NY-BEST Annual Meeting and Conference: Capture the Energy 2019

Capture the Energy 2019

March 13-14, 2019 | Albany Capital Center

The Capture the Energy 2019 Conference will examine the policies and markets influencing the
rapidly growing energy storage sector in New York State. Join us as we chart the path to achieving
Governor’s Cuomo’s 1.5 GW target for energy storage deployments in New York State by 2025.

Online registration for this event has closed. Walk-ins are welcome.


Featured Speaker:


Alicia Barton, President & CEO, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)


Conference Agenda:

Pre-Conference Workshop - March 12, 2019

NY-BEST is hosting a Pre-Conference Workshop on the afternoon of March 12, 2019. The Workshop, titled “Deploying Energy Storage in New York: Understanding the Essentials,” will feature experts in the energy storage field who will discuss:

  • New York’s policy and regulatory framework for energy storage,
  • Funding opportunities and tariff structures
  • Energy storage siting, permitting and testing  
  • Interconnection requirements for energy storage.

The Workshop is scheduled for 1:00-5:00 PM on March 12, 2019 and will be held at the Albany Capital Center, Albany, New York

Separate registration is required for the Workshop.

Space is limited, reserve your spot today.


DAY 1 - March 13, 2019

7:45 A.M. - Registration & Breakfast

8:30 A.M. - Welcome from William Acker, Executive Director, NY-BEST

8:45 A.M. - Featured Speaker: Dan Finn-Foley, Senior Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables - “The Next Five Years in U.S. Energy Storage”

9:15 A.M. - Featured Presentation: New York's Energy Storage Roadmap: The Path to 3 GW by 2030

 Jason Doling, Program Manager, Energy Storage, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

 Marco Padula, Acting Director, Markets and Innovation, New York State Department of Public Service

9:50 A.M. - Networking Break, sponsored by DNV GL

10:15 A.M. - Roundtable Discussion - Opportunities for Energy Storage in New York: Building the Project Pipeline

Moderator: Jason Doling, Program Manager, Energy Storage, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

Mike Conway, Director of Business Development, Energy Storage, Borrego Solar

Keith Day, Director, Energy Storage, E.ON

Ray Hohenstein, Market Applications Director, Fluence

Doug Staker, Vice President of Utility Business Development, Enel X

11:00 A.M. - Keynote Address: Alicia Barton, President & CEO, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

11:20 A.M. - Roundtable Discussion - Implementing New York's Energy Storage Roadmap

Moderator: Denise Sheehan, Senior Advisor, NY-BEST

Miles Farmer, Senior Attorney, Climate & Clean Energy Program, NRD

Sharon Hillman, Independent Consultant

Kate McKeever, Director of Regulatory and Institutional Affairs, Enelreen Power North America, Inc.


12:05 P.M. - Economic Development Opportunities for Energy Storage in New York

Brenda Grober, Senior Director of Industry Development, Empire State Development


12:15 P.M. - Networking Lunch sponsored by Empire State Development

1:00 P.M. - NY-BEST Annual Meeting, Mike Field, Chief Executive Officer, The Raymond Corporation

1:30 P.M. -  Breakout Sessions

Session A, Track One: Pairing Solar with Storage: Capturing the Benefits

Moderator: David Sandbank, Director - Distributed Energy Resources, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

Melissa Kemp, Policy Director, Northeast, Cypress Creek

Dennis Phayre, Business Development Director, EnterSolar

Chris Rauscher, Director, Policy & Storage Market Strategy, Sunrun


Session A, Track Two: Advancing Clean Transportation in New York

Moderator: Adam Ruder, Clean Transportation Program Manager, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

John Markowitz, Lead Energy Services Product Development, Engineer, New York Power Authority (NYPA)

Elizabeth Connelly, Hydrogen Program Support, U.S. DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Office National Renewable Energy Laboratory

John Hroncich, Regional Sales Manager, BAE Systems

Brian Zelis, Electric Vehicle Business Development Manager, Nissan


Session A, Track Three: Growing New York's Energy Storage Workforce

Session A, Track Three will begin with a brief presentation on the American Jobs Project Report "The New York Jobs Project: A Guide to Creating Jobs in Energy Storage." Presented by Kate Ringness of American Jobs Project.

Moderator: Kate Ringness, Managing Director, American Jobs Project

Jennifer de Souza, Senior Director, Corporate Procurement & Strategic Alliances, The Raymond Corporation

Adele Ferranti, Program Manager, Workforce Development and Training, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

Dr. Tod Laursen, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor, The State University of New York (SUNY)

2:45 P.M. - Networking Break, sponsored by DNV GL

3:15 P.M. - Breakout Sessions Continued

Session B, Track One: Utility Applications for Energy Storage

Moderator: Marco Padula, Acting Director, Markets and Innovation, New York State Department of Public Service 

Peter Falcier, Vice President of Analytics & Regulatory Affairs, GI Energy

Margarett Jolly, Director of Demonstration Projects, Customer Energy Solutions, Consolidated Edison

Sam Lines, Market Director - East, Able Grid

Jim Mader, Manager of Programs and Projects - Smart Grids Innovation, Avangrid


Session B, Track Two: Energy Storage Innovation - Transportation and Mobile Applications

Moderator: John Cerveny, Director of Resource Development, NY-BEST

Kathleen Kauth, Director of Transactive Energy, Peak Power

Jacqueline Piero, Director of Policy, Nuvve

Rick Mason, Vice President of Operations, Plug Power

Mario Montanile, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Green Machine/Viridi Parente


Session B, Track Three: Long-Duration Storage Solutions

Moderator: Fouad Dagher, Director, National Grid

Sanjoy Banerjee, Founder & Executive Chairman, Urban Electric Power

Becca Gillespie, Sales Director, UniEnergy Technologies

Paul Mutolo, Chief Executive Officer, The Standard Hydrogen Corporation   

William Sproull, Vice President of Business Development & Sales, ESS Inc.

4:30 P.M. - Featured Speaker: James Misewich, Associate Laboratory Director, Brookhaven National Laboratory 

Grid Scale Energy Storage: New York Resources Ready to Meet the Challenge



5:00 P.M. - Legislative Update from State Energy Chairs     

New York State Senator Kevin Parker


5:15 P.M. - Closing Remarks from William Acker, Executive Director, NY-BEST

5:15 P.M. - Networking Reception

6:30 P.M. - Reception/Day One concludes

DAY 2 - March 14, 2019

7:45 A.M. - Registration, Breakfast, & Exhibit Hall opens

8:30 A.M. - Welcome from William Acker, Executive Director, NY-BEST

8:45 A.M. - Keynote Address: Sarah Salati, SVP, Chief Commercial Officer, NYPA

9:10 AM - Featured Presentation: Houtan Moaveni, Senior Advisor for Strategy and Clean Energy Siting, NYSERDA - "Siting and Permitting Energy Storage in New York: Resources for Vendors and Communities"

9:20 A.M. - Roundtable Discussion: The Future of New York's Wholesale Energy Market

Moderator: William Acker, Executive Director, NY-BEST

Mike DeSocio, Senior Manager, Market Design, New York Independent System Operator (NYISO)

Pete Fuller, Principal, Autumn Lane Consulting, LLC

Greg Geller, Director of Regulatory and Government Affairs, Enel X

Dan JerkeDirector of Energy Management, Competitive Power Ventures


10:15 A.M. - Networking Break, sponsored by DNV GL

10:30 A.M. - Breakout Sessions

Session C, Track One: Energy Storage Buildings-to-Grid Applications

Moderator: Ben Falber, Senior Project Manager, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

Robyn Beavers, CEO, BluePrint Power

Jeff Olson, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Stem

Steve Lichtin, Director of Business Development, Go Electric

Doug Staker, Vice President of Utility Business Development, Enel X



Session C, Track Two: Project Financing for Energy Storage Projects

Moderator: Richard Baxter, President, Mustang Prairie Energy

Alan Dash, Managing Director, NEXUS Infrastructure Capital Management

John O'Brien, Director, Financial Services' Energy Finance team, Siemens Financial

Nick Whitcombe, Managing Director, NY Green Bank

Herschel Salan, President, NEC Financial Services, LLC


11:30 A.M. - Networking Break, sponsored by DNV GL

11:45 A.M. - Breakout Sessions Continued

Session D, Track One: Large-Scale Grid Storage - Renewables Integration, and Peaker Replacement

Moderator: Dan Bradley, Managing Director, Navigant

Jeff Bishop, CEO, Key Capture Energy

JD Brannock, Manager, Storage Development, Invenergy

James Mashal, Market Applications Analyst, Fluence

Matt Stedl, Development Director, Head of Energy Storage, Tradewind Energy, Inc.


Session D, Track Three: Energy Storage Start-Up Showcase

Moderator: Aidan Snyder, Program Associate, NY-BEST

Carlo Brovero, Co-Founder & CEO, StorEn Technologies

William Burke, CEO & Founder, Virtual Peaker

Cory Mourer, Founder & CEO, Integrated Storage Technologies 

Mohaddese Mohammadi, Co-Founder, Battery Fingerprint Technologies

Sean Luo, Pyrophobic

Ryne Raffaelle, Cellec


12:45 P.M. - Networking/Boxed Lunch

1:30 P.M. - Conference Concludes


* denotes speaker invitation is pending. This agenda is subject to regular change, please check back for updates.


Check out our 2019 Exhibitor list & locations!

Registration can be found HERE

Travel Information
Capture the Energy 2019 will take place at the Albany Capital Center
55 Eagle Street, Albany, NY 12207

For our guests that will be coming from out of town:

The Albany/Rensselaer Amtrak Train Station 
is a 6 minute (1.9 mile) drive to the Albany Capital Center


The Albany International Airport
is an 18 minute (12.6 mile) drive to the Albany Capital Center


Hotel Accomodations

The discounted room rates for both The Renaissance and the Hampton Inn & Suites Albany-Downtown have expired. Please refer to our hotel list for surrounding hotels.



Dining Options
From street-style Mexican to A-1 filet mignon, Downtown Albany's restaurant selection
has it all. Check out
Downtown Albany Business Improvement District's list
of surrounding-area dining options.


















Thank you to our Future Leaders Sponsor:
Brookhaven National Laboratory



Networking Lunch Sponsor:



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Swag Bag Sponsor:

Check out our Swag Bag Sponsor's bag materials here

EV Sponsor:

Come and test drive the all-new Nissan LEAF Wednesday, March 13th to
Thursday, March 14th at 2019 NY-BEST Annual Meeting and Conference.

Thank you to our Media Sponsors:


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Please note: Regstration Refunds are available for cancellations prior to March 4, 2019. For hotel reservations cancellations please follow the venues policies.