Utility Focus at RE+ Northeast

As the premier solar and energy storage event in the northeastern U.S., RE+ Northeast is your hub for innovative companies and thought leaders helping integrate renewable energy projects into utility planning.

Be sure to participate in these utility-focused sessions taking place onsite.

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)
February 22 | 9:00 am - 10:00 am

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?


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

The Reality Behind Utility Climate Pledges
February 22 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am ET

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.

DERs on the Wholesale Market: Will FERC 2222 Deliver?
February 22 | 11:40 am - 12:30 pm ET

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
February 22 | 11:40 am - 12:30 pm ET

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.

QuickTalk: Military Microgrid Applications: Protecting our Most Critical Infrastructure
February 22 | 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm ET

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.

Grid Modernization and Planning for a Clean Energy Future
February 22 | 2:40 pm - 3:30 pm ET

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.

Innovations in Interconnection: Promoting Multi-Stakeholder NextGen Solutions
February 22 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET

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

Put the Pedal to the Metal: Accelerating Smart Electrification through Rate Design
February 22 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET

Accelerating the electrification of transportation and heating will require keeping rates low, which can be accomplished by adding load to the grid in hours with low demand. This panel will explore questions such as: Are TOU rates sufficient for shaping load or 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?

Stor’easter: Developing Storage Programs Across the Northeast
February 23 | 9:00 am - 10:00 am ET

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.

Featured Speakers

Sheri Givens
President and CEO
Smart Electric Power Alliance

Sandeep Dudhwewala
Vice President, Utility of the Future
National Grid

Kim Harriman
Senior Vice President, State Government Affairs & Corporate Communications

Roger Kranenburg
Vice President, Strategy

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Be sure to visit our exhibitors in-person, February 22-23 in Boston, MA, including:

  • APA Solar Racking
  • CAB Products
  • Canadian Solar USA
  • Eaton Corporation
  • EN Engineering, LLC
  • LandGate
  • Titan Wire and Cable
  • Yaskawa Solectria Solar

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