28 - 29 March 2023

Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, Austin, Texas

Days
Hours
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2023 Agenda

Please note that all times are in CST

08:00
  -  
09:00
Networking
09:00
  -  
09:15
Keynote Address

Speakers

CEO,
SunGrid
09:15
  -  
10:00
Panel Discussion

The industry is often described as being at an inflection point, and is on course to be the largest market in the world for energy storage. The passing of the IRA has only strengthened the case for renewables across all verticals, however the industry still has some concerns it must face head-on in order to keep up with the pace of the growing market.

  • Are mounting supply chain, procurement issues and elevated costs the biggest inhibitor to deploying storage projects?  
  • With an estimated 1444 GW of renewable generation in the queue, nearly 1,900 projects and many more jostling for a place on the grid, what needs to happen at the transmission level to make sure these projects are not being delayed by too long? 
  • Is the onus on federal or state-level government to address the interconnection issues: should individual RTOs set up expedited queues and look at updating eligibility criteria, or will there be intervention at higher-level? 
  • How can we ensure there is enough storage to ensure resiliency for power systems in areas which are prone to extreme weather? 

Speakers

Chief Operating Officer,
SunGrid
Vice President, Energy Market Operations & Resource Planning,
Austin Energy
Vice President, Procurement,
esVolta
10:00
  -  
10:20
Presentation

Speakers

Vice President, Business Development ,
SunGrid
10:20
  -  
11:20
Networking
11:20
  -  
12:00
Panel Discussion

In the wake of the IRA, which left the industry feeling excited and recognized, what has the industry seen taking place at development level since the Act was passed in August 2022? 

  • What does the IRA and decoupling really mean for the industry and what impact will this have on the industry in the mid to long-term?  
  • What direct impact has the industry seen from specific qualifications around content-adders for domestic components? 
  • Does the industry see real value in hybridizing and/or aggregating storage now? 
  • The IRA is great from an economic standpoint, but how is it affecting cash flows and financing structures for storage? 
  • What impact will the credits have for off-takers who want to get involved in storage opportunities? 

Speakers

CEO,
Kearsarge Energy
12:20
  -  
14:00
Networking

Financing & Revenue Opportunities

Deployment

Technology Showcase & Roundtables

14:00
  -  
14:40
Panel Discussion

With new opportunities available for financing storage, and lots of hope on the horizon, it’s important that developers and IPPs fully understand the opportunity and how to work with tax equity partners.

  • What are the need to knows around working efficiently with tax equity providers?
  • What do they want to see in return for the risk? 
  • Are tax equity investors comfortable with merchant exposure? 

Speakers

Vice President, Renewable Energy Investment Origination,
US Bank
Managing Partner, Head of Renewables,
Silverpeak
Senior Vice President, Renewable Energy,
Seminole Financial Services LLC
14:00
  -  
14:40
Panel Discussion
  • How can you ensure that projects are still getting built on time, and are able to provide much-needed reliability for the grid?
  • Permitting and siting considerations when planning a project
  • Market design – are RTOs looking at setting up expedited queues and changing eligibility requirements for connections?
  • What learnings can be shared when it comes to getting around interconnection hurdles for the good of the industry?

Speakers

Global Head of Integrated PV Solutions,
Lightsource bp
14:00
  -  
15:00
Showcase

This session is your chance to explore some of the closer to market, non-lithium ion technologies in a ‘lightning round’, followed by open-table discussions with key stakeholders and experts from these companies.

14:40
  -  
15:00
Presentation
14:40
  -  
15:00
Presentation

What does it really take to scale an alternative energy storage technology?

Speakers

Chief Commercial Officer,
Eos Energy Enterprises

 

15:00
  -  
15:40
Panel Discussion

With complex markets and differing risk management structures, how do you know which is best for which project? Here’s what you need to know when getting projects over the investment hurdle.

  • How do you de-risk the investment case for asset owners who don’t want full merchant exposure? 
  • Trading volatility and managing risk 
  • What are the benefits and risks associated with a tolling structure? 
  • Will optimizers start to provide a revenue guarantee or floor for battery assets? 
  • What impact will the IRA have on cash flows and financing structures? 

Speakers

Senior Director, Energy Markets,
Avantus
Senior Vice President,
Prudential Financial
Managing Director, Power & Renewable Energy Investment Banking,
KeyBanc Capital Markets
15:00
  -  
15:40
Panel Discussion

With grids the world over coming under scrutiny and their resiliency being put to the test, one of the answers is seen to lie within the future role of long-duration in the storage eco-system.

  • Highlighting the importance and influence the ISO and utilities can have on mandating use of different technologies
  • Which are the chemistries that can provide 8-10 hour duration?
  • Long duration energy storage can eventually replace natural gas, the question is when?
  • The detrimental effect of pitting one technology against the other: the key is to collaborate and work together and work out what technology is needed and when?

Speakers

Commercialization Executive, Office of Technology Transitions,
US Department of Energy
Senior Manager, Market Design,
NYISO
Executive Director,
Long Duration Energy Storage Council
15:00
  -  
16:30
Roundtable Discussions

Enjoy some more interactive content by getting involved in roundtables with fellow delegates and speakers discussing some of the following topics:

  • Emerging Technologies: Hydrogen
  • How can Long Duration Energy Storage Help with Winter Crises?
  • Long Duration Energy Storage & Microgrids/Net Zero Islands
  • How to Harness the PTC for Energy Storage
  • The M&A Landscape
  • The Next Generation of Batteries
15:40
  -  
16:20
Panel Discussion

Preventing explosions and disasters with battery energy storage systems is a hugely important issue, with the majority of operational installations still using lithium-ion.

  • What are the best solutions for preventing explosions and thermal runaway with BESS systems?
  • Preventing thermal runaway with vent panels not subject to power supply outages
  • Investing in proper surge protection and grounding solutions to help maintain the healthy operation of your storage system, minimizing expensive maintenance and repair work

Speakers

CEO & Co-Founder,
Accure
Regional Sales Manager,
IEP Technologies

 

16:20
  -  
17:00
Networking

Financing & Revenue Opportunities

Deployment

Technology Showcase & Roundtables

17:00
  -  
17:40
Panel Discussion

M&A activity in storage may be taking a bit of a hiatus at the moment, whilst clearer guidelines on the IRA and tax credits are pending, but it is expected to pick up in 2023.

  • What will the M&A landscape in the US look like in the future? How much will be market ready to buy in the short-term?
  • Will M&A transactions start to happen with more regularity, like in the wind and solar industries at their most mature?
  • What should be your biggest considerations when acquiring a storage asset?
  • The importance of topology and which nodes will yield highest pricing in the future as well as now

Speakers

Director, Energy Storage,
Pine Gate Renewables
CEO,
GlidePath
17:00
  -  
17:40
Panel Discussion

EVs are predicted to take the lion’s share of available materials when it comes to lithium-ion. Coupled with battery storage supply chain shocks, what can the industry do to mitigate against supply chain constraints now and in the future?

  • Why some Tier 1 suppliers are open to adopting other technology like LFP, NMC and flow batteries, based on degradation profiles and being less prone to supply chain issues
  • Which technologies will fit into an industry which is looking to manufacture closer to home?
  • Which non-lithium technologies may have the edge in a future world?

 

17:45
  -  
19:00
Networking
08:30
  -  
09:15
Networking
09:15
  -  
09:30
Keynote Address
09:30
  -  
10:15
Panel Discussion

As many Tier 1 suppliers look to moving their facilities closer to home, how do they plan to ramp up their production and manufacturing capacity in the US, without disrupting the supply chain any further?

  • What is the plan to de-risk the move to a more domesticated manufacturing sector?
  • Which actual components will be manufactured in the US, and which partnerships should be strengthened in the EU to make sure our supply chains are resilient and globally connected?
  • What is the Federal administration doing to boost and incentivize domestic manufacturing capacity?
  • How else can the country widen its opportunities for domestic manufacturing?
  • How does the industry plan to bridge US demand until US supply is ready? How might those ‘bridge years’ be impacted by tariffs, and what lessons can be learnt from the solar industry?

Speakers

Head of Energy Storage,
BloombergNEF
10:35
  -  
11:20
Panel Discussion

Storage played a significant role in the California heatwaves and outages, as well as the Texas winter storm in 2021. This session will examine how more energy storage assets will help decrease the need and disruption for planned outages in these areas and across the US.

  • The role of storage in getting around some of the transmission and interconnection issues in areas prone to concerns around power supply reliability caused by extreme weather events
  • How Virtual Power Plants and microgrids can help with congestion reduction
  • Renewable energy curtailment management which in turn can help meet state policy goals
  • The flexible capacity storage can provide to the grid
  • Transmission deferral

Speakers

Market Design & Development,
ERCOT
Vice President, System Operations,
CAISO
Senior Vice President, Head of Transmission & Markets,
REV Renewables
11:20
  -  
12:00
Networking

Supply Chain & Manufacturing

Markets

12:00
  -  
12:40
Panel Discussion
  • How will leading manufacturers in the US keep up with the increasing demand for batteries and establish themselves as 100% reliable, thus driving need away from reliance on manufacturers abroad?
  • How can US-based manufacturers ensure they provide materials which will fit ITC criteria and fulfil IRA contracts?
  • The impact and future role of gigafactories in the US and European partnerships
12:00
  -  
12:40
Panel Discussion

Texas has been steaming ahead, with 1,170MW of energy storage installed in the second quarter of 2022, in spite of the ongoing supply chain crisis. This panel will discuss what next for one of the leading markets in the US, and one with an urgent need to continue ramping up storage as an answer to its weather-related problems and ensuring resiliency for the grid.

  • What happens if the revenue services market is not enough for the amount needing to be built?
  • What will happen in a booming market when batteries are marginalized, with too many batteries and not enough services?
  • What learnings can be applied from other countries who have already experienced similar circumstances?
  • How can you continue to make money from storage in ERCOT?

Speakers

Director, Energy Market Operations,
Austin Energy
Vice President, Market Operations,
Key Capture Energy
Vice President, Renewable Power,
Goldman Sachs
12:40
  -  
13:20
Panel Discussion

Hot on the heels of the US, the Canadian government has also introduced an Investment Tax Credit for clean energy technologies, included storage and hydrogen.

  • How quickly will this move help make Canada more competitive and open to new storage projects and clean energy technologies?
  • What do we need to see next from all provinces in the country in terms of policy to ensure that the future electricity can keep pace with the demand?
  • Ontario is leading the way, which other provinces are spurring on energy storage deployment in Canada?

Speakers

Executive Director,
Energy Storage Canada
13:20
  -  
14:30
Networking

Supply Chain & Manufacturing

Markets

14:30
  -  
14:50
Presentation

If you are interested in this presentation slot, please contact the team.

14:50
  -  
15:40
Panel Discussion

In an industry where supply chain shocks are being felt globally, what is the answer to dealing with the domino effect this problem is having on the renewable sector? What learnings can we take from other industries, and is building out new facilities closer to home the most efficient answer?

  • How can you ensure supply chain efficiency in a rapidly growing market and ensure that gaps are being plugged?
  • Is the supply chain crisis the biggest inhibitor preventing projects actually being deployed in the US and where do experts see supply coming from in the future?
  • How issues in the supply chain link to the urgent need for technology development
  • Zinc vs. lithium – highlighting differences and similarities between the technologies
  • How can companies ensure an ethically sound supply chain?
14:30
  -  
15:15
Panel Discussion

California is becoming saturated and Texas is driving growth in the market at a record speed. What other markets are we seeing on the horizon, and where are the next ERCOT and CAISO?

  • What do developers and investors need to consider when expanding their horizons?
  • The benefits and pitfalls of securing assets in secondary or less mature markets now to ensure future success
  • Where are future growth opportunities in the East, such as New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey?
  • What learnings from CAISO and ERCOT can be applied to other markets within the US?
  • What is an investors take on technology that they can confidently back and is their appetite for risk changing?

Speakers

President,
New Jersey Energy Coalition
Director, Investment Origination,
Leyline Renewable Capital
Senior Vice President, Renewable Energy,
Avana Capital

 

15:15
  -  
15:40
Fireside Chat

Energy storage installations and targets are becoming more commonplace and will no doubt be pushed by the IRA, what can we expect from non-RTO regions such as Arizona or Nevada which are coming to the fore, and how can customers take advantage of energy storage?

15:40
  -  
16:00
Networking