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Agenda Detail

Subject to change
 

April 6

Monday

11:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Pre-Conference Workshop Registration Open
  1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Pre-Conference Workshops*

Electric Vehicle and Infrastructure Technologies — A More In-Depth Look at EVs

Learning Objective: This class will focus on electric vehicles and related infrastructure technologies — issues and opportunities. The course is targeted to industry stakeholders with a basic knowledge of EVs looking to a deeper dive into vehicle and infrastructure technologies including vehicle systems, batteries, charging hardware and charging technologies.

Heat Pumps In Residential Applications: Versatility for Decarbonization

Learning Objective: Develop an understanding for the fundamentals, operation, applications, benefits and with air source heat pumps for residential and commercial space conditioning and water heating applications. Session 1 on Monday, April 6 will start with residential applications. Session 2 on Tuesday, April 7 will continue with commercial applications.

Grid-Interactive and Efficient Building Electrification

Learning Objective: This class will focus on understanding how industry stakeholders define, target, valuate, design, and demonstrate grid-interactive and efficient buildings and communities. The course will be designed to better understand emerging approaches and technology solutions and get to “the why” it is important to consider grid-interactive and efficient buildings and communities as part of efficient and sustainable electrification strategies. Finally, the class will present best practices considered by many stakeholders to enable grid-interactive and efficient building electrification at scale.

Power Quality Applications (PQA), Part 1

Learning Objective (Part 1): The first session of the workshop is designed to help the attendees understand the importance of power quality (PQ) with respect to the impact on day-to-day operations, power quality induced losses, and how to make actionable economic cases for investing in power quality solutions. The session is then targeted toward equipping designers, engineers, and facility owners with proven design techniques and methodologies to increase PQ resiliency and lower negative PQ contributions.
 

April 7

Tuesday

  7:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Pre-Conference Workshop Registration Open
  8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Pre-Conference Workshops*

Power Quality Applications (PQA), Part 2

Learning Objective (Morning Session): The second session of the workshop will enable the attendees to understand how to conduct effective power quality assessments, utilize expert investigation tools, and improve customer productivity by combining power quality, energy efficiency, process heating, and energy management concepts into a single site assessment. Next, specific power quality issues and solutions related to commercial and electric transportation will be presented.

Learning Objective (Afternoon Session): The final session of the workshop will begin with informing the attendees about important industrial power quality issues and solutions common to most all plants — process heating, chilled water, and compressed air systems. This portion will focus on understanding edge-of-grid power quality including the use of the Energy Management Circuit Breaker (EMCB) for both power quality and energy measurement data, understanding the impact so distributed energy resources on customer power quality, and how to understand and evaluate “retrofit energy savings device” (RESD) technology using the new IEEE 1889 protocol.

Learning Objective: Electrification of Transit Bus fleets is advancing rapidly. These sites will have 10s to 100s of EV charging stations and can represent megawatt level loads to the utility distribution system. This course will help participants engaged in planning and preparing for electrified transit systems to understand the state-of-the art approaches to successful projects.

Learning Objective: It is anticipated that as electric vehicle (EV) populations grow, so will demand for more large-scale charging sites. These sites will have to 10s to 100s of EV charging stations and can represent megawatt level loads to the utility distribution system. This course will help students understand existing and near-term trends in EV charging technologies including both vehicles and infrastructure and how those trends will impact field installations of hardware. The course will provide insights into the key aspects of sizing, designing, citing, and building large-scale charging installations.

Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA)

Learning Objective (Morning Session):
CEA BASICS AND THE TECHNOLOGIES AND FACTORS THAT IMPACT THIS INDUSTRY
Develop an understanding on how indoor agriculture / CEA impacts traditional farms and utilities. This will include expanding attendees’ understanding of plant science, CEA utility impact, and the key technologies which drive the operation and design of these facilities. These sessions will also educate attendees on how knowledge of plant sciences and technologies combine within a single system to reliability yield local produce year-round.

Learning Objective (Afternoon Session):
APPLY CEA KNOWLEDGE TO FARMS, COMMUNITIES, UTILITIES AND SOCIETY
Focus on taking the learnings from the AM session and understanding how to apply them to farm design. This session will also educate attendees on key industry trends which are driving this industry and how utilities can best work with this industry. Sessions will also provide insight on how indoor agriculture will impact the sustainability of regions, communities, water resources, and address other sustainability factors impacted by this industry. This session will conclude with a summary of findings from EPRI's various indoor agriculture efforts - including next steps and parallel research which augments EPRI’s indoor agriculture efforts.
  8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Pre-Conference Workshops*

Heat Pumps in Commercial Applications: Versatility for Decarbonization

Learning Objective: Develop an understanding for the fundamentals, operation, applications, benefits and with air source heat pumps for residential and commercial space conditioning and water heating applications. Session 1 on Monday, April 6 will start with residential applications. Session 2 on Tuesday, April 7 will continue with commercial applications.

Learning Objective: The participants of this workshop will develop a better understanding of the fundamentals, operation, applications, benefits as well as some of the market barriers associated with the non-road transportation technologies. The workshop will also provide examples of successful implementations and provide information about how to approach different customers for electrification opportunities.
  1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Pre-Conference Workshops*

Geothermal Heat Pumps

Learning Objective: Geothermal/Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHPs) are ideal for electrification of space heating and cooling loads; these are some of the most energy efficient systems, and these also reduce winter peak demand by eliminating need for back up resistance heat. The technology is being deployed in some large-scale communities to meet decarbonization goals. Develop a deeper understanding of its operation, applications, and case studies, and why it is a win-win-win technology for the utilities, its customers and the society at large.

Industrial Process Electrification: Pathways to Sustainable Productivity

Learning Objective: The participants of this workshop will develop a better understanding of the fundamentals, operation, applications, and benefits as well as some of the market barriers associated with industrial process equipment electrification. The workshop will also provide examples of the successful implementations and information about how to identify applications and approach customers about electrification opportunities.
  2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Conference Registration Open
  5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall

Sponsored by:

Aep
Duke Energy
So Cal Edison
Exelon
Southern Co
 

April 8

Wednesday

  7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Conference Registration Open                                
  7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Continental Breakfast
  8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Opening Plenary Session
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Morning Break in the Exhibit Hall
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Breakout Sessions

Track A: Frontiers of Electric Mobility

Session A1: Implementation of Megawatt-Scale Fast Charging

Direct Current (DC) fast charging at scale is an essential aspect of accelerating transportation electrification. How does our experience with existing networks inform much larger scale installations for both fleet and consumer use?

Track B: Advancing Building and Customer Technologies

Session B1: The Next Generation of Space Heating

Heat pump technology continues to advance, offering greater efficiency and higher performance in colder climates. How do we capitalize on these advances for the greatest benefit in both new-built and retrofit scenarios?

Track C: Electrifying Industrial and Commercial Customers

Session C1: Electricity and the Food Industry

Food processing and foodservice electric technologies are integral to managing and dealing with waste streams (water, solid waste, and air emissions). Panelists will discuss electrification ties to food safety, evolving delivery methods, and sustainable, small footprint, productive technology solutions.

Track D: Electrification and the Modern Grid

Session D1: The Role of the Electrified Customer in the Shared Integrated Grid

The Shared Integrated Grid imagines a future when customers’ energy assets become shared energy solutions that enhance grid reliability, resiliency, and value. As customer adoption of electric technologies accelerates, how does the Shared IG address the challenges and maximize the opportunities of these new customers?

Track E: Community and Customer Benefits of Electrification

Session E1: Updates: National and Regional Progress on Electrification

The pace of electrification will be driven by starting point and available technologies combined with national, state and local policies/regulations. This session will explore the costs and lessons learned from electrification policies implemented by governments around the world.

Track F: A Policy Landscape for a More Electrified Economy

Session F1: Policy Challenges and Opportunities for a More Electrified Economy

This panel will discuss four challenges and opportunities for efficient electrification from a policy lens: decarbonization, affordability, customer choice, and a changing workforce. Discuss with our panel members the policies and other ideas that could create the largest societal benefit from electrification while supporting vulnerable constituents and impacted workers.

Track G: Innovations in Electrification

Session G1: Radical Challenges: Technology Approaches for Deep Decarbonization

Moving beyond e-mobility and heating technologies that will account for the bulk of near-term electrification, what will be the next industry or sector to unlock disruptive change through innovation in electric technologies?

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

Sponsored by:

NC Electric Cooperatives
  1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Breakout Sessions

Track A: Frontiers of Electric Mobility

Session A2: Challenges and Opportunities of Medium and Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicles

Technological advances and relentless cost reductions continue to expand the frontiers of e-mobility. The world of medium and heavy-duty vehicles is poised for a breakthrough with China and large fleets leading the way. How do we ensure a seamless transition, leaving no customer behind?

Track B: Advancing Building and Customer Technologies

Session B2: Heat Pump Water Heaters

Adoption of heat pump water heaters (HPWHs) is a critical component in enabling efficient building electrification. A transition to heat pump technology for water heating will greatly reduce energy consumption in the commercial and residential sectors. This session will discuss current research, development, and deployments of HPWHs as well as present market adoption strategies.

Track C: Electrifying Industrial and Commercial Customers

Session C2: Metallurgy, Cement, Chemicals: Big Industrial Electrification Opportunities

The production of primary materials (bulk chemicals, fuels, fertilizer, metals, plastics and rubber, fibers, cements, powders) is energy intensive and fossil fuel dependent. These industries contribute significantly to the global carbon footprint as well as other air quality and water consumption/quality issues. This panel will discuss emerging roadmaps within their industries to electrify these massive energy inputs as they drive toward future carbon neutrality.

Track D: Electrification and the Modern Grid

Session D2: Energy Storage for the Electrified Customer

Customer sited energy storage is making inroads for its ability to integrate local renewable generation and as a resiliency solution. As greater electrification increases demand and changes load shapes, how does the role of storage and its value proposition change? What new technologies and approaches are needed as the customer and the economy become more electrified?

Track E: Community and Customer Benefits of Electrification

Session E2: Value Tests: Assessing Customer Electrification Programs

Similar to energy efficiency, efficient electrification often faces non-economic barriers. Regulatory value tests provide an essential tool for developing and funding programs to overcome these barriers. This session will explore emerging approaches to assess electrification programs and their applications.

Track F: A Policy Landscape for a More Electrified Economy

Session F2: Electrified, Connected and Shared: Planning for a Sustainable Transportation Future

Signposts and trends point to a transportation future that will be increasingly electrified, connected, and shared. This session will explore the many policy and planning considerations that could shape a more electrified transportation system that is sustainable, equitable, and resilient.

Track G: Innovations in Electrification

Session G2: Investing in and Accelerating Electric Technologies

Understanding the economics of electrification is critical to achieving the rapid, affordable deployment of electric technologies throughout society.

  3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Afternoon Break in the Exhibit Hall

Sponsored by:

NC Electric Cooperatives
  3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Plenary Session Panel
 

April 9

Thursday

  7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Conference Registration Open                                
  7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Continental Breakfast
  8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Breakout Sessions

Track A: Frontiers of Electric Mobility

Session A3: Carsharing, Congestion, and Complaining: Lessons Learned from EV Mobility Services

The pace and scale of innovation in mobility services is simply staggering. From automation to vehicle sharing to micromobility there is an onslaught of new technologies and business models. Please join this expert discussion on understanding and planning for the accelerating world of mobility services.

Track B: Advancing Building and Customer Technologies

Session B3: Overcoming Cost and Other Barriers in Residential Electrification Opportunities

Residential electrification can be perceived as a cost prohibitive and intrusive endeavor for residential buildings and customers. Therefore, it is important to understand "when" and "where" it makes sense, followed by clear value propositions that lead to actionable approaches to capitalize on these opportunities. This session will bring together experts to discuss analytical approaches to enable scalable building electrification.

Track C: Electrifying Industrial and Commercial Customers

Session C3: Customer Panel — Pioneers of Fleet Electrification

The energy and emissions from goods and people movement 'off' the public roads and highways are significant. This panel will explore how vehicle electrification in warehouses and logistics, refrigerated transport, construction & mining, maritime ports, airports and agriculture represent golden and often hidden opportunities to reduce emissions, lower costs, and improve health, safety, and productivity.

Track D: Electrification and the Modern Grid

Session D3: Transmission and Distribution Planning for New Electric Tech at Scale

New loads present new challenges to a grid that is already adapting to rapid changes in energy production and use. From multi-MW electric vehicle charging installations to large-scale indoor food production, what are the impacts of emerging electric technologies and how are grid planners addressing them now and in the future?

Track E: Community and Customer Benefits of Electrification

Session E3: The State of Electrification Assessments: Economy-Wide Analyses

The ultimate extent of electrification and the pace of change are highly uncertain and depend on technological change, policies, and evolving customer preferences. Speakers on this panel will provide their views about what we do well and what we do poorly in modeling transportation, building, and industrial technology choices and implications.

Track F: A Policy Landscape for a More Electrified Economy

Session F3: Capturing the Full Benefits and Costs of Electrification

Efficient electrification technologies will require new cost-effectiveness tests to fully capture their benefits. This session aims to better understand what benefits and costs are important when evaluating efficient electrification technologies; what policy tools could maximize their benefit to the environment and to the consumer; and what fuel-agnostic approaches are suitable for characterizing these technologies.

Track G: Innovations in Electrification

Session G3: Hydrogen on the Horizon

Hydrogen and synthetic fuels could play a necessary role in decarbonizing many industries, transportation, and even buildings. What are the technical, economic and policy advances required to enable the hydrogen and synthetic fuel pathways for decarbonized electricity?

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Morning Break in the Exhibit Hall
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Breakout Sessions

Track A: Frontiers of Electric Mobility

Session A4: Customer Panel — Adoption of Electric Vehicles at Scale

Electric vehicle adoption will only move at the speed of the customer. Please join an engaging, enlightening panel of electric vehicle experts, enthusiasts, and journalists to discuss — from the customer perspective — the key issues of the day.

Track B: Advancing Building and Customer Technologies

Session B4: "Smart" is the Word of the Hour — Let's Talk Smart Homes, Smart Buildings and Smart Communities

Low cost sensors, improvements in connectivity and advanced data analytics are enabling smart homes and neighborhoods across the globe. However, the critical opportunity to truly harmonize customer system automation — ensuring comfort, convenience and control — with the opportunity to leverage these communities as a grid resource to enable efficient electrification. Panelists will discuss learnings from previous demonstrations that can enable smart, efficient, electrified communities at scale.

Track C: Electrifying Industrial and Commercial Customers

Session C4: Electric Heating at Scale

'Industry 4.0' describes a fourth revolution in manufacturing, driven by connected devices, artificial intelligence and robotic automation. Electric heating technologies offer distinct advantages in the integration of process sensors, feedback and control that can greatly enhance process productivity, quality and reliability. Panelists for this session will explore the role of electric process technologies in delivering on the promise of 'Industry 4.0.'

Track D: Electrification and the Modern Grid

Session D4: Addressing the Power Quality Impacts of a Renewable and Electrified Economy

The rise of local distributed energy resources in tandem with increasingly electrified end use can create power quality issues that impact critical processes. This session will discuss how both utilities and customers can work together to mitigate these issues.

Track E: Community and Customer Benefits of Electrification

Session E4: Ecosystem and Environmental Impacts and Benefits of Electrification

Electrification can have both local and global environmental impacts and benefits. This session explores the sometimes contradictory literature and statements surrounding electrification environmental impacts on air, land and water resources.

Track F: A Policy Landscape for a More Electrified Economy

Session F4: Realizing the Full Value of Flexible Electric Loads

This session will explore policy and pricing mechanisms that could leverage the full value of electrification technologies in a way that contributes to a sustainable, resilient, and affordable grid. Panelists will also discuss opportunities for increased efficiencies between wholesale and retail markets including what actions could be incentivized to support grid flexibility.

Track G: Innovations in Electrification

Session G4: The Future of Cost-Effective Low Carbon Resources

Enormous projected surpluses of low cost, renewable or other low-carbon electricity have laid the ground work for serious consideration of low-carbon resources — ammonia, synthetic and electro-fuels that can address gaps in our national and global decarbonization portfolios. How close are these resources to the scale and cost-effectiveness required to contribute to mid- and long-term carbon targets?

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

Sponsored by:

LG&E and KU
  1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Breakout Sessions

Track A: Frontiers of Electric Mobility

Session A5: EV for Work and Play: Jeeps, Pickups, Tractors, Motorcycles, ATVs

Beyond the rapidly expanding lineups of plug-in electric cars, buses, and trucks lies a universe of applications — maritime, aviation, agriculture, mining, construction and others that are increasingly unlocked as battery and electric drive system costs fall and performance increases.

Track B: Advancing Building and Customer Technologies

Session B5: Applicability of Ground-Source Heat Pumps to Electrify Residential Space Heating in the U.S.

Geothermal heat pumps eliminate drop in efficiency and heating capacity at lower ambient temperatures that are associated with air source heat pumps. They continue to provide efficient heating even in cold climates without use of inefficient resistance heat, reducing heating costs and electricity demand on the grid.

Track C: Electrifying Industrial and Commercial Customers

Session C5: Water Treatment: Plants and Processes

Water and waste water treatment systems eliminate biological and chemical hazards. The tie between production and use of water and energy resources drives application of advanced electric technologies for the efficient use and conservation of both. Panelists will explore their deployment and technical/economic challenges.

Track D: Electrification and the Modern Grid

Session D5: Resiliency in an Era of Increasing Electrification

Customers, communities, and economies with a greater level of electrification will require increased reliability, resiliency, and redundancy from their electric service providers. This panel will discuss critical issues for supporting electrified fleets and facilities.

Track E: Community and Customer Benefits of Electrification

Session E5: Meeting Long-Term Environmental Goals with Electric Technologies at Scale

Electrification across the economy is projected to play a central role in meeting long-term environmental goals. This session will discuss what an energy system that is 50% electric could look like, identify hard-to-electrify end-uses and discuss strategies for further environmental gains.

Track F: A Policy Landscape for a More Electrified Economy

Session F5: Role of Electrification in Meeting Customer and Community Sustainability Goals

Customers and communities are leading the charge when it comes to increasing their adoption of clean energy and electrification technologies to support their sustainability goals, reduce costs, and improve the health, safety, productivity, and convenience of their constituents. This panel will feature case studies of customers and communities who invested in electrification programs to meet sustainability goals and will share insights on the role of policy and regulation in realizing the full value of their investments.

Track G: Innovations in Electrification

Session G5: Innovative Customer Programs

What is the role of innovation in accelerating adoption? Can new technologies and business models overcome customer reticence or uncertainty and lead to rapid changes in adoption of new technologies? Bring your ideas to discuss with our panel of thought leaders.

  3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Afternoon Break in the Exhibit Hall

Sponsored by:

NC Electric Cooperatives
  3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Closing Plenary Session
  6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Closing Party @ NASCAR Hall of Fame

Sponsored by:

Aep
Duke Energy
So Cal Edison
Exelon
Southern Co

*Professional development hours (PDHs) will be available for each of these workshops. Three (3) PDHs for half-day workshops and six (6) for full-day workshops which must be requested at the time of registration. Attendees must be present for the entire session as no partial credit will be granted.