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9:00 - 10:00 am EDT Drivers and Context for VPP Development: A Technology and Market Overview
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The purpose of this session is to familiarize participants with Smart Grid concepts and solutions, including Distribution Optimization, Transmission Optimization, Asset Optimization, Demand Optimization, Smart Meters and Communications, and Workforce and Engineering Design Optimization. Smart Grid industry standards efforts will be discussed, including NIST, IEEE, CIGRE and IEC. An overview of recent Smart Grid deployments will be given, including the lessons learned from the deployments. The impact of high penetrations of rooftop solar PV will be discussed, including the need for new technology - such as virtual power plants - to manage the increased voltage volatility, and the impact of policy on the future of electric utility operation (i.e., the death spiral).

John D. McDonald, P.E.
Director, Technical Strategy and Policy Development
GE Digital Energy
10:00 - 11:00 am EDT Creating the Virtual Power Plant
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The increasing amount of renewable generation on today's electricity grid has created a growing challenge for utilities. Traditionally utilities have balanced the intermittency of renewable generation sources, like wind and solar, largely through varying existing generation, typically gas generation. This load following approach can be costly and inefficient. Today intelligent load management offers a much more cost-effective and environmentally friendly approach to this problem. By shifting customer thermal energy loads to match the actual wind generation, the intermittency of renewable generation can be mitigated. Much like a supply side generation, customer load shifting can be forecasted and aggregated together, and then reported to the system operator on a day a-head basis. In this manner customer load shifting acts like a virtual power plant (VPP) that is available to smooth out the intermittency of renewable generation without the use of fossil fuels. In this session, Mr. Kallock will discuss how a VPP can be created and present three examples of VPPs that have been developed by integral Analytics. Mr. Kallock will review VPP pilots conducted with Duke Energy from 2008-2010, the current PowerShift Atlantic VPP where IA is acting as a load aggregator and the Avista VPP. He will discuss the current state of the projects and the technologies that make these VPPs possible.

Bill Kallock
Vice President - Busienss Development
Integral Analytics Inc.
11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT Agile Control Districts and the VPP
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For many years, FERC has maintained that nearly every form of physical generation has an analog in demand response. Those resources have come to be know as "Virtual Power Plants. However, for anything "Virtual" to be a true "Power Plant", it must stand on equal footing with core power generation in the dispatch room. Ideally, it should go beyond that measure and improve grid reliability, resiliency, efficiency and customer satisfaction. The emerging concept of Agile Grid Districts takes advantage of the emerging telemetry and modeling in smart grids to inform resource models while continually updating status so that they can be dispatched reliably and with predictable results. This session will explore the concepts of an agile grid district and how they might be deployed to take maximum advantage of local resources, customs, and economics.

Phil Davis
Senior Manager, Demand Resource Center
Schneider Electric
Ron Dizy
EVP and Chief Revenue Officer
ENBALA Power Networks
12:00 - 1:00 pm EDT Lunch Break
1:00 - 2:00 pm EDT VPP Case Studies and Market Developments
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In this session, Peter Asmus will reveal the capacity and revenue market forecasts from a forthcoming Navigant Research report on VPPs to be published in 2Q 2014, highlighting case studies from around the world, but focusing on market developments in the US and Europe.

Peter Asmus
Principal Research Analyst
Navigant Research
2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT Optimizing Diverse VPPs Alongside Traditional Generation
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Following this year’s theme of “the 21st Century distributed generation network,” this presentation will take a theoretical look at a network that includes both DERs and traditional generation. DERs will include multiple different pricing structures, DR customers, solar, wind, storage, and EVs. Traditional generation will consist of coal. The presentation will then take a look at ways to optimize generation on this network under a variety of scenarios.

John McLean
Industry Solutions Executive
Ventyx, an ABB Company