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Distributed Energy Resource Integration Group Update: Current Syntax and Future Topics

with Vikram Singh, Alectra Energy Solutions; Stina Brock, Sunverge; Rich Barone, Hawaiian Electric; and John Powers, Extensible Energy

recorded May 18, 2017

Thank you for your interest in this PLMA Demand Response Dialogue. This will be a 30-minute conversation with a few Powerpoint slides.

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This Interest Group discussion will begin with a brief exploration by Rich Barone of Hawaiian Electric of the syntax currently in use regarding Distributed Energy Resources. For example, have you noticed that Distributed Energy Resources is most often used as an umbrella term that subsumes Demand Response? Whereas DR may be more accurately seen as an action taken on DERs rather than a resource itself? The group co-chairs will include time for open discussion of topics and presenters for the next in-person group meeting set for this November in Cambridge, Mass.

The conversation will include a brief solar-plus-storage case study recently featured in a Utility Dive article about a Rocky Mountain Institute study titled "Is grid defection still a threat to the utility business model?" (see article at CLICK HERE)

Vikram Singh
Alectra Energy Solutions
Vikram Singh

Vikram Singh is the program lead for a number of innovative Smart Grid projects at Alectra Energy Solutions. His role is to focus on identifying new energy solutions that can be piloted within Alectra’s territory and transitioned into full-scale commercial offerings.  Prior to joining Alectra, Vikram held a variety of Senior Management roles in the energy sector. Most recently, he served as the Director of Business Development at a US venture capital fund. He also served as a senior member of the management team assigned to finance and implement the commercialization strategy of utility-scale dish-Stirling CSP technologies.

Kristina (Stina) Brock
Kristina (Stina) Brock

As Senior Director of Global Utility & Grid Solutions at Sunverge, Stina is responsible for building Sunverge's solutions engineering team focused on helping utility customers shape their strategies for integrating distributed energy resources. Stina leads go-to-market strategy development, and previously built the product management team for Sunverge. Stina has deep expertise in energy markets, energy storage, and distributed energy resources. Previous to Sunverge, Stina led product marketing activities at Primus Power, an energy storage startup based on advanced flow battery technology, and managed program operations at EnerNOC.

Rich Barone
Hawaiian Electric and DER Integration Interest Group Co-chair

Rich Barone provides leadership and direction in DR strategy, business cases, technologies and program portfolio development. Rich works across process areas and the three Hawaiian Electric utilities to optimize DR and Distributed Energy Resources to foster customer choice and system reliability while supporting the state's clean energy goals. Rich joined Hawaiian Electric with over 15 years of strategic planning, early-stage technology assessment, software development and system integration expertise. His most recent experience is as Associate Director in Emerging Technologies at Navigant Consulting. Prior to his tenure with Navigant, Rich was employed by Pacific Controls, Inc. as VP, Smart Grid Services.

John Powers
Extensible Energy and DER Integration Group Co-chair
John Powers

John Powers has led both consulting and technology firms in energy economics, engineering, and operations. As founder and CEO of Energy Interactive, he led a team that introduced path-breaking Web-based energy information services to electric utilities and their customers. John led Energy Interactive to a successful acquisition by ABB, where he served as worldwide Director of Retail Software. Prior to EI and ABB, he was Senior Vice President of Software and Consulting Services at Quantum Consulting.

Who Should Attend. Utility and regulatory staff as well as other energy industry trade allies and organizations seeking thought leadership and insight on innovative demand response methods to meet peak energy load needs, mitigate price, and manage variable generation. You must be staff from a PLMA member organization to join the Interest Group, but anyone may listen-in for the online Group Discussion.

How the Interest Group Discussion Works. When you register, you may submit a comment or question in advance. After some brief presentation, there will be a facilitated discussion of the topics presented. You're welcome to use a speaker phone so an unlimited number of people may participate. After the Discussion, you will receive a recording web link. Unable to participate on this day and time? Register anyway and you will automatically receive the recording link.

Learn more about the PLMA DER Integration Interest Group.