2023 Schedule

Below is the current schedule for RE+ Northeast 2023. Check back later for updates!

Wednesday Thursday

Workshops available on Tuesday, February 21. View available workshops.

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Galleria

Registration Open

8:30 am - 8:45 am

Welcome Remarks

Speaker: Abigal Ross Hopper, President and CEO, SEIA
Speaker: Sheri Givens, President and CEO, SEPA

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Equitable Clean Energy Transitions in the Northeast, powered by big policy wins in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)

Co-Moderator: Abigal Ross Hopper, President and CEO, SEIA
Co-Moderaror: Sheri Givens, President and CEO, SEPA
Panelist: Zaid Ashai, CEO, Nexamp
Panelist: Melissa Lavinson, Head of Corporate Affairs, NE, National Grid

The Inflation Reduction Act and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act legislation from 2022 have set the stage for the biggest investment in the clean energy industry and infrastructure ever. How are federal agencies implementing these new laws, and how can businesses, utilities, states, regulators, and customers respond to this exciting opportunity to accelerate our transition to carbon-free?

10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Open

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Networking Break

10:30 am - 11:30 am

The Future of PV Panel Recycling & Decommissioning in the Northeast

Moderator: Robert Nicholson, Manager of PV Recycling, SEIA
Panelist: Adam Sokolski, Director, Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, EDF
Panelist: Deb Peck Kelleher, Deputy Director, Alliance for Clean Energy NY
Panelist: Angie Burke, Director, Operations & Maintenance, Pivot Energy

The nexus of pro-solar state policies and increased federal support for solar energy development under the Inflation Reduction Act positions the northeast to be a key region of solar energy growth in the United States. To accommodate this expansion in the market, it will be necessary to quickly scale up recycling programs and partnerships to meet increased demand. Panelists will explore potential PV recycling solutions and decommissioning considerations.

The Reality Behind Utility Climate Pledges

Moderator: Lakin H. Garth, Director, Research & Industry Strategy, SEPA
Panelist: Sandeep Dudhwewala, VP, Utility of the Future, National Grid
Panelist: Kim Harriman, SVP, Government Affairs & Corporate Communications, AVANGRID
Panelist: Dave Gahl, Executive Director, Solar and Storage Industries Institute

In recent years, electric utilities in the Northeast have announced their climate commitments, vowing to embrace renewable energy, and become carbon-free or carbon-neutral by mid-century. How are these utilities following through on their pledges? Panelists will discuss how utilities in the Northeast are progressing towards meeting their aggressive climate targets and what challenges stand in their way.

 

State Briefing — New Jersey

 

11:40 am - 12:30 pm

DERs on the Wholesale Market: Will FERC 2222 Deliver?

Moderator: Caitlin Marquis, Managing Director, Advanced Energy Economy
Panelist: Melissa Alfano, Director of Energy Markets & Counsel, SEIA
Panelist: Brady Klein, Senior Manager, Market Development, EnergyHub
Panelist: David Skillman, Director of Market Policy, Sunnova
Panelist: Kelly Friend, Vice President of Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Nexamp

There is much excitement around FERC 2222 and it’s potential to open the door for DERs to participate in wholesale markets. But since the order came out in September 2020, what progress have Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators made towards compliance? Are utilities and customers preparing for future DER wholesale market participation? In this session, RTO/ITOs in the region will discuss the challenges to compliance, including dual wholesale and distribution services participation mechanisms, market settlements and metering, as well as geographic span of aggregations. You will also hear from customers and utilities in the region about how they are preparing, or not, for FERC 2222 implementation.

Generating Value for the Grid: Customer-Sided EV Charging Solutions

Moderator: Weston P. Dengler, Analyst, SEPA
Panelist: Whit Fulton, CEO, ConnectDER
Panelist: Chris J. Rauscher, Senior Director, Policy & Market Development, Sunrun
Panelist: Roger Kranenburg, Vice President, Strategy, Eversource
Panelist: Kylee Diacont, Solution Consultant, Enterprise Platform, Arcadia

While EVs stand to build greater value for utilities than other customer-sided adoption (i.e. DG solar), there’s an established clear path of success or failure when it comes to impact on the grid. If near-term expected adopters all plug in their vehicles to charge at 6 PM, RTO down to local feeder challenges will be further exacerbated. At the same time, infrastructure and technology providers see an opportunity to integrate EV charging and extend value creation for the grid operator. In this session, panelists will also discuss how organizations can collaborate in what is already shaping up to be a multi-billion-dollar market.

 

State Briefing — Rhode Island

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch and Networking Break

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

QuickTalk: Military Microgrid Applications: Protecting our Most Critical Infrastructure

Moderator: Mary Palmer, Manager, Educational Programs, SEPA
Panelist: Bob Toby, SVP Direct Sales & Customer Service, FuelCell Energy

Using the example of the U.S. Navy Submarine Base in Groton, CT, this fireside chat will dig into military applications of clean energy projects for grid resiliency that bring cleantech innovation to our country’s most critical infrastructure.

QuickTalk: IRA Deep Dive

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

State Briefing — New York

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

QuickTalk: Offshore Wind

Speaker: Celina Cunningham, Deputy Director, Governor's Energy Office, State of Maine

Quicktalk: Driving Equity: Using Solar as a Tool for Justice

Moderator: Yesenia Rivera, Executive Director, Solstice Initiative
Panelist: Noah Ginsburg, Co-Program Director, Director, Here Comes Solar

You’ve probably explored the concept of DEIJ in your workplace. This quicktalk will focus specifically on solar as a tool for Equity and Justice. Hear from experts about how you can better center equity in your work in terms of policy and deployment. Learn about nationwide best practices of solar projects, partnerships, and policy work in the world of solar.

2:40 pm - 3:30 pm

Grid Modernization and Planning for a Clean Energy Future

Moderator: Ariel Horowitz, Senior Program Director, MassCEC
Panelist: Justin Woodard, Principal Engineer, National Grid
Panelist: Matthew Brusnahan, Co-Founder, Gridtwin
Panelist: Tim Heidel, Chief Technology Officer, VEIR

To prepare for a carbon free future, utilities must predict customer technology adoption and load growth that integrate economic, social, technology and climate policy factors. This session will feature experts from utilities, technology vendors and government agencies who are at the forefront of meeting this new and evolving challenge.

Workforce Development Best Practices: Creating Jobs that Sustain

Moderator: Jeremy McDiarmid, Vice President, Policy & Government, Advanced Energy United
Panelist: Max Levitzke, Director, Solar One
Panelist: Kate Durkin, Apprenticeship Administrator, ReVision Energy
Panelist: Leticia Colon de Mejias, Founder and CEO, Energy Efficiencies Solutions
Panelist: Lisa Podgurski, Manager of Business Development, IBEW Local 103

 

When thinking about the power of our renewables transition as a tool for social and economic justice, workforce development – not just job creation – is a significant component. This panel will explore best practices for using workforce development as a tool for equity, providing examples of implementation. Panelists will discuss how to set individuals from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds up for success with family-sustaining careers, apprenticeships, and wraparound support.

State Briefing — Maine

 

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Networking Break

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Innovations in Interconnection: Promoting Multi-Stakeholder NextGen Solutions

Moderator: Valessa Souter-Kline, Northeast Regional Director, SEIA
Panelist: Carolyn Dykema, Director, Policy, Nexamp
Panelist: Michele Boyd, Program Manager, Solar Energy Technologies Office, Department of Energy
Panelist: Samer Arafa, Principal Engineer, Grid of the Future, National Grid
Panelist: Kat Cox-Arslan, Director, Interconnection Policy and Development, New Leaf Energy

Interconnecting projects to the grid is becoming increasingly challenging, particularly in northeast markets with mature renewables policy frameworks. How can we build bridges with unlikely partners to think creatively about grid modernization and deploy innovative technologies that will connect projects more quickly and cost effectively? This session will explore solutions to the interconnecting challenges in the Northeast.

Put the Pedal to the Metal: Accelerating Smart Electrification through Rate Design

Moderator: Kevin Lucas, Senior Director of Utility Regulation & Policy, SEIA
Panelist: Matthew Nelson, Chair, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Panelist: Zeryai Hagos, Deputy Director, Office of Markets and Innovation, New York State Department of Public Service
Panelist: Sanem Sergici, Principal, The Brattle Group
Panelist: Rhaman Johnson, Project Manager, Standards & Interoperability, SEPA

Accelerating the electrification of transportation and heating will require innovative regulatory solutions to prevent price increases that slow adoption, including incentivizing off peak energy usage and by adding load to the grid in hours with low demand. This panel will explore questions such as: Are time of use rates sufficient for shaping load? Are dynamic rates or direct management approaches needed? Are technology-specific rate designs necessary in the short-term and are they sustainable in the long-term?

State Briefing — Vermont

 

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Happy Hour

7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Harpoon Brewery

Harpoon Brewery Networking Reception

Thursday, February 23, 2023

8:00 am - 1:30 pm
Galleria

Registration Open

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Stor’easter: Developing Storage Programs Across the Northeast

Moderator: Sean Gallagher, Vice President of State & Regulatory Affairs, SEIA
Panelist: William Acker, PhD, Executive Director, NY-BEST
Panelist: Anne Hoskins, Senior Vice President, Policy and Market Development, Energy Technology, Generac Power Systems
Panelist: Todd Bianco, Principal Policy Analyst, Rhode Island Public Utility Commission

All states in the Northeast recognize the importance of energy storage, but vary significantly on the pace of deployment and policy implementation. This session will explore recently released program designs from New York and New Jersey, as well as lessons learned in the first year of Connecticut’s Energy Storage Solutions program. Panelists will discuss how states are trying to balance various policy objectives including resilience, emissions reductions, ratepayer value, and participant value for both behind-the-meter and front-of-the-meter storage.

Solar in My Backyard

Moderator: Ann Collier, Manager, Research and Industry, SEPA
Panelist: Dave Gahl, Executive Director, Solar and Storage Industries Institute
Panelist: Mark Schottinger, President, Solar Landscape
Panelist: Lauren Glickman, Vice President of Policy and Communications, Encore Renewable Energy

Is there a best approach to siting solar projects favorably and in alignment with local land use preferences and regulations? Panelists will share their perspectives on building solar arrays on disturbed lands and the built environment, in a symbiotic relationship with farming, and in partnership with environmental and Indigenous groups. Join to hear success stories and learn about the most pressing issues in land use related to solar deployment.

State Briefing — Connecticut

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Open

10:10 am - 11:00 am

From Net-Zero to Carbon Free: Trends in Corporate Procurement in the Northeast

Moderator: Andrew Williams, Vice President, Policy & Corporate Affairs, Sol Systems
Panelist: Toby Ferenczi, Co-Founder, Granular Energy
Panelist: Kelly Snyder, Senior Director of Origination, EDP
Panelist: Ben Walker, Vice President of Energy Strategies, Environ Energy
Panelist: Erica Engle, Vice President, Head of Structured Origination, AES Clean Energy

Hundreds of corporate carbon reduction initiatives include a commitment to procuring 100% of their energy from renewable sources. Where once unbundled renewable energy credits (RECs) were the source of reaching 100% renewable energy on an annual basis, only about 40% of the usage met these goals if calculated on an hourly basis. This deficit lead corporate buyers and renewable energy companies to develop solutions that met more of the hourly energy need with renewable, carbon-free sources. This session will investigate these innovative programs such as direct-offtake solar/wind/storage power purchase agreements (PPAs) and bundled 24/7 carbon-free energy agreements, and identify emerging opportunities for the renewable energy community to support hourly variable loads with nearly 100% renewable, carbon-free energy.

Clean Hydrogen: Will the Northeast Become a Hydrogen Hub?

Moderator: Mona Dajani, Equity Partner and Head of Energy, Infrastructure & Mobility, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Panelist: Alex Kizer, Senior Vice President of Research and Analysis, Energy Futures Initiative
Panelist: Matthew Blieske, CEO, LIFTE H2
Panelist: Vennela Yadhati, Senior Manager P2X NA, Orsted

Could hydrogen replicate today’s fossil fuel infrastructure or play more of a supporting role in the energy economy of the future? The bipartisan infrastructure law that Congress passed in 2021 allocated $8 billion to support the development of at least four regional “hubs” for clean hydrogen. Is the Northeast poised to become one of them? Join our panelists as they discuss the role that clean hydrogen could play in the energy transition in the Northeast, including applications such as transportation, industrial, and heating.

State Deep Drive: New Hampshire

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Networking Break

11:30 am - 12:15 pm

Closing Roundtable: What’s next for the Northeast?

Moderator: Ed Brolin, Director of Market Development, ConEd CEB
Panelist: Evan Dube, Vice President, Public Policy, SunRun
Panelist: Jessica Robertson, Director of Policy and Business Development, New England, New Leaf Energy
Panelist: Jeffrey Roy, State Representative for the 10th Norfolk District, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Panelist: Janet Gail Besser

Wrap up RE+ Northeast with a roundtable discussion will feature, analysis, forecasts and best guesses from our panel of industry leaders to help prepare you to for the Northeast’s bright future addressing carbon reduction goals, land use and interconnection, to name a few.

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

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