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Monday
Monday
The Road Ahead
11:30 - 12:30
EDT</br>Keynote Session

So far, the road in 2020 has been full of surprises, a few bumps and even some detours. But the energy storage industry can look forward to an open road ahead with enormous opportunities to expand its market. The opening session of the first virtual ESA Energy Storage Annual Conference & Expo (#ESACon20) will hear from policy makers and industry leaders who are driving the electricity industry toward a more resilient and sustainable future, moving toward 100 GW of new energy storage by 2030. The progress so far has been impressive. And if we continue on this road together, we can expect further progress through the next decade to be spectacular.

#AllinthisTogether #StorageUnitesUS.

Speakers:

  • Mark Menezes, Under Secretary of Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • John Hewa, COO & VP of Corporate Services, REC
  • Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO, Energy Storage Association
  • Tom Kuhn, President, Edison Electric Institute

 

Hold My Beer: States Leading The Way
12:45 - 13:45
Breakout Session

Despite setbacks from the current COVID-19 crisis, analysts across the globe are predicting energy storage will revolutionize many industries over the next decade and create the hottest new markets. And states are leading the way in creating policies that encourage rapid market development. So where are those opportunities in the U.S., and will they depend on a potential federal Investment Tax Credit or other incentives for stand-alone storage? Which storage services will drive the markets: capacity, grid services, microgrids and resilience, or something else? This session will feature perspectives from leading state advocates in the retail space, making their case for how their models are leading the way.

Learning Objectives

  • The audience will learn about key developments in leading U.S. markets and developments to come over the next few years as the industry strives for 35 GW of storage by 2025.
  • Attendees will gain updated insights on the applications and services that are driving the most project value today in these markets—and those likely to drive the most value in the next decade.

Speakers:

  • Alex Morris, Executive Director, CESA
  • Dr. William Acker, Executive Director, NY-BEST
  • Jeremy McDiarmid, VP, Policy & Government Affairs, North East Clean Energy Council

Moderator:

  • Nitzan Goldberger, Director of Policy and Business Development, Borrego Solar
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Safety First
12:45 - 13:45
EDT</br>Breakout Session

While incidents of thermal and other operational safety events are rare, the storage industry has dramatically increased attention to health and safety measures, supported by the ESA Corporate Responsibility Initiative. This session will update the audience on the latest international and U.S. codes, standards, and industry practices to minimize the risk of operational hazards; how to identify areas of uncertainty; and how to manage any occurrences with host sites, first responders, and local communities–including deployment practices in light of the COVID-19 crisis.

Learning Objectives

  • Speakers will discuss the safety risks they face, and how is the industry rising to the challenge.
  • The audience will learn the safety challenges of different applications, including behind-the-meter, front-of-meter and mobile storage.
  • Participants will gain insights on the breadth of health and safety codes, standards, and industry practices, and the increasing industry engagement in their development.

Speakers:

  • Barbara LaBarge, Global Safety and Quality Manager, Fluence
  • Dr. Jon La Follet, Energy System Integration & Storage Program Lead, Shell New Energies US LLC
  • Nicholas Alexiades, Business Development Manager, UL LLC

Moderator:

  • Matthew Paiss, Technical Advisor, Battery Materials & Systems, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

 

Energy Storage 101: Technology Basics
14:00 - 15:30
EDT</br>Learning Lab $

Stationary energy storage systems come in numerous forms, including pumped hydropower, thermal storage, compressed air energy storage, flywheels, flow batteries, lithium-ion batteries, and solid electro-chemical battery storage systems. This session will provide a primer of the trends, applications, technologies, and integration considerations for use of energy storage by utilities, merchant generators, and end-customers.

Speakers:

  • Ben Kaun, Program Manager, Energy Storage and Distributed Generation, Electric Power Research Institute
  • Erin Minear, Technical Leader for the Energy Storage Program, Electric Power Research Institute
  • Haresh Kamath, Acting Director for Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and Energy Storage, Electric Power Research Institute
  • Mike Simpson, Senior Technical Leader for the Energy Storage Program, Electric Power Research Institute

 

StoragePLUS Everything
15:45 - 16:45
EDT</br>Breakout Session

StoragePLUS wind, storagePLUS solar, storagePLUS natural gas, storagePLUS microgrid resources. In the coming the decade of energy storage, these resources will be paired in new ways, for new applications, bringing flexibility and added value to the grid. This panel will explore various configurations for storage paired with diverse resources, the business cases of each, and the opportunities and challenges ahead.

Learning Objectives

  • Panelists will discuss key technical and commercial considerations for integrating energy storage with various resource types.
  • Attendees will gain insights into specific case studies of real-world projects, including the gains, challenges and surprises encountered in hybridizing resources with storage.

Speakers:

  • Amelie Wulff, Integrated Solutions Global Sales Leader, Renewable Hybrid, GE Renewable Energy
  • Andy Tang, VP, Energy Storage and Optimisation, Wärtsilä
  • Christine Grey, Head of Hybrid & Storage Systems, Americas, Siemens Gamesa

Moderator:

  • Rob Gramlich, Founder and President, Grid Strategies LLC

 

Global Supply Chain: Trade & Policy
15:45 - 16:45
EDT</br>Breakout Session

China tariffs. Supply delays. Manufacturer safety tests. New entrants…and now potential import bans on equipment deemed critical for grid security.  Supply chains serving two hot growth markets—stationary and mobile storage—are facing both unexpected challenges and opportunities these days. While both U.S. stationary energy storage projects and battery electric vehicle sales slowed due to Coronavirus, the impacts have been uneven, are occurring over different time scales, and will play out differently in the future.

Learning Objectives

  • Speakers will present the most current information on the ramifications of COVID-19 to the global supply chains and what that means for project delays and costs.
  • Attendees will gain insights about how evolving U.S. trade and national security policies are affecting supply chains, and what to expect in the coming years.
  • The panel will discuss how supplier countries are responding to U.S. policy, and what that means for the availability and cost of batteries for stationary projects.

 

Speakers:

  • Andy Klump, Founder and CEO, Clean Energy Associates
  • Bernd Janzen, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP
  • Zolaikha Strong, Director, Energy Policy & Electrical Markets, Copper Alliance

Moderator:

  • Brett Simon, Senior Analyst, Energy Storage, Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables

 

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Tuesday
Tuesday
Storage as the Hub for Developers
11:30 - 12:30
EDT</br>Keynote Session

Energy storage and clean generation are increasingly being deployed on their own or coupled with other resources to modernize and decarbonize the U.S. electric grid, with a vision to incorporate energy storage to ensure resilience, efficiency, sustainability and ultimately affordability for consumers. We will hear from the leaders of major companies implementing a range of projects across the U.S.and globally, including: storagePLUS solar, storagePLUS wind, storagePLUS natural gas, and community storage businesses.

Speakers:

  • Anne Hoskins, Chief Policy Officer, Sunrun
  • Barnaby Olson, CEO and Co-Founder, Able Grid
  • Manuel Perez Duboc, President and CEO, Fluence
  • Mike Bowman, Chief Technology Officer, GE Renewable Hybrids

Moderator:

  • Peter Kelly-Detwiler, Principal, NorthBridge Energy Partners, LLC

 

Staying Power: Storage for Resilience
12:45 - 13:45
EDT</br>Breakout Session

Whether from hurricanes, wildfires, floods or cyber attacks, natural and man-made disasters that affect the grid are stimulating demand across the U.S. for energy storage to help provide backup and infrastructure resilience. What are the new hybrid project combinations and products, and how are these pilots performing? How will increased interest in microgrids to promote resilience lead to more demand for energy storage?  This session will include experienced developer perspectives on what it takes to ensure resilience and where the markets may go.

Learning Objectives:

  • Speakers will explore the definition of resilience as it is viewed by the client, developer, policymaker, and utility/grid operator.
  • Attendees will see performance results from large operating projects (or project aggregations).
  • Attendees will learn different perspectives on current and future resilience-focused purchasing and deployment trends.

Speakers:

  • Andrew Foukal, CEO, East Point Energy
  • Michael Maiello, Vice President, Energy Storage Systems
  • Zachary Kuznar, Managing Director, CHP, Energy Storage and Microgrid Development, Duke Energy

Moderator:

  • Helen Kou, Analyst, Decentralized Energy and Utility Strategy, BloombergNEF
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The Playbook: Maximizing Value, Minimizing Risk
12:45 - 13:45
EDT</br>Breakout Session

How do you develop a successful deal that stands the test of time in rapidly changing energy markets? How are the financiers looking at value and risk on a multi-decade asset, while regulatory frameworks continue to evolve? What are some of the most innovative new insurance and performance guarantee products? How have contracts accommodated delays in project completion due to the global pandemic? This session will feature speakers who focus on striking a balance the near- and long-term considerations to maximize value and minimize risk.

Learning Objectives

  • Speakers will identify the top value and risk factors in today’s projects, and which are most likely to seal or kill a deal.
  • Attendees will learn what utilities are considering when deciding on storage projects—what utilities consider valuable and how they can best manage risk.
  • The audience will hear about the range of finance and investment attitudes towards project risk and value over time and how they manage for them.

Speakers:

  • Jacqueline DeRosa, Vice President of Energy Storage, Ameresco
  • Jay Goldin, Vice President of Green Tech Solutions, Munich Re America

Moderator:

  • Elias Hinckley, Partner, K&L Gates

 

Energy Storage 201: Market Basics
14:00 - 15:30
EDT</br>Learning Lab $

During this special workshop, get insights into the key market opportunities for energy storage resources in the U.S. This Learning Lab continues a basic education on energy storage, focusing on U.S. markets and services. This workshop builds on the information presented in the Energy Storage101 workshop, but also stands alone as an in-depth session on U.S. markets and business models for energy storage. Facilitators will explain the market participation models in the seven U.S. organized wholesale (ISO) markets as well as describe important developments at the federal and state level. Material will cover market design features for in front of the meter and behind the meter resources, as well as for distributed energy resources (DERs). Presenters will explore case studies including multiple use applications and hybrid resources and their implications on the value proposition of energy storage.

Speakers:

  • John Fernandes, Senior Consultant –Emerging Technologies, Customized Energy Solutions
  • Michael Berlinski, Director –Emerging Technologies, Customized Energy Solutions
  • Patrick Shoop, Senior Consultant –Emerging Technologies, Customized Energy Solutions
  • Tony Abate, Senior Consultant –Emerging Technologies, Customized Energy Solutions

 

Intelligent Energy Storage: Advanced Lead Batteries
14:00 - 15:30
EDT</br>Learning Lab $

The vast growth in global demand for energy storage is fueling the need for innovative batteries. The Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI) will hold a lead battery Learning Lab outlining the role of lead batteries, the cutting-edge research and innovation in the technology, and its benefits for a wide range of energy storage applications such as frequency regulation, microgrids and peak shaving/smoothing. CBI will showcase technical case studies from installations across the globe where advanced lead batteries are providing reliable, sustainable, safe, cost-effective and high-performing energy storage. CBl’s new online energy storage tool, CBI Battery Match will be launched at the event, a tool which will enable end-users such as utility companies and system integrators to determine which lead batteries are best suited for their energy storage needs. Speakers will include Dr Alistair Davidson (CBI), Dr Matt Raiford (CBI), Angie Rolufs (Paragon Business Solutions) and Dr Frank Fleming (EAI Grid Storage Incorporated).During this session the audience will:

During this session the audience will:

  • Gain an understanding of advanced lead batteries, the applications in which they are used, and the benefits they offer
  • Discuss a range of case studies for utility and energy storage applications utilizing advanced lead batteries
  • Learn about CBI’s new energy storage tool, CBI Battery Match, that compares a range of lead batteries for energy storage projects, and directly connects utility and renewable companies with the right lead battery for their project

Speakers:

  • Angela B. Rolufs, Vice President for Strategic Energy Initiatives, Paragon Business Solutions, Inc.
  • Dr Alistair Davidson, Director, Consortium for Battery Innovation
  • Dr Frank A. Fleming, Business Development, EAI Grid Storage Incorporated
  • Dr Matthew Raiford, Manager, Consortium for Battery Innovation

 

Storage Exchange: Valuation and Grid Impact Analysis
15:30 - 17:00
EDT</br>The Storage Exchange

This session will cover the quantification of benefits and costs and impacts to the electric system for energy storage. It will especially focus on the incorporation of storage valuation into project design, controls, planning and operations of electric utilities system operators, and customer value.

 

Global Supply Chains: Ethics & Economics
15:45 - 16:45
EDT</br>Breakout Session

Dealing with availability and cost of materials for battery storage systems is normal course of business. Today, manufacturers are facing emerging issues such as responsible sourcing of rare earth minerals and designing for efficient reuse and recycling. As the global supply chains for both stationary and mobile storage ready for recovery and restoration of demand from the impacts of COVID-19, an increased focus on safety and our environment have presented the industry with an opportunity to re-examine its global supply chain strategies.  What in the world is happening now on upstream mining and mid-stream supply trends for the next few years, and how will it affect your projects?

Learning Objectives

  • Panelists will present upstream mining and mid-stream supply trends affecting global stationary storage production.
  • Speakers will relate how mid-stream manufacturers respond to downstream pressures for better and cheaper batteries, while minimizing the social and environmental burdens imposed by upstream raw materials mining and processing.
  • Attendees will gain insights as to how the global electric transportation supply chain and markets have been affected by COVID, what that means for the availability and cost of batteries for stationary projects, and for how long.
  • Attendees will learn about new initiatives and programs to shift supply chains and adjust production to limit the environmental and social impacts of rapidly increasing demand for battery storage in transportation and stationary applications.

Speakers:

  • Peter Gibson, VP Energy Storage, LG Chem
  • Sam Jaffe, Managing Director, Cairn Energy Research Advisors

Moderator:

  • Yayoi Sekine, Energy Storage Lead, Bloomberg NEF
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Beyond Li-Ion: Going the Distance with Long Duration Technologies
15:45 - 16:45
EDT</br>Breakout Session

This panel will discuss the market potential for long duration technologies, and the characteristics needed to compete and win deals.

Even though COVID-19 shifted some 2020’s transportation-oriented Lithium-ion battery supplies toward stationary storage uses, this past year saw important strides in the technologies outside the lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery market, with increased focus on longer duration storage applications, new projects announced or coming online and new business models forming. This three-part session will delve into real-world experience and what looks promising on the horizon among non-Li-ion batteries, mechanical storage, thermal storage, and power to gas (P2G) storage options in a post-COVID world. Of the many innovative options entering the markets, these sessions will focus on several approaches, with other technologies beyond Li-Ion Batteries featured throughout the show.  Make sure to catch additional LiveStream webcasts from other providers at #ESACon20 LIVE, too.

Learning Objectives:

  • The audience will learn about current pricing and performance characteristics of the most viable and commercially-tested non-Li-ion battery approaches.
  • Panelists will deliberate Covid-19 market ramifications and impacts on the deployment of these non-Li-ion-battery solutions.
  • Attendees will hear specific policy solutions that could further deploy these non-li-ion technologies in U.S. and international markets.

Speakers:

  • Katherine Peretick, Commercial Manager, Hydrostor Inc.
  • Ramya Swaminathan, Chief Executive Officer, Malta, Inc.
  • Balki Iyer, Chief Commercial Officer, Eos Energy Storage

Moderator:

  • Jason Burwen, VP, Policy, ESA

 

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Wednesday
Wednesday
Storage as the Hub for Utilities
11:30 - 12:30
EDT</br>Keynote Session

The emergence of energy storage has enabled utilities to consider a range of new solutions to grid reliability and resilience issues today. It has also provided a powerful tool in support of policy goals for greenhouse gas reductions in the long term. Leading utilities share how they are putting storage into practice now and what advancement and adaptation is still needed for energy storage to receive a similar level of acceptance as other “utility grade” assets, such as poles, wires, and transformers.

Moderator:

  • Arshad Mansoor, President, EPRI

Contracting: Signed, Sealed, Delivered
12:45 - 13:45
EDT</br>Breakout Session

So you’re looking to get into energy storage, but the terms and conditions offered seem quite different than the structures you’ve become familiar with while executing solar, wind, or gas project deals? Or your existing storage business is growing, and you’re looking for insights on future contracting trends? Or maybe you’re dealing with unexpected delays due to a public health emergency or natural disaster. The risk landscape for signing deals is changing, even as you’re building out contractual standardization. This session will feature insights from legal experts, buyers, and developers with experience in the finer contract details you’ll need for that deal you’re hunting this week.

Learning Objectives

  • The audience will learn how storage contracts differ from other resources, how storage hybrid projects are changing the nature of contract negotiation compared to stand-alone storage projects, and how to best engage these potential technology partners.
  • Attendees will hear about what new trends in contracting might expedite projects or are emerging as sticking points, and which of these features are becoming normalized and consistent, including as a result of recent COVID-related disruptions.
  • Developers will learn whether and how project contracts can be renegotiated over time as dramatically new policy, technology, and market factors emerge.

Speaker:

  • Howard Chang, Chief Operating Officer, East Bay Community Energy
  • Joshua Rogol, SVP, Storage, Strata Solar
  • Keith Martin, Co-Head of Projects, United States, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

 

Looking Ahead to Global Markets
12:45 - 13:45
EDT</br>Breakout Session

Europe is moving ahead with considerations of an EU “Green Deal” as well as new storage-related sustainability initiatives, but what market opportunities—and challenges—could those create for American companies investing there? In the Canadian electricity markets, what are the services and legal frameworks for viable storage projects? Which countries are responding to economic downturn with recovery efforts that include energy storage? As global markets move forward with energy storage deployment and sustainability policies, which markets are best poised for leadership across the value chain?

Learning Objectives

  • The audience will learn which overseas markets are on the horizon and which face challenges in the coming few years.
  • Attendees will learn about new EU “Green Deal” rules and how they may affect the success of American investments in European markets.
  • The audience will also learn how Canadian market rules will define eligible services from storage and, as a result, how to structure Canadian contracts.

Speakers:

  • Andy Colthorpe, Editor, Energy Storage News
  • Judith DelZoppo Pryor, Director, EXIM
  • Justin Rangooni, Executive Director, Energy Storage Canada
  • Patrick Clerens, EASE Secretary General, EASE – The European Association for Storage of Energy

 

Energy Storage Grand Challenge
14:00 - 15:30
EDT</br>Learning Lab $

Speaker:

  • Alejandro Moreno, Director of Hydropower and Marine Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Eric Hsieh, Director of Grid Systems and Components, U.S. Department of Energy

 

Storage Exchange: Deployment and Field Experience
15:30 - 17:00
EDT</br>The Storage Exchange

This session will cover topics related to project developer, utility, and end customer experiences with energy storage throughout the project lifecycle. Speakers will share challenges, lessons learned and best practices in real world projects.

 

Electric Pit Crew: Building EV Infrastructure
15:45 - 16:45
EDT</br>Breakout Session

Energy storage and electric mobility: a match made for grid and climate policy heaven. But COVID-19 has dramatically disrupted this year’s EV supply chains and deployments, and market-watchers need updated insights from the experts on how this disruption interacts with the stationary grid storage supply chain. When will the electric transportation space will resume its dynamic pre-COVID growth? And how will EV and grid infrastructure planning converge? This session will explore how electric transportation—from passenger, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles to marine applications—are using stationary and mobile storage to benefit end-use customers, rideshare providers, climate policies, and even grid operators.

Learning Objectives

  • Speakers will describe how electric transportation and energy storage are being used together and with what stakeholder benefits.
  • Attendees will discover new market opportunities for projects.
  • The audience will learn about the interplay between EV and grid infrastructure

Speakers:

  • Gwen Mizell, VP, Sustainability and Electrification, Ameren
  • Matt von Ruden, Director of Vessels, Washington State Dept of Transportation, Washington State Ferries
  • Sara Rafalson, Senior Director of Market Development, EVgo

Moderator:

  • Kellen Schefter, Director, Electric Transportation, Edison Electric Institute

 

Beyond Li-Ion: Early Adopters of New Technology
15:45 - 16:45
EDT</br>Breakout Session

Panelists will discuss opportunities and challenges of advancing new technologies with early adoption customers.

Even though COVID-19 shifted some 2020’s transportation-oriented Lithium-ion battery supplies toward stationary storage uses, this past year saw important strides in the technologies outside the lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery market, with increased focus on longer duration storage applications, new projects announced or coming online and new business models forming. This three-part session will delve into real-world experience and what looks promising on the horizon among non-Li-ion batteries, mechanical storage, thermal storage, and power to gas (P2G) storage options in a post-COVID world. Of the many innovative options entering the markets, these sessions will focus on several approaches, with other technologies beyond Li-Ion Batteries featured throughout the show.  Make sure to catch additional LiveStream webcasts from other providers at #ESACon20 LIVE, too.

Learning Objectives

  • The audience will learn about current pricing and performance characteristics of the most viable and commercially-tested non-Li-ion battery approaches.
  • Panelists will deliberate Covid-19 market ramifications and impacts on the deployment of these non-Li-ion-battery solutions.
  • Attendees will hear specific policy solutions that could further deploy these non-li-ion technologies in U.S. and international markets.

Speaker:

  • Collin Coker, VP Sales & Marketing, Viking Cold Solutions, Inc.
  • Heather Worley, Senior Operations Officer, World Bank Energy Storage Group
  • William R.Sproull, Vice President, Business Development, ESS, Inc.

Moderator:

  • Jasmine Williams, Marketing Manager, Energy Storage, Energy Supply, and Grid Services, Trane
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Thursday
Thursday
The New Consumers
11:30 - 12:30
EDT</br>Keynote Session

Energy storage can be an enabling technology for commercial and industrial energy consumers with established environmental, electrification and resilience goals. Leaders of major companies with their own climate and renewable energy targets will gather during this keynote session to highlight their vision for a cleaner world, how this is impacting their energy procurement practices, and how the storage industry can help to evolve its products and services by integrating these new perspectives and objectives.

Speakers:

  • Adam Kramer, EVP of Strategy, Switch
  • Antonio Villagomez, Senior Director, Energy Efficiency and Renewables, Walmart
  • Brandon Middaugh, Director, Climate Innovation Fund, Microsoft

Moderator:

  • Miranda Ballentine, CEO, REBA

 

Life After Life: Recycle and Reuse
12:45 - 13:45
EDT</br>Breakout Session

Thanks to electric vehicle growth, battery suppliers and users are beginning to confront issues related to recycling, reuse, and waste management of spent Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. But will new practices and standards addressing the entire lifecycle of batteries divert spent batteries into environmentally sound management paths? What are the new rules and certifications, which federal or state rules are issuing them, who is responsible, and where is the market seeing the most innovative practices? This session will cover the entire lifecycle of batteries, from raw material sourcing and supply chain production to use and reuse, transport, recycling and disposal.

Learning Objectives

  • This session will present the most current recycling and waste disposal rules, the authorities who are developing and issuing them, how they establish responsibility and where in the market are we seeing the most innovative practices.
  • Panelists will identify gaps or areas “in development” for project developers’ and investors’ awareness.
  • Attendees will learn about the leading initiatives in the reuse and recycling space and where to find more information to access or participate in them.

Speakers:

  • Kunal Phalpher, Chief Commercial Officer, Li-Cycle Corp.
  • Lauren Roman, Business Development Director -Metals & Minerals Ecosystems, Everledger

Moderator:

  • Marc Chupka, VP, Research and Programs, ESA

 

DERs for Grid Optimization
12:45 - 13:45
EDT</br>Breakout Session

Theoretical case studies abound for how customer-sited storage, electric transportation, and other Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) can help optimize grids and improve resilience, in addition to providing energy management value to a host site. But where are the real-world examples, how are policymakers using them, and what is needed to expand these grid-hardening benefits?

Learning Objectives

  • The audience will hear about the performance of specific DER aggregation projects and their benefits to the customer, state, and grid.
  • Attendees will learn whether policymakers are embracing DERs for grid optimization strategies, and if not, what is needed to educate and persuade them.
  • Participants will also learn what policy mechanisms are still evolving that can support DER investments, and how long those rules may take.

Speakers:

  • Ted Ko, Policy Director, Stem Inc.
  • Dr. Kelli Joseph, Director, Markets and Regulatory Policy , Clearway Energy Group
  • Catherine Von Burg, CEO and Co-Founder, SimpliPhi Power, Inc.

Moderator:

  • Mike Voll, Global Sector Leader, Smart Technologies, StanTec Consulting
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The Next Decade of U.S. Energy Markets
14:00 - 15:30
EDT</br>Learning Lab $

Why is energy storage so revolutionary? This Learning Lab, led by renowned energy markets reporter Peter Kelly-Detwiler, will discuss the impacts of the rapid growth of renewables, the role of low-priced natural gas in setting prices, the challenges ahead for new and existing generation, and why the stage is set for the dramatic growth of storage.This Learning Lab will offer actionable insights to private and public-sector leaders in business development, finance, marketing, or policy roles, in addition to offering the “big picture” of the decade ahead to those who may be new to the energy or energy storage industry.

Speaker:

  • Peter Kelly-Detwiler, Principal, NorthBridge Energy Partners, LLC

 

De-risking Energy Storage: System Safety & Preparing for Operational Hazards
14:00 - 15:30
EDT</br>Learning Lab $

The U.S. energy storage industry has worked with safety and standards practitioners for years to develop a holistic and comprehensive body of codes, standards, and guidelines to minimize the risk of hazards and thermal events and manage any occurrences. Under its new industry-wide Corporate Responsibility Initiative, ESA’s frequent member dialogues have resulted in lessons-learned sharing of risk mitigation practicesand several important ESA white papers and templates for energy storage safety and decommissioning, end-of-life, and recycling practices. This Learning Lab, hosted by the Energy Storage Response Group, will present how to plan for and address whole lifecycle safety in ESS from planning to deployment, through end of life.

Speakers:

  • Nick Warner, CoFounder, Principal, Energy Storage Response Group
  • Ryan Franks, Business Manager, Energy Storage Response Group Association
  • Thomas Bensen, CoFounder, Principal, Energy Storage Response Group

 

Storage Exchange: Performance, Reliability, and Technology Advancements
15:30 - 17:00
EDT</br>The Storage Exchange

This session will cover topics related to the performance and reliability of storage installations, as well as technology advancements, either being implemented or coming soon. Speakers will discuss how they approach performance and reliability and what technology advancements will help move the industry forward.

 

Beyond Li-Ion: Renewable Fuels as Storage
15:45 - 16:45
EDT</br>Breakout Session

Panelists will discuss the prospects for power to gas, and the impacts it may have on other storage technologies.

Even though COVID-19 shifted some 2020’s transportation-oriented Lithium-ion battery supplies toward stationary storage uses, this past year saw important strides in the technologies outside the lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery market, with increased focus on longer duration storage applications, new projects announced or coming online and new business models forming. This three-part session will delve into real-world experience and what looks promising on the horizon among non-Li-ion batteries, mechanical storage, thermal storage, and power to gas (P2G) storage options in a post-COVID world. Of the many innovative options entering the markets, these sessions will focus on several approaches, with other technologies beyond Li-Ion Batteries featured throughout the show.  Make sure to catch additional LiveStream webcasts from other providers at #ESACon20 LIVE, too.

Learning Objectives

  • The audience will learn about current pricing and performance characteristics of the most viable and commercially-tested non-Li-ion battery approaches.
  • Panelists will deliberate Covid-19 market ramifications and impacts on the deployment of these non-Li-ion-battery solutions.
  • Attendees will hear specific policy solutions that could further deploy these non-li-ion technologies in U.S. and international markets.

Speakers:

  • Ashkan Nassiri, Electrical Engineer, Integrated Resource Implementation, LADWP
  • Dr. Derek Wissmiller, R&D Engineering Manager, Gas Technology Institute
  • Laura Nelson, Executive Director, Green Hydrogen Coalition

Moderator:

  • Jeff St. John, Senior Editor, Grid Edge, Greentech Media
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Built on the theme, Electrification and Resilience: We’re All in This Together, the agenda for The ESA Energy Storage Annual Conference & Expo (#ESACon20) is designed to provide the highest value content, from world-class experts and thought leaders, with maximum opportunity for networking and collaboration.

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