Keynote/Plenary Sessions

Day 1 - April 24, 2017

8:30am-10:00amPlenary: Grid Modernization Technology Vision

Chair: Ebrahim Vaahedi, OATI

Ali Ipakchi, OATI
Juan De Bedout, GE
Gary Rackliffe, ABB
Mike Carlson, Siemens
Thierry Godart, Intel


To respond to their business requirements and chart the future technology deployment strategy, utilities, research organizations and technology developers need to know the state of the art in available technology solutions and the future technology trends. In this plenary session, the executives of a number of major technology providers share their insight on the smart grid strategic roadmaps, technology maturity and their business value.

[Location: TBA]

Day 2 - April 25, 2017

8:30am-10:00amPlenary: Policy and Regulatory Considerations Related to Grid Modernization

Joseph Paladino, DOE

Kim Jones, Senior Electricity Analyst, North Carolina Utilities Commission and Chair, Staff Subcommittee in Electricity, NARUC
Jorge Camacho, Chief, Office of Infrastructure and System Planning, DC Public Service Commission
Lorenzo Kristov, Principal Market Design Architect in the Policy Office of California ISO
David Meyer, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy
Christy Walsh, Director, Division of Policy Development, FERC


Policies and regulatory rules set by both federal and state governments have significantly influenced the scope and pace of grid modernization. The plenary session will provide a discussion by individuals in federal and state governments on the impact of their policies and the challenges that need to be addressed to enable the enhanced grid functionality envisioned for a future grid.

Day 3 - April 26, 2017

8:30am-10:00amPlenary: Utility Executive

Chair: Jay Giri, GE Grid Software Solutions

Chantal-Aimee N. Hendrzak, PJM
Rana Mukerji, NYISO
Mark Karl, Vice President, Market Development, ISO-NE
Tom Pierpoint, Exelon


Utility executives will share their recent practical experiences with smart grid deployments.
They will also discuss challenges and future plans.

[Location: TBA]