AGENDA - TUESDAY, APRIL 16
7:00 AM REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
GCPA President’s Welcome Mark Walker
, Assistant General Counsel, Xcel Energy Services Inc.
Recognition of Chairs Kim Casey
, Executive Director, GCPA
Conference Introduction Connie Corona
, The Brattle Group
8:15 AM KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Omar Khayum, CEO, Annova LNG, an Exelon Business Unit
8:45 AM Session I - Evolving RTO Market Designs: Future of Energy & Ancillary Services
Energy and ancillary markets are facing new challenges with the growing uncertainty between day-ahead and real-time market schedules causing price volatility and system reliability issues in real-time. ISOs/RTOs are changing energy and AS market designs to tackle these challenges. The panel will look at the unique energy and AS market challenges in the CAISO/PJM/ERCOT markets and proposals underway or additional changes needed to overcome the challenges. The panel will also discuss potential impacts on the value proposition of different generation technologies under proposed market design changes.
Moderator: Judah Rose, Executive Director & Chair, ICF
Brian George, Sr. Policy Advisor, American Petroleum Institute
Adam Keetch, Executive Director, Market Operations, PJM
Brett Kruse, Vice President, Market Design, Calpine
Kathleen Spees, Principal, The Brattle Group
9:45 AM NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
10:15 AM Session II - Energy Storage: Is it a Panacea?
Due to rapidly falling costs and operational flexibility, energy storage is increasingly viewed as a valuable electricity system resource. Storage systems connected to the transmission and distribution grid have the potential to provide a range of services that could ultimately reduce power system costs and create value for consumers. However, there are remaining challenges to be addressed. How is storage being used right now in the U.S.? What business models make sense and where? In which markets is the economic case for storage a challenge and why? What are the limitations of energy storage technologies today and how should those limitations impact our strategy?
Moderator: Ryan Hledik, Principal, The Brattle Group; Co-author - Nevada’s Energy Storage Potential Study
Warren Lasher, Sr. Director, System Planning, ERCOT
Anthony Maselli, Vice President Development and Strategy, Vistra Energy
Scott Osborne, Vice President, Greensmith Energy Storage
11:15 AM Session III - What's Driving Decarbonization in the US: How Is It Working?
Decarbonization is being driven by many types of forces including government goals, corporate commitments, and economic forces. In some U.S. markets we see decarbonization being pushed at the state and local government level. In other areas it is accelerating thanks to low-cost renewable energy or other market factors. With no central federal policy for decarbonization, the goals and approaches vary widely across the country. Is this decentralized effort leading to faster decarbonization than a centralized one? Where do we see the most traction and why?
Moderator: Kai Guo, Director of Offshore Wind, Director of Market Research, Kiewit
Katharine Beisner, Sr. Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Stategist, Austin Energy
Jeff Lyng, Director, Energy & Environmental Policy, Xcel Energy
Jonathan Peress, Sr. Director of Energy Market Policy, Environmental Defense Fund
12:00 PM LUNCHEON
1:00 PM KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Jesse Thompson, Senior Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
1:30 PM Session IV - Pollution Pricing in the Power Sector: Market-Friendly Tools for Incorporating Public Policy
State energy and environmental preferences are playing out as market interventions in organized power markets; the legal challenges over states issuing Zero Emission Credits (ZECs) are just one of the latest examples. This panel will describe how power markets have absorbed carbon prices imposed by some state policies, and explore whether additional state carbon prices or a market carbon price could ease state/market tensions. As an economic matter, should markets seek to internalize the environmental costs of generation?
As a legal matter, do markets have the authority to set a carbon price, in the absence of state action? What are the goals, opportunities, and potential pitfalls of pricing carbon in the power markets?
Moderator: Kate Konschnik, Director, Climate & Energy Program, Duke Nicholas Institute
Doug Scott, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Great Plains Institute
Representative from Calpine TBA
2:30 PM Session V - Resilience – Beyond Grid Hardening: Cyber, Gas, and Advanced Supply Sources
Resilience includes the ability to prepare for, withstand, and recover rapidly from deliberate attacks, accidents, or naturally occurring threats or incidents. This panel will go beyond grid hardening topics and address advanced persistent threats, disruptions to downstream electric industry support or supply chains such as information technology platforms and gas pipelines, and how new sources of supply such as microgrids and distributed energy resources fit into the problem or solution set.
Moderator: Cheryl Mele, Sr. Vice President & COO, ERCOT
Joel Firestone, Vice President, Regulatory and Market Compliance, LCRA
3:30 PM NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
3:45 PM POWER STAR AWARD PRESENTATION
4:00 PM Session VI - ISO CEO Roundtable: Contemporary Issues
Listen in and ask questions as this panel of ISO CEOs discuss current and future issues.
Moderator: Pat Wood III, Principal, Wood3 Resources
Nick Brown, President & CEO, SPP
Bill Magness, President & CEO, ERCOT
5:00 PM ADJOURN
5:00 - 7:00 PM COCKTAIL RECEPTION AT THE GROVE
Rain or shine, join your colleagues for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at this beautiful rooftop location overlooking Downtown Houston - just across the street from the Hilton Americas
AGENDA - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17
7:45 AM REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
8:30 AM OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS
James D. Meier, P.E., VP Permian Gas & Power Infrastructure, Pioneer Natural Resources
9:00 AM Session VII - Summer 2019 Expectations in ERCOT
The Texas population is increasing, its economy is growing, but its electrical supply is not. Last year saw record loads and high prices throughout the region. In 2019, the ERCOT market is facing an even tighter reserve margin than in 2018. What does this summer hold for the market? What are the risks of system emergencies? What commercial risks are increased this summer, compared to past years? What increased risks do customers face, both in regulated and deregulated areas?
Moderator: Beth Garza, Vice President & Director of ERCOT IMM, Potomac Economics
Katie Coleman, Partner, Thompson & Knight; Counsel for TIEC
Michele Gregg, Executive Director, Texas Competitive Power Advocates
Julia Rathgeber, President, AECT
9:45 AM NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
10:15 AM Session VIII - State of Retail Competition Across the Country
In roughly two decades of retail competition around the United States, retail market models have developed differing rules for billing, default service, and customer aggregation. Is this a complicating factor for retailers operating in multiple jurisdictions? Does this ultimately have a negative or positive impact on end-use customers? What can states take away from best practices in other markets?
Moderator: Allison Neves, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Channels, Just Energy
Chris Hendrix, Director of Markets & Compliance, Walmart
Abe Silverman, Vice President for Regulatory Affairs Group & Deputy General Counsel
Policy Maker Panelist TBA
11:15 AM Session IX - System Planning in a High DER Environment
Utilities and system operators have traditionally given limited attention to modeling of DERs in their planning efforts. Given the increased penetration of DERs, these resources need to be more carefully represented in modeling efforts. DERs are also starting to play a more important role as load flexibility resources as the renewable penetration increases. This session will describe best practices and lessons learned in planning in an environment with increasing DERs, and discuss challenges and opportunities in utility and wholesale planning functions.
Moderator: Sanem Sergici, Principal, The Brattle Group
Jeff Bladen, Executive Director, Market Services, MISO
John Kosub, Sr. Director, Energy Portfolio Analytics, CPS Energy
Steve Steffel, Manager, Regional Capacity Planning, PHI/Exelon
Kenan Ögelman, VP, Commercial Operations, ERCOT
12:15 PM CONFERENCE ADJOURNS