Disruption and Innovation in the Electric Industry

September 18, 2018 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
The Pyle Center, Room 335
University of Wisconsin: Pyle Center
702 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706
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Lori Sakk
Draft agenda

Disruption and Innovation in the Electric Industry

0.4 CEUs

Emerging technologies.  Change. How will “disruptors” impact the electric industry? Should utilities be concerned?
How are utilities framing, analyzing and responding to potential disruption impacts?


8:15-8:30           Registration check-in and welcome coffee

8:30-10:00         Disruptive and Innovative Competition in the Electric Industry: Traditional business model vs disruption model  — This session will provide an overview of the nature of disruption and innovative changes that have happened over time, as well as introduce the discussion regarding whether the traditional business model still works for utilities.  Elisabeth Graffy, Professor of Practice, School for the Future of Innovation in Society; and Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University; Steve Kihm, Principal and Chief Economist, Seventhwave, and Senior Fellow, Institute of Public Utilities, Michigan State University    Graffy presentation   Kihm presentation

10:00-10:15       Break

10:15-11:15       Politics, Policy, Law Panel — Hear from some of the experts on what and how state and national legislation and policies are arguably disrupting the utility industry by driving change. Are there unintended consequences?  

ModeratorArt Harrington, Attorney, Godfrey & Kahn

Panel:          P.J. DiStefano, Partner, Deloitte
                     Jordan Hemaidan, Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich
                     Kate Stickland, Senior Associate, 51st State Initiative, Smart Electric Power Alliance

11:15-12:00        Scoring with the Energy Cloud Playbook: Capturing Value in the DER Transition  — As the best football teams know, you need a good playbook in you’re going to succeed in the game. Successfully navigating the complexities of a clean, decentralized, intelligent and mobile grid, which Navigant refers to as the Energy Cloud transition, is no different. Utilities are playing both “offense” and “defense” in taking varied approaches to create customer and shareholder value in the Energy Cloud. Using the Energy Cloud Playbook as our guide, we will describe trends shaping the rate of change, examples of different strategies, and key questions to consider.  Mike Rutkowski, Managing Director, Navigant; Josh Arnold, Associate Director, Navigant   Navigant presentation

12:00-12:15        Break

12:15-1:00          Working Lunch – Utility Panel — How are utilities responding to disruption in the industry? Is their existing utility model equipped to handle the changes already occurring?

Moderator:  David Sapper, Director of Market Intelligence, Customized Energy Solutions

Panel:          Matt Holtz, Managing Director – Transmission, NIPSCO
                    Tom Petersen, Director – Public Affairs, ITC Midwest
                    Dirk Mahling, Vice President – Strategy & Technology, Alliant Energy 
                    Tom Paque, Sr. Vice President-Services and Business Strategy, WPPI Energy  
                    Jeff Springer, Manager of Energy Efficiency and Technical Services, Dairyland Power Cooperative


1:00                    Adjourn

Your registration fee includes welcome coffee, breaks, and lunch.

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