Staff Subcommittee on Energy Resources and the Environment

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Sunday, July 16

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Marina 6 / Grand Ballroom A
9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Energy Efficiency Financing for Low- and Moderate-Income Households

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory co-author Greg Leventis will outline the findings of this recently-published paper, which discusses the challenges and potential solutions to providing effective financing opportunities for electric and natural gas efficiency improvements for LMI households. In response to his presentation, former Maine PUC Commissioner and former National Consumer Law Center attorney Nancy Brockway will provide a consumer perspective, and energy efficiency and evaluation, measurement, and verification consultant and facilitator Dr. Katherine Johnson will discuss alternatives to utility on-bill EE financing that have been developed collaboratively in Arkansas since 2014 and provide an experience-based analysis of utility and EE financing stakeholders’ points of view on the subject.

Moderator: Wally Nixon, Commissioner’s Legal Advisor, Arkansas Public Service Commission


Greg Leventis, Program Manager of Electricity Markets and Policy, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Nancy Brockway, Commissioner Emeritus, New Hampshire

Katherine Johnson, President, Johnson Consulting Group


10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Preparing for a Future Grid with Abundant DER

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is developing a comprehensive suite of tools, processes, and investment frameworks to enable utilities to fully integrate Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) into their grid operations, and modernize their annual distribution planning processes.  The CPUC Distribution Resource Planning (DRP) proceeding will result in fundamental changes for the role DERs play in achieving the state’s ambitious energy and climate goals. California utilities, the CPUC, and diverse stakeholders are identifying “optimal” locations for DER deployment, that will help minimize overall system costs and maximize ratepayer benefit from the investments in DERs and related grid infrastructures. The DRP process aims to:

  • Modernize the distribution system to accommodate two-way flows of energy and customized energy services throughout the IOUs’  networks;
  • Enable more customer choices of new technologies and services that can cost-effectively reduce emissions and improve reliability;
  • Enable DERs to realize economic rewards by providing valuable grid services; and
  • Deploy “non-wires” alternatives to traditional transmission and distribution system investments.

This panel will share their visions of the future grid and lessons learned to date from the regulatory and policy making landscape that is shaping the distribution grid and the role DERs will play.

Moderator: Scott Murtishaw, Energy Advisor to CPUC President, California Public Utilities Commission


Dhaval Dagli, Principal Manager of Regulatory Policy, SCE

Mark Esguerra, Director of Integrated Grid Planning, PG&E

Brad Heavner, Policy Director, CALSEIA

Sahm White, Economics and Policy Analysis Director, Clean Coalition

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
The joint meetings from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. will be held in Grand Ballroom A.

Distributed Solar: Which Code When?

(Joint with the Staff Subcommittee on Electricity)

3:15 - 3:35 p.m.

Status of IEEE 1547

(Joint with Staff Subcommittee on Electricity)

3:35 - 3:55 p.m.

How to Coordinate Smart Inverters with the Distribution Grid

(Joint with Staff Subcommittee on Electricity)

3:55 - 5:00 p.m.

Do Your Utilities Need Grid Modernization to Integrate Distributed Generation?

(Joint with Staff Subcommittee on Electricity)