Session and Tour Descriptions

Date Time Title Description
Wednesday, November 4 5:00 – 7:00pm Welcome Keynote & Reception Chicago: America’s Energy Hub – Powering Urban Revitalization
The role of mayors and political leaders in setting the stage for the energy revolution and enabling transformation of its production, delivery and use.
Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel
Thursday, November 5 7:00 – 8:30am Breakfast
8:30 – 9:15am Breakfast Keynote Embarking on a Revolution
The reason we are all gathering together, here, today, in Chicago.
Marty Rosenberg, Content Director, The Energy Times, Conference Co-Chair
An Urban Utility’s Laser Focus on Customers
Learn how a storm served as the catalyst for Pramaggiore to make dramatic changes in how ComEd delivers services to millions of energy users. It is a scalable model that proves that putting customers first does pay off for utilities. Learn about the benefits of a laser-like focus on customers. Also hear first hand how a major American utility is going about defining and pursuing a new business model. You will see how a major metropolis is at the center of an energy revolution. Discover how a forward thinking utility and CEO are leading the way and transforming their internal business culture – and how you can too. Benefit from the work that has already been done and vetted to more than 3-million customers.
Anne Pramaggiore, CEO and President, ComEd, Conference Co-Chair
9:15 – 10:45am Around the World in 90 Minutes – The National and Global Picture Amsterdam Gets Smart
Amsterdam and Europe are putting Smart Cities on the map and this is your chance to get a glimpse into this fascinating journey. You will see what social and technological infrastructures and solutions facilitate and accelerate sustainable economic growth. Learn how smart cities improve the quality of life in the city for everyone. Get a look at the innovative projects that Amsterdam has spearheaded and their implications for other cities. What can you learn from Amsterdam – and what can Amsterdam learn from your city?
Pallas Agterberg, Director of Strategy, Alliander
Hong Kong Takes on Global Energy Transformations
How is the major utility serving Hong Kong adapting to new technology and business change? How is that affected by other issues? What are the lessons for other utilities? China and Asia are very different from the United States and North America, hear first hand how unique political, cultural and economic forces are shaping the utility of the future on the far side of the Pacific Pond.
Paul Poon, Managing Director, CLP Power Hong Kong
The Emerging American Distribution System
Now is a critical time as utilities explore new business models that will address how to most effectively manage the growing presence of energy efficiency, distributed generation and renewables on the modern, increasingly decentralized, electricity grid. The Edison Electric Institute is the focal point of many strategic and policy debates now raging that will shape your business and affect your customers in the near and long-term. Listen in on those debates from a utility leader who is in on many of those discussions.
David K. Owens, Executive Vice President, Business Operations & Regulatory Affairs, Edison Electric Institute
The World Reimagines Utility Commerce
MIT is engaged in coordinating a major global study on the future of utilities. What are researchers finding out? There is no doubt that the revolution of power systems is already here. The challenge now is how to take the best of the current (and soon old) world to team with the new solutions to move forward. Which are the best policies and regulations to fuel the change into the right direction? What have researchers already learned and what will they be tackling as the study progresses? How will you be briefed on the outcome?
Carlos Batlle, Visiting Scholar, MIT Energy Initiative & Associate Professor, Comillas Pontifical University’s Institute for Research in Technology (IIT) in Madrid
10:45 – 11:00am Networking Refreshment Break
11:00am – 12:30pm Chicago I – All That Jazz Chicago’s Answer to Carbon Nation
What is the city’s sustainability strategy and how is it being implemented? Learn about the role that area businesses, advocacy groups, utilities, government and schools play in this progressive energy plan. Walk away with insights that will help you create your own plan. Learn how Chicago charted a new path among city departments to benefit customers, businesses, utilities and schools. Chicago is perhaps unique in its efforts to have city government work with utilities, entrepreneurs, academics and consumers to shape the city’s energy destiny. Will it work in your city? You may just find out.
Karen Weigert, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chicago
ComEd: Microgrids, Streetlights and Smart Cities
ComEd is a beehive of activity developing the strategic direction for smart grid technologies. What exactly has been accomplished, and what is waiting in the wings for rollout? What have been some of the most sparkling early wins? And what can be learned from setbacks? You will get fully briefed by the ComEd executive in the middle of smart grid efforts across the utility service territory.
Joseph Svachula, Vice President, Engineering & Smart Grid, ComEd
Engineering a New Distribution Grid
The distribution grid of today has evolved over many decades. Many believe it must be reimagined to allow for more distributed generation, renewables and other new technologies. What needs to be built—who will own it—how will it be paid for? Will utilities own all of it, parts of it or none of it? Huge Policy decisions lie dead ahead.
Scott Newland, Vice President & General Manager, Burns & McDonnell, Chicago
New Ways to Power the Urban Core
Buildings are major sinks of energy use. They therefore represent major opportunities for energy efficiency using a variety of available and energy technologies. Can one building coordinate energy use with a neighboring structure? Can they share energy storage? What is meant by smart buildings—and what can utilities learn to help them along? What new ways are emerging for consumers to manage energy expenditures? Get smarter about linking buildings and networks. Gain efficiencies with innovative ideas, thinking and technologies.
Peter Scarpelli, Vice President and Global Director of Energy & Sustainability, CBRE
12:30 – 2:00pm Luncheon Keynote Envisioning & Executing a New Energy Vision
UI LABS is one of the sparks in Chicago’s energy revolution. It is a Chicago-based research and commercialization collaborative bringing industry, academia, and government together to apply real solutions to tomorrow’s most important business, economic, and cultural challenges. Another arm of UI Labs is actively engaged in intelligent manufacturing and the emerging Internet of Things as it pertains to manufacturing. UI Labs fosters innovation, encourages collaboration and drives economic growth. Effective collaboration drives change that directly benefits business. What hubs exist in your communities to foster partnerships between energy, utilities, entrepreneurs and universities? What can you replicate from the UI Labs model?
Introduction: Jason Blumberg, CEO & Managing Director, The Energy Foundry
Caralynn Nowinski Collens, M.D., Chief Executive Officer, UI LABS
The Revolution Starts with You
If you think one individual cannot make a meaningful contribution to the global energy revolution—think again. Meet William Kamkwamba, “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” who brought power to his family’s village in Malawi for the first time. From poverty to author and TedTalks’ speaker, prepare to be inspired and moved. You will be fired up by his firsthand account of this inspiring story, and hear how passion and focus can make a difference. Learn exactly how he did it with scraps and spare parts and why it succeeded. How can you make a difference in our own cities, schools and communities—and how can your company or institution inspire your own William Kamkwambas?
Introduction: Demetria Giannisis, Director of Operations, ISEN
William Kamkwamba, Author, “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind”
2:00 – 3:00pm Chicago II – Microgrids, EVs go Mainstream Pioneering a Campus Microgrid – The Illinois Institute of Technology Story
The Illinois Institute of Technology has built one of the largest microgrids in the country. They are an electrical engineering innovator and their comprehensive solution will reduce the time and money lost to power outages and meet IIT’s growing, specialized energy needs. This is a dream case study for universities, municipalities, utilities, and consumers. Get a front row seat to view this perfect model that is a solutions-based example of how to thrive in today’s energy climate. IIT is a living laboratory for the most advanced distribution system concepts and control technologies, providing a powerful resource for attracting students and government and industry funding. Learn how they have achieved improved power reliability and quality. Learn first hand how new energy technology can transform life—from the most advanced cities in the world to the most energy-impoverished regions.
Mohammad Shahidehpour, Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation Director, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)
Revving Up EVs
American motorists are rushing to buy electric vehicles at a much faster pace than they bought hybrids in the first five years they were on the market. In a few years, there will be 330,000 EVs on the road and amount to 1 percent of all new cars sold. KCP&L sees this opportunity and are helping to pave the way for utilities to capitalize on this movement. What is prompting KCP&L to deploy 1,000 EV charging stations – the largest deployment of its kind by any utility? Why are electric utilities a clear choice to build the charging station infrastructure? What are the benefits of offering different programs to customers around electric vehicle charging?
Chuck Caisley, Vice President, Marketing & Public Affairs, Kansas City Power & Light & Great Plains Energy
The Evolving Grid – From Operations to New Offerings
In an increasingly complex and competitive environment characterized by distributed energy resources, increasing customer expectations, tightening regulatory compacts and increasing competition, how should utilities respond and position themselves to thrive? What strategic options should utilities consider to transform their operations while developing new products and services that can help address declining commodity revenue? How can utilities leverage disruptive digital technologies to their advantage and which no-regret actions can they take as part of their transformation journey?
Jack Azagury, Managing Director, North America Utilities, Accenture
3:00 – 4:30pm Setting the Policy – Electrifying Tomorrow Regulators – Responding or Driving Change?
Long a leader in innovative regulatory policies, Illinois has a history of successful collaborative efforts to come to grips with evolving regulatory issues, including restructuring of the electric industry in 1996-97. It also has led on evaluating smart grid deployment in 2009-2010. These new dynamics of electricity supply, demand, and storage hold great promise for consumer and social benefit, all facilitated by the smart grid that is on the way toward full deployment in Illinois. They also present significant challenges to utilities who must integrate distributed energy resources seamlessly while maintaining efficient, safe, reliable and affordable service that meets the needs of all customers. The transformed energy landscape also poses new challenges for customers, who must understand an expanding array of new options to make good choices, for suppliers of services who seek to enter new markets, and for regulators, who must ensure that all customers are treated fairly and that utilities maintain financial viability in the new environment.
Chairman Brien Sheahan, Illinois Commerce Commission
Updating the Utility Framework
What new regulations and policies are needed to allow utilities to fully embrace what technology has to offer and transform the utility relationships and offering with customers? How does a utility prepare internally to address a whole new world of regulatory and policy challenges? With a very proactive local government with its own vision of the future of energy—what challenges and opportunities is that creating for a utility and the consumers its serves? What is at stake for the utility and its customers—if the utility regulatory framework is skewed or incomplete?
Fidel Marquez Jr., Senior Vice President, Legislative & External Affairs, Chief Governmental & Community Relations Officer, ComEd
Transitioning to the Cloud, What Policymakers Need to Know
As the grid adopts new technologies to achieve greater resilience, they will increasingly move to the cloud—and have an ocean of data to effectively mine. What new capabilities are on the horizon—and what policies and regulation must change to allow the grid of tomorrow to flower? What do regulators need to understand about the new information tools that are proliferating? Do utilities need greater regulatory freedom to fully implement the gains of the cloud—to benefit both their own internal operations as well as offer customers a raft of new services? What business models should utilities embrace? And how efficiently are utilities deploying new information technology compared to other sectors of our economy?
Mark Hura, Global Vice President, Oracle Utilities
Driving Energy System Integration
The existing U.S. power system has served us well, but our 21st century economy needs a 21st century grid. The future building of the grid must deliver reliable, affordable and clean electricity to consumers where they want it and how they want it. Because energy systems are comprised of many interacting, interrelated, and interdependent sub-systems that extract, convert, deliver, and use energy at different scales, this strategy is being addressed through a systems approach across the entire energy infrastructure. A focus on how these energy components, sub-systems, and systems interact is key to widespread adoption of clean energy technologies that meet our nation’s energy goals. What do you need to know about new approaches to energy integration now being tested at federal labs? How can you bring your utility and company to the table to help pioneer changes on this front?
Dr. Martha Symco-Davies, Director of Partnerships for Energy Systems Integration, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
4:30 – 4:45pm Networking Refreshment Break
4:45 – 6:30pm Concluding: Pointing to the Future Seizing the Moment – A Panel Discussion
Summing up all that has been said—all that has not been said—and where the industry should be headed. How likely is it to get there—what hurdles can be anticipated and what challenges remain unanticipated?
Moderator: Marty Rosenberg, Content Director, The Energy Times and Conference Co-Chair
Panelists: Terence Donnelly, Executive Vice President & COO, ComEd; Pallas Agterberg, Director of Strategy, Alliander; Paul Poon, Managing Director, CLP Power Hong Kong
Friday, November 6 7:00 – 7:30am Breakfast
7:30 – 8:30am Breakfast Keynote A New Day: Collaborating Toward a Brighter Future
Massive investments in the grid will continue to roll out across the country, coming on top of large federal incentives to kick start the smart grid in America. What can and will federal regulators do to smartly orchestrate this effort? What do federal regulators continue to do well—and what new capabilities do they need as we develop our 21st century grid? What does the industry and public need to know about federal energy policies?
Commissioner Colette D. Honorable, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Aiming Past the 2016 Presidential Sweepstakes
Electricity sales in the United States are not collapsing, but since 2000 the rate of growth has lagged well behind that of the population. Linking utilities’ financial health to escalating commodity sales won’t work any longer. This yields two crucial questions: given declining growth in those commodity sales, how do utilities secure the reasonable revenue certainty required to make enduring provision for reliable and affordable services, and how can regulators allocate the costs of those services equitably among all users? How can utilities and energy users partner with environmental groups to achieve lasting and beneficial changes in energy?
Ralph Cavanagh, Co-Director, Energy Program, National Resources Defense Council
9:00am – 12:30pm Chicago Dive – Experience Tours Tour #1: Swimming with the Fish | Shedd Aquarium
A proactive energy customer pushes the limit in devising new ways to champion energy efficiency. The Shedd Aquarium hopes to work with neighboring cultural institutions to achieve greater energy gains in the future. Is this a model for your community?
Faculty Host: Bob Wengel, Facilities Manager, Shedd Aquarium
Tour #2: It’s in the Vault – Reliability + Storage | S&C Electric Product Demonstration Center
Learn about split-second power restoration and new approaches to energy storage—and how it is being deployed and used today. What utilities are in the vanguard of deploying these new capabilities and what can you learn from their efforts?
Faculty Host: David B. Chiesa, Senior Director, Global Business Development, S&C Electric Company
Tour #3: A symphony of Lights – LEDs + Microgrids | Silver Springs Network and Illinois Institute of Technology
The Silver Springs Networks Network Operation Center demonstrates creative thinking on new ways to use city lights—and getting granular information about power networks. Come and kick the tires and learn what a whole ecosystem of leading edge innovators hope to accomplish.
Faculty Host: Nipesh Patel, Engagement Manager, Silver Springs Network
Illinois Institute of Technology has one of the most robust microgrids of any colleage campus. What has that taught IIT—and its faculty—and its students—about replicating microgrids elsewhere? What plans does IIT have to expand its efforts? Are there opportunties for you to work with your local academic institutions to do the same?
Faculty Host: Mohammad Shahidehpour, Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation Director, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)

Empowering Customers & Cities 2015

Rahm Emanuel
Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel

Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel is invited to deliver the event keynote and share his vision for the energy transformation that is taking place throughout the Windy City and how Chicago-based UI LABS is driving collaboration at the highest levels. Mayor Emanuel was a key driver in the development of UI LABS and will offer insight into this research and commercialization collaborative that is bringing experts together to deliver solutions to tomorrow’s challenges. Join the Mayor for his Keynote: Urban Infrastructure Solutions – Energy as a Spark for Urban Revitalization followed by a reception on Wednesday evening.

Anne Pramaggiore
Event Co-Chair
Anne Pramaggiore, President and CEO, ComEd

In the summer of 2011, a storm left over 850,000 people without power for days. Expectations of access to real-time information left customers outraged at the inability to receive updates and accurate information from their utility during the outage crisis. Anne Pramaggiore, soon to be CEO of Commonwealth Edison, received the message loud and clear—our business has to transform. Join Anne for her Keynote: An Urban Utilities Laser Focus on Customers and hear about how a storm served as the catalyst for Pramaggiore to affect dramatic change in how Commonwealth Edison delivers service to more than 3.7 million energy users.

Commissioner Colette D. Honorable
Commissioner Colette D. Honorable, FERC

Colette D. Honorable will discuss federal policies that are needed to assist the emergence of the utility of the future and how federal policies can spur the development of new energy service to educate consumers.

Ralph Cavanagh
Ralph Cavanagh, Co-Director, Energy Program, NRDC

U.S. electricity sales are not collapsing, but since 2000 the rate of growth has lagged well behind that of the population. Linking utilities’ financial health to escalating commodity sales won’t work any longer. This yields two crucial questions: given declining growth in those commodity sales, how do utilities secure the reasonable revenue certainty required to make enduring provision for reliable and affordable services, and how can regulators allocate the costs of those services equitably among all users? The simple but wrong answer to both questions would be to stop charging for electricity service based on consumption levels. The “all you can eat” pricing model may work well for some businesses, but none have environmental and equity dimensions comparable to electrical generation. The list of alternatives begins with revenue decoupling, which makes utilities indifferent to retail energy sales volumes without abandoning the tradition of volumetric pricing and its incentives for customers to use energy efficiently. Also promising are variable demand charges and minimum bills (which retain volumetric pricing for most customers but ensure that everyone connected to the grid makes an appropriate contribution).

Caralynn Nowinski
Caralynn Nowinski Collens, M.D., Executive Director and CEO, UI Labs

UI LABS is a Chicago-based research and commercialization collaborative bringing industry, academia, and government together to apply real solutions to tomorrow’s most important business, economic, and cultural challenges. Drawing from her past experiences as an entrepreneur, physician, and venture capitalist, Caralynn offers a unique perspective to UI LABS’ efforts to foster innovation, encourage collaboration, and drive economic growth and competitiveness.

Dr. Martha Symco-Davies
Dr. Martha Symco-Davies, Director of Partnerships for Energy Systems Integration, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Dr. Symko-Davies has developed over 50 partnerships with key stakeholders in the area of Energy Systems Integration (ESI) to address the challenges of systems integration at all scales from residential to utility. Enabling this integration is the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) which is the nation’s first research facility able to conduct integrated megawatt-scale research, development, and testing of the components and strategies needed to safely integrate clean energy technologies seamlessly. This integratio includes electricity, therma, water and fuels pathways. Prior to this role she was the architect and integrator for the PV Technology Incubator, funded in part by the Department of Energy, resulting in over $1.4 billion in private investments. Dr. Symko-Davies was recognized by DOE as one of the top innovators in the area of photovoltaics, and recently received four R&D 100 Awards and recognition by the Denver Business Journal as a 2014 “Top Women in Energy.”

Pallas Agterberg
Pallas Agterberg, Director of Strategy, Alliander

Pallas became the Director of Strategy at Alliander since 2008. She is a board member for the Sustainable Business Association, “De Groene Zaak”, the Flexible Power Alliance network and a member of the Advisory Boards for Amsterdam and other Dutch cities, provinces and EU initiatives.

Karen Weigert
Karen Weigert, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chicago

Karen Weigert serves as Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Chicago. She was appointed in 2011. As Chief Sustainability Officer Karen works to guide the City’s sustainability strategy and implementation, bringing innovative, practical solutions throughout the work of the City.

Prior to her appointment Karen served as Senior Vice President of ShoreBank where she built a national consumer group that generated deposits to support environmental sustainability and community development. Earlier Karen was a consultant at McKinsey serving client on topics including transportation, finance, energy and land use. She began her career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and later served as an appointee in the Clinton administration focused on global environmental issues and agriculture.

Karen is a producer of the documentary film Carbon Nation which focused on solutions to climate change and she graduated from the University of Notre Dame (Phi Beta Kappa) and Harvard Business School.

Mohammad Shahidehpour
Mohammad Shahidehpour, Bodine Chair Professor and Director of the Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago

Mohammad is also the Principal Investigator of over $50 million grants on smart grid research and development. His DOE Project on Perfect Power Systems has converted the entire IIT Campus to an islanded microgrid. He has recently initiated two new research centers at IIT including CSMART (Center for Smart Grid Applications, Research, and Technology) for promoting the smart grid cybersecurity research and implementation and enhancing the resilience of wireless networked communication and control systems in smart cities, and REACH (Renewable Energy Applications to Conserve Humanity). REACH partners are working on a federally-funded project for planning the first PV-based microgrid in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He is the 2009 recipient of the honorary doctorate from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest. He is currently a Research Professor at King Abdulaziz University (Jeddah), North China Electric Power University (Beijing), and the Sharif University of Technology (Tehran). He was the recipient of the IEEE Burke Hayes Award for his research on hydrokinetics, the Edison Electric Institute’s Power Engineering Educator Award, the Innovation Award from the Association of Electrical Engineering Department Heads, and IEEE/PES Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award in 2012. He has co-authored 6 books and 400 papers on electric power system operation and planning, and serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. Dr. Shahidehpour was a member of the United Nations Commission on Microgrid Studies.

Peter Scarpelli
Peter Scarpelli, VP, Global Director of Energy and Sustainability, CBRE

Mr. Scarpelli brings considerable energy management experience to his new role, including a proven record of creating new ways for consumers to manage energy expenditures. Previously, he was a Business Development Manager at Schneider Electric, where as a member of the Demand Response Resource Center, he helped develop smart grid and demand response opportunities in the US and global markets.

Carlos Batlle
Carlos Batlle, MIT Energy Initiative, Visiting Scholar and Associate Professor with Comillas Pontifical University’s Institute for Research in Technology (IIT) in Madrid

Carlos Batlle has been a Visiting Scholar under the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s MIT Energy Initiative since 2011, where he teaches “Engineering, Economics and Regulation of the Electric Power Sector”, together with Prof. Pérez-Arriaga, and supervises PhD and master dissertations. He is Associate Professor with Comillas Pontifical University’s Institute for Research in Technology (IIT) in Madrid and Electricity Advisor of the Florence School of Regulation, an institution under the aegis of the European University in Florence, and Director of FSR Summer School on Regulation of Energy Utilities.

He has worked and lectured extensively on the operation, planning and risk management modeling of electricity generation and networks and more specifically on electric power system regulation. He has also rendered consultant services for governments, international institutions, industrial associations and utilities in over 20 countries. He has published over 20 papers in national and international journals and conference proceedings and authorized 10 book chapters.

William Kamkwamba
William Kamkwamba, Inventor and Author of “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind”

If you think one individual cannot make a meaningful contribution to the global energy revolution – think again. Consider the story of William Kamkwamba, “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” bringing power to his family’s village in Malawi for the first time. He will be on hand to fire you up with his firsthand account of this inspiring story.

Paul Poon
Paul Poon, Managing Director, CLP Power Hong Kong Limited

Hong Kong is a major global city wrestling with its energy future. How do you build a world class utility in a market where it is hard to make a case for demand reduction? Mr. Paul Poon, managing director of CLP Hong Kong, will discuss his utility’s ambitions to remain a world class, low-cost utility even as there are limited opportunities to embrace renewables, energy savings, smart meters or demand reduction. Learn his assessment of the road ahead, CLP’s strategies to overcome looming barriers and the lessons that can be learned by his sister utilities in America.

Chairman Brien Sheahan
Brien Sheahan, Chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission

Brien Sheahan was appointed Chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission by Gov. Bruce Rauner and will serve a five year term. He was Counsel to Governor Rauner’s Transition Committee beginning in November, 2014. Prior to that he worked as Director of Government Relations for Navistar from 2012 to 2014 and was General Counsel for the Illinois Republican Party from 2007 to 2012. Sheahan also served as a member of the DuPage County Board for ten years. His extensive background in government includes work as an assistant in the Lt. Governor’s office, a Policy Advisor at the Illinois Commerce Commission and Governor Jim Edgar’s office and as Deputy Executive Director of the Illinois Housing Development Authority. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and a Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law.

David K. Owens
David K. Owens, Executive Vice President, Business Operations & Regulatory Affairs, Edison Electric Institute

In his capacity as the first African American to hold an officer title at EEI, Mr. Owens has significant responsibility over a broad range of issues that affect the future structure of the electric industry and new rules in evolving competitive markets. He has responsibility over the strategic areas of energy supply and the environment, energy delivery, energy services, and international affairs. He also spearheads efforts to enhance the public policy climate for investments in America’s electric infrastructure with emphasis on the role of new technologies to address climate change, and enhance energy efficiency through smart buildings, smart appliances, smart meters and smart electric grids.