21 - 22 March 2023

Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, Austin, Texas

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2022 Agenda

Please note that all times are in CST

08:00
  -  
09:00
09:00
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09:50
Panel Discussion

As the storage market heats up, the Lone Star State is certainly on a march of progress with it forecast to have as much as 1,400MW of capacity as of September 2021. For all its progress, it has however encountered problems such as the absence of a capacity market, financing challenges in merchant deals and freak weather patterns leaving its storage market unprepared for the worst. This session will delve into these thorny issues and how other states can learn from their developments.

Speakers

Director – Markets, Legislative and Regulatory Policy,
Wärtsilä
President,
Lasher Consulting
VP of Market Operations,
Key Capture Energy
Vice President Grid Planning and Operations,
ERCOT
VP of Energy Storage,
RWE
09:50
  -  
10:15
Keynote Address

Speakers

CEO,
Sungrid
10:15
  -  
11:00
Keynote Address

Batteries are often lauded as the holy grail of modern grid solutions. Yet, their widespread deployment has placed exponential demand on a particularly fragile supply-chain.

  • As capital and debt have flooded the market and investor appetite remains at an all-time-high, what are the implications for future projects considering a restricted supply chain?
  • As storage enters another stellar year and dominates the market as a solution to fossil fuel retirement, how can supply chain management become more resilient to external forces?
  • How do you build a sustainable and responsible supply chain from inception to deployment?

Speakers

Director of Technology & Technical Services,
Wells Fargo
CEO,
LINA
Partner,
Hodgson Russ
Vice President, Business Development ,
Dominion Energy
CFO,
Soltage
11:00
  -  
11:45
11:45
  -  
12:30
Panel Discussion

The road to financing a project can sometimes be a murky journey, clouded in uncertainty. This session will provide in-depth analysis on the different contracts/financing solutions available for your project.

  • What are the contracting and financing solutions available to you?
  • What are the risks, rewards and opportunities associated with each solution?

Speakers

Executive Director, Infrastructure and Power Finance ,
Nomura
Director of Origination,
East Point Energy
Managing Director,
CIT Group Inc
CEO,
Swell Energy
Managing Director,
Denham Capital Management
Senior Director,
NTE Energy
11:45
  -  
12:30
Panel Discussion

As we transition towards a zero-emission electricity sector it will naturally require large scale storage in abundance. This poses the question how will a centrally controlled resource accommodate a growing storage market?

  • How can the US plan for a greener grid?
  • How can locally, state-controlled grids evolve to provide utility-scale storage projects?
  • How are state and federal regulators working together to ensure an interconnected market?
  • What level of investment is required to overhaul current infrastructure?

Speakers

Country Lead, USA,
Aurora Energy Research
Vice President, Energy Storage,
Endurant Energy
Manager,
PSEG
Director of Energy Storage,
Pine Gate Renewables
12:30
  -  
13:15
Panel Discussion

Investors and lenders are particularly keen to enter the storage market. In 2021, the IEA reported that the US had already invested nearly $2bn in battery storage deployment – making up a third of the world’s total investment value.

  • With investor appetite surging, how are lenders competing against each other for storage contracts?
  • What are the unexpected challenges in financing a storage project?

Speakers

President,
Largo Clean Energy
Head of M&A and Capital Markets,
Clenera
Executive Chairman,
Altelium
Head of Infrastructure,
Investec
CEO,
Energy Infrastructure Partners
Managing Director,
Javelin Capital
12:30
  -  
13:15
Panel Discussion

Software is at the heart of storage systems and by tapping into it we can drive efficiency and bankability. This in-depth panel will showcase the opportunities provided by energy management systems as we transition towards an energy-as-a-service model.

  • How can you best deploy software to manage a battery project?
  • A battery can be used for peak-shaving, maintaining constant supply/demand and energy arbitrage; what is the best way to manage this versatile system?

Speakers

Director, system and software engineering ,
Leclanché
Founder / CEO,
Nikola Power
Co-Founder & CEO,
Inaccess
CEO,
Krakenflex
Vice President, Technology and Product Operations ,
Energy Toolbase
13:15
  -  
14:15
Lunch
14:15
  -  
14:30
Presentation
  • Overview of the Past and Current Market Participation
  • Review of the Interconnection Queue
  • In Progress and Future Market Changes/Improvements

Speakers

Market Design and Development,
ERCOT
14:30
  -  
15:10
Panel Discussion

The road to financing a project can sometimes be a murky journey, clouded in uncertainty. This session will provide in-depth analysis on the different contracts/financing solutions available for your project.

  • What are the contracting and financing solutions available to you?
  • What are the risks, rewards and opportunities associated with each solution?

Speakers

Partner,
Akin Gump
VP, Business Development,
Energy Toolbase
VP,
Goldman Sachs
Managing Director,
CohnReznick Capital
Managing Director,
Rabobank
Director ,
Citigroup Commodities Trading
14:30
  -  
14:50
Presentation

New technologies and designs aimed at driving down the cost of energy storage facilities and maximizing revenue are currently the focus of intense industry. DC coupling is emerging as a system architecture. Deep dive into the benefits and trade-offs of AC vs. DC coupled systems within the changing energy (storage) landscape.

  1. Learn about the technical and revenue trade-offs of AC- vs. DC-coupled projects
  2. Approach project decision making with optimal system configuration in mind: to DC-couple or not to DC-couple?

Speakers

Senior Manager, Business Development, Energy Storage & Optimization,
Wärtsilä
14:50
  -  
15:10
Presentation

Long-Duration Storage is needed to decarbonize the grid and can support a wide range of applications including time-shifting renewable energy use, ancillary grid services, smoothing intermittency of renewables, supporting capacity needs, energy cost savings, resilience, and energy security.

Speakers

VP Business Development,
ESS Inc
15:10
  -  
15:50
Panel Discussion

In light of the Texas winter storm and California’s summer of electricity outages, how quickly can we deploy energy storage to improve upon grid resilience? Join us as we shed light on several freak weather conditions which have wreaked havoc on the grid.

  • How can we ensure battery availability when needed?
  • Storms are a constant threat to the integrity of storage systems; how can we mitigate against this?
  • How can you insure your projects against these woes?

Speakers

Head of Energy Storage,
Recurrent Energy
Senior Fellow,
R Street Institute
Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs,
Just Energy
President,
Shikun & Binui US Energy
15:10
  -  
15:50
Panel Discussion

Hydrogen has evolved into a key tool in the Biden Administration’s energy arsenal. Green hydrogen is very much seen as central to unleashing a net zero grid, this panel will provide insight into unlocking Green Hydrogen.

  • What is happening at federal and state level to ensure a clean transition towards green hydrogen?
  • How do we make green hydrogen bankable?
  • How do we unlock hydrogen storage capacity?

Speakers

,
Borrego Solar
Senior Director - Green Hydrogen Avangrid Renewables ,
Avangrid/ Iberdrola
Partner,
Hodgson Russ
Senior Director of Business Development,
Southern California Gas Company
15:50
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16:20
16:20
  -  
16:45
Presentation
  • Historical Power Plant Success
  • Independent verse Hybrid Power Systems
  • Cost Savings and Cost Value
  • Plant Layout Designs
  • Platforms of Power Hybridization & Cost
  • Paired Equipment Solutions
  • Hybrid Expansion, independent vs Coupled
  • Technically Excellence

Speakers

Lead EES engineer,
Nidec
16:20
  -  
16:45
Presentation
  • How does LDES “fit” into a broader market landscape?
  • What are the policy gaps that create barriers for LDES
  • What are the regulatory changes that need to be made?

Speakers

Policy Expert, Grid Energy Storage,
Sandia
16:45
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17:30
Panel Discussion

The flexibility provided by batteries brings with it uncertainty and risk that poses problems for financiers, banks and equity providers. With a growing confidence in the feasibility of storage projects, understand how to finance a merchant scheme.

  • How can you structure a bankable merchant project?
  • What opportunities and associated risks with merchant deals?
  • What are the problems with wholesale energy arbitrage, and is there any value from it?

Speakers

Director - Structured Finance,
MUFG
Energy Storage Practice Leader,
E3 Consulting
CEO,
Glidepath
Managing Director,
Keybanc Capital Markets
CFO,
esVolta
16:45
  -  
17:30
Panel Discussion

Companies in the battery storage industry raised USD 9.6bn in corporate funding during H1 2021, with corporate appetite whet for storage success. This presentation will assess the opportunities open to acquiring new assets and divisions as part of your storage portfolio.

  • As M/A activity is set to surge in 2022, how can you best streamline your businesses?
  • What is on the cards for the M/A market in 2022?
  • How does storage sit in your diverse portfolio; is it a bankable acquisition?

Speakers

Managing Director Energy Transition Investments,
KKR
Partner,
McDermott Will & Emery
Managing Director,
CohnReznick Capital
17:30
  -  
20:00
Networking