2015 Grid of the Future Summit


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Getting to a More Distributed and Data-Driven Grid 

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The Grid of the Future Summit will engage energy companies, technology companies, and government agencies in a discussion about the direction for the distributed, data-driven grid of the future.  The Summit will feature case studies for how the grid is delivering smarter energy, analytics, and outcomes for customers now.

People expect the grid of the future will achieve environmental goals, customer savings, customer empowerment, and represent a significant technological advance over the centralized grid of the past.  There are a myriad of ways to achieve these greenhouse gas savings, dollars in customers’ pockets, and technological leaps forward.  The Summit will shine a light on the technology, financing, and government/regulatory policy necessary to enable the shift to this distributed, data-driven grid.  It will be at the crossroads of energy efficiency, demand response, transportation electrification, the integration of renewable energy, distributed generation, storage, and software analytics.  We offer these speakers and panels as a part of the conversation for how to get there – a future grid that saves customers money, time, and greenhouse gas emissions – from where we are now.

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We are excited to announce our KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Dr. Daniel Kammen. 

Dr. Kammen is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley. He was appointed the first Environment and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA) Fellow by Secretary of State Hilary R. Clinton in 2010.

Dr. Kammen is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), Co-Director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment, and Director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center. He has founded or is on the board of over 10 companies, and has served California and the federal government in expert and advisory capacities.  He is a frequent contributor to international media including: Newsweek, Time, and The New York Times and has appeared on 60 Minutes, Frontline and the Discovery Channel.

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Hitachi Data Systems, 2845 Lafayette St., Santa Clara, Ca.

7:30 am to 8:30 am – Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:40 am – Keynote: Dan Kammen – UC Berkeley

9:20 am – Plenary I: Future of Energy Markets

  •  Michael Picker – CPUC President
  •  Jon Wellinghoff – Stoel/Rives
  •  Jamie Mandel – Rocky Mountain Institute
  •  Jeff St. John – GreenTech Media (M)*

10:10 am – Networking Break

10:40 am – Plenary II: Customer Empowerment

  • Helen Burt – PG&E
  • Mike Carlson – North American Head, Siemens
  • John Westerman – Hitachi Microgrid Solutions
  • Noah Goldstein – Navigant Consulting (M)

11:30 am – Networking Lunch 

12:30 pm – Breakout Sessions

EVs and the Grid of the Future                          Smart Cities

Beth Reid – Olivine                                               Jeff Siegel – Panasonic

Rich Quattrini – ChargePoint                             Brian Levite – Hitachi Microgrid Solutions

Alex Chase – Energy Solutions                         Aaron Clay – SunSwarm

Rafael Rayes – Prospect SV (M)                       Melanie Nutter – Nutter Consulting (M)

1:45 pm – Breakout Sessions II

  Microgrids                                                        Smart College Campuses

Brian O’Hagan – Clean Coalition                    Robert Cormia – Foothill

Jana Ganion – Blue Lake Rancheria             John Onderdonk – CalTech

Bruce Garrett  – U.S. Navy                              Niki de Leon – NRG (M)

Steve Pullins – Hitachi Microgrid Solutions (M)

3:00 pm – Networking Break

3:30 pm – Plenary III: Financing the Grid of the Future

  • Mark Freyman – Smart Wires
  • Dan Baldi – Silicon Valley Bank
  • Patrick Sagisi – DBL Investors
  • Tim McRae – SVLG (M)

4:25 pm – Plenary IV: Integrating Distributed Energy Resources

  • Lorenzo Kristov – CA ISO
  • Rohan Ma – SolarCity
  • John David Erickson – CPUC
  • Martha Amram – WattzOn (M)

5:15 pm – Wrap Up

5:30 pm – Networking Reception

* (M) = Moderator

**Italicized names indicate the speaker is likely, but not yet confirmed.



Government Relations Representatives Regulatory Affairs Business Development
Chief Information Officers Chief Sustainability Officers Chief Technology Officers
CA Energy Agency Representatives Engineers Facilities Managers



Select branding opportunities are still available for this event. For more information, please contact contact Tim McRae at tmcrae@svlg.org.


No cancellations; substitutions are encouraged.




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