November 7, 2017

  • November 7, 2017
  • 8:00 a.m. - 8:10 a.m.
  • Room: Lucerne Room


Marty Rosenberg
Content Director, Energy Times

  • November 7, 2017
  • 8:10 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.
  • Room: Lucerne Room

Reinventing Fire 2.0

The energy revolution now underway is actually an evolution that can grow the US economy 158 percent by 2050 and save $5 trillion at the same time, according to Amory Lovins, who is well respected in all corners of the U.S. energy economy. Lovins will update that thesis from his industry-shattering 2011 book, “Reinventing Fire.”

Amory Lovins
Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute

  • November 7, 2017
  • 9:40 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
  • Room: Lucerne Room
  • November 7, 2017
  • 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
  • Room: Lucerne Room

Partnering with Your Customer

Utilities must be actively engaged in defining the future services its customers demand – seeing to it that business strategy and regulatory policies follow that lead. Utility executives that embrace their proactive role discuss the excitement and challenges they see ahead.

Michael Edmonds
President, S&C Electric Company

Philip Moeller
Executive Vice President, Business Operations Group and Regulatory Affairs, EEI

Rudolph Wynter
President & COO, National Grid

  • November 7, 2017
  • 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Room: Lucerne Room

Lunch Keynote: Assuring Capacity in the Era of Empowered Customers

Terry Boston participated in creating the capacity market, a market that withstood a Supreme Court challenge and helped kick off a rapidly changing energy marketplace in the Northeast. Today, aggregators bid in negawatts into the PJM market while storage is taking its right place in the energy mix.

Terry Boston
U.S. Presidential Appointee, National Infrastructure Advisory Council and PJM, Former President & CEO,

  • November 7, 2017
  • 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Room: Lucerne Room

The Age of the Microgrid

Microgrids are the building blocks of the new energy order. Learn how an innovative company is transforming the energy world right in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. We’ll also cover innovative microgrid efforts from Denver to here in Chicago. We will look at their history and what they hope to achieve.

Ben Edgar
Business Development Manager, Microgrids and Distributed Generation, Black & Veatch

John Kliem
Executive Director, Department of Navy (DON)’s Resilient Energy Program Office (REPO)

Joseph Svachula
Vice President, Engineering and Smart Grid, ComEd

Lawrence Orsini
Founder, LO3 Energy

  • November 7, 2017
  • 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Room: Lucerne Room
  • November 7, 2017
  • 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Room: Lucerne Room

The University at the Energy Barricades

Universities are on the leading edge of new energy technology deployments. Their aim is to save money, become more sustainable and train a whole new generation of students to deal with the energy revolution ahead.

Gregory Reed
Director, University of Pittsburgh's Center for Energy and the Energy GRID Institute

Michael Wasielewski
Executive Director, Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern

Mohammad Shahidehpour
Bodine Chair Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering Department and Director, Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation

Moderator: Steven Averett
Content Director, American School & University

  • November 7, 2017
  • 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

November 8, 2017

  • November 8, 2017
  • 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
  • Room: Lucerne Room

Chicago’s Electric Way

Chicago is exploring the frontiers of the new electric utility as it develops and tests new services and capabilities in its service territory. That includes laying the ground work for its Bronzeville project, which promises to be one of the largest utility-steered microgrids in America when it is up and running. The utility envisions itself … Continued

Anne Pramaggiore
President & CEO, ComEd

  • November 8, 2017
  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
  • Room: Lucerne Room

America’s Emerging Electric Superhighway

The American electric system is undergoing an epochal, major transformation. A power grid build up in the last seven decades is in getting reconfigured to allow for a multiplicity of new sources of generation including a vast proliferation in renewable energy. Heightened energy efficiency is getting baked in. The grid also must be secure amid … Continued

Colette Honorable
Partner, Reed Smith

  • November 8, 2017
  • 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
  • Room: Lucerne Room

Cities Focus on Sustainability

Citizens in major metropolitan areas are more focused than ever on leaving a small carbon footprint and they are increasingly taking matters into their own hands. Hear how we are shaping the future of energy one city at a time.

Moderator: Bill Wolpin
Editorial Director, American City & County

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

Grant Ervin
Chief Resilience Officer, City of Pittsburgh

Karen Weigert
Senior Fellow, Global Cities, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Robert Cox
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UNC Charlotte

  • November 8, 2017
  • 9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
  • Room: Lucerne Room
  • November 8, 2017
  • 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Room: Lucerne Room

Microgrids, Storage, Natural Gas – The Potent Trio

Ameren Corp. planted an advanced utility-scale microgrid at their Technology Applications Center (TAC), adjacent to the University of Illinois campus in Champaign, Il. This groundbreaking facility is capable of serving paying customers loads on a utility distribution feeder. It was built to test monitoring and control methods for aggregating wind, solar, natural gas, and battery … Continued

Alex Rojas
Director, Distributed Technologies, Ameren

Douglas Proudfoot
Vice President, Advisory Services, Quanta Technology

Jason Abiecunas
Distributed Generation Service Area Leader, Black & Veatch

Shay Bahramirad
Director, Distribution Planning, Smart Grid and Innovation, ComEd

  • November 8, 2017
  • 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
  • Room: Lucerne Room

Demand Response: A Utility – Customer Marriage

With an increasingly capable grid, customers are incentivized to automatically shift their consumption, pocket profits, and enable the entire grid ecosystem to hum more efficiently. From residential programs at OG&E to feeder level solutions to aggregators bidding into the grid. Customer solutions are essential to our energy future.

Chris Hickman
CEO & President, Innovari

Ram Sastry
Vice President, Infrastructure & Business Continuity, American Electric Power

Moderator: Rick Bush
Strategic Director, T&D World

  • November 8, 2017
  • 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Room: Lucerne Room

Lunch Keynote: The Customer Seizes the Initiative

When a cultural institution – like an aquarium – sees itself seizing and defining its electric energy options, something in the world has dramatically changed. Follow the chief architect of the Shedd Aquarium’s energy policy as he takes you on a tour of the revolutionary thinking that is guiding this civic treasure. You’ll learn what … Continued

Bob Wengel
Vice President of Facilities, Shedd Aquarium

  • November 8, 2017
  • 1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
  • Room: Lucerne Room

Integrating Solar Into the Grid

The township of Minster, OH installed 7 megawatts of solar. Hear how this utility had this initiative financed, integrated and backed up with storage.

Donald Harrod
Village Administrator, Village of Minster

Josh Castonguay
Vice President of Innovation, Green Mountain Power

Kevin Lynn
Director of Grid Modernization, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Office, Department of Energy

Tony Locker
Vice President, Global Product Management & Strategy, G&W Electric

  • November 8, 2017
  • 2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
  • Room: Lucerne Room
  • November 8, 2017
  • 2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Room: Lucerne Room

Taking Cybersecurity to the Next Level

Increasingly sophisticated hackers – foreign states and criminals – intend to disrupt the flow of money and electrons. Utilities, their vendor partners and the government are collaborating to address the threats of today and tomorrow. The emerging grid is both more vulnerable to attack and capable of achieving ever greater levels of reliability. Learn how … Continued

Brad Luyster
Director of Business Development, IPERC

Caitlin Durkovich
Director, Toffler Associates

David Velazquez
President & CEO, Pepco Holdings

Philip Jones
Commissioner, Washington UTC

  • November 8, 2017
  • 3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
  • Room: Lucerne Room

Big Data: DERMs, Analytics & More Magic

DERMs – if you don’t know what they are, you better find out fast. With complexity comes the need for intelligence. New tools are proliferating that enable us to control power flows on the network. With customer solutions, storage and distributed generation, we need a system of systems to control the flow of dollars and … Continued

Moderator: Mark Johnson
Managing Director, Utility Analytics Institute

Michael Quinn
Vice President of Strategy and Chief Technology Officer, Oncor Electric Delivery

Raiford Smith
Vice President, Energy Technology & Analytics, Entergy

  • November 8, 2017
  • 4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Room: Lucerne Room