2018 Smart Grid NW Annual Meeting + Evening Social

WTCIntSmart Grid NW Annual Meeting and Evening Social

Hosted by Smart Grid Northwest

Monday, June 11th, 2018, 4:30pm-8pm
Holland America Room, World Trade Center, Seattle, WA
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This event preceded the 2018 NW Energy Resiliency Summit at Seattle’s Pacific Tower on June 12th. Find more information here.

Photo credit: Hai Huu Thanh Nguyen

Can Less Be More? Capital Efficient Grid Modernization and a More Resilient Energy System

Smart Grid NW hosted a lively discussion on how capital-efficient investments in grid modernization can improve energy reliability and resiliency. Today we enjoy an expanding portfolio of solutions to strengthen and better manage energy systems — diverse demand side management options, increasingly cost-effective storage, integrated resource management systems, various asset monitoring, sophisticated controls, rich analytics and more. But investing in energy resiliency improvements can be tricky, especially traditional infrastructure built-outs that have often become expensive. How can a new wave of solutions, paired with smarter policy and updated business models, help accelerate the right path forward? Participants engaged in this debate on how grid modernization solutions can help increase the resiliency of the Pacific NW energy system, and what regional stakeholders should do to make it happen.

Join Smart Grid NW in welcoming these dynamic speakers to our 2018 Annual Meeting:

Susan Ackerman

Chief Energy Officer, Eugene Water & Electric Board

Susan Ackerman is currently the Chief Energy Officer at the Eugene Water & Electric Board in Eugene, Oregon, a position she assumed in January 2018. In this role, Ms. Ackerman is responsible for EWEB’s resource portfolio, resource planning, and power trading functions. Prior to EWEB, she served on the Oregon Public Utility Commission from 2010 to 2016, the last four years as Chair of the Commission. She served as Chair of the Electricity Committee of NARUC, on the Advisory Committee to EPRI, and as one of NARUC’s representatives on the NARUC – U.S. DOE Smart Grid Working Group. Before joining OPUC, Ms. Ackerman was a lawyer representing a variety of clients in electricity and natural gas matters, including integrated resource planning, competitive solicitations, transmission services, reliability standards, power sales contracting, and electric and natural gas rate matters.

Raymond L. Gifford

Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

Raymond L. Gifford counsels communications, electric and gas utilities, and information technology companies on state and federal aspects of regulation, administrative law, and competition policy. He is an expert in public utilities law, and the law and economics of regulation of network industries. He is also a Executive Fellow at the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship, and Co-Directs the Institute for Regulatory Law & Economics at University of Colorado Law School. Mr. Gifford served as Chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission from 1999-2003. Following that, he served as President of The Progress & Freedom Foundation, a Washington DC-based think-tank that studied the digital revolution as it relates to regulation of network industries. He is a graduate of University of Chicago Law School and St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute.

Carl Imhoff

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Mr. Imhoff manages the Electric Infrastructure market sector within Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Energy and Environment Directorate, conducting advanced electric infrastructure research and product development with the U.S. Depart¬ment of Energy, state governments, vendors and commercial energy firms. In this role he is responsible for PNNL’s research and development programs on innovations in the areas of advanced power transmission reliability concepts, demand response, development of improved integration concepts for renewable energy generation technologies, policy and strategy for smart grid concepts, and cross-cutting grid analytic tools in visualization and high-performance computing. Mr. Imhoff has been actively involved in a number of electric power system organizations and bodies, includ¬ing the North American Synchrophasor Initiative, the GridWise Alliance, the Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions, and the Western Electric Coordinating Council.

Anders Johnson

Anders Johnson

Electrical Engineer, Bonneville Power Administration

Anders Johnson is an Electrical Engineer in the Bonneville Power Administration’s Long-Term Planning group. He enjoys exploring complex problems and developing innovative solutions. Anders has represented BPA on the NERC Planning Committee.

Carl Zichella

Director of Western Transmission, Climate and Clean Energy/Nature Programs
National Resources Defense Council

Carl Zichella is the director for western transmission for NRDC. He is the NRDC’s lead western U.S. renewable energy transmission siting expert and serves on a nationwide team working on climate and clean energy issues. He works with environmental organizations, renewable energy and transmission industries, local, state and national governments, regulators and the public to find transmission solutions that accelerate renewable energy development while respecting wildlife and land conservation efforts. Mr. Zichella is also a director of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technology (CEERT), an environmental representative for the Western Electricity Coordinating Council’s (WECC) Reliability Assessment Committee, and vice chair of WECC’s Scenario Planning Subcommittee. He served as a member of the California Independent System Operator’s Energy Imbalance Market Transitional Committee through the market’s launch in 2015. He served on the Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee from 2013 to 2017 and was vice chair between 2016 and September 2017.

Resiliency Tour Monday, June 11th from 1-4pm

Seattle City Light has invested in a number of solutions to build resiliency into the energy system in the Seattle area. Participants joined a special discussion starting from the Seattle Municipal Tower followed by a site tour of recent investments for a major substation.

Don’t forget about our Evening Social! June 11th, 6:30-8pm

Directly following the presentations and discussion, participants were invited to enjoy some heavy appetizers and beverages on us at the evening social, from 6:30-8pm. We mingled with other professionals who are working in the fields of energy and grid modernization, emergency preparedness and system resiliency.