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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Staff Subcommittee on Rate Design

Ballroom South
9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
Blockchain!: An Introduction

Blockchain is being heralded as the next generation of the Internet for its abilities to record business transactions securely, reliably, rapidly, and transparently. Many see Blockchain as an enabler of the distributed energy system for these breakthrough abilities. Companies both using Blockchain in their industries and those that envision Blockchain fitting into a distributed energy future. This session will feature an introduction to Blockchain and how it can be and is being used today for energy transactions.

Moderator:
Chris Villarreal, Director of Policy, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

Panelists:
Lawrence Orsini, LO3 Energy
Ravi Pradhan, Siemens
Lynne Kiesling, Northwestern University

10:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Break
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
We Are Underused: How DER Compensation and Value Identification Affects the Utilization of DER

Technologies such as water heaters and electric vehicles sit largely underutilized absent clearer compensation measures and price signals from both retail and wholesale markets. Many technologies are capable of providing additional services, such as demand response or can act as a storage resource, yet are not valued or compensated accordingly. This session will hear from providers of technology on how the lack of appropriate accounting and valuation of new services affects the adoption and use of everyday resources.  These providers will discuss real-world capabilities of their solutions and how opening new market opportunities can enable greater savings from these technologies.

Moderator:
Chris Villarreal, Director of Policy, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

Panelists:
John Diem, Steffes
Benjamin Stafford, Advanced Energy Economy

11:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Update on Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium Projects

Update from the Department of Energy on two of the GMLC projects currently underway: 1) the Metrics Analysis project, which establishes a methodology of developing and using multiple metrics for assessing the evolving state of the U.S. electricity system and monitoring progress in modernizing the system, and 2) the development of a valuation framework project—a comprehensive and transparent framework to value the services and impacts of grid-related technologies.

Moderator:
Chris Villarreal, Director of Policy, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

Panelist:
Chuck Goldman, Department of Energy