How the future grid can support the surge of renewables

Examining the effects of changes in the US energy market on planning and trading

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Capitalize on changes to the US energy market.

Renewable generation capacity expects record growth with continued corporate support and new policies aiming to expedite carbon emission reductions.  Markets and grid operators are continuing to evolve to accommodate this rapid surge, which creates huge opportunity for new investments.

So, what do you need to know NOW as you look to the future grid of 2050?

  • Where has renewable generation grown? And, where will it grow?
  • What could a macro-grid model look like? And, what is the anticipated transmission investment?
  • How are markets evolving to maintain reliability and economics in the grid?
  • How can developers, financiers, corporations, and grid operators play a role in the renewable generation growth?

Join our panel of industry-leading experts and guest speakers for answers to these burning questions and more!


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Rodica Donaldson

Senior Director, Transmission Strategy
EDF Renewables North America

Rodica Donaldson has been with EDF Group, a global leader in low-carbon energy, since 2008. She started her career in the renewable energy industry at EDF Renewables in North America. In her current role as Sr Director of Transmission Strategy and Analytics, Rodica Donaldson heads a group responsible for forecasting and mitigating transmission congestion and curtailment risks for EDF Renewables assets, and identifying changes in market policy, interconnection and transmission planning processes required to facilitate the transition to clean energy. Ms. Donaldson earned a Master of International Business from Paris Dauphine University after starting her studies at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies.

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Patrick Welch

Contracting Analyst

Patrick is a Contracting Analyst for X-ELIO's PPA and Markets team, focused on the US market. Part of his responsibilities include revenue evaluation for ongoing development and M&A activity, as well as new market entry analysis. He also has regulatory and contract management responsibilities for the operating portfolio. Previous to his position with X-ELIO, Patrick was an Analyst in the Supply Management division of Enel X (fka EnerNOC).

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Jason Atwood

Industry Solutions Executive
Hitachi ABB Power Grids

Jason has over 30 years of energy industry experience, starting as a transmission planning engineer at Cinergy. During his career, Jason has worked in different facets of energy, including market design, energy trading and planning. He is currently an Industry Solutions Executive with Hitachi ABB where he focuses on customer demonstrations, sales strategy and business development. Jason holds a B.S. degree in Engineering from Purdue and an MBA from Wesleyan University.

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Leah Kaffine

Product Manager Transmission Capacity Expansion
Hitachi ABB Power Grids

Leah has over 10 years of gas and power industry experience and currently focuses on developing better grid models and forecasts for more renewable electricity generators, utilizing increasing energy storage resources while looking to leverage continental grids and interconnections. Her technical background in quantitative analytics and software development makes her uniquely suited to help the power industry plan for tomorrow. She is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara and holds a B.S. in Applied Mathematics.

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Lanny Nickell

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Southwest Power Pool

A graduate from The University of Tulsa, with a degree in Electrical Engineering, followed by Harvard Business School, Lanny has nearly two decades in the energy industry. Currently the EVP & COO at Southwest Power Pool, Lanny is responsible for providing strategic direction and overseeing implementation of SPP's transmission planning, resource adequacy, real-time operations and IT functions. He provides an executive interface to FERC, state regulatory commissions, and SPP stakeholders on behalf of SPP's business functions. Lanny is also a board member for several non-profits including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas, and the Arkansas Repertory Theatre.

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Bret Toplyn

Global Product Manager - Energy Market Intelligence
Hitachi ABB Power Grids

Bret has worked with Hitachi ABB Power Grids for 9 years analyzing energy markets using historical data, fundamental forecasts, statistics and machine learning. During his career he has worked with renewable developers, financiers and utilities as they address the different goals and challenges of increased renewable generation and evolving markets. He has product management responsibility for the Velocity Suite, Global Reference Cases, Simulation Ready Data for PROMOD, Digital SaaS tools and the Power Grids Machine Learning initiative.

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