New/Emerging Technologies & Associated Challenges

June 25, 2019

9:00am – 3:15pm

0.5 CEUs available

pyle center
702 langdon st.
madison wi

The electric utility industry is in the midst of a major transformation,
driven largely by rapid advances in technology.  More than ever,
utilities find themselves at the forefront of technological innovation.

Understanding the impacts of change is critical to ensuring that utilities are making the best investments to providing safe, reliable and affordable service. At the same time, customers are increasingly technologically savvy. As a result, they are demanding more from their utilities in terms of access and control of information regarding their utility usage and reasonable rates.

Draft Agenda

8:45-9:00             Registration check-in

9:00-10:00          Evolution of Battery Storage – New energy storage technologies are requiring energy markets to better define products and compensation for traditional services as well as ancillary services, such as greater reactive support, frequency control, etc. With more renewable energy on the grid, utilities and organized markets are changing their operations to meet the diverse requirements of operating a reliable power grid. The evolution of battery technology is a great example of figuring out exactly what product is being bought and sold by each provider to balance out the system reliably.
Carter Scott, Director of Energy Strategy, Ranger Power  Scott Presentation

10:00-10:10         Break

10:10-11:00          Interconnection Issues with Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) – How do DERs participate in the markets? What rates do they pay? This session will focus on how DERs are integrated into ISO and RTO markets, jurisdiction issues associated with DERs, as well as various regulations affecting DER interconnections.
Andrew Hanson, Senior Counsel, Perkins Coie  Hanson Presentation

11:00-11:10          Break

11:10-11:55           Pricing Distributed Resources: Improving on Net Metering – Net metering has encouraged investment in and acceptance of distributed resources. However, its problems are leading utilities, regulators, and stakeholders to look for a contracting/billing system with better incentives and revenue recovery traits. This session will set out the challenges of net metering and characterize the leading alternatives.
Corey Lott, Economist, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting   Lott Presentation

11:55-12:45          Networking Lunch              

12:45-1:30           Understanding Geomagnetically Induced Currents and Their Impact on the Power Grid: Morgan Substation Neutral Isolation Device (NID) – This is not a new phenomenon, but it is new in the sense that utilities now have, and continue to develop, technology to understand the impact of geomagnetically induced currents (GIC) on the power grid. In this session, you will hear how ATC monitors GIC and what steps it takes in the event of a predicted strong geomagnetic storm to maintain power system reliability.
Mike Londo, Transmission Reliability Administrator, American Transmission Company  Londo Presentation

 1:30-2:15          Emerging Smart-Grid Innovations and Their Impacts on the Utility Industry – The development and adoption of “Smart-Grid” innovations – digital technologies that permit grid operators to sense and respond to line conditions in real time, and allow two-way communication between a utility and its customers – is already impacting our industry, and will only grow more impactful over time. Learn about three different “Smart” technologies that are currently in operation: two customer-facing (an energy efficiency program and a demand-response program, both for business customers), and one utility-facing (volt-var optimization).
Paul Higgins, Associate Director, Energy Practice, Navigant  Higgins Presentation

2:15-2:25             Break 

2:25-3:15             Panel Discussion – How is the Industry Responding to Changing Customer Preferences? Utility customers today demand and expect more from their utility than “simply” reliable service. Customers not only want to understand their energy use; they also want to have control over it according a schedule that is convenient to them. This session will cover what today’s utility customers expect from their utility provider and how the utilities are responding to their customers’ expectations.

Kristin Gilkes, Executive Director, Customers First! Coalition

Jeff Ihnen, CEO, Michaels Energy
Kathy Kuntz, Executive Director, Cool Choices
Corey Singletary, Utility Analyst, Citizens Utility Board of Wisconsin
Scott Smith, Assistant Vice President of Business and Regulatory Strategy, Madison Gas and Electric

3:15                        Adjourn          


Your registration fee includes breaks and lunch.