decarbonization in the electric and gas sectors and impacts to stakeholders. Panelists will discuss pressure to adopt aggressive decarbonization goals, and how energy companies implement these regulations in the face of rate pressure, customer demand for clean energy, and system reliability concerns.

Thursday, April 27, 2023

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
The Role of DERs + EVs in Decarbonization: Opportunities + Challenges
In this session the audience will hear how utilities are leveraging the growth of distributed energy resources (DERs) and transportation electrification (EVs) to help achieve utility and community decarbonization goals.  The panel of speakers will discuss the importance of forecasting and planning for the growth of DERs and EVs to understand the potential impacts to the transmission and distribution systems and the associated implications for rate and tariff design.  Additional topics addressed are the role of DER aggregators, third parties, and utility partnership business models in facilitating the transition to a more distributed energy ecosystem especially as the technologies and the market continue to evolve at a rapid pace.  The speakers will also discuss the role of customer programs in managing the transition such as incentivizing desired EV charging behavior and promoting the electrification of building energy-consuming appliances and processes.

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM
The Role of Natural Gas + Natural Gas Substitutes Under Decarbonization
Speaker: Nathaniel Taylor, Strategic Planning and Analysis Manager, Southern California Gas Company
This panel discussion will examine the need for dispatchable generation sources when wind, solar and batteries become larger parts of power resource portfolios. The panel will discuss replacement combustible fuels for natural gas, such as hydrogen and renewable natural gas. A major point to be discussed will be that even with all the changes that will come with decarbonization, natural gas will still have a role, not only as a transition fuel but also as a reserve, balancing and blending fuel. In addition, the panel will discuss natural gas companies’ role and approach in decarbonization, including development of hydrogen hubs, other replacement fuels for natural gas such as hydrogen blending into the natural gas pipelines and procurement and delivery of renewable natural gas, and energy efficiency programs as we know them today. The discussion will focus on industry-leading initiatives in this space that could potentially generate a discussion around challenges facing the natural gas companies and perhaps knowledge sharing as they plan to decarbonize their portfolio.