NM as a Case Study in Grid Modernization
9/29, 1:00 – 1:40 PM EDT
Charles Hanley, Facilitator
Senior Manager, Grid Modernization, SNL
Mr. Hanley is Senior Manager of the Grid Modernization and Resilient Infrastructures Group at Sandia National Laboratories. His group conducts research on enhancing the resilience of our critical energy infrastructures, including grid-scale optimization, controls, and microgrids; energy storage technologies; renewable energy integration; power electronics; cyber security; and advanced analytics for complex systems. He joined Sandia in 1988 and has been working in Sandia’s renewable energy and electric grid programs since 1994. From 2005 through 2014, Charlie managed Sandia’s Photovoltaics and Distributed Systems Integration Program. Prior to that, he managed Sandia’s international renewable energy programs, through which he oversaw the implementation of more than 400 photovoltaic and wind energy systems in Latin America. He received his B.S. in Engineering Science from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, New York.
Secretary Sarah Cottrell Propst
NM Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Dept.
Sarah Cottrell Propst was appointed by New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham to serve as the Cabinet Secretary of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) in January 2019. EMNRD’s divisions include Energy Conservation & Management, Forestry, Mining & Minerals, Oil Conservation, and State Parks. From 2012 to 2018, she served as the Executive Director of the Interwest Energy Alliance, a non-profit trade association that represents the nation’s leading companies in the renewable energy industry, bringing them together with non-governmental organizations in the West (Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming). She is the founder of Propst Consulting LLC, specializing in energy and environmental policy. She was Deputy Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Environment Department after serving as Energy and Environmental Policy Advisor to New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. She earned a Master of Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Princeton School of Public & International Affairs, with a concentration in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy. She worked as a Research Fellow for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change in Arlington, VA, and was a magna cum laude graduate of Davidson College with Honors in Political Science.
Vice President, Emera Technologie
Gary Oppedahl has over thirty years of entrepreneurial leadership and technical management experience focusing on startups, transitions, turnarounds and acquisitions to include technical semiconductor and laser companies, health care and city government. An EE by degree, he is a serial entrepreneur who has started several companies in Albuquerque and Silicon Valley. Gary is currently the Vice President of Emerging Technologies with Emera, a $25 Billion Energy company, where he gets to help set the future direction of energy generation, distribution, storage and use for North America. Gary is blessed with the opportunity to think about current and future trends and then drive organizations, people and resources to create the future.
PNM Perspective on Grid Modernization
Associate Director, Innovation and Communications, PNM Resources
Jon Hawkins is the Associate Director for Innovation and Communications at PNM Resources, an energy holding company based in Albuquerque New Mexico. Jon’s team is responsible providing research and development of new technologies and the proposal of possible business applications of emerging technologies in support of PNM Resources strategic objectives. Additionally his organization is responsible for design, implementation and maintenance of telecommunications and network systems across PNMR. Jon has his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
9/29, 2:25 — 3:05 PM EDT
Ben Schenkman, Facilitator
R&D Electrical Engineer, SNL
Benjamin L. Schenkman is a graduate (BSEE and MSEE) of the New Mexico State University with an emphasis in Power Engineering and Deregulation Economics. Benjamin has worked at Texas Utilities as a distribution engineer and at the Public Service Company of New Mexico as a bulk power engineer before he was brought on board at Sandia National Labs in the Energy Storage and Microgrid department where he has been since 2004 and is currently a Senior Member of the Technical Staff. His current work involves microgrid control theory, microgrid assessments (including rural villages, military, and commercial), physical security design, battery management systems, energy storage design and implementation, distributed generation, and modeling distributed and renewable energy in the distribution and transmission systems. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and has served on numerous advisory and review panels for the Department of Energy, Department of Defense and the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC).
Manager, Asset Development, National Grid
Gideon is Manager of Asset Development Strategy at National Grid, where he provides insight to how electric networks must support and adapt with policy and future drivers of growth, particularly clean energy and new technologies. He and his team lead the development of strategies for National Grid’s Transmission business to support these changes. He has previously worked in National Grid’s Regulatory and Corporate Strategy teams.
Chief Executive Officer, Cordova Electric Cooperative
Clay Koplin is the CEO of Cordova Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CEC), where he has worked with a small, dynamic team to develop an advanced micro-grid system featuring 100% underground distribution lines, fully automated diesel and hydroelectric power plants, and a state-of-the art Battery Energy Storage System. He currently serves on the Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity’s Advisory Committee and as Mayor of the community of Cordova.
Renewable Energy Specialist, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority
Derrick Terry is the Renewable Energy Specialist for Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA). He manages the Off-grid solar program for NTUA as well as the On-grid Distributed Generation Program. Terry currently maintains, monitors, and operates 240 off-grid systems with the assistance of 24 qualified personnel located throughout the NTUA service area. The on-grid program evaluates the grid-connected systems to ensure the safety of our NTUA personnel as well as our customers. Our goal with the program is to provide reliable and safe photovoltaic systems to our customers of the Navajo Nation. Terry has more than 14 years of experience of working on and around photovoltaic systems. His efforts have largely been dedicated to optimizing off-grid photovoltaic systems for people who do not have grid power. His background is rooted in sustainable building and sustainable development on the Navajo Nation for the past 20 years.
Managing Director, Energy Storage, Wellhead Electric Company, Sacramento, CA
Dr. Craig R Horne is Managing Director – Energy Storage at Wellhead Electric where he is responsible for the design and deployment of storage projects throughout Wellhead’s portfolio of sites. Craig has worked with electrochemical energy systems across a range of technology classes for over 30 years. He is former Board Chair of the Energy Storage Association (ESA) and has been an active participant in regulatory and legislative processes such as California’s landmark energy storage initiative (AB2514) for over 10 years. Craig is a youth lacrosse coach, has over 15 publications and has been awarded 22 U.S. Patents. Dr. Horne holds degrees in Material Science and Engineering from UC Berkeley (Ph.D), UC Los Angeles (M.S.), and the University of Florida (B.S.).
Director, Iowa State University Electric Power Research Center
As Director of the Electric Power Research Center (EPRC) at Iowa State University I work with ISU power program faculty research teams and industry partners to build collaborations that advance education and research in electric power systems. Together we work to solve the most challenging problems of the electric grid, from development of better tools for customer-side energy efficiency, demand-response and AMI analysis, to projects that include energy storage integration at multiple scales ranging from microgrid development to large scale co-optimized grid expansion planning. EPRC’s industry members jointly select and fund projects of common interest to the group, and also participate in ISU DOE and NSF grants, as well as in grants from non-profits and state agencies. Before joining ISU in 2014, I worked for over 14 years with Iowa municipal electric, gas and water utilities as the Energy Services Director of the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities.
Beyond Li-Ion, and Long Duration Storage
9/30, 12:25 — 1:05 PM EDT
Imre Gyuk, Facilitator
Director, DOE Office of Electricity Energy Storage Program
After taking a B.S. from Fordham University, Dr. Imre Gyuk did graduate work at Brown University on Superconductivity. Having received a Ph.D. in Theoretical Particle Physics from Purdue University he became a Research Associate at Syracuse. As an Assistant Professor he taught Physics, Civil Engineering, and Environmental Architecture at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Gyuk became an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at Kuwait University where he became interested in issues of sustainability. Dr. Gyuk joined the Department of Energy to manage the Thermal and Physical Storage program. For the past two decades he has directed the Electrical Energy Storage research program in the Office of Electricity, developing a wide portfolio of storage technologies for a broad spectrum of applications. He supervised the $185M ARRA stimulus funding for Grid Scale Energy Storage Demonstrations and is now partnering with the States on numerous storage projects for grid resilience. His work has led to 12 R&D 100 awards, two EPA Green Chemistry Challenge Award, and Lifetime Achievement Awards from ESA and NAATBatt. He is internationally recognized as a leader in the energy storage field.
Business Development Director for Energy Storage, Siemens Energy
Robert (Bobby) Bailie has been with Dresser-Rand, now a part of Siemens Energy, for over thirteen years holding numerous roles in application engineering and sales. Presently, he is in the Business Development Director for Energy Storage within the Industrial Applications Division. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering and minors in mathematics and management of technology. Bobby is also a graduate of South Texas College of Law, a licensed attorney in the state of Texas, and a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Gravity for Energy Storage
CleanTech Strategies LLC
Russ Weed is President of CleanTech Strategies. He is a seasoned business and project developer, marketing and sales leader, and legal manager, with 30 years of experience in the energy storage, renewables, and electronics industries. He has a track record of success at GE, Labtec, leading law firms when an attorney in private practice, and flow battery company UniEnergy Technologies (UET). In 2018, Russ established consulting firm CleanTech Strategies LLC, with engineering, manufacturing, construction, project development, conference, and research and development lab clients.
President and CEO, Highview Power
Dr. Javier Cavada joined Highview Power as CEO and President in September 2018 with the mission to drive the ambitious global expansion strategy for the company’s proprietary cryogenic energy storage technology. Cavada previously spent 17 years in leadership positions at Wärtsilä Corporation, one of the world’s top three technology companies in the energy market. As president of Wärtsilä’s energy division and member of the corporation’s executive board, Cavada led the company’s drive toward 100% renewables, spearheading a deep transformation that enabled the company to become a leading system integrator. Under Cavada’s leadership, Wärtsilä’s global market share in gas and liquid fuel power plants grew from nine percent to 21 percent. His long career at Wärtsilä also included extensive international experience, including executive roles in China, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Finland. In combination with these executive roles, Cavada chaired the board of Greensmith Energy Management Inc. He has also held leadership roles within the German multinational firm Robert Bosch in the fields of automotive technology and manufacturing. Cavada holds a PhD in industrial engineering and among other awards has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumni by the University of Cantabria in Spain.
Program Director, ARPA-E
Dr. Scott Litzelman is a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). His focus at ARPA-E includes flexible carbon capture and storage, energy storage, and direct air capture of carbon dioxide. Prior to ARPA-E, Scott served as a Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow, working on energy and natural resources policy in the Senate. Prior to his policy work, Scott was a scientific consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton. Scott earned a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from North Carolina State University and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from theMaterials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Executive Director, Green Hydrogen Coalition
Dr. Nelson, an economist, has led a distinguished career in the energy industry and is a long-standing hydrogen champion. Under her leadership, Utah founded the first-of-its-kind Annual Utah Governor’s Energy Office Hydrogen Symposium. Prior to joining GHC, Dr. Nelson served as Energy Policy Adviser to the Governor Herbert of Utah, and from 2014-2020 was Executive Director of the Utah Office of Energy Development. As a leader in the energy community, Dr. Nelson has extensive board and committee experience including serving as the Chair of the Utah Energy Infrastructure board and Chair to the Western Interstate Energy Board. Dr. Nelson holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Utah.
The Technology-Policy Nexus
FY20 Energy Storage Policy Update
Will McNamara, Facilitator
Grid Energy Storage Policy Analyst, SNL
Will McNamara serves as Grid Energy Storage Policy Analyst for Sandia National Laboratories with a focus on energy storage policy development at the federal and state levels. Will has spent his entire 23-year career in the energy and utilities industry with a concentration on regulatory and legislative policy. He has served as a lobbyist in California and has represented major utilities across the U.S. in numerous jurisdictions in proceedings pertaining to integrated resource planning, procurement, cost recovery, rate design, and the development of policymaking best practices. Will’s areas of subject matter expertise, in addition to energy storage policy, include distributed energy resources, AMI/smart grid, renewables, and competitive retail markets.
Organization of MISO States
Marcus Hawkins was promoted to Executive Director of the Organization of MISO States on January 1, 2019, after serving as Director of Member Services & Advocacy since September 2016. Prior to OMS, he was a Senior Engineer in the Division of Regional Energy Markets at the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. He has additional power market experience from working as an Analyst at PA Consulting Group in Denver, Colorado. Marcus received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He also earned certificates in Technical Communication and Energy Analysis & Policy while at UW.
Public Utility Commission Nevada
Adam Danise is a Policy Advisor for the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, advising Commissioners on the engineering aspects of utility regulation. Prior to his transition to a Policy Advisor in July 2020, Mr. Danise was an Electrical Engineer for the Regulatory Operations Staff of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada. In that role, Mr. Danise participated and testified in integrated resource planning dockets involving the procurement, evaluation and modeling of renewable energy resources and energy storage systems in Nevada. Additionally, Mr. Danise participated in Nevada’s investigation and rulemaking regarding establishing regulations pertaining to energy storage targets in Nevada. Mr. Danise earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas and is a Registered Professional Electrical Engineer in Nevada.
Representative Abbas Akhil was elected to the New Mexico State legislature in 2018 and voted to pass the landmark Energy Transition Act (SB489) which has a goal to move New Mexico to a carbon-free electric system by 2045. He also sponsored a grid modernization bill (HB233) in the 2020 session which allows the IOU’s and co-ops to undertake grid modernization projects such as smart meters. Prior to joining the legislature, he retired from Sandia National Laboratories Energy Storage Program after 22 years of service. His experience in energy storage, microgrids and renewable energy is proving invaluable in his legislative work as New Mexico transitions from coal to a renewable energy future.
Deputy Planning Director, Vermont DPS
Anne Margolis is the Deputy Planning Director at the Vermont Department of Public Service where she works on policies and programs to advance Vermont’s energy goals, including the Renewable Energy Standard and the Comprehensive Energy Plan. Anne has previously managed the Department’s Clean Energy Development Fund and served as its Renewable Energy Development Manager. She is also a graduate of Dartmouth College, an alternate on the Vermont District 3 Environmental Commission, and a Justice of the Peace for the town of Corinth, Vermont.
10/1, 12:25 – 1:05 PM EDT
Richard Fioravante, Facilitator
Director, Transportation Electrification, Quanta Technology
Mr. Fioravanti brings over 25 years of experience working with emerging energy technologies in both commercial and consulting roles. He has worked with major manufacturers, utilities, state/federal agencies, and developers to understand and deploy advanced energy systems. He currently focuses his efforts on electric transportation, EV infrastructure, electricity storage, and distributed energy resources – evaluating electricity grid impacts and linking the technologies to grid modernization, utility of the future initiatives. In his roles, he helped develop and deploy utility-scale and residential storage systems, advanced microturbines, fuel cells, and CHP systems. He has authored several papers on advanced storage technologies and has been cited frequently as a leader in his field. Mr. Fioravanti also was a founding Board Member of New York BEST (Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium) and served on their Board for five years. He received his M.B.A and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.
Review of EV Activities
Manager, EV-Grid Integration, Rocky Mountain Institute, Boulder, CO
Chris Nelder is a Manager in the Mobility practice at the Rocky Mountain Institute in Boulder, Colorado, where he heads the EV-grid Integration team. Chris has written about energy and investing for more than a decade. He is the author two books on energy and investing, as well as more than 200 articles on energy in publications such as Nature, Scientific American, Slate, The Atlantic, Quartz, Financial Times, Greentech Media, SmartPlanet, and the Economist Intelligence Unit. In his spare time, he hosts the Energy Transition Show podcast. He enjoys bantering with other energy geeks on Twitter at @chrisnelder.
Discussion on Utility Activities in Transportation Electrification
Customer Programs & Services, South California Edison
Mauro Dresti has more than 25 years of experience in high-technology development, introduction and management for Fortune 500 and NASDAQ-listed energy and consumer electronics companies. Prior to returning to Edison after 13 years away, Mr. Dresti was senior product marketing manager for emerging technology in Belkin International’s Greenfields fast-track program for new-technology applications for mobile, consumer electronics and computer devices. Before Belkin, he was senior product manager in Cisco Systems’ Consumer Business Group, and at Cisco-Linksys, Inc., where he drove business strategies around core and emerging home-networking technologies, and contributed to industry standards development. Earlier, as vice president of Product Management for startup Bitcentral Inc., Mr. Dresti managed the digital television broadcast news vendor’s flagship products, responsible for defining future product offerings, as well as for international call center operations. Mr. Dresti also was senior director at Universal Electronics, Inc., responsible for emerging technology, including the consumer-electronics leader’s award-winning NEVO wireless remote from concept to market. His energy industry career includes experience with major power supply companies and, primarily, at Edison, where he drove a variety of technology-development projects, including electric vehicle charging, solar energy applications, nuclear monitoring instrumentation, utility retail products, call-center applications and an Internet based energy-use monitoring program for commercial customers. Originally from Detroit, Mr. Dresti holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an MBA with a technology management concentration. He holds a number of technology patents, as well, pertaining to energy and home networking.
Medium Duty / Heavy Duty Vehicle Manufacturers
Senior Product Manager, Chanje
Dan is passionate about transportation electrification and distributed clean energy technology. As the Senior Product Manager for Energy Services at Chanje Energy, Dan is building an integrated portfolio of scalable hardware and software solutions for medium-duty/last-mile fleets to charge their EVs reliably and cost-effectively, in order to accelerate commercial EV adoption worldwide. He is working directly with some of the largest fleets in the U.S. to design and implement their fleet electrification strategies. Prior to Chanje, Dan was a Managing Consultant at Black & Veatch, where he worked with leading electric utilities and other clients globally to better integrate renewable and distributed energy resources into the grid. This work included software implementation, integrated resource planning, EV infrastructure planning, valuing distributed solar, utility solar program design, and smart city feasibility assessments. He has spoken at numerous industry conferences, webinars, and podcasts on energy and e-mobility topics, and is based in the Los Angeles area. In his spare time, he co-chairs the Fleet Electrification Subcommittee of the Smart Electric Power Alliance’s EV Working Group, and enjoys discussing how future technology and business models will transform the transportation and energy industries, and leave a more sustainable world for the next generation.
Updates on Charging for Transportation
Fleet Business Development, ChargePoint
Clay began his career in the software industry with Teknekron Financial Systems, and was soon tapped by Telemecanique to work in Sophia Antipolis, France on Process Control Software (Grafcet). When he returned to the Bay Area, he joined Navteq, and led the team that developed the world’s first fully functional car navigation software. Clay was the Co-Founder and CEO of Akuacom, the inventor of the full suite of software and hardware that created the Automated Demand Response market and led to the OpenADR standard with the support of Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, and the California Energy Commission. Honeywell acquired Akuacom in 2010 and Clay spent three years in Business Development domestically and internationally. Clay co-founded Kisensum, the software company that first deployed CA ISO market integrated V2G, working with Lawrence Berkeley National Labs. Kisensum deployed EV smart charging optimization for large fleets at Alameda County, Silicon Valley Transit, and key fast charging corridors in CA. Kisensum was acquired by Chargepoint in 2018. Clay received a B.A. in Physics from UC Berkeley, and has patented multiple technologies in the areas of geospatial and energy systems and software.
Recycling & Re-Use
10/1, 3:40 – 4:20 PM EDT
Jeff Spangenberger, Facilitator
Materials Recycling Group Leader, Argonne National Lab
Jeff Spangenberger is the Materials Recycling R&D Program Lead in the Applied Materials Division at Argonne National Laboratory. His program works to solve material separation, recovery and recycling challenges resulting in cost effective and environmentally sustainable processes that are then transferrable to industry. His current focus is on lithium-ion battery recycling and is the director of the ReCell center, an advanced battery recycling program funded by the Vehicle Technologies Office of DOE, to evaluate and advance the cost effective and sustainable recycling of end-of-life advanced batteries.
Argonne National Lab
Dr. Michael Wang is a Distinguished Fellow and director of the Systems Assessment Center, Energy Systems Division at Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Wang leads the ongoing development of Argonne’s GREET software model for life cycle analysis of vehicle technologies and transportation fuels. The GREET model and his research results have been used by regulatory agencies such as the California Air Resources Board, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to develop automotive fuel regulations. In addition to his work in the U.S., Dr. Wang has collaborated with government agencies, automotive companies, energy companies, universities and research institutions in Asia and Europe. Dr. Wang is a fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers and a member of the Transportation Energy Committee of the Transportation Research Board. He served on the boards of NGOs, companies, and Chinese automotive research organizations, and is on the editorial boards of four international journals. Dr. Wang has over 270 publications in the areas of transportation energy and environment effects. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Environmental Science from University of California at Davis and a B.S. in Agricultural Meteorology from the China Agricultural University, Beijing.
Energy Storage Association
Marc Chupka was named Vice President of Research and Programs at the U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) in February 2020. He leads ESA’s Corporate Responsibility Initiative Task Force, directs the activities of the Technical Advisory Council, and manages the Association’s educational materials, industry data, and analytical resources to support ESA’s policy priorities. Marc has over 30 years of experience analyzing and advising on the market impacts of both domestic and international energy and environmental policy, including serving as the acting Assistant Secretary of Energy for Policy and International Affairs for the U.S. Department of Energy and chief economist at the White House Office of Environmental Policy. Prior to joining ESA, Marc consulted on a broad range of energy issues for utilities, trade associations, and investors as a principal at The Brattle Group, focusing on issues related to grid resilience, clean energy, and climate policy.
Chief Commercial Officer, Li-Cycle Corp.
Kunal Phalpher is the Chief Commercial Officer of Li-Cycle Corp. Kunal has been involved with Li-Cycle since 2017, first as an Advisor, then as a Board member and since 2018 as an executive team member. Kunal brings extensive international experience in the lithium-ion battery and renewable energy sectors to Li-Cycle, with experience primarily in business development and corporate strategy. His recent experience, prior to joining Li-Cycle, includes working as a Director of Product Development at a residential solar company and Director of Business Development with a lithium-ion battery manufacturer. Prior to those roles, Kunal spent several years in Germany working in the renewable energy and energy storage sectors. Kunal earned his Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and holds a Master of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Management