Agenda 2019

Agenda

2019 Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Wednesday, May 15 Keynote

Secretary Anthony Foxx

Former United States Secretary of Transportation and Chief Policy Officer at Lyft

Anthony Foxx is the Chief Policy Officer at Lyft who formerly served as the 17th United States Secretary of Transportation and as mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina. As Secretary of Transportation, he led an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a budget of $70 billion. Confirmed by a rare 100-0 Senate vote, Sec. Foxx’s career success is indicative of his demonstrated ability to push forward in an era of deep partisan divide. Crafting an ambitious agenda to modernize America, he pressed Congress to pass the nation’s first long-term surface transportation bill in more than a decade. Sec. Foxx energized DOT’s embrace of innovation to help solve these problems by launching the Smart City Challenge, a national competition to implement bold, data-driven ideas that make transportation safer, easier, and more reliable in that city. As Chief Policy Officer at ride-sharing powerhouse Lyft, he works to develop government partnerships and serves as adviser to Lyft’s president and CEO. Called “the Great Connector” as a result of his efforts to update, streamline, optimize, and digitize the nation’s transportation system, Sec. Foxx will highlight the analogous American transportation system, innovation, and coalition building.

Thursday, May 16 Keynote

Asim Z. Haque

Executive Director of Strategic Policy and External Affairs, PJM Interconnection

Asim Z. Haque is the Executive Director of Strategic Policy & External Affairs for PJM Interconnection. Until March 2019, Mr. Haque served as chairman and chief executive officer of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. He was appointed to the PUCO by Governor John R. Kasich in 2013.  

Chairman Haque, an attorney, has represented Ohio’s interests in energy and utility matters within the state, nationally and internationally. He has testified before members of the Ohio General Assembly, the FERC, and has educated regulators abroad through formal partnerships with the U.S. AID.

Chairman Haque serves on the executive committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). He is a past president of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners (MACRUC), and serves on the board of directors. In addition, he has been elected to serve on the Member Representative Committee of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation where he represents state interests in maintaining reliability of the electric grid.

Day 1 — Tuesday, May 14, 2019

8:00 AM

Breakfast

9:00 AM

Workshops & Local Site Tour

Workshop Descriptions

How to Execute on your Next Big Idea – It Takes All of Us (and Technology)

Join EC Infosystems to examine the criticality of the energy company’s evolution – be it with fresh customer-focused ideas, more innovative business models, or superior operational execution. In achieving this end-goal, companies will be expected to rapidly innovate while simultaneously managing more stringent regulatory requirements and persistent market challenges.

During this workshop, we will explore the key processes and strategies helping energy providers overcome operational obstacles and market setbacks, so you can worry less about compliance and focus more on innovation.

RSVP to Aileen Currier at: Acurrier@ecinfosystems.com

 

Power On

Entering new electric and gas markets is essential for suppliers to grow their businesses and establish their brands across the country. Market entries are complicated and expensive and carry with them a significant level of risk, if not well planned and executed.  The risk has two primary components:  Operational excellence and Regulatory Compliance. Falling short on either will greatly diminish the value of the effort and can put suppliers in both financial and legal trouble. 

Join Tom Dougherty, Owner of MarketWise and Madelon Kuchera, President and Founder of Earth Etch, for a combined look into the modest amount of market training and regulatory planning that can expedite your market entry, minimize start up issues, maximize your cash flow and circumvent regulatory complaints and penalties.

RSVP to Tom Dougherty at: Tdougherty@mrktwise.com

      

 

Show Me the Money: How Distributed Resources Make the ESCO, Customer and Broker More Profitable

Join us as we explore the value proposition of incorporating Distributed Energy Resources (DER) into retail supplier portfolios—both product and supply. Together, we will establish a baseline for what DER is, define its role in today’s marketplace and layout the policy and market landscape supporting—and hindering—DER adoption and deployment. With case studies and use case examples, we’ll reveal how DER is adding value for retail suppliers.

RSVP to Craig Tropea at: Ctropea@ces-ltd.com

12:00 PM

Grab & Go Lunch

1:00 PM

Networking Activities:
  • Charity Golf Tournament
  • Desert River Raft Tour

6:00 PM

Grand Welcome Reception

Sponsored by EC Infosystems

8:00 PM

Private Afterglow Reception

Sponsored by EC Infosystems

Day 2 — Wednesday, May 15, 2019

8:00 AM

Breakfast – Sponsored by Intelometry

9:00 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:30 AM

Keynote Speaker: Secretary Anthony Foxx
Former United States Secretary of Transportation and Chief Policy Officer at Lyft

10:30 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM

Panel Discussion 1: Business Model Innovation
More Than Commodity—Expanding through Transformative Business Models.

Fast moving energy technologies and digital solutions are leading to all new approaches that are taking the competitive energy industry to a whole new level. To remain competitive, companies must rethink their business. Can your business model stay relevant given the changes that are already in motion? Join us as we share examples of innovative business models, regulatory frameworks and investment strategies that are creating new value streams for competitive energy companies.

Speakers:

  • Ananda Goswami – VP, Sales & Business Development, EC Infosystems (Moderator)
  • Kiran Bhatraju – CEO, Arcadia Power
  • Valery Miftakhov – Deputy Head of E-Mobility, Enel X
  • Rishi Bhakar – SVP, Advanced and Sustainable Energy Investments, Tenaska
  • Carla J. Peterman – Former Commissioner of California Public Utilities
    Commission / Commission on Catastrophic Wildfire Cost and Recovery
  • Dan Verbanac – Senior Vice President, Retail, Constellation

12:00 PM

Lunch

2:00 PM

Panel Discussion 2: Digitalization
The Next Big Asset — The Alchemy of Data

In today’s digital age, data is the new raw material of the energy business. Data is being used to turn on new revenue streams and drive deeper engagement with customers. The issue of data consolidation and interpretation present a huge challenge. Can any one company own enough data to make a difference? In what world could you openly share such a valuable asset with competitors? How can energy suppliers be on the same team with policymakers and regulators to make data a wellspring for customer-centered innovation? Join us as we roll up our collective sleeves to find solutions.

Speakers:

  • Deb Merril – President, Retail, EDF
  • Siddhartha Sachdeva – CEO, Innowatts
  • Robert King – Vice President, Policy, Smart Energy Water
  • Molly Knoll – Senior Commission Advisor, Maryland Public Service Commission

3:00 PM

Networking Break

3:30 PM

Group Discussion
The Power of Unity — Join the discussion moving competitive energy forward

Before competitive energy can present a unified industry voice, we have to agree on the top problems, prioritize them, and form a collaborative framework to drive solutions.

This interactive community town hall session will have an open mic, inviting you to weigh in on what areas you believe deserve the greatest focus and how we can best tackle them. Everyone is encouraged to contribute.

Join us as we put our heads together to find a common voice. Together, we may establish the basis of a campaign that will help move competitive energy forward as one unified force.

4:30 PM

Cocktail Reception

6:00 PM

Private Dinners – Sponsored by Shell and CyberGroup

Day 3 — Thursday, May 16, 2019

8:00 AM

Breakfast – Sponsored by Intelometry

9:00 AM

Day 1 Recap & Opening Remarks

9:30 AM

Keynote Speaker: Asim Haque
Executive Director of Strategic Policy and External Affairs, PJM Interconnection

10:30 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM

Panel Discussion 3: Customer Centricity
Being the “Right” Company for Your Customers

“Customer centricity” is the buzzword of the decade. Companies from all sorts of industries—from consumer products to energy providers—are all clamoring about putting the customer at the center of their business. Understanding customer behaviors and preferences helps to optimize product design, communication, decision-making and solutions for customers. You value your customers, but do they value you? This session will explore strategies that go beyond traditional approaches to educate and engage customers, to how you can be the “right” choice for your customers.

Speakers:

  • Sadzi Oliva – Commissioner, Illinois Commerce Commission
  • Andrew Barth – Partner, CSD Energy Advisors
  • Gregory Craig – CEO, Griddy
  • Graham Leith – Senior Vice President, Head of Retail, ENGIE

12:00 PM

Lunch

  • Speaker: Robert Gaudette – Senior Vice President, NRG Energy

2:00 PM

Panel Discussion 4: Regulatory Advancement
The Politics of Competitive Energy — Collaborating to Align and Open New Markets

There are many stakeholders that are trying to shape the future of our energy markets to their own benefit.  What are the best strategies for the competitive energy industry to be heard and what is the right message? How can we make existing markets better?  How do we open new deregulated markets?  The successes (and failures) of the past point to the need for collaboration between competitive energy companies to work with the entire ecosystem of stakeholders. Working together is the fastest way to enable long-term sustainable solutions, regulatory frameworks and policies that will benefit customers and provide great business opportunities.

Speakers:

  • Jim Steffes – Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Direct Energy (Moderator)
  • Rich Blaser – CEO, Infinite Energy
  • Jon Wellinghoff – CEO, GridPolicy, Inc.
  • Matt White – General Counsel, IGS Energy & President, RESA
  • Chris Hendrix – Director, Markets & Compliance, Walmart
  • Kevin Parker – New York State Senator, District 21

3:00 PM

Networking Break

3:30 PM

CEO Game Plans

We’re inviting top competitive energy CEOs to share their ideas for key ways we can work together to move the competitive energy industry forward. Each of our invited CEOs will bring a visionary perspective based on their experiences in competitive energy and tackling the complex challenges we face. In this interactive session, we’ll come to better understand how we can collaborate to build momentum and grow.

Speakers:

  • Michele Tihami – Business Line Director & Country Manager, DNV GL (Moderator)
  • Mary Anne Brelinsky – President, EDF
  • Sayun Sukduang – President & CEO, ENGIE Resources
  • Patrick Maloney – CEO, Inspire
  • Bruce Stewart – CEO, Direct Energy Home

4:30 PM

Cocktail Reception

2019 Sponsors

Additional sponsors to be announced