Agenda at a Glance

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

10:00am – 12:00pm 
Pre-Forum Workshop (for Utility and Government Attendees Only)
Session Co-Chairs: Paul Reid, Azusa Light & Water, and Ron Horstman, Western Area Power Administration

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Lunch Buffet

12:45pm – 1:00pm
First-timer Orientation and Welcome
Chair: Mark Gosvener, ESG

1:00pm – 1:15pm
Welcoming Remarks
Mary Medeiros McEnroe, Silicon Valley Power

1:15pm – 2:15pm 
Jay SteinOpening Keynote: The Bright Future of the Electric Utility Industry
Jay Stein, E Source
We are immersed in predictions of the death of the electric utility industry. We’re told that the rise of cheap solar panels and batteries will do away with the industry, and good riddance to it. Don’t believe them. The electric grid is a key enabler of the renewable energy future that so many people say they want, and the utility industry is our society’s connection to that grid. That future, though, is by no means inevitable. For the industry to thrive it’s vital to envision its role in the future energy economy and sell that vision to the public. A century ago the utility industry rose to this challenge and it can do so again.

2:15pm – 2:45pm 
Networking Break and Energy Quiz
Quiz Emcee: Graham Parker, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

2:45pm – 4:15pm
Strategic/Policy View

  • Commissioner Andrew McAllister, California Energy Commission 

    Commissioner Andrew McAllister

4:15pm – 5:15pm
Meet the Exhibitors
Session Co-Chairs: Dennis Guido, Staples & Associates and Mark Gosvener, ESG

5:15pm 
Adjourn

5:15pm – 6:15pm 
Reception

6:30pm 
Dinner

8:00pm 
Networking Campfire
Unwind at a casual gathering around the fire ring to reflect on the day's discussion and look ahead to tomorrow.

 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

7:30am – 8:30am 
Breakfast Buffet

8:30am – 10:00am
Electric Vehicles & Electrification
Session Co-Chairs: Mary Medeiros McEnroe, Silicon Valley Power, and Dan Kay, Lewis County PUD

10:00am – 10:30am
Networking Break with Energy Quiz 
Quiz Emcee: Graham Parker, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

10:30am – 12:00pm 
Customer View
Session Co-Chairs: Adam Brucker, Lodi Electric Utility, and Dave Ashuckian, California Energy Commission

12:00pm – 1:00pm 
Lunch Buffet

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Steven R. ShallenbergerMidpoint Keynote: Becoming Your Best:  What Do Great Leaders Do to Get Great Results? 
Steven R. Shallenberger - Founder and Chairman at Becoming Your Best Global Leadership and President of Synergy Companies
Surviving, thriving and excelling in the Utility world today and running a business or department in today’s high-pressure business and regulatory landscape gets more difficult every year. It becomes easier and easier to be transactional rather than transformational. Discover how transformational leaders motivate, inspire, and bring out the best in their teams, employees, and even their families by using cutting-edge tools and processes. This is sure to be a life-changing event!

2:00pm – 3:30pm 
Technology View
Session Co-Chairs: ​Christopher Dymond, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, and Mark Martinez, Southern California Edison

3:30pm – 3:45pm 
Networking Break and Energy Quiz
Quiz Emcee: Graham Parker, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

3:45pm – 5:15pm 
Utility Program Stand-up Challenge
Session Co-Chairs: Cheri Davis, Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Graham Parker, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Join us for the craziest round of concurrent sessions ever! Imagine speed dating meets the lightning round of a TV game show! Visit up to 6 storyboards detailing utility-sponsored energy programs or research. Each storyboard presenter has up to 5 minutes (plus up to 7 minutes for Q&A) to share with you the program’s goals, successes and lessons learned. A bell rings, you choose another storyboard, and the 12-minute clock starts again.  Due to limited space, we will break this year’s event up into two segments, with a short intermission to set up new storyboards at the midpoint.

5:15pm – 6:15pm 
Reception

6:30pm 
Dinner

8:00pm
Beer Tasting & Networking

 

Friday, April 27, 2018

7:30am – 8:30am
Breakfast Buffet

9:00am – 10:15am
Energy Storage
Session Co-Chairs: David Reynolds, ERS, and Bryan Cope, Southern California Public Power Authority

10:15am – 10:30am 
Networking Break with Energy Quiz 
Quiz Emcee: Graham Parker, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

10:30am – 12:00pm
Utility Programs Snapshot
Session Co-Chairs: ​Kevin Palmer, Riverside Utilities, and Kapil Kulkarni, Burbank Water and Power

  • Video Chat Inspections, Sara Bowles, Tacoma Power
     
    Sara Bowles

12:00pm
Adjourn

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Lunch buffet