Keynote Speakers

Welcome and Introduction

9/29, 10:05 – 10:15 AM EDT

Carol Adkins
Director, Secure Energy and Earth Systems Center, SNNL

As Director of the Energy and Earth Systems Center at Sandia National Laboratories, Carol Adkins provides leadership and management direction for Sandia’s Applied Energy, Grid, and Earth Science research and development programs. She also serves as Program Area Director for the Secure Energy and Earth Systems Program within Sandia’s Energy & Homeland Security Portfolio. Previously, Carol was Director of the Energy Technologies and System Solutions Center, overseeing all of Sandia’s Renewable-Energy and Grid programs. Some of her past management roles include Director of Materials Science and Engineering; Deputy Director of the Nuclear Weapons Science and Technology Strategic Area with responsibility for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s science and infrastructure funding at Sandia; and Principal Program Director for the Defense Security Program, including all physical and cyber security at Sandia. Since joining Sandia in 1987, Carol has performed research in the areas of chemical vapor deposition of ceramics and tungsten, aerosol processing, cleaning with supercritical CO2, and semiconductor-wafer contamination and cleaning. Carol led the wafer-cleaning project under the Sandia/SEMATECH cooperative research and development agreement, which extended standard wet-clean techniques to the next generation of particle removal. She and her team were awarded the Department of Energy’s Office of Industrial Technologies Commercialization Award for their supercritical CO2 cleaning work. Carol has served on the National Research Council’s Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design and as a member of the Panel on Manufacturing Engineering, assessing the Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. She chairs the University of New Mexico’s (UNM’s) Chemical and Biological Engineering Department External Advisory Council and is a past member of the University of Texas-Austin’s Chemical Engineering Department External Advisory Panel. Carol also serves as Sandia’s campus executive for UNM. She is passionate about supporting women at Sandia and has been co-chair of the Sandia Women’s Action Network. Carol has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from UNM and was a National Science Foundation Fellow at the California Institute of Technology, where she received a PhD in chemical engineering. She was also a Fellow of MIT’s Seminar XXI Program in International Security. UNM’s School of Engineering presented Carol with a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015.

Welcome and Introduction

9/29, 10:25 — 10:40 AM EDT

Honorable Bruce J. Walker
Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity, U.S. Department of Energy

Bruce J. Walker was nominated by President Donald J. Trump and confirmed by the Senate as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity (OE) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in October 2017. The focus of his responsibility is to provide leadership on a national level to develop technologies to enhance the security and reliability of energy infrastructure and facilitate the federal and state electricity policy planning that shapes electricity and market operations. This is critical to meeting the Nation’s growing demand for resilient electricity by overcoming the challenges of our Nation’s aging electricity transmission and distribution system and addressing the vulnerabilities in our energy supply chain.

The Role of Energy Storage in Meeting California’s Carbon Free Future

9/29, 11:10 – 11:40 AM EDT

Mike Gravely
Team Leader, Energy Research and Development Division, California Energy Commission

Mike Gravely is the Team Leader and Senior Electrical Engineer for the Energy Research and Development Division at the California Energy Commission. His team is managing over $300 million in microgrid, energy storage and related energy research and demonstration projects. Currently, his team is overseeing over 30 active field projects that include new and emerging energy storage technologies. One area of specific research attention is the demonstrations and evaluation of non-lithium ion technologies and what can be done to expand the technology diversity of commercially available energy storage technologies. In 2020, the Energy Commission awarded over $100 million in state funds and vendor cost-share investments to over 25 new grants to complete research and demonstration projects with new and emerging energy storage technologies. This research focuses on customer-side of the meter applications, green hydrogen storage, long-duration storage, and supporting the energy needs of low-income and disadvantaged communities. The research is also assessing the life cycle value of lithium ion battery systems and the ability to extend electric vehicle batteries in a second use as stationary batteries to support the grid. One additional key area of research is focused on developing studies and models to assess the future need for and capability of long duration energy storage solutions (from 10 hours to 100+ hours) to assist California in transitioning to the goal of 100 percent zero-carbon resources by December 31, 2045.

Enabling Energy Storage for 2025 and Beyond

9/29, 4:40 – 5:10 PM EDT

Lola Infante
Senior Advisor, External Relations and Strategic Initiatives Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Dr. Lola Infante is Sr. Advisor, External Relations and Strategic Initiatives at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) where she leads stakeholder engagement for strategic areas such as EPRI’s Low Carbon Resource Initiative (LCRI). Previously, Infante was Sr. Director, Clean Energy Technology and Policy at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), where she focused on market and policy developments in clean and alternative energy resources as well as other critical fuels for power generation. Among other things, she launched and managed EEI’s energy storage practice and led many initiatives on renewables and distributed energy resources. Before joining EEI, Infante worked at the Center for the Advancement of Energy Markets, a Washington DC think tank, and at GAB-Robins in Paris, France, where she worked in marketing and corporate finance.
Dr. Infante holds a PhD with Distinction in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University, an MA in Energy, Environment, Science and Technology from the School of Advanced International Studies division of Johns Hopkins University, an MA in International Economics and Finance, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from Sciences Po Paris, France.

The Road Ahead for Energy Storage

9/30, 10:05 — 10:35 AM EDT

Kelly Speakes-Backman
Chief Executive Officer, Energy Storage Association (ESA)

Kelly Speakes-Backman is CEO of the Energy Storage Association. She is a former Commissioner of the Maryland Public Service Commission, who has spent more than 20 years working on energy and environmental issues in the public, NGO and private sectors. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of NEEP and the External Advisory Board of Georgia Tech’s Strategic Energy Institute.

The Role of Energy Storage in Creating a Carbon-Free Electricity Grid

9/30, 4:55 — 5:25 PM EDT

Bill Acker
Executive Director, NY Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST)

Dr. William Acker is a well-known and highly regarded scientist, business leader and entrepreneur in the field of energy. He currently serves as the first Executive Director of NY-BEST, the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium. Under his leadership, NY-BEST has grown its membership to more than 180 companies, created the BEST Test and Commercialization Center and new battery prototyping capabilities, and has performed pioneering work in advancing markets, policy, technology and product development.

Energy Storage and the Grid

10/1, 10:35 — 10:55 AM EDT

Terry Boston
Director, Grid Protection Alliance

Terry Boston served as CEO of PJM from 2008 to 2016, the largest grid in North America and the largest electricity market in the world. Prior to joining PJM, Boston was the Executive Vice President of Power Operations at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Boston is a recognized industry thought leader on energy storage. His Masters thesis was on the optimization of Pumped-storage and he won the Electricity Storage Association’s Leadership Award for creating a market for grid batteries storage. He was unanimously selected the winner of the Platts Global Energy Lifetime Achievement Award. Following his retirement, he serves as U.S. Presidential appointee to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC/DHS) to advise the President on security issues and has focus on energy storage consulting.

Climate Change, Electrification, Non-Wires Alternatives, and the Key Role of Energy Storage

10/1, 5:55 — 6:25 PM EDT

Ralph Masiello
Industry Advisor, Quanta Technology

Ralph D. Masiello, Industry Advisor, received his BS, MS, and PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering where he worked on the very early applications of modern control and estimation theory to electric power systems. He has been responsible at DNVGL (formerly KEMA) for Innovation Management, for bulk power (generation, transmission, and market operations) consulting; for IT systems integration and distribution automation / substation automation, and for telecommunications practices. His personal focus in recent years has been the application of Smart Grid and Electricity Storage technologies to system operations, and the integration of Electric Vehicles with grid operations and markets. He has led Quanta Technology development of methodologies for valuing Distributed Energy Resources as Non-Wires Alternatives. He has developed Smart Grid and automation roadmaps for several US ISOs and the California Energy Commission. He was formerly an ABB Vice President and General Manager responsible for EMS/SCADA and related activities in North America and for ISO market systems. Dr. Masiello is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and has served as Chairman, Power System Engineering, Chairman of Power Industry Computing Applications, Editorial board of IEEE Proceedings and advisory board of IEEE Spectrum magazine. He servedon the US Department of Energy “Energy Advisory Committee” and chaired its Storage subcommittee 2008-2013. He is the recipient of the 2009 IEEE Power Engineering Concordia award for Power System Engineering. Dr. Masiello is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has authored or co-authored numerous technical papers and has served as editor or co-editor of special issues of IEEE Proceedings and IEEE Power and Energy. He has testified to Congress on energy storage and smart meters, and has co-signed animus curae briefs to the Supreme court on energy markets issues. He is co-holder of a patent on stochastic unit commitment and generation scheduling.