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MARCH 16, 2021
9:00am – 2:00pm


0.4 CEUs will be available.

Data and developments in energy storage are constantly changing and improving. This program will provide an overview of energy storage in the U.S., discuss policy changes and impacts, examine whether cutting edge research is being put into practice, analyze various applications of storage, and conclude with a discussion with industry experts who will share lessons learned and the path forward.


9:00                        Welcome Remarks
Jordan Hemaidan, Partner, Industry Group Chair-Energy, Michael Best & Friedrich; WPUI Board Chair

9:10 – 9:50          An Overview of Energy Storage – Storage deployment records continue to be shattered. What is the energy storage outlook in the U.S., and how do we keep up with the constantly updated data?
Julian Boggs, State Policy Director, U.S. Energy Storage Association
Chloe Holden, Energy Storage Analyst, Wood Mackenzie

9:50 – 10:00        Break

10:00 – 10:50     Policy Changes and Impacts – Hear an update on FERC Order 841 and FERC Order 2222 and how these orders have changed and are projected to impact future energy storage utilization and value.
Kevin Vannoy, Director of Market Design, Midcontinent Independent System Operator

10:50 – 11:00     Break

11:00 – 11:50     Is There a Disconnect Between Research and Implementation? During this session, these renowned academics will outline their current research challenges and discuss outstanding research questions that need to be answered before moving forward.

Sally Benson, Precourt Family Professor, Department of Energy Resources Engineering, School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University

Mark Anderson, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Asegun Henry, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Deyang Qu, Professor, College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Devesh Ranjan, Vice President for Interdisciplinary Research; Ring Family Chair and Professor, Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

11:50 – 12:10     Break 

12:10 – 1:00        Applications of Storage – This panel will discuss and provide examples of how energy storage can be leveraged as a resource to address transmission and distribution system issues.

Tricia DeBleeckere, Planning Director, Minnesota Public Utility Commission

Bob McKee, Strategic Projects Director, American Transmission Company
Gordon Pietsch, Director of Transmission Planning and Compliance, Great River Energy
Drew Siebenaler, Manager, Regional Transmission Planning and Analytics, Xcel Energy
Derek Wagner, Manager of Power Quality and Distributed Generation Engineering, Alliant Energy

1:00 – 1:10          Break

1:10 – 2:00          Lessons Learned and What’s Next? Hear from industry experts who have direct experience with implementing projects, including what the challenges are and what makes a successful project.

Sarah Justus, Director of Construction, American Transmission Company

Tom Guttormson, Principal Technology Engineer, Connexus Energy
Doug Houseman, Principal Consultant, Burns & McDonnell
Dean Hubbuck, Chief Energy Resource Officer, United Power
Carter Scott, Director, Transmission, Ranger Power

2:00                        Adjourn

Registered attendees will be given web conference details and access to electronic materials.


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