Breakfast and networking.
Mueller neighborhood and Pike Powers Lab tour hosted by Pecan Street, Inc. Travel provided by ETS16.
Tour hosted by Austin Energy and the City of Austin. Travel provided by ETS16.
Join us at the new Seaholm Eco-District development to discuss how neighborhood-scale sustainable development rooted in collaboration and inclusion aligns with the Core Principles for Action in the City’s Imagine Austin comprehensive plan to define and promote a new model of urban regeneration. And then, take a stroll down Electric Drive with Bobby Godsey from Austin Energy’s Electric Vehicle program. While giving you a tour of the components of Electric Drive, he will be discussing Austin’s focus on Transportation electrification and Austin Energy’s EV program.
Tacos from Torchy's Tacos and coffee will be provided on site by austin energy
In this new energy and information age, the most critical component of the energy grid is the human beings who work in our industry. And much like every other grid component, people have tolerances and ranges of optimal function. We turn to physics, chemistry, computer science and mathematics to engineer our physical and cyber assets to optimal ranges. So, too, we can take lessons from psychology and neuroscience to optimize our human capabilities, in order to implement highly reliable organizations through improved situational awareness and better collaboration.
The key to a resilient grid is to create conditions that enable our people to bring their best to the work of keeping the lights on into a strong energy future.
Chicago-based ComEd is demonstrating to customers the benefits of the “Third Industrial Revolution” being driven by the convergence of energy and digital communication technology. This revolution has arrived in northern Illinois by way of ComEd’s smart grid program and other initiatives that are creating the building blocks for an energy internet that will meet the growing interest among customers for more choice and personalized services. Leading this transformation of the electric system serving 4 million customers is ComEd President and CEO Anne Pramaggiore, who spearheaded efforts that resulted in the enactment of Illinois’ Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA) or Smart Gird law in 2011. Nearly five years into the program, these investments are producing best on record reliability and customer satisfaction scores. Building on strengths, ComEd is now pursuing a Utility of the Future strategy informed by platform economics, which places an emphasis on collaboration, designing infrastructure that drives customer interaction and on removing friction wherever it exists to deliver the premier customer experience.
Lunch and networking.
Special Guest lunch and networking.
Effortless consumer control will shape industries across sectors and especially energy. Our digital lives will take on a whole new shape and color in the economy and our daily lives. Learn how IoT is more than buzz, and driven by a new economy.
Embracing technological, operational, and human transformation to achieve system, market, and societal advances.
With more assets, more sensors, more data and more analysis, asset-intensive industries are entering a new era of asset management. How do utility companies best take advantage of these changes not just for more connected asset management, but better connections across the enterprise?
Now more than ever organizations need to be able to bring together these disparate technologies and systems to enable better real-time and long-term understanding of an increasing complex asset base. These needs require building stronger connections among IT and OT for more connected asset management—at both the technology and organizational levels.
Core generation portfolios are changing for utilities, and policies are ensuring that larger amounts of renewables will be incorporated across utility generation fleets for years to come. And yet, 25% of new purchase power agreements (PPAs) have come from corporations and impact investment funds in the last year. This session will address: How do these new economics of renewables gel across business models, technology and policy in this rapidly changing landscape?
How energy, education and veterans intersect at the heart of Texas’ future. How the commissioner is focusing on these themes, and what we can expect…
Dr. Webber will share the interconnections of energy and water, revealing how much water we use for energy, how much energy we use for water, and the vulnerabilities this interdependence causes for society, all with an optimistic eye towards integrated solutions for the future.
Breakfast and networking.
Great thinkers get 10 minutes, two props, and one take to address what they see as the nearest and dearest opportunities to change the future of energy. A fascinating outside the lines approach to hearing from dynamic and singular voices in the chorus of visionaries at ETS16.
The forceful fact-based story of successes from investing in innovation. The race to advance our infrastructure has unleashed a discussion about adapting existing infrastructure versus replacing with innovation. Where, in the constellation of attributes, are the opportunity multipliers? This is the discussion of pushing and pulling and ratcheting performance through strategic performance based budgeting across business models, technology and policy.
Hear from leaders that faced adversity and challenges, and how they see the role of energy systems in infrastructure amidst a time of fundamental changes to our society, environment, communications and energy regimes.
Innovation comes in all forms. In some cases, it comes from established dominant market players, in other cases it comes from the hills and valleys in the middle of America. Hear from leaders in innovation discuss of their strategies and proactive plays in driving innovation, and creating new opportunities that expand business and support communities.
By EPB Chattanooga establishing the world’s first community-wide fiber optic network, it planted a flag at a beach-head of where we are expected to provide for the community in a digital era. EPB is solving the challenge of identifying new essential services by being proactive. Centerpoint has positioned itself after the issue of resilience reared its head with a series of hurricanes and opportunity struck with new technology investments. Similarly, Exelon’s generation portfolio has diversified and reorganized, while focusing on the growth opportunity of bringing together the mid-Atlantic and Midwest. S&C Electric has developed collaborative relationships with these utilities and the three will share examples of how collaboration spurred the way to innovation and success.
Do you have the necessary systems and tools to use Big Data solutions to drive dynamic planning and improved operational performance?
This panel will discuss foundational systems and necessary components for communities and utilities to grow and adapt to the changing energy landscape. Engaging smart cities, developing a fast, secure network and ensuring actionable data is critical to better serve your customer communities. Gain a better understanding of the digital platforms utilities are using to further renewable integration and sustainable operations through advanced technology and data analytics.
This panel focuses on two winners of US Department of Energy SHINES Grant awards, Austin Energy and Comed, a foremost leader in the development of microgrids and storage+renewables solutions, S&C Electric, and the leader of PEER, a new performance standard for grid stability and quality developed by Green Building Certification Institute.
At the root of all these organization's efforts are the focus of advancing the staging and deployment of microgrids on the grid and in the community. Austin Energy and ComEd have both recently developed uniquely innovative projects that will be discussed at length in the panel, and our technology expert, S&C Electric and policy expert, GBCI will buttress the focus on creating a new business model for distributed utility initiatives.
We use the grid oh-so-differently than how we used it in 1990. And yet, some things haven't changed. This discussion focuses on those critical applications of the grid that our thought leaders see as pivotal to solving the challenges of both customers and the grid.
This panel will delve into real examples of how interoperable, scalable, secure technology is often at the heart of new innovation that is designed to provide next generation service. Whether community-wide fiber, or core operational functions, or IoT platforms, these new applications will be needed to enable these next generation applications at the grid-edge and into smart homes and buildings.
Current state of economic transition in US markets and a review of several disruptive currents in market that utilities and industry are navigating. Evaluating effect of low oil prices on US economy and disparate effects on state economies and different sectors.
Outlook on price expectations; energy price changes have had a more muted impact on US Economy over time, and panel will address efficiencies that manufacturing sector has been driving over past several decades, and what this portends for energy sector. Close with discussion of conditions that allow for leadership, and ideas about what the future for utilities will look like given current market dynamics.
Lunch and networking.
15’ Special Presentation: Zpryme Spotlight, 1:00-1:15
This panel delves into new technology that enables the human to be most the important component of the grid. This panel will share the emerging technology making a serious ROI impact for companies today, the future use cases projected to transform industrial work in the utilities industry, and the design principles to keep users at the center.
Technology is only as useful as the problem it solves, and the person using it. Historically, utilities may lag in new tech adoption, and recent research has uncovered leaps and bounds in advances in energy-related products that serve to improve situational awareness of the grid operator, distributed logic, and remote decision-making.
While it is becoming increasingly easy for IT departments to get “shiny object” syndrome with emerging technology, AR/VR, wearables, natural language processing and other technology do have a place in industries like utilities that need hard ROI for every project.
Utilities are running through the evaluation of systems and software that can immediately change their world, but it's nothing without finding the right technology servicing the right customer at the right point of contact.
Looking at the developing ubiquity of connected suites of services and technology, the customer has become a new player in the IoT realm, and engaging that customer in an all-connected realm requires partners. Learn how utilities are partnering to develop lasting engagement with customers.
The region with the most commitment to solar and smart cities will be in California, but not where you might expect: San Diego and Chula Vista have combined to work across the clean tech and energy sectors in the region to develop compelling examples of real achievements in carbon reduction, community accessibility, and smart cities driven by energy technology solutions.
Hear from city leaders and technology partners on: (1) creating the right mix of collaboration, (2) infrastructure and finance problem solving in new projects, and (3) bringing benefits across jurisdictions, and solutions to a regional scale.
Resilience requires looking at power resources system-wide—in campuses, buildings and microgrids. There is also a changing landscape of real-time dynamic power resource management with DER, emerging technologies, IoT and microgrids at the center. How do we protect and create a more secure grid with increasing renewables and storage? This session discusses how new solutions can address an array of interoperability, policy, business model and technology hurdles.
Leveraging new technology, novel business models, and policy maneuvers to push and pull the market to solve a cross-section of old and new issues, private and public dilemmas, and policy and market-driven answers for our next generation of energy independence and security.
Happy hour and Direct Energy Innovation to Inspiration Tour – Smart Home Technology Exhibit.
ETS16 Thought Leader of the Year award presentation.
Enjoy great live music, food, and drinks with your ETS16 peers.
Breakfast and networking.
How Energy and Networking enable a new future. Come and meet unfiltered Metcalfe and Amin on Energy, Networking, Security, Innovation, Education, and Sustainability.
A presentation and discussion around the complex and opportunistic generation landscape. Key topics include how to address, and proactively get ahead of the most pressing challenges for utilities and areas to build momentum toward a more successful transition to a new energy era.
Lunch and networking.
In this session we recap an exciting three days with our “keepers of the vibe.” Join us for a lively audience discussion about the key takeaways from the event, and identifying the most valuable insights coming out of ETS16.