October 23-25, 2017
Omni Interlocken Resort
Denver, CO

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WPS17 - Breakout

Monday, October 23

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1:00 PM 2:30 PM
Big Data, Big Headache or Big Opportunity?
Consumers willingly give up lots of personal data and insights, but what gaps exist between what electric power providers can collect and use as they make investment decisions and work to advance energy efficiency goals? How is Big Data being used across the West to inform investment decisions and work toward distributed generation alternatives?

Moderator:
Darrell Proctor, Associate Editor, POWER Magazine
Speaker: How to Measure Hard to Measure Impacts: NEBs and Their Use in State Cost-Effectiveness Tests
Abstract
Lisa Skumatz, Principal, SERA Skumatz Economic Research Associates, Inc
  NREL's Use of Big Data Sets
Abstract
Eric Wood, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  My Digital Twin Doesn’t Look Anything Like Me! How Can It Possibly Make Me Better?!
Abstract
Mr. Jon Towslee, Digital Engagement Leader, Industrial Automation Division, Power Generation & Water, ABB Inc.

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2:45 PM 4:15 PM
New Life for Coal in the Western Power Mix?
This session will examine the first six months of the Trump Administration to suggest whether policy initiatives and regulatory shifts are opening new opportunities for coal-fired electric power generation. To what extent will coal-producing states such as Wyoming benefit from these policies? What are the implications for renewable portfolio standards and emission reduction goals across the region?

Moderator:
David Wagman, Program Chairman, Access Intelligence
Panelist:
Jason Begger, Executive Director, Wyoming Infrastructure Authority
 
Colin Marshall, Chief Executive Officer, Cloud Peak Energy Resources
 
Stan Dempsey, Jr., President, Colorado Mining Association

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Tuesday, October 24

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10:30 AM 12:00 PM
Energy Storage: From EVs to Pumped Storage and Beyond
The West offers vast potential for energy storage deployment. Electric vehicle adoption takes the technology to the consumer level. Meanwhile, large-scale batteries, pumped storage and even a few novel storage concepts are emerging.

Moderator:
Darrell Proctor, Associate Editor, POWER Magazine
Speaker: Gordon Butte Pumped Storage Project - Best In Class Ternary Equipment
Abstract
Carl Borgquist, President & CEO, Absaroka Energy LLC
  Distributed Energy Storage as a Virtual Power Plant – Results from the Field
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Matt Owens, Director Business Development, Stem
  Experiences from an innovative DERMS production journey with a leading power utility
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John Roeser, Regional Vice President, NA, mPrest

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1:00 PM 2:30 PM
Putting Western Innovation to Work
The West leads the country with innovative approaches to energy generation, deployment, and use. This session highlights innovations in microgrid development, distributed and community solar finance, and approaches to regional transmission.

Moderator:
David Wagman, Program Chairman, Access Intelligence
Speaker: Regional Integration and a Cleaner, More Efficient Grid
Abstract
Carl Zichella, Director of Western Renewable Transmission, Natural Resources Defense Council
  Regional Market Structure
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Dan Walter, Senior Manager, Energy Markets, Tri-State Generation & Transmission (Power Management Division)
  Smart City Future in a Mile-High Microgrid
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Matthew Crosby, Director, Policy, Coronal Energy (Powered by Panasonic)

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2:45 PM 4:15 PM
Water/Energy Conflicts in a Rapidly Growing West
Water is of vital importance across the West and impacts almost every decision related to electric power production. This session examines the water resource issue and considers efforts at regional cooperation to ease conflicts.

Moderator:
David Wagman, Program Chairman, Access Intelligence
Panelists:
Stacy Tellinghuisen, Senior Energy/Water Policy Analyst, Western Resource Advocates
 
John Aronson, President, AATA International, Inc.
 
David Yates, Scientist in the Research Applications Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research

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