Dallas 2019 Agenda

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Conference Day One: Tuesday 16 April

Main Conference

6:45 - 7:45 (60 mins)


7:45 - 8:00 (15 mins)

Welcome from the Organizers & Chairman’s Introduction

New Energy Update Jon Harman Head of Portfolio New Energy Update

Main Conference

8:00 - 8:20 (20 mins)

U.S. Renewables O&M Market Outlook & Opportunities

  • Hear the latest forecasts for U.S. renewables capacity
  • Explore how increased U.S. solar and wind capacity will impact O&M strategies in the next 5 years
  • Find out how digital technology, digitization and adoption rates are affecting industry growth & O&M strategies
  • Discuss benchmark your assets against average turbine & component failure rates and national reliability assessments

IHS Markit Rafael McDonald Director, North American Renewable Power IHS Markit

8:20 - 9:10 (50 mins)

Executive Asset Owner Panel: Wind & Solar Operational Optimization

  • Hear from key utilities, asset owners and IPPs on their operational goals for wind and solar assets
  • Assess the vast operational successes/ gains made nationwide and lessons learned along the way
  • Identify any pain points in existing operational delivery from the top and where optimization is most needed
  • Explore executive-level insights in to optimization strategies to address those pain point, plus input from the audience

Shell New Energies Jorge Villalobos General Manager of Operations (Wind/Solar) Shell New Energies

E.ON Gerrud Wallaert Senior Vice President Engineering E.ON

Leeward Renewable Energy Jason Allen Chief Operations Officer Leeward Renewable Energy

Duke Energy Corporation Jeff Wehner Vice President Renewables Duke Energy Corporation

CPS Energy Chris Eugster Chief Operations Officer CPS Energy

Liberty (Algonquin) Power Ian MacRobbie Vice President, Operations Liberty (Algonquin) Power

9:10 - 10:00 (50 mins)

Multi Stakeholder Panel: High-Level Budget Prioritization Across PV and Wind Assets

  • Establishing a clear and standardized contingency plan for unplanned major component failures
  • Getting buy in from the field to “do more with less”
  • Investment in the latest technologies for leaner O&M teams, remote inspection and predictive maintenance

Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables [Moderator] Dan Shreve Partner Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

Shell New Energies Dana Herrera General Manager - Asset Management Shell New Energies

BlackRock Real Assets David Smith Director, Asset Management Asia & North America BlackRock Real Assets

Goldwind John Gibson Vice President of Operations Goldwind

10:00 - 10:30 (30 mins)


10:30 - 11:15 (45 mins)

Project Risk Mitigation - Managing Assets & Contracts from a Financial Perspective (cross-industry session with Utility, C&I and Residential solar)

  • Explore successful ways to stay ahead of the market competitiveness through perfecting your O&M and asset management to increase the performance of your PV plants
  • Discuss different levels of risks and how they can be mitigated to maximize productivity and and meet the timeline of your agreements
  • Learn how to mitigate risk and build a business case that would attract the appetite of investors
  • Hear the expert’s perspective on how to insure long term stability to increase the appetite of private investors
  • Find out more about funding for tax equity, debt and equity and financial risk management to maximize the profitability of your project

Vivint Solar Kent Williams Vice President - Asset Management Vivint Solar

Cypress Creek Renewables Chris Frantz VP - Asset Management Cypress Creek Renewables

Nautilus Solar Laura Stern President Nautilus Solar

GCube Jatin Sharma President GCube

11:15 - 11:40 (25 mins)

Standardization - how to mitigate risk factors to make sure that you maintain your Service Level Agreement

  • See how to meet your Service Level Agreement [SLA] by providing a Scope of Work that will ensure performance guarantees are met, including the interface between EPC warranty/contractor and O&M warranty/contractor
  • Discover how the PV industry has changed in the last 40 years, where it is now and what steps must be taken for it to become a mature industry
  • Find out about the development of PV O&M reliability and availability standards and what lessons can be applied form other utility-backed technologies.
  • Learn how improved reliability and availability standards will lead to greater control over faults, failures, and labor costs

Sonnedix Juan Fernandez Head of Asset Management and Integration Sonnedix

11:40 - 12:15 (35 mins)

Panel: How to Maximize the value of your Assets In the South (Texas and Surrounding areas)

  • Find out innovative strategies to truly capitalize on the attractive PPAs in the Texas market and discuss how the policy scheme will impact the PV market in Texas
  • Understand the policy scheme and adapt to the current market conditions to learn best practice when it comes to technical due diligence
  • With the Texas power grid going greener at a rapid pace and some of the commercially-friendly PPAs, find out how to maximize your PV assets value in this region
  • Gain insight into developing and negotiating bankable contracts and learn how to make the case for making the case for PPAs that are in favour of the asset owner

ameresco Robert Jackson Director of Project Development Ameresco

Cypress Creek Renewables Chris Frantz Vice President - Asset Management Cypress Creek Renewables

12:15 - 2:00 (105 mins)


2:00 - 2:30 (30 mins)

A Digitalization case study: Maximizing Drone data value while minimizing data handling

  • The justification for using drones on solar farms were made on the safety exposure reductions and improving inspection time requirements
  • However, there is still a great deal of data files and data review that was needed to be handled
  • Duke Energy, using AI and pattern recognition has streamlined the process so that flyover and actionable intelligence occurs with minimal user interaction

Duke Energy Renewables Jeff Wehner VP, Renewables Operations Duke Energy Renewables

2:30 - 3:00 (30 mins)

Case study: Performance Models

  • Evaluate the accuracy of your inherited performance models and data against actual performance data.
  • Learn how to identify underperformance issues, from tracking anomalies and monitoring production issues to tweaking the system to increase performance.
  • What are the KPIs that are used in performance models and how are they evaluated
  • How do you standardize that calculation to better understand how performance carries across different assets?
  • How can technology be used in different ways to be more effective both as a performance engineering team but also as a company?

Cypress Creek Renewables Martin Waters Director, Fleet Performance & Repowering Cypress Creek Renewables

3:00 - 3:30 (30 mins)

Managing Big, Utility Scale, Projects: The Asset Manager's Perspective

  • Explore the O&M and asset management strategies applied by large utility-scale owner-operators to maximize plant uptime and performance
  • Discuss methods to carry the quality of execution in times of cost crisis and reduced budgets

Southern Power Company Tyler Cromey Senior Engineer Southern Power Company

3:30 - 4:00 (30 mins)


4:00 - 4:30 (30 mins)

Learn how early decisions can vastly improve the long-term success of a project

  • Understand the major equipment decisions, SCADA and engineering choices that need to be considered when acquiring/developing a solar plant
  • Learn how early decisions can vastly improve the long-term success of a project.
  • Receive key lessons on how to manage plant challenges post-construction

Engie Robert Morse Director, Solar PV Operations and Management (O&M) Engie

4:30 - 5:15 (45 mins)

Designing a Solar Farm with O&M in Mind

  • Understand why O&M has a strong impact on the Total Cost of Energy of a solar plant
  • Find out how new technology continues to change the way solar plants are operated and present different maintenance risks
  • Discuss ways to predict the future accurately and why this is necessary to be both competitive in pricing a solar PPA as well as executing it

Southern Power Natalie Clark SPC Renewable Operations Southern Power

Invenergy Brock Taute Renewables, Project Engineer Invenergy

Cypress Creek Renewables Kyle Cooper Vice President, CCR O&M Business Operations Cypress Creek Renewables

Miller Bros Solar Joe Brotherton Chief Operating Officer Miller Bros Solar

5:15 - 5:45 (30 mins)

Drones, AI, Cloud Analytics- Enabling Digital O&M

  • The Digital Twin Approach
  • Drones in O&M - Technology and Advances
  • Handheld apps - Bridging the office - field gap
  • AI in O&M
  • Case study on how technologies converged to solve a major problem at one of the world's largest PV sites

SenseHawk, Inc Swarup Mavanoor CEO SenseHawk, Inc

5:45 - 6:15 (30 mins)

O&M Cost Models - how improved accuracy lowers LCOE

  • Discuss the O&M cost variables associated with different hardware components and how spare parts requirements, obsolescence and compatibility issues factor into the calculations
  • How do you reduce cost for each component, so you can project a more favourable value?
  • What equipment reliability processes can be implemented to address assumptions about components and requirements?
  • Discover how to put more certainty on predicted O&M lifecycle costs by reviewing O&M lifecycle cost models

sPower Robb Wilson Director, Operations and Maintenance sPower

6:15 - 7:45 (90 mins)


Conference Day Two: Wednesday 17 April

7:15 - 8:15 (60 mins)


PV Track

Energy Storage Track

PV Track

08:00 - 08:15 (15 mins)

Chair’s Introduction

Energy Storage Track

08:00 - 08:15 (15 mins)

Chair’s Introduction

PV Track

8:15 - 8:45 (30 mins)

PV Costs and Money Flow: Overview

  • What are the key industry trends and commercial dynamics in Texas and the Southwest region?
  • Find out who the main investors are, what is secondary market involvement and how will this impact the overall market
  • How are PV costs changing and how this will affect an asset owner’s operational PV plants and their overall profitability
  • What are the trending operating costs for asset owners and how can these costs be controlled?
  • Will PV plus storage (PVS) be common for utility-scale projects in three years?

Commercial Solar Guy John Fitzgerald Clients Consultant and Project Developer Commercial Solar Guy

Energy Storage Track

8:15 - 8:45 (30 mins)

Energy Storage for Renewables Overview - What’s in it For Me?

  • Understand the evolving renewables market’s increasing need for storage
  • Understand the different types of energy storage technologies available and their applications (energy vs power)
  • Find out “what’s in it for me” across technical, corporate and commercial O&M roles and how this may affect day-to-day operations and budgets
  • Assess the cost of storage projects, transmission lines and operational application
  • Explore the top challenges being met and overcome by energy storage early adopters both in the office and the field

Lockheed Martin Energy Caleb Waugh Head of Analytics - Energy Storage Lockheed Martin Energy

PV Track

8:45 - 9:10 (30 mins)

Panel: Translate Data into Actionable Information

  • Find out how the data industry is responding to operational challenges around the world and what role will digital technology play in resolving them
  • Discuss how data and digitalization are shaping company strategies across the PV industry in Texas
  • What are the strategies that owners can apply to realize the full potential of digital technology available to become data-driven organizations?
  • Find out the US PV data collection long-term trends

Commercial Solar Guy Moderator: Sameer Sirdeshpande Commercial Solar Guy

Engie Robert Morse Director, Solar PV Operations and Management (O&M) Engie

Power Factors LLC Jay Lakumb Vice President of Product Management Power Factors LLC

3megawatt Brendan Cook Regional Manager 3megawatt

Energy Storage Track

08:45 - 9:10 (25 mins)

Energy Storage in a “mid grid solar wind hybrid

  • Understand how Juhl Energy is delivering power to the distribution system through an innovative storage system
  • Look at three options that Juhl Energy considered in implementing the storage system
  • Storage at point of interconnect
  • Distributed storage in community to which hybrid provides power
  • Lake region project co-op - adding intelligence demand response that works with wind, that can cycle and move thermal energy
  • Hear advice on how Energy storage can be paired up with renewable technologies for successful commercial project

Dan Juhl CEO Juhl Energy

PV Track

9:10 - 9:35 (30 mins)

Inverter O&M Strategies

  • Find out the latest O&M activities needed to optimize the maintenance process on inverters, from contracts to maintenance routines
  • What are the most effective lessons learnt by owner-operators who insource O&M vs. those who outsource O&M

Enel Green Power North America Davide Grandi Inverter Specialist Enel Green Power North America

Energy Storage Track

9:10 - 9:35 (25 mins)

Case Study: E.ON’s Texas Energy Storage Projects

  • Hear E.ON’s motivations behind their Texas energy storage investments
  • Gain critical lessons learned from an early adopter

E.ON Climate & Renewables Swetha Meenakshi-Sundaram Senior Energy Storage Monitoring Analyst E.ON Climate & Renewables

PV Track

9:35 - 10:00 (25 mins)

The Risk/Reward of BiFacial PV System Design

  • The evolution of the Bifacial PV Market
  • Commercial bifacial PV performance models and parametric sensitivities
  • Project economics and system design optimization
  • IEC efforts in standardizing bifacial system performance testing and performance monitoring

EDP Renewables Itai Suez, PhD Senior Solar Project Engineering Manager EDP Renewables

9:35 - 10:00 (25 mins)

A Blue Skies Energy Storage Future: Asking “What’s Next?”

  • Find out the latest O&M activities needed to optimize the maintenance process on inverters, from contracts to maintenance routines
  • What are the most effective lessons learnt by owner-operators who insource O&M vs. those who outsource O&M

Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables Dan Shreve Partner Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

10:00 - 10:30 (30 mins)


10:30 - 11:05 (35 mins)

Optimizing the Design and Operation of Large Scale PV + Storage Plants

  • What business opportunities are driving the deployment of PV + Storage?
  • What are the key system design decisions and approaches to optimization?
  • What do you wish designers would prioritize to make operations more cost effective?
  • What triggers repowering decisions - when to invest to get more energy?
  • Are there business opportunities to add energy storage to existing PV systems, and what are the considerations?

Ampt, LLC Mark Kanjorski Director of Strategic Marketing Ampt, LLC

EDP Renewables Itai Suez, PhD Senior Solar Project Engineering Manager EDP Renewables

Invenergy Brock Taute Renewables, Project EngineerInvenergy

Energy Storage Track

10:30 - 10:55 (25 mins)

One Plus One Plus One Really Can Equal Six - Storage in Combination with Wind and Solar

  • Evaluating broader value proposition of including storage in mixed technology projects
  • The economic, system, and financial synergies
  • Best practices recommendations for development/operation

Terry Bickham Principal TerraFlux Solutions

PV Track

11:05 - 11:30 (25 mins)

Creating effective disaster/transition plans to optimize ongoing fleet operation

  • Find out lessons learnt about enduring & recovering from a natural disaster
  • What are the key takeaways that you need to consider when managing a wide-spread equipment failure?
  • Look into strategies to timely & practically transition O&M duties in case of developer demise
  • How do you facilitate third-party PV-system/fleet sales to passive investors?

Vivint Solar Kent Williams Vice President - Asset Management Vivint Solar

Energy Storage Track

10:55 - 12:15 (80 mins)

Energy Storage 101 Workshop

  • This session will equip you with the information necessary to decide on battery storage implementation. Share insights/concerns with key stakeholders in the industry and understand which technologies are most applicable to you
  • Understand use case study examples from battery storage owners, developers and operators and how you can build a viable business model around this
  • Be joined by peers from the solar PV industry (from the co-located Solar PV O&M Dallas conference) who will add even more expertise to this interactive session

FlexGen Moderator: Alan Grosse VP Development FlexGen

PV Track

11:30 - 12:15 (45 mins)

Decide What Future O&M Service Model Works for Your Asset

  • Find out the latest takeaways on in-house O&M, outsourced O&M and the mixture of both models
  • Discuss the importance of size and characteristics of the portfolio, risk, cost, service quality and response time
  • Share ideas on utility O&M service models in the future
  • Explore residential O&M service models in the future

Namaste Solar Matt Herman Co-Owner // Operations and Maintenance Sales Manager Namaste Solar

Longroad Energy Kim Primerano Director - Solar Operations & Maintenance Longroad Energy

Vivo Power Rick Borry Executive Director Vivo Power

12:15 - 1:45 (90 mins)


1:45 - 3:15 (90 mins)

PV Operations Roundtables

Monetizing PV + Storage power plants

  • What are the different O&M takeaways that could be merged into a PV + Storage system
  • What are the cost profiles associated with the lifecycle maintenance of batteries and what are design considerations that are crucial to O&M

PV Operations Roundtables

Thinking about O&M in design phase

  • How does technology influence the way solar plants are operated?
  • What are the different maintenance risks that you have been dealing with and how did you tackle those?

Exploring smart inverter O&M Strategies

  • What are the strategies you used to optimize the maintenance process on inverters, from contracts to maintenance routines, and what has performed best over the last year

Sharing the latest successful performance models

  • What are the KPIs that you are using to measure performance and how they should be evaluated
  • What are your thoughts on standardizing KPI measurement to have more clarity over how performance carries across different assets?

Utilizing data hand in hand with operational know-how

  • Can you speak about methods that have enabled you to provide real-time information and make intelligent financial decisions?


Got a question? Get in touch below!

Diana Dropol

Diana Dropol

Project Director
New Energy Update
+44 (0) 207 375 7528 (Global)
Email: diana@newenergyupdate.com

Rhys Watt

Rhys Watt

Project Director
New Energy Update
+44 (0) 207 375 7177 (Global)

Grace Cooper

Grace Cooper

Commercial Director
New Energy Update
+44 (0) 207 375 7504 (Global)

Elizabeth Demestiha

Elizabeth Demestiha

Commercial Director
New Energy Update
+44 (0) 207 375 7503 (Global)

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