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As increasingly high Renewable Portfolio Standards and environmental regulations drive the uptake of renewables across the US, issues of transmission capacity and generation intermittency will place
increasing strain on existing power infrastructure.
The North America Renewable Power Advisory predicts that share of renewable energy in the US power mix will increase to 12% by 2025, up from 4% today. The lack of an effective electricity storage system means utilities must deal with balancing disruptive power supplies and the cost and load factors involved in doing so.
As greater strain is put on maintaining reliability, the importance of flexible power production will rapidly increase. Flexibility is achievable through many different options; including gas fired spinning reserve, load management and energy storage options.
The Utility Scale Flexible Power Summit aims to bring together the full spectrum of the United States utility sector, from investor owned utilities to local cooperatives, to explore the options available in developing flexible power management.
The utility power conference will examine issues currently limiting optimal generation and transmission flexibility, as well as exploring the potential of future storage and financing options. The summit will provide the opportunity to network with permitting bodies, grid operators and financiers, as well as companies providing the latest innovations in management technology.
Confirmed speakers include:
Mark Irwin, Director of Technology Development, Southern California Edison
John Bear, Chief Executive Officer, Midwest ISO
Ken Donohoo, Director, System Planning Distribution and Transmission, Oncor Electric Delivery Company
William Grant, Manager, Transmission Control Centre South, Xcel Energy
David Hicks, Director of Renewable Energy Procurement and Technical Services, NV Energy
Dora Nakafuji, Director of Renewable Energy and Alternative Power, Hawaiian Electric Company
Managing Director - Commercial Strategy,
Elaine Sison- Lebrilla, Senior Project Manager, Energy Research & Development, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
James Blatchford,Lead renewable Integration Specialist, California ISO
Shaun Johnson, Manager, Energy Market Products, New York ISO
Jay Caspary, Director, Transmission Development, Southwest Power Pool
Bob Schulte, Executive Director, Iowa Stored Energy Park
Barry Worthington, Executive Director, United States Energy Association
Craig Turchi, Senior Engineer, Concentrating Solar Power, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Erik Ela, Engineer, Systems Integration, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Abbas Akhil, Principal Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories
David Nemtzow, Senior Representative, California Energy Storage Alliance
Mickael Backman, Director, Market Development – Americas, Wärtsilä Corporation
Jim Detmers, Founder, Power System Resources – formerly Vice President, Operations, California ISO
Roger Stark, Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP
Daniel R. Simon, Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP
Partho Sanyal, Director, Global Energy and Power Group, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Daniel Mallo, Managing Director, Project and Structured Finance- Energy, Societe Generale, New York - Read 60 Second Interview
"This conference had a series of healthy debates over important issues in the industry."
Southern California Edison
"Thank you for putting this great event together"
"Congratulations for running an excellent conference"
"Very impressed with quality of attendees and quality of material presented"