Schedule

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Registration Open

Located in South Foyer

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Full Conference Networking Breakfast

Located in North Foyer & Palm Room

8:15 am - 8:45 am

Breakfast Roundtable: Weathering the Storm of System Resiliency in an Electricity Hungry World * Full Conference only

The only reasonable way to influence the future is to understand and learn from the past

Brian Patterson, Chairman of the EMerge Alliance, will present an illuminating and provocative view of how the challenge of electricity resiliency can be met by doing for electrical systems and the grid what the Internet did to meet a similar challenge with communications systems.  History tells us exactly how abundant and affordable information became almost universally available to all people in the world, and now absolutely points the way for us to do the same for electricity.

The same scientific and systemic principles apply. Combine this with the basic principle of fair social equity derived from the provision of equal opportunity, and it is easy to see the need to do for electricity what the Internet did for information, that is, creating a similar system for the availability of clean, abundant and affordable electric energy.  It means creating new distributed, bi-directional, mesh networked microgrid energy systems, that take an “all-of-the-above” approach to generation, storage, transactional access, and load management, in a ”Grid-of-Grids architecture, from the Grid Edge to its very core.

Join us for this stimulating – not so distant – view of the next steps in our emerging energy and energy system transformation to a New Age of Electricity.

Located in the Hibiscus Room.

Speaker:

  • Brian Patterson, Chairman, EMerge Alliance

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Welcome to RE+ Florida

Opening Session

Part 1: Resilience and Carbon Reduction in the Sunshine State

What is the role of resilient utility infrastructure in addressing climate change in Florida? SEPA President and CEO Julia Hamm will sit down with Hector Artze, Partner, Energy, Sustainability, and Infrastructure at Guidehouse to talk through how we can create an electricity system that facilitates carbon reduction and is less susceptible to impacts from severe weather events.

Part 2: Accelerating Decarbonization and Deployment of Clean Energy in the Sunshine State

The Sunshine State has potential to further speed up decarbonization and its status as a renewable energy leader with thoughtful decision making. Through increased renewable energy and strong decarbonization efforts, Florida has an opportunity to bolster both resilience and prosperity throughout the state. These opportunities can only be fully unleashed when supportive state and local policies are put into place. During this opening session, speakers will discuss how clean energy can support resilience, the importance of access to renewable resources, and how Florida policy will impact decarbonization and clean energy development. Abby Hopper, President & Chief Executive Officer of SEIA will be moderating; Alissa Jean Schafer, Managing Owner & Director of Copper Stamp Strategy LLC and Sterling Clifford, Manager, Government Affairs of Sunnova Energy will be speaking.

Located in Royal Poinciana Ballroom A

10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Exhibit hall

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Networking Break and Exhibits

Located in Exhibit Hall - Royal Poinciana Ballroom B

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Quicktalk: Renovating Rate Design in the Sunshine State

In markets across the country, rate design and energy policies are getting attention as carbon reduction efforts intensify. This session will investigate the current and future state of these efforts in Florida including net energy metering and the importance of distributed rooftop solar generation to Florida utilities’ net-zero carbon commitments. Speakers will also discuss lessons we can learn from H.B 741/S.B. 1024, including how we can work with legislators moving forward.

Speakers:

  • Will Giese, Southeast Regional Director, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
  • Jim Purekal, Manager, Policy and Strategy, SunPower/Interim President, CHESSA/Board Member, FlaSEIA

Located in Royal Poinciana Ballroom A

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Resilience from Clean Energy in the Time of Extreme Weather

With extreme weather events occurring at a historic rate, climate models are becoming a key aspect of utility planning. Florida utilities are following suit by investing in resilience - how will these investments impact carbon reduction efforts? Panelists will discuss current adaptation plans and how they will contribute to a safe, reliable, clean and modern grid system.

Moderator:

  • Mary Palmer, Manager, Educational Programs, SEPA

Speaker:

  • Dave Click, CTO, esaSolar
  • Justin Kramer, Emerging Technology Manager, OUC
  • Sterling Clifford, Manager, Government Affairs, Sunnova Energy

Located in Royal Poinciana Ballroom A

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Full Conference Lunch and Networking

Located in North Foyer & Palm Room

1:30 - 2:30 pm

EVs and Electrification

As the demand for electric vehicles and electrification grows, Florida must sustainably and competitively build out the necessary infrastructure. Panelists will discuss the push to electrify everything in Florida. Topics covered will include: the infrastructure build out needed for the load necessary to electrify vehicles, buildings and the industries that power Florida's economy, and how storage fits into the solution.

Moderator:

  • Brittany Blair, Analyst, Research and Industry Strategy, SEPA

Speakers:

  • Helda Rodriguez, Founder, NovaCharge
  • Kenneth Hernandez, EV Business Develop Manager, TECO
  • Jennifer Szaro, President and CEO of Association of Energy Services Professionals | Chair, Drive Electric Florida

Located in Royal Poinciana Ballroom A

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Removing Hurdles in Solar Permitting

Currently there is no consistency with solar permitting from one municipality to another, leading to delays in deployment and increased costs. There is an opportunity to build a common sense, inclusive solution that supports the needs of all stakeholders. Panelists will discuss the current issues and solutions in solar permitting in Florida and the use of SolarAPP.

Moderator:

  • Stephen Pope, SolarAPP+ Outreach Manager, SEIA

Speakers:

  • Angelique Bestard, Info and Permit Support Division Director, Miami-Dade County
  • James Terpening, President, Culpepper and Terpening, Inc.
  • Ben Millar, SolarAPP Committe Chair, FLSEIA

Located in Royal Poinciana Ballroom A

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

 

Networking break

Located in Exhibit Hall - Royal Poinciana Ballroom B

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Community Solar in the Sunshine State

Utility led Community Solar programs are slowly rolling out to Florida Electric Customers. But, there is clearly room to further accelerate the development of community solar throughout the state. Panelists will discuss how to build a competitive community solar plan in Florida and give an overview of how the utility driven projects are working, what models they are using, and how to scale these models.

Moderator:

  • Justin Vandenbroeck, Executive Vice President of Development at esaSolar | President of the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association

Speakers:

  • Brion Fitzpatrick, Director of Business Development, Nexamp

  • Jada Sherman, Energy Equity and Inclusion Regional Associate, Solar United Neighbors

  • Bryan Jacob, Solar Program Director, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

Located in Royal Poinciana Ballroom A

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Happy Hour in the Exhibit Hall

Located in Royal Poinciana Ballroom B

Sponsored by:

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Onsite Reception - Ticketed Event

Located on the pool deck

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

8:00 am - 1:15 pm

Registration open

Located in South Foyer

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Full Conference Breakfast and Networking

Located in North Foyer & Palm Room

8:15 am - 8:45 am

Breakfast Roundtable: Weathering the Storm of System Resiliency  - A Hurricane Ian Microgrid Survival Story – *Full Conference Only

From fires to heat waves to hurricanes, natural disasters and their effects on access to reliable power have become a fact of life for many. No community is more familiar with these challenges than the people of Florida in the wake of devastation rendered by hurricane Ian. As a region highly vulnerable to hurricanes, keeping the power on in the face of high winds, flooding and fire brought by these storms has been a struggle as old as power along the Atlantic coast. The answer many are turning to microgrid power systems.

Brian Patterson, Chairman of the EMerge Alliance, will present the story of a microgrid that powered a neighborhood of 37 homes near Tampa that flawlessly provided power through the entirety of hurricane Ian.

With the solar, battery storage systems, and controls all operating at each home site, many of those pain points that make the wider electric grid vulnerable to disaster are solved. All the while producing 100% clean energy.

Join us for this compelling story of microgrid resilience in a New Age of Electricity.

Located in Hibiscus Room

8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Exhibit hall

9:00 am - 9:30 am

The Solar + Storage Market in the Caribbean and Latin America: Market and Policy Trends

The Caribbean and Latin American solar and storage are poised for record growth in order to meet ambitious net zero electricity goals set by key countries. Hear from a clean energy analyst as they provide a market update and landscape and a look ahead to 2023.

Speaker:

  • Marcelo Ortega, Renewable Energy Analyst, Rystad Energy

Located in Royal Poinciana Ballroom A

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Powering Puerto Rico through Hurricane Season

Not yet recovered from the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Maria in 2017, Puerto Rico is still struggling to get grid power restored after Hurricane Fiona's impact only weeks ago. 50,000 homes had continual power with rooftop solar & battery backup, and the island's 100% Renewable Energy Standard Law is taking its first steps toward implementation. How long until Puerto Rico has a truly resilient, renewable energy powered paradigm? What are the opportunities & roadblocks along the way, and how can your company get involved in the energy transition?

Speaker:

  • Javier Rúa, Chief Policy Officer, Solar + Energy Storage Association of Puerto Rico (SESA-PR)

Located in Royal Poinciana Ballroom A

10:00 am - 10:30 pm

Networking and Exhibits

Located in Exhibit Hall - Royal Poinciana Ballroom B

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Developing Clean Energy Projects in Latin America and the Caribbean

Solar and storage developers will discuss the challenges and opportunities of developing clean energy projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Moderator:

  • Fradyn Suárez, Partner, King & Spalding

Speakers:

  • Renato Valdivia, Commercial Director, Atlas Renewable Energy

  • Raul Santos Coy, Associate Director,  EDP Renewables

  • Brian Patterson, Chairman, EMerge Alliance

Located in Royal Poinciana Ballroom A

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Financing Solar + Storage in the Caribbean and Latin America: The Role and Resources of the Export-Import Bank of the United States

The Export-Import Bank of the United States ("EXIM Bank") – a New Deal Agency created in 1934 - has been at the forefront of financing the export of U.S.-made technology for solar, and other renewable energy projects in the Caribbean and Latin America. EXIM Bank has created a special program for renewable energy projects that includes offering the maximum allowable OECD loan repayment terms of up to 18-years, and financing of local costs of up to 30% of the U.S. export contract value. EXIM Bank’s Renewable Energy Officer Craig O’Connor will share ideas about how solar + storage projects can be successfully financed.”

Speaker:

  • Craig O'Connor, Renewable Energy & Environmental Exports Officer, Project Finance Division, Export-Import Bank of the United States

Located in Royal Poinciana Ballroom A

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Installer Training: Battery Bank Sizing Considerations       

As resilience continues to be a leading use case for solar plus storage, a great question to ask is: are loads being considered when sizing systems? One-size (or two or three of that size) does not fit all: properly sized storage is critical to ensuring a system will operate as intended and end-users will be happy. This session will address the fundamentals of load analysis and the key points to consider when sizing battery-based systems. Sign up here to attend.

Speaker:

  • Will White, Director of Business Development, Solar Energy International (SEI)

Located in Royal Poinciana Ballroom A

2022 Education Schedule

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