2022 Schedule

Below is the schedule from RE+ Northeast 2022. Check back later for 2023 updates!

Wednesday Thursday

8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Galleria

Registration Open

8:45 am - 10:00 am
Harbor Ballroom

Opening Session: Defining the Opportunity: Carbon Reduction, Climate Change and Resilience

Utilities, energy companies, and policymakers across the Northeast are navigating the impacts of climate change on an evolving grid while striving to meet carbon reduction goals. Explore how our industry rises to the opportunities of planning for resilience while increasing clean energy deployment. Gain insight into how the evolving climate increases stress on our energy system and considerations needed to meet our ambitious goals to rapidly bring more clean energy to the grid.

Moderators

  • Julia Hamm, President and CEO, Smart Electric Power Alliance
  • Abigail Ross Hopper, President, Solar Energy Industries Association

Keynote Speaker

  • Dr. Jason Shafer, Professor, Atmospheric Sciences, Northern Vermont University; Director, Vermont Institute of Applied Meteorology

Speakers

  • Zaid Ashai, CEO, Nexamp
  • Laura Klein, COO/CFO, SolaREIT
  • Patrick Woodcock, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Energy

10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Concourse Ballrooms

Exhibit Hall Open

Grid Edge Showcase Open

10:00 am - 10:30 am
Concourse Foyers

Networking Break

10:30 am - 11:20 am
Harbor Ballrooms

Fireside Chat: State of the States: Are States on Track to Meet Their Own Renewable Energy Deployment Goals?
Room: Harbor 2

Will the Northeast states meet their renewable energy deployment goals and is a state-by-state perspective optimal? Panelists will discuss higher level transmission, ISO, regional implications and whether regional policies can work in conjunction with state policies to support accelerated deployment.

Moderator

Francis Pullaro, Executive Director, RENEW Northeast

Speakers

  • Liz Delaney, Senior Director, Wholesale Market Development, Borrego
  • Nathan Phelps, Regulatory Director, Vote Solar

Fireside Chat: Climate Impacts and Utility Planning: How the Northeast is Preparing for Extreme Weather Events
Room: Harbor 3

With extreme weather events occurring at a historic rate, climate models are becoming a key aspect of utility planning. Northeast utilities are following suit by investing in resilience including flood mitigation and coastal hardening. 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

Lakin Garth, Senior Manager, Research and Industry Strategy, SEPA

Speakers

  • Hector Artze, Partner, Guidehouse
  • Jen Schilling, Vice President, Grid Modernization, Eversource

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Harbor Ballrooms

Quick Talk: New York Briefing
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Harbor 2

This session will cover an in-depth look at the clean energy landscape in New York. Drop-in for a briefing and discussion on issues impacting the state.

Moderator

Carolyn Dougherty, Analyst, Research and Industry Strategy, SEPA

Speaker

  • Zachary Dufresne, Executive Director, NYSEIA

Quick Talk: Maine Briefing
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Harbor 2

This session will cover Maine’s broad climate initiatives and dive into renewable energy from our net energy billing program, grid scale procurements, energy storage, and offshore wind development.

Moderator

Carolyn Dougherty, Analyst, Research and Industry Strategy, SEPA

Speaker

  • Dan Burgess, Director, Maine Governor’s Energy Office, State of Maine

The Garage Powerplant: Unlocking Residential Flexibility & Resiliency
Room: Harbor 3

The road to a decarbonized energy system starts at home, and many of the technologies needed for residential decarbonization can moonlight as grid assets. But not all customers are energy experts, and to achieve mass adoption we need programs that appeal to everyone. We will follow a customer on an electrification journey, starting from basic product education all the way to enrolling in a wholesale demand flexibility program. Building on this example, panelists will discuss their experience launching successful customer programs in areas like battery storage, electric vehicle charging, and smart thermostats, including cost/benefit modeling, stakeholder engagement, tariff design, and day-to-day program administration.

Moderator

Graham Turk, Innovation Strategist, Green Mountain Power

Speakers

  • Heather Tebbetts, Manager, Liberty Utilities
  • Shadea Mitchell, VP of Client Success, Virtual Peaker
  • Isaac Maze-Rothstein, Client Relationship Manager, Leap
  • Carlos Gonzalez, Vice President, Global Business Development, Enel-X, e-Mobility

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Marina Ballroom

Lunch and Networking Break

1:30 pm - 2:20 pm
Harbor Ballrooms

Net Metering 2.0: What Will the Future of Customer Compensation Look Like?
Room: Harbor 2

The Northeast has a variety of NEM policies in place from VDER in NY to retail-rate NEM in Maine. The common thread throughout is that all current DG markets are in flux, contemplating future programs, and future compensation structures. With most Northeast states relying, in-part, on DG to meet their climate goals, the future of NEM is more important than ever.

Moderator

Sean Gallagher, Vice President of State & Regulatory Affairs, SEIA

Speakers

  • Kathryn Chelminski, Director, Policy and Strategy, Ameresco
  • Evan Dube, Vice President, Public Policy, Sunrun
  • Stephen Wemple, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Con Edison

Shock Me Like an Electric Fleet: How to Electrify a Commercial Vehicle Fleet
Room: Harbor 3

Commercial fleets are a prime candidate for electrification, with predictable routes, central parking depots, and a focus on total cost of ownership. Panelists will discuss a real example of fleet electrification including the journey from initial concept to daily operation, vehicle financing, charging infrastructure, route planning, tariff optimization, and realized savings.

Moderator

Kelly Fleming, Vice President, Boundary Stone Partners

Speakers

  • Cliff Baratta, Electric Vehicle Strategy and Markets Project Specialist, ConEd
  • Joachim Lohse, Founder and CEO, AmpControl
  • Tobias Lescht, Head of EV Infrastructure and Energy, Revel

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Harbor Ballrooms

Quick Talk: New Jersey Briefing
Room: Harbor 2

This session will cover an in-depth look at the clean energy landscape in New Jersey. Drop-in for a briefing and discussion on issues impacting the state.

Moderator:

  • Tim Momyer, Regional Development Manager, SEIA

Speaker

  • Erick Ford, Executive Director, New Jersey Energy Coalition

Quick Talk: Microgrids for Resilience: Lessons Learned from Outside the Region
Room: Harbor 3

Coastal communities throughout the Northeast are becoming increasingly vulnerable to disruptive weather events caused by a warming climate. This presentation will include an overview of best practices for microgrid design and learnings from the Kentucky Regional Microgrids for Resilience study which outlines natural disaster outage risk and the ability for strategic deployment of microgrids to provide enhanced resiliency for critical infrastructure.

Moderator

Leigh Yeatts, Manager, Program Design, SEPA

Speaker

  • Carolyn Dougherty, Analyst, Research and Industry Strategy, SEPA

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Harbor Ballrooms

Quick Talk: Solar+Storage in the Snow Belt
Room: Harbor 2

The University of Rochester recently installed a first-of-its-kind integrated solar and energy storage project for a net-zero building, which provides valuable data related to solar energy and storage performance within a northeastern climate setting to promote wider scale deployment throughout the region. The project, funded by a $1 million NYSERDA grant through the REV Campus Challenge, contributes toward New York State’s goal of 70% renewable electricity by 2030. Hear from GreenSpark Solar, the Rochester-based EPC & renewable energy leader of 20 years, and learn more about this unique project and the community partnerships involved.

Moderator

Tim Momyer, Regional Development Manager, SEIA

Speaker

  • Matt Vanderbrook, Director of Commercial Origination, GreenSpark Solar

Quick Talk: Challenge to Opportunity: Improving Community Engagement and Environmental Justice in Infrastructure Siting
Room: Harbor 3

The energy industry will need to make substantial infrastructure investments to achieve collective climate goals, while staying attuned and responsive to the concerns of local communities where infrastructure investments are needed. Panelists will discuss the challenges Northeast utilities are facing in siting infrastructure, how to move beyond rhetoric of “energy equity” into community engagement, and specific strategies for working with communities to plan, build, and “leave better” the communities in which infrastructure is placed.

Moderator

Leigh Yeatts, Manager, Program Design, SEPA

Presenter

  • Steve Lasher, Director- Electric Markets Integration, National Grid

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Concourse Foyers

Networking Break

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Room: Otis

SEPA Working Group Networking Event (SEPA Members Only)

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Harbor Ballrooms

FERC Order 2222: Valuing DERs in the Wholesale Electricity Markets
Room: Harbor 2

FERC’s groundbreaking Order 2222 directed RTOs and ISOs to open their electricity markets and enable aggregated DERs to participate for the first time. What are the implications for this significant mandate that will impact two-thirds of electricity customers in the U.S.? Panelists will discuss operating implications for DER providers, grid operators and distribution utilities as well as the evolving opportunities for battery energy storage, demand response, energy efficiency and electric vehicles.

Moderator

Darleen D. DeRosa, Regulatory/Policy and Industry Relations Director, Landis+Gyr

Speakers

  • Jeff Dennis, Managing Director and General Counsel, Advanced Energy Economy (AEE)
  • Nancy Chafetz, Senior Director of Regulatory and Government Affairs, Cpower
  • Michael Macrae, Regulatory Affairs, Enel Group
  • Chris Rauscher, Senior Director, Market Development & Policy, Sunrun

Clean Energy for All: How Can We Ensure Renewable Energy Systems are Deployed Equitably, so Everyone Reaps the Benefits?
Room: Harbor 3

From rooftop to community projects renewable energy systems can serve all ratepayers. Panelists will discuss states’ efforts to enact policies to support equitable deployment.

Moderator

Omar Blayton, CFO, Sunwealth

Speakers

  • Tolu Omotoso, Director, Energy Solutions, NRECA
  • Adaora Ifbeigh, Director of Impact, Sol Systems
  • Zack Gerson, Partner, Foley Hoag

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
by booth 614

Exhibit Hall Happy Hour

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7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Harpoon Brewery

Harpoon Brewery Networking Reception

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Thursday, February 24, 2022

8:00 am - 1:30 pm
Galleria

Registration Open

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Marina Ballroom

Business Labs (open to all attendees) | Learn more

Led by curated experts for each topic, Business Labs are roundtable discussions geared towards improving your business operations, including sales, marketing, business development, HR, and more.

Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice within the Solar Industry
Discussion Leader: Rahiem Swann, Senior Regional Development Manager, SEIA

Technical & Economic Opportunities at the Grid Edge
Discussion Leader: Brian Patterson
, Chairman, EMerge Alliance

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Harbor Ballrooms

A Rapidly Evolving Energy System: Overcoming Transmission Challenges in the Northeast
Room: Harbor 2

Constant developments in the energy system and the technologies that support it create unique opportunities for innovative solutions to address transmission management issues, especially in the Northeast. Panelists will discuss technical and community issues, process improvements including comprehensive DER transmission analyses and grid forming inverters, and forecasts from ISO-NE’s Transmission Study.

Moderator

Janet Gail Besser, Vice President of Regulatory and Business Innovation, SEPA

Speakers

  • Goodarz Ghanavati, Principal, Eversource
  • Max Luke, Director of Commercial Operations,
  • Erin Baker, Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Quick Talk: Ewesing Solar in New England
9:00 am - 9:30 am
Room: Harbor 3

This Quick Talk will discuss how solar and agriculture can come together to provide communities with sustainable futures.

Moderator

Dimitri Stevenson, Manager of Industry Services, SEIA 

Speaker

  • Daniel Finnegan, Founder, General Manager, Solar Shepard, LLC 

Quick Talk: New Hampshire Briefing
9:30 am - 10:00 am
Room: Harbor 3

This Quick Talk session will cover an in-depth look at the clean energy landscape in New Hampshire. Drop-in for a briefing and discussion on issues impacting the state.

Moderator

Kesley Hopkins, Content & Programs Manager, SEIA 

Speaker

  • Sam Evans-Brown, Executive Director, Clean Energy NH

10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Concourse Ballrooms

Exhibit Hall Open

Grid Edge Showcase Open

10:10 am - 11:10 am
Harbor Ballrooms

Finance and Developer Roundtable
Room: Harbor 2

How do renewable energy projects ultimately receive funding? Panelists will discuss the state of renewable project finance, including challenges they’re facing in the current market, where they see room for innovation, and what the phase out of tax credits means for the solar and storage industries.

Moderator

Chris Gladbach, Partner, McDermott, Will & Emory

Speakers

  • Daniel Forero, Vice President, Finance, Soltage
  • Jessie Robbins, Vice President, Structured Finance and Tax Equity, Generate Capital
  • Jesse Stowell, Chief Commercial Officer, Encore
  • Riley Sullivan, Vice President, SolRiver Capital

Interconnecting Distributed Energy Projects in the Northeast: Lessons Learned
Room: Harbor 3

The Northeast is facing issues related to costs and timeline certainty in interconnection. Panelists will discuss how to remove these barriers, innovative approaches in the Northeast states, and a discussion of how lessons learned in other states can be leveraged in the Northeast.

Moderator

Jeremy McDiarmid, Vice President, Policy & Government Affairs, NECEC

Speakers

  • Diguanto Chatterjee, Vice President, System Planning, Eversource
  • Kelly Friend, Vice President, Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Nexamp
  • Gia Mahmoud, Head of Future of Electric, National Grid

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Marina Ballroom

Business Labs (open to all attendees) | Learn more

Led by curated experts for each topic, Business Labs are roundtable discussions geared towards improving your business operations, including sales, marketing, business development, HR, and more.

The Great Resignation and the Future of Clean Energy Hiring
Discussion Leader: William Liuzza, CEO, EnergieaWorks

How Creating Better Customer Experiences Will Drive Business Growth in 2022
Discussion Leader: Jamey Vumback, CEO, Get The Referral

Advantages of Installing Solar PV on Metal Roofing & Best Practices
Discussion Leader: Mark Gies, Director of Business Development, S-5!

11:10 am - 11:25 am
Concourse Foyers

Networking Break

11:25 am - 12:15 pm
Harbor Ballrooms

What’s Next for Massachusetts?
Room: Harbor 2

With the expansion the SMART program approved, how long will it last and what should replace it? Panelists will discuss lessons learned from SMART and what solar policies are needed to reach Massachusetts ambitions to achieve net zero by 2050.

Moderator

Eric Steltzer, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Speakers

  • Elizabeth Mahony, Assistant Attorney General & Senior Policy Advisor for Energy, MA Attorney General 
  • Jonathan Persaud, Chief Commercial Officer, Grasshopper Energy
  • Jessica Robertson, Director of Policy and Business Development, New England, Borrego
  • Tim Roughan, Director, Regulatory Strategy, National Grid