2023 Schedule

Below is the current schedule for RE+ Northern California 2023.

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*Schedule, session, session descriptions, and speakers are subject to change.

Tuesday Wednesday

Tuesday, March 28

7:30 am - 6:00 pm

Registration Open

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Networking Breakfast

8:45 am - 8:55 am

Welcome Remarks

Sheri Givens, President and CEO, SEPA
Sean Gallagher, Vice President, State and Regulatory Policy, SEIA

8:55 am - 9:10 am

Opening Keynote Remarks

9:10 am - 10:00 am

Opening Session

10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Open

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Networking Break sponsored by

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Location, Location, Location: Grappling with Land Use in a Post-IRA Era

As the renewable industry gears up for significant expansion in the wake of the Inflation Reduction Act, stakeholders will need to work together to resolve land use and siting conflicts, particularly at the local level. How do we balance the need for renewables while protecting other environmental resources? How do we ensure the community’s voice is heard? And what are some ways that we can leverage renewable energy projects to build profits? This panel will examine the challenges that the RE industry faces and potential solutions for navigating siting and land use conflicts over the next decade.

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Quick Talk: Hydrogen

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Fireside Chat: Solar and Storage Recycling: Managing End-of-life Equipment for a Circular Economy

Solar and storage have been growing rapidly in California – how do we responsibly prepare for the end-of-life of this equipment? Looking ahead to the growing EV market, California’s SB 1215 added battery-embedded products to the state e-waste program. Meanwhile, home and business owners have been installing solar arrays for decades. Many of these modules are now due for replacement. How will the solar and EV industry manage the electronic waste? This session will explore options available to responsible solar, storage, and EV companies who want to contribute to making renewable energy a circular economy.

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Networking Lunch

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Electrification in California: EVs, Building Electrification, and Equity

Electrification is driving the carbon reduction goals in California. This panel will discuss some of the practical realities, challenges, and tradeoffs required to meet higher levels of EV penetration as well as the efforts underway with building electrification.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Solar and Storage Session

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Networking Break sponsored by

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Rate Design Session

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Happy Hour

Wednesday, March 29

8:00 am - 1:30 pm

Registration Open

9:00 am - 10:00 am

The Future of Transmission and Distribution Development in California

A timely build out of a cost-effective transmission and distribution (T&D) system is vital to keep pace with new renewable energy resources coming online in California. Stakeholders must engage in strategic planning to determine how best to deploy T&D infrastructure: What exactly is needed? What T&D can be avoided? How will we build it? And how will cost be addressed during the transition? During this session, speakers will discuss these questions as they explore what is required to build out a thoughtful and robust T&D system in the state. Speakers will also discuss how collaborative regional partnerships can be leveraged to assist in this process and what other technologies, like storage and DERs, should be considered to reduce the need for additional lines.

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Open

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Networking Break sponsored by

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Managing the Energy Mix: The Role of Aggregated DERs in California

An important aspect of distributed energy resources (DERs) are the management systems that have developed alongside them. External energy management factors such as efficient virtual power plants, storage controls, and licensing changes to distributed storage installation all play important roles in getting the most out of these resources. In this session, speakers will discuss specific examples of DER management systems in California, the role they play in energy efficiency, and what types of innovation is needed in these systems going forward.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Things are Heating Up: How California Plans to Keep the Lights On During Peak Events

California experienced a historic heatwave in September 2022, setting all-time record levels of electricity demand and barely avoiding blackouts. As California continues on its path to decarbonize, what mechanisms and technologies are available to protect grid reliability? How does the state plan to respond to future heat waves, and what role will utilities and customers play in helping to reduce peak load during critical hours?