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The Community Storage Initiative 2016 Leadership Forum

Held July 20-21, 2016 at University of Minnesota Law School

 

Forum Agenda

When the Smart Grid Meets Grid-Interactive Storage!

Grid-Responsive Becomes Grid-Interactive & Load Management Becomes ‘Community Storage’!

In recent months, it has become increasingly apparent that overall interest in energy storage is rapidly accelerating. From the introduction of the Tesla ‘Powerwall’ to a recent RMI Report entitled “The Economics of Demand Flexibility”, there is an emerging consensus that the country needs a wide variety of dynamic energy storage resources. At the same time, the Community Solar business model has experienced growing acceptance by the electric utility industry as a valid renewable production strategy. These realizations have led directly to the recent announcement that NRECA, NRDC, EEI, APPA and PLMA have launched a coordinated market development effort entitled ‘The Community Storage Initiative’. Following the recent release of The Brattle Group research, “The Hidden Battery” (sponsored by NRECA, NRDC and PLMA), The Community Storage Initiative is an inclusive national market development collaborative that has garnered the support of the electric utility industry, the environmental community, the renewable energy industry and the public policy community.

Preliminary agenda as of July 12, 2016

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Exhibit Hall Hours: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm

7:30 - 8:30 am

Breakfast (provided) in Exhibit Hall

Opening General Session: Community Solar, Community Storage, Community Vitality!

Moderator: Steven Koep, Vaughn Thermal Corp.

8:30 - 8:45 am

Welcome To Community Storage!

Gary Connett, Great River Energy with Jim Spiers, NRECA

8:45 - 9:00 am

Welcome to Minnesota!


Senator Amy Klobuchar

Senator Al Franken

Ellen Anderson, MESA

9:00 - 10:15 am

Keynote: Grid-Responsive Becomes Grid-Interactive & Load Management Becomes ‘Community Storage’!

Scott Baker, PJM; James Newcomb, RMI

10:15 - 10:30 am

Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall

10:30 - 12:00 noon

Panel Discussion 1: Community Storage Research

Moderator: Keith Dennis, NRECA

The Community Storage Research discussion panel will review recent research conducted by The Brattle Group (The Hidden Battery: Opportunities in Electric Water Heating), NRECA (Community Storage White Paper), Regulatory Assistance Project (Jim Lazar), Next Energy (Robin Roy) and Rocky Mountain Institute (James Newcomb). As we build upon legacy load management programs, the introduction of high-speed, 2-way communication capabilities affords important new functionality for Community Storage assets.

12:00 noon - 1:00 pm

Lunch (provided) in Exhibit Hall

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Panel Discussion 2: Community Storage & Public Policy & Consumer Engagement

Moderator: Gary Connett, Great River Energy
Guests: Alan Shedd, Touchstone Energy; Steve Rosenstock, EEI; John Powers, Extensible Energy; Ellen Anderson, MESA; Prof. Hari Osofsky, Univ. of MN

The Community Storage & Public Policy discussion panel will explore the relationship between market development and public policy, specifically the legislative and regulatory environment as it relates to Community Storage. With pending national legislation on incentives for energy storage technology, this is an opportune time to discuss how we collaborate to build a market that works for electric utilities, storage technology providers and their mutual customers.

2:30 - 3:00 pm

Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall

3:00 - 4:30 pm

Panel Discussion 3: Community Storage & Grid-Interactive Water Heating

Moderator: Robin Roy, NRDC

The GIWH panel will provide information on the latest in Grid-Enabled and Grid-Interactive Water Heating (GIWH) technology and discuss program applications, case studies, and the direction of the industry. Panel participants will discuss grid-interactive behind-the-meter storage business models and what it means to them. What are they looking for? What are they afraid of? What integration and communication challenges need to be resolved?

4:30 - 6:00 pm

Reception in Exhibit Hall, Exhibit Tear Down at 6PM

Thursday, July 21, 2016

7:00 - 8:00 am

Breakfast (provided) in Exhibit Hall

8:00 - 9:15 am

Panel Discussion 4: Community Storage & Thermal Storage (Heating/Cooling)

Moderator: Rick Tempchin, EEI

The expanding marketplace for Thermal Storage - Space Heating and Space Cooling equipment provides an opportunity to include these commercial and residential technologies as part of a utility’s Community Storage program. While Thermal Storage for Space Heating has been widely used, Thermal Storage for Space Cooling is relatively new, particularly in residential applications. Learn how utilities and technology providers are working together to develop markets for Thermal Storage equipment. What obstacles have been identified? What obstacles have been overcome?

9:15 - 10:30 am

Panel Discussion 5: Community Storage – EVs & Battery Systems

Moderator: Tanzina Islam, APPA

Electric Vehicles, EV Charging Stations and Battery Storage technologies are poised to transform the energy storage marketplace and have the potential to pull other storage technologies into the market with them. Community Storage programs must take into account the locational nature (BTM or Upstream) of battery storage technologies and EVs, while leveraging their growth to bring other storage technologies into the marketplace. Community Storage can be the organizational structure and program branding that enables all electric storage technologies to reach their market potential.

10:30 - 10:45 am

Refreshment Break

Closing General Session: Community Storage – The Path Forward

Moderator: Steven Koep, Vaughn Thermal

10:45 – 11:15 am

Closing Keynote Speaker

Gary Connett, Great River Energy

11:15 - 11:45 am

Closing Remarks – The CSI Advisory Council

11:45 am

Adjourn

Host Utilities

Great River Energy

Great River Energy is excited to be a founding supporter of the Community Solar Initiative. Great River Energy through its 28 member distribution cooperatives manages an electric thermal storage program that is able to store nearly a gigawatt of energy each night by controlling the electric resistance water heaters of 65,000 end-use members. GRE also offers an off-peak electric vehicle charging program that offers cooperative members the ability to upgrade the electricity used to fuel their vehicles with wind energy at no additional cost over their traditional electric service. greatriverenergy.com

Founding Sponsors

American Public Power Association

American Public Power Association

The American Public Power Association is the national service organization for the more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities in the U.S. Collectively, these utilities serve more than 48 million Americans in 49 states (all but Hawaii). APPA was created in 1940 as a non-profit, non-partisan organization. Its purpose is to advance the public policy interests of its members and their consumers, and to provide member services to ensure adequate, reliable electricity at a reasonable price with the proper protection of the environment. APPA members also include joint action agencies (state and regional entities formed by public power utilities to provide them wholesale power supply and other services) and state, regional, and local associations that have purposes similar to APPA. Together, public power utilities deliver electricity to one of every seven electricity consumers. www.PublicPower.org

Edison Electric Institute

Edison Electric Institute (EEI)

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is the association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies. Our members provide electricity for 220 million Americans, operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and directly employ more than 500,000 workers. With $100 billion in annual capital expenditures, the electric power industry is responsible for millions of additional jobs. Safe, reliable, affordable, and clean electricity powers the economy and enhances the lives of all Americans. EEI has 70 international electric companies as International Members, and 270 industry suppliers and related organizations as Associate Members. www.eei.org

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives serving 42 million people in 47 states. nreca.coop

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 2 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world’s natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, MT, and Beijing. www.nrdc.org

Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA)

Peak Load Management Alliance

PLMA (Peak Load Management Alliance) was founded in 1999 as the voice of demand response practitioners. It is a community of experts and practitioners dedicated to sharing knowledge and providing resources to advance the demand response marketplace.

PLMA members share expertise to educate each other and explore innovative approaches to demand response programs, price and rate response, regional regulatory issues, and technologies as the energy markets evolve. PLMA does no lobbying, but serves as an information source to practitioners and regulatory agencies. www.peakload.org

Host Sponsor

Minnesota Energy Storage Alliance (MESA)

The Minnesota Energy Storage Alliance (MESA) was formed by interested volunteer stakeholders, based on the shared view that our state and region will be a strong market for energy storage. We aspire to be a Midwest forum to share knowledge; connect industry, utilities, researchers, policymakers, regulators, experts, and clean energy advocates; and advance smart policies to support energy storage. MESA is convened by the University of Minnesota’s Energy Transition Lab with support from the McKnight Foundation. energytransition.umn.edu/the-minnesota-energy-storage-alliance-mesa/

Supporting Sponsors

A. O. Smith

A. O. Smith

A. O. Smith, a global water technology company, delivers innovative water heating, water treatment, and purification solutions for millions of consumers and business owners worldwide. A. O. Smith’s smart resistive electric and heat pump water heater technologies are ideal for helping integrate renewable energy into the grid and energy storage applications, while also ensuring consumer comfort with a supply of hot water. This advanced energy storage technology allows utilities to plan energy storage events in advance, taking advantage of wind, solar or hydro generation thereby reducing the need for fossil fuel generation. We support the Community Storage Initiative www.hotwater.com.

American Public Power Association

American Public Power Association

The American Public Power Association is the national service organization for the more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities in the U.S. Collectively, these utilities serve more than 48 million Americans in 49 states (all but Hawaii). APPA was created in 1940 as a non-profit, non-partisan organization. Its purpose is to advance the public policy interests of its members and their consumers, and to provide member services to ensure adequate, reliable electricity at a reasonable price with the proper protection of the environment. APPA members also include joint action agencies (state and regional entities formed by public power utilities to provide them wholesale power supply and other services) and state, regional, and local associations that have purposes similar to APPA. Together, public power utilities deliver electricity to one of every seven electricity consumers. www.PublicPower.org

Carina Technology

Carina Technology

Carina Technology, Inc. provides a complete Energy Intelligence™ solution for shifting demand, storing capacity, filling the valley, and ancillary services. Carina solutions can provide demand flexibility to generators, distributors, and customers by making water heaters of any size grid-interactive while maintaining zero customer discomfort. By combining insights gleaned from years of data, real-time control applications, and sophisticated M&V analytics, Carina can streamline grid operations to conserve and manage energy intelligently. www.carinatek.com

Edison Electric Institute

Edison Electric Institute (EEI)

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is the association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies. Our members provide electricity for 220 million Americans, operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and directly employ more than 500,000 workers. With $100 billion in annual capital expenditures, the electric power industry is responsible for millions of additional jobs. Safe, reliable, affordable, and clean electricity powers the economy and enhances the lives of all Americans. EEI has 70 international electric companies as International Members, and 270 industry suppliers and related organizations as Associate Members. www.eei.org

Great River Energy

Great River Energy

Great River Energy is excited to be a founding supporter of the Community Solar Initiative. Great River Energy through its 28 member distribution cooperatives manages an electric thermal storage program that is able to store nearly a gigawatt of energy each night by controlling the electric resistance water heaters of 65,000 end-use members. GRE also offers an off-peak electric vehicle charging program that offers cooperative members the ability to upgrade the electricity used to fuel their vehicles with wind energy at no additional cost over their traditional electric service. greatriverenergy.com

Mosaic Power

Mosaic Power

Since 2013, Mosaic Power has been turning regular electric water heaters in multi-family buildings into tools for energy storage, while paying properties to connect with us. Mosaic currently operates more than 3,000 water heaters as a part of PJM's Frequency Regulation Market, with hundreds of water heaters coming online every month. Mosaic is growing our footprint in PJM's service territory and is looking to new regions of the country to begin operating in. mosaicpower.com

Peak Load Management Alliance

PLMA (Peak Load Management Alliance) was founded in 1999 as the voice of demand response practitioners. It is a community of experts and practitioners dedicated to sharing knowledge and providing resources to advance the demand response marketplace.

PLMA members share expertise to educate each other and explore innovative approaches to demand response programs, price and rate response, regional regulatory issues, and technologies as the energy markets evolve. PLMA does no lobbying, but serves as an information source to practitioners and regulatory agencies. www.peakload.org

Steffes

Steffes manufactures real-time cloud based cost-effective energy storage systems. www.steffes.com

Vaughn Thermal Corporation

Vaughn Thermal Corporation manufactures V-Grid 'grid-enabled' ETS water heaters and HPWHs for utility demand response programs across the country. Vaughn V-Grid products can be upgraded with grid-interactive functionality, allowing them to be aggregated and controlled in support of the Smart Grid. Grid-Interactive Water Heating is the foundation of the 'Community Storage' concept and can be controlled like any other grid-interactive, behind-the-meter storage asset. Vaughn Thermal Corporation welcomes the opportunity to support The Community Storage Initiative and its guiding principles! www.vaughncorp.com

Participating Organizations

Fresh Energy

Fresh Energy

Since 1992, Fresh Energy has helped lead Minnesota’s transition to a clean energy economy through advocacy, policy analysis, and public outreach in legislative and regulatory settings. fresh-energy.org

Great Plains Institute

Great Plains Institute

The mission of the Great Plains Institute is to transform the way we produce, distribute, and consume energy to be both environmentally and economically sustainable. Through research and analysis, consensus policy development, technology acceleration, and local action, we are leading the transition to clean, efficient, and secure energy. www.betterenergy.org

Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association

Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association

The Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association (MMUA) represents the interests of Minnesota's municipal electric, gas, and water utilities. Our mission is to unify, support and serve these utilities so they can in turn improve service to their customers and communities! www.mmua.org

Minnesota Rural Electric Association

The members of the Minnesota Rural Electric Association (MREA) provide numerous community storage programs today, and are in the forefront of exploring further opportunities for the future. Community Storage programs help cooperative members save money, provide important tools for enhancing power system reliability, and enhance the ability to effectively integrate more renewable energy resources into the power grid. These win-win programs make use of today's technology to drive innovative and economic solutions to tomorrow's challenges. www.mrea.org

University of Minnesota Energy Transition Lab

At the ETL, we develop and implement innovative solutions to our biggest energy challenges through collaborative teams of university researchers and industry, government, and community leaders. energytransition.umn.edu

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Wind on the Wires

Our mission is to overcome the barriers to bringing wind energy to market. This includes better use of existing transmission, getting more transmission constructed, as well as a variety of public policy, siting and other issues. windonthewires.org