One Day Forum - Energy Storage and Microgrids: Building a Better Grid AGENDA

Presented in Partnership by NY-BEST and the Pace Energy and Climate Center
June 11, 2013 - Pace University, New York City Campus, Multipurpose Room, One Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Registration Opens – Light Breakfast

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM Welcome Remarks

  • Dr. William Acker, Executive Director, NY-BEST

  • Franz Litz, Executive Director – Pace Energy and Climate Center

10:15 AM - 10:45 Keynote:  Chris Shelton, President, AES Energy Storage

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM – Networking coffee break

11:00 AM- 12:30 PM – Session 1 – Benefits and Challenges Facing Innovative Grid Technologies

This Session will feature presentations from leaders in energy storage, microgrids and distributed generation who each will share their perspectives and experiences on the benefits of the technologies — from on-grid applications for peak load shaving to the customer side of the meter applications, and integration of renewable sources. They will also discuss the specific legal, regulatory and market challenges they face and potential mechanisms for accelerating and expanding the deployment of these innovative systems.

  • Moderator:  Allen Goodman, President, ECG Consulting Group

  • David Logsdon, Distributed Generation Specialist, Consolidated Edison of New York

  • Doug Staker, Vice President Business Development and International Sales, Demand Energy

  • Nicholas Abi-Samra, Senior Vice President, DNV KEMA

  • Gary Wetzel, Director of Commercial and Industrial Business Development, S&C Electric

12:30 PM -1:30 PM   Networking Buffet Lunch

1:30 PM -3:00 PM Session 2 – Energy Policy Roundtable

This session will feature a roundtable discussion with experts in the energy field and will focus on the regulatory and policy landscape for microgrids, energy storage and distributed generation.  These leaders will explore the questions of “What really needs to happen to accelerate and expand the deployment of these innovative technologies? What new policies are being put in place and what’s planned?”

  • Moderator:  Dr. William Acker, Executive Director, NY-BEST

  • Gerry Stokes, President, New York Energy Policy Institute

  • Jim Gallagher, Executive Director, Smart Grid Consortium

  • Garry Brown, Chairman, New York State Public Service Commission

3:00 PM -3:20PM Networking Break

3:20 PM -3:50 PM Presentation - Multi-building applications: Lessons Learned from the Military Model

This presentation will focus on the successful deployment of microgrids, renewable energy, energy storage and distributed generation in military settings.

  • Darren Hammell, Executive Vice President, Princeton Power Systems

3:50 PM – 4:30 PM Presentation - Pace Energy and Climate Center Microgrid Study Findings

Pace Energy and Climate Center will provide an update on their activities in New York and New England to promote Microgrids and District Energy Systems with CHP. The rationale and current drivers that are prompting communities and end-users to implement microgrids will be explored.   Regulatory, legal, financial and physical/infrastructure issues and challenges that interested parties are addressing will be discussed.

  • Tom Bourgeois, Deputy Director, Pace Energy and Climate Center

4:30 PM -5:00 PM  Charting the Path Ahead

An interactive facilitated discussion with forum participants of the major highlights of the day, including a summary of the key benefits and challenges face by the industry as well as preliminary recommendations regarding mechanisms for overcoming these challenges. 

5:00 PM - 6:30PM NETWORKING RECEPTION – Presented with The Pew Charitable Trusts