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,
Speaker: How to Measure Hard to Measure Impacts: NEBs and Their Use in State Cost-Effectiveness Tests
Abstract
Lisa Skumatz, Principal,
  NREL's Use of Big Data Sets
Abstract
  My Digital Twin Doesn’t Look Anything Like Me! How Can It Possibly Make Me Better?!
Abstract
Mr. Jon Towslee, Advanced Services Leader, Americas Industrial Automation, Energy Industries (IAEN),

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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,
Panelist:
Jason Begger, Executive Director,
 
Colin Marshall, Chief Executive Officer,
 
Stan Dempsey, Jr., President,

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

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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,
Speaker: Regional Integration and a Cleaner, More Efficient Grid
Abstract
Carl Zichella, Director of Western Renewable Transmission,
  Regional Market Structure
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Dan Walter, Senior Manager, Energy Markets,
  Smart City Future in a Mile-High Microgrid
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Matthew Crosby, Director, Policy,

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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,
Panelists:
Stacy Tellinghuisen, Senior Energy/Water Policy Analyst,
 
John Aronson, President,
 
David Yates, Scientist in the Research Applications Laboratory,

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