Event Schedule

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Xcelerate Orlando

Day 3 Conference Schedule

9:00 am - 9:10 am

Welcome to Xcelerate Orlando 2024

Our Chief Revenue Officer, Stuart Kelly, opens the Xcelerate 2024 conference with a warm welcome and provides an update on Energy Exemplar, PLEXOS and Aurora in the region.

Speaker

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Stuart Kelly
Chief Revenue Officer
Energy Exemplar
Kevin Lockert
Kevin Lockert
SVP - The Americas
Energy Exemplar

9:10 am - 10:00 am

Energy Exemplar Keynote

The Energy Analytics & Decision Platform
Hear from Energy Exemplar's CEO, David Wilson and COO, Prajval Parthasarathy in an inspiring and thought-provoking keynote on the future of energy modeling. 

Speakers

David Wilson
David Wilson
Chief Executive Officer
Energy Exemplar
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Prajval Parthasarathy
Chief Operating Officer
Energy Exemplar

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Guest Keynote:

We are pleased to announce that special guests will be joining us!

More details to follow!

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Morning Coffee Break

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Keynote Interview

We are excited to be joined by the most influential leaders in America for our keynote discussion.  

More details coming soon!

 

 

11:30 am - 12:15 pm

Guest ISO Panel: Energizing Tomorrow: The Future of Integrated System Planning

We're thrilled to have America's most esteemed leaders come together for our ISO guest panel, focusing on the future of Integrated System Planning.

Panelist

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Sarah Carkner
Manager, Long Term Assessments
NYISO
Emmanuele Bobbio
PJM
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David Richardson
Supervisor, Planning Models
IESO
Christina Drake
Christina Drake
Director Economic & Policy Planning
MISO
Aditya Prabhakar
Aditya Prabhakar
Director, Resource Assessment and Planning
CAISO
Marc Olson
Moderator - Marc Olson
VP of Sales (East)
Energy Exemplar

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Networking Lunch

1:30 pm - 1:55 pm

Track 1: Building a System for Tomorrow Agenda

Enhanced Resource Adequacy Modeling in PLEXOS

Improvements to Resource Adequacy modelling using PLEXOS - LOLE, EUE and DLOL 

Guest Speaker

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Tari Jung
Strategic Assessments
MISO
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Elspeth McGarvey
Strategic Assessments
MISO

Track 2: Decarbonizing the Energy Ecosystem Agenda

Congestion & Curtailment Outlook in North America

We use PLEXOS for our production cost modeling studies to estimate future congestion and curtailment (CCA) for revenue projection and energy forecasting for our clients.  During this session, we will provide key market insights.

 

Guest Speaker

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Anshul Saxena
Senior Energy Market Analyst
DNV

2:00 pm - 2:25 pm

Track 1: Building a System for Tomorrow Agenda

Long Range Transmission Planning

The needs of our system are rapidly changing due to resource and load transformation and MISO continues to pioneer advanced regional transmission planning. New modeling capabilities are needed to understand and plan for the evolving system needs.

MISO’s Long Range Transmission Plan (What are the goals of LRTP, what has been accomplished so far)
  • Tranche 1 - $10Billion in Transmission investment
  • Tranche 2 – projected $17-23Billion in Transmission investment

Futures Planning Scenarios:

  • Load Growth and Fuel Mix Evolution
  • Twilight Period
  • Need Flexible Attributes

Tools for the evolving electric grid and the journey to PLEXOS, why did MISO choose PLEXOS and how are we planning on using it going forward to meet the needs of the evolving power system transformation in the MISO region.

Guest Speaker

Christina Drake
Christina Drake
Director, Economic & Policy Planning
MISO

Track 2: Decarbonizing the Energy Ecosystem Agenda

Decarbonizing the Gas System

Using PLEXOS to model various emissions reduction solutions for decarbonizing the gas system.

Guest Speaker

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Devin McGreal
Renewable Resource Manager
Cascade Natural Gas

2:30 pm - 2:55 pm

Track 1: Building a System for Tomorrow Agenda

NY's Accelerated Plan to Decarbonizing the Electricity Sector by 2040

New York State has set forth some of the most ambitious policies and legislation aimed at completely decarbonizing the electricity sector by 2040. As the system operator, market administrator, and bulk transmission planner, the NYISO plays a key role informing market participants, policy makers, and the public on critical issues associated with achievement of these polices. The NYISO is currently performing techno-economic studies using the PLEXOS LT function to analyze potential futures and identify related challenges associated with an accelerated adoption of renewable technologies over the next 20 years. 

Guest Speaker

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Sarah Carkner
Manager, Long Term Assessments
NYISO

Track 2: Decarbonizing the Energy Ecosystem Agenda

ERCOT Decarbonization Pathways

 
ERCOT serves 90% of the electric load in the state of Texas. In 2023, it had a peak load of 80 GW and its fossil-fuel generators emitted 125 Mt of CO2. By 2050, its peak load is projected to be 105 GW and without energy transition its fossil-fuel generators will emit 200 Mt of CO2 annually. The ERCOT system spans several hundred miles in the North-South and East-West directions. While the West and South are favorable for renewable generation, the load centers are in the East and North. Decarbonizing ERCOT will involve new renewable builds in the West and South and moving the renewable energy to the load centers in the East and North. While the new renewable resources will provide the energy needed for decarbonization, their intermittency needs to be firmed up with energy storage, which can be accomplished with Li-ion batteries and Hydrogen Storage. With Li-ion batteries, energy stays in electric form and can be moved using High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission lines. Whereas with Hydrogen Storage, energy is converted from electric to gas and back to electric form. Because gas is the medium in Hydrogen Storage, energy can also be moved using H2 gas pipelines. The various options available for power generation, storage, and transmission lead to several possible decarbonization pathways. This study evaluates two such pathways the first with Renewables + Battery + HVDC Transmission, and the second with Renewables + Battery + HVDC Transmission + H2 Storage + H2 Gas Pipelines. The total system cost and resulting power price are the benchmarking parameters used to compare the two pathways. This study helps in system planning by answering four major questions that we will discuss in this session.

Guest Speaker

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Hari Gopalakrishnan
Manager - Market Intelligence & Strategy
Mitsubishi Power Americas

2:55 PM - 3:25 PM

Break

3:25 pm - 3:50 pm

Track 1: Building a System for Tomorrow Agenda

Policy and Resource Adequacy in Capacity Expansion Modeling

Presenting methods to model Renewable Portfolio Standards eligibility rules and ELCC-based resource adequacy constraints in capacity expansion models. Then, we will illustrate these methods using a simple east-west model of PJM in PLEXOS

Guest Speaker

Emmanuele Bobbio & Mojgan Hedayati
PJM

Track 2: Decarbonizing the Energy Ecosystem Agenda

Potential Impact of Western Day-Ahead Market/s

E3 supported 25 utilities in the Western U.S. to jointly analyze the impact that forming one or two separate new day-ahead markets would have in the region. E3 will present advanced approaches we used with multi-stage PLEXOS cases to distinguish the incremental potential impact of markets in the day-ahead timeframe compared to the real-time imbalance markets already in place, as well as to explore the impact of operating reserve pooling, fast-start pricing, and other potential market features.

Guest Speaker

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Jack Moore
Associate Director
Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc

3:55 pm - 4:20 pm

Track 1: Building a System for Tomorrow Agenda

Future Energy Policy and Electric Transmission Planning Studies - Creative Solutions

How can we work towards long term multi value planning? ISO shifts in generation resources and FERC order implementations are shifting Utility focus from reactive to proactive, in a fast paced clean energy transition. PLEXOS as a tool, may be used to create new standards of studies for high dollar transmission infrastructure upgrades, import/export capabilities, GETS, project timing, and necessary TO seams tie line insights. Economic analysis adds a layer of depth to bridge the gap adding awareness to various solutions that need to be addressed to meet demanding load growth. Using tools like PLEXOS can give foresight into unblocking capacity and co optimization for trending C&I customers like Data Centers. This session will be collaborative in nature to challenge traditional ideas and push the usage of tools like PLEXOS to the edge.

Guest Speaker

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Colleen Wallace
Manager ET Planning
Dominion Energy

Track 2: Decarbonizing the Energy Ecosystem Agenda

Guest Speaker

4:25 pm - 4:50 pm

Track 1: Building a System for Tomorrow Agenda

Preparing for multi-value transmission planning in New England

Clean energy policies and technology advancements are leading to a rapid shift in how transmission companies in New England plan their system. This presentation will review how Eversource Energy is using PLEXOS to develop and analyze new transmission projects that simultaneously solve reliability and economic needs while enabling clean energy policies.

Guest Speaker

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Nicolas Baldenko
Senior Engineer, Transmission Strategy and Economics Analysis
Eversource Energy

Track 2: Decarbonizing the Energy Ecosystem Agenda

Pathway to Achieving Zero Carbon in the Electric Power Sector

FEP modeled a pathway to zero carbon in the entire US electric power sector by 2050 using Aurora. The modeling and planning exercise help to undercover pathways, challenges, and insights of a zero carbon electric power sector. The Aurora model helped to optimize zero carbon resource expansion plans and dispatch of energy storage technologies.

Guest Speaker

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Benson Joe
Director
Filsinger Energy Partners

6:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Special Event at the Iconic Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley!

Embark on a night of wizards and celebration at the iconic Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley, during our special evening networking event.

Join industry luminaries and peers for a magical dinner of another world, set against the backdrop of one of Univeral's most visited attractions and an experience you won't forget! Experience the thrill of a pulse-pounding adventure on the multi-dimensional thrill ride that puts you right in the middle of the action, shop for all your wizarding needs, enjoy exclusive tours of the park, and engage in meaningful networking, creating memories that resonate far beyond the boundaries of the wizard world.

As Energy Exemplar celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2024, this year's special event will certainly be a night to remember!