November 1, 2016

  • November 1, 2016
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Zero Marginal Cost Electricity

Jeremy Rifkin, one of the world’s leading social thinkers, believes we are at the dawn of a new energy Internet that will save consumers $2 trillion. Making that possible will be 100 trillion sensors that will totally transform how we live and work. That is more than 14,000 sensor for every man, woman and child now on this earth. Mr. Rifkin lays out his entire vision for the coming global transformation and how it will transform electric power production and consumption, the global economy and environment.

Jeremy Rifkin
Bestselling Author of "The Zero Marginal Cost Society," Economist, Social Theorist and Political Advisor,

  • November 1, 2016
  • 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Utilities in a New World

Utilities have huge legacy investments. What will be useful to the future, emerging business model they will embrace, and what will have to be jettisoned? What new deployments will be needed?

From Germany to Chicago, Pittsburgh, Vermont and Utah, utilities are deploying and testing new services and plans to reach out and touch their customers in new ways.

In Chicago, that includes spending hundreds of millions of dollars to partner with customers to achieve even more efficiency. In Vermont, it means embracing Tesla’s vision for energy storage. Pittsburgh is pursuing microgrid offerings to its customers and exploring urban lighting innovation. In Utah, customers can buy renewable energy certificates.

RWE, Germany’s second largest utility, has weathered major business challenges as the country invested widely in renewables and retreated from nuclear power. It has launched a new enterprise, Innogy, to spearhead heavy investment in modern power grids. What else is the company now doing to become the utility of the future? What steps is it taking to secure the most innovative and potent technologies to help build a 21st century energy enterprise for 16 million electric customers? And what could America learn from these efforts?

Anne Pramaggiore
President & CEO, ComEd

Cindy Crane
President and CEO, Rocky Mountain Power

Mary Powell
President & CEO, Green Mountain Power

Richard Riazzi
President & CEO, Duquesne Light Company

Thomas Birr
SVP, Innovation & Business Transformation, Innogy SE

  • November 1, 2016
  • 4:00 - 4:30

Networking Refreshment Break

  • November 1, 2016
  • 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

The Rubber Hits the Road – A Roundtable Discussion

Rifkin have laid out his vision. Pramaggiore, Birr, Crane, Riazzi and Powell have presented their vision and plans. What does Rifkin have to say about what they contemplate? And what do the utility executives have to say about where Rifkin’s scenarios are spot on – and where they miss the mark?

What questions do they have for each other – to clarify where the utility sector and the global economy are today and where it is headed? Look for a robust – far reaching exchange between our keynote thought leader and our esteemed panel of utility executives.

Anne Pramaggiore
President & CEO, ComEd

Cindy Crane
President and CEO, Rocky Mountain Power

Mary Powell
President & CEO, Green Mountain Power

Richard Riazzi
President & CEO, Duquesne Light Company

Thomas Birr
SVP, Innovation & Business Transformation, Innogy SE

  • November 1, 2016
  • 5:30 - 7:30

Welcome Reception

November 2, 2016

  • November 2, 2016
  • 7:30am - 8:00am

Breakfast

  • November 2, 2016
  • 8:10 am - 9:00 am

The Empire State Marches Forward

New York has embraced a far-reaching REV – Reforming the Energy Vision – effort striving to reduce customer costs by spurring deployment of distributed generation. The effort to alter the energy sector of one of America’s largest states is being watched closely by energy companies, entrepreneurs and policymakers around the world. Learn the plan, how it is proceeding, what’s up next – and the early wins and complications of the effort from its principal architect.

Chair Audrey Zibelman
Chair, New York State Public Service Commission

  • November 2, 2016
  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Erecting the Energy Platform

Utilities will become the platform that will enable the buying and selling of electricity – and a host of ancillary services in the future. What will those services be? Edison International recently formed a new entity, Edison Energy, to explore this very terrain.

We will hear from diverse business leaders and experts about the technology that will build the utility of tomorrow. How will the IoT surge described by Rifkin come together and what will it mean for utilities and their customers?

What utility corporate cultural changes will be needed? What can be learned from other industries? How will they turn to the computer cloud for unprecedented gains? And how will cutting edge technology enable them to build billions of dollars of new infrastructure in innovative fashion?

Dominic Thasarathar
Strategist: Construction, Energy, Natural Resources, Autodesk

J. Andrew Murphy
Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, Edison International

Carl Imhoff
Manager, Electricity Infrastructure Sector, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Russ Vanos
Vice President Sales and Marketing, Global Software, Services and Smart Cities, Itron

  • November 2, 2016
  • 10:00am - 10:30am

Networking Refreshment Break

  • November 2, 2016
  • 10:30 am - 11:15 am

Skate to Where the Puck Will Be – Round I

Utility customers are eager for a raft of new services, such as energy storage and greater power reliability. At the same time, the grid must embrace new technology and be engineered to accommodate robust change – all the way out to the edge of the grid. What are the key challenges to making it all happen?

The ultimate question is can utilities with a century of legacy service pivot nimbly to profit in the new era? Can they anticipate customers’ needs? Or will some as yet unborn “Google” emerge to rapidly identify and serve mammoth new opportunities in a transactive energy age?


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Gary Rackliffe
VP, Smart Grids, ABB

Joseph Svachula
Vice President, Smart Grid and Technology, ComEd

Mark Hura
Global Vice President , Oracle Utilities

Stuart Nachmias
Vice President, Energy Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Con Edison

  • November 2, 2016
  • 11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Skate to Where the Puck Will Be – Round II

Utility customers are eager for a raft of new services, such as energy storage and greater power reliability. At the same time, the grid must embrace new technology and be engineered to accommodate robust change – all the way out to the edge of the grid. What are the key challenges to making it all happen?

The ultimate question is can utilities with a century of legacy service pivot nimbly to profit in the new era? Can they anticipate customers’ needs? Or will some as yet unborn “Google” emerge to rapidly identify and serve mammoth new opportunities in a transactive energy age?


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Greg Bollom
Assisant Vice President, Energy Planning, Madison Gas & Electric Co.

Michael Carlson
President, Siemens Digital Grid North America, Siemens

Mike Beehler
Vice President, Burns & McDonnell

Mike Champley
Former member of Hawaii Utilities Commission, Utility Executive

  • November 2, 2016
  • 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Luncheon Keynote: Uber Power & Light – The Platform Revolution and the Future of Electricity

Uber and Airbnb have erected Internet platforms that have revolutionized urban transport and the hospitality industry. How will this “Platform Revolution” transform electric utilities and the energy space – totally altering how energy is created, distributed, used and paid for? For insights on how utilities may be prime candidates to erect the transactional platform for energy, we turn to Geoffrey Parker, co-author of “Platform Revolution,” Dartmouth College professor of engineering and visiting scholar at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy.

Geoffrey Parker
Professor of Engineering, Dartmouth College

Lynne Kiesling
Associate Professor, Northwestern University

  • November 2, 2016
  • 12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

Luncheon Keynote: Bringing Customer Engagement to New Heights

New technologies will enable utilities and other energy sector players to bring a raft of new services to their customers – many unimaginable now. Call it “innovation around the cloud.” How will this allow energy users to get ever more efficient? And what are the implications for utilities and what they can now aspire to in the way of customer satisfaction? What role can and will state regulators and policymakers play in ushering in this new era? What obstacles may rear up?

Brien Sheahan
Chairman, Illinois Commerce Commission

Mark Hura
Global Vice President , Oracle Utilities

  • November 2, 2016
  • 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Chicago Deep Dish – The Future of America’s Cities and States

We will serve up what Chicago and innovative cities and states are doing to promote electric vehicle deployments and support, renewables and other distributed generation, energy storage and microgrids. How far is Chicago and other cities from embracing a plug and play grid? Learn like never before what is possible on the urban energy transformation front – and what is coming down the pike.

Christopher Wheat
Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chicago

Eric Dresselhuys
Executive Vice President, Global Development (and co-founder), Silver Spring

Glen Andersen
Energy Program Director, National Conference of State Legislators

  • November 2, 2016
  • 2:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Refreshment Break

  • November 2, 2016
  • 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Putting it All Together

Renewables along with distributed generation are forcing America’s electric grid on to a new plane. That will require utilities to adopt new business models – it will entice new market entrants – and it will accelerate change. We will conclude our journey into the future by giving serious consideration to how the energy system is changing and the policies that will be needed to guide and shape that transformation so that we get to a better place. To help shape our lasting takeaway from Empowering Customers & Cities we will peer behind the curtain and consider the basic forces now at work in the electric universe of America and the world.

Bryan Hannegan
Associate Director for Energy Systems Integration, National Renewable Energy Laboratory,

Julia Hamm
President & CEO, Smart Electric Power Alliance

Miles Keogh
Research Lab Director, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners