SEPA co-host North America Smart Energy week


SEPA content on display at 2019 SPI, ESI & NORTH AMERICA SMART ENERGY wEEK

Salt Lake City, UT – The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) will co-host North America Smart Energy Week, including the flagship event, Solar Power International from September 23-26. Join SEPA to take advantage of the biggest event for solar, smart energy, energy storage, hydrogen fuel cell, and wind professionals in North America.

Passes are available for accredited media. Please contact Jordan Nachbar, SEPA Communications Manager,; or 202-559-2034.  

Highlights from SEPA at North America Smart Energy Week

  • Live Unveiling of “Plug and Play” DERs

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 25 from 10:30am – 12:00pm

Location: Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace Theater Booth: 5837

Imagine the creation of an interface within the electric power system designed to simply “plug” in Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), enabling them to have the technological ability and intelligence to easily connect and interact with the electric grid. 

Three industry finalists will unveil real solutions for DER integration and coordination with a simulated utility grid entity. Organised and administered by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, in collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Department of Energy’s Grid Modernisation Laboratory Consortium and SEPA, the Plug and Play DER Challenge aims to transform energy through visionary DER interoperability.

  • Opening General Session: The Role of Clean Energy in an Integrated Decarbonisation Strategy

Date/Time: Monday, September 23, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Location: Meeting Room 355

Speakers: Julia Hamm, SEPA; Abigail Ross Hopper, SEIA; Tom Starrs, Sunpower; Brian Davis, Shell New Energies

What does the future of solar + other clean energy resources look like? This session will lay out the vision for how these technologies fit into a comprehensive decarbonisation strategy. The second part of this session will address how to present policymakers with a comprehensive vision for a clean energy future that is affordable, reliable, sustainable, and represents a major growth engine for the U.S. economy.

  • General Session: Innovation on the Regulatory Front

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 24, 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM 

Location: Meeting Room 355

Speakers: Julia Hamm, SEPA; Abigail Ross Hopper, SEIA; Janet Gail Besser, SEPA; Jennifer Potter, Hawaii PUC; Brien Sheahan, Illinois Commerce Commission; Letha Tawney, Oregon PUC; Daniel Simmons, Asst. Sec. Dept of Energy.

States have policy goals to increase the amount of clean energy and/or to promote innovation. Yet new efforts often take months or years to get approved – or ideas wither on the vine, leapfrogged by new technologies. Why? Because century-old state regulatory systems, created for one-way distribution of electrons and centralised power production, aren’t suited to handle the added complexity of today’s market.

During this general session, state regulatory commissioners will discuss ways they are evolving regulatory processes, practices and structures to keep pace with the dynamic energy industry while providing customers with safe, affordable, reliable, and clean electricity.

  • Panel: Crowdsourcing Energy: Community Choice Aggregation Opportunities

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 24, 11:00AM – 12:00PM

Location: 250F

Speakers: Jennifer Szaro, SEPA; Rachel Bird, Borrego Solar Systems; Nick Chaset, East Bay Community Energy; Julia Zuckerman, Clearway Energy Group

With community choice aggregators (CCAs) now providing electric generation service to millions of Americans, CCAs are leading the charge to deliver ever higher quantities of renewable energy. This session will evaluate the role that CCAs can play in the market for utility-scale and DG solar. What opportunities does this new framework provide solar companies to partner with CCAs? What impact will this have on NEM and other foundational solar policies? and are CCAs coming to a state near you?

  • Panel: Distribution System Infrastructure and Planning to Support Optimised Charging of Electric Vehicles

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 24, 9:30AM – 10:30AM

Location: 250A

Speaker: Erika Myers, SEPA; Adarsh Nagarajan, NREL; Lisa Arellanes, SCE; Vic Shao, Amply Power; Paul Stith, Black & Veatch

Optimised charging of electric vehicles is necessary to mitigate distribution system impacts and prevent additional costs to the customer. This session will discuss the state of the managed charging industry and the impact of electric vehicles on grid flexibility. Panelists will also tackle how to manage consumer cost challenges associated with electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) integration.

About SEPA
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