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Empowering Transformative Energy Decisions
November 14, 2023 | Atlanta, GA

Dive deeper into the world of energy modeling this November at #XcelerateEdAtlanta

Join like-minded professionals at industry-focused panel discussions, user presentations,
and networking opportunities.

Hear stories from PLEXOS users across the entire energy value chain as they showcase how PLEXOS has helped them & how that may help you solve your biggest energy planning challenges. You'll take away additional tools and knowledge of how to best leverage PLEXOS and make lasting connections with other professionals who experience the same industry challenges that you face.

Register to Attend

Secure your seat today as availability is limited. Follow the link to register for the event.  

This event is FREE to attend. More information can be found as you scroll further on this page. 




Event Agenda

We have packed a full day filled with panel discussions, networking and case study presentations.

Don't forget to join the conversation on social media via #XcelerateEd

Registration Check-In

Room: Maple Room, Atrium Level - South Tower
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Energy Exemplar Experts

Xcelerate Ed Lab

Come meet the Energy Exemplar team for an open Q&A session. Our experts will be available to answer any energy modeling questions you may have 1:1. Whether you have a specific question, or would like to see a demo of an energy modeling use case, we encourage you to visit us before the event kicks off at the Xcelerate Ed Lab.
Room: Maple Room, Atrium Level - South Tower
10:30 - 11:30 am

Networking Lunch

Room: Maple Room, Atrium Level - South Tower
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Grant Thain
Grant Thain
Energy Exemplar

Welcome to Xcelerate Ed Atlanta

Grant Thain, Energy Exemplar's VP, Solutions - North America, will kick-start the event providing a brief agenda and program overview. 
Room: Maple Room, Atrium Level - South Tower
1:00 - 1:15 pm
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Colleen Wallace
Dominion Energy

Future Energy Policy Planning Studies - Creative Solutions!

How can we work towards long term multi value planning? RTO changes are being forced to look at longer term horizons shifting Utility focus from reactive to proactive in a fast paced transition. PLEXOS as a tool can be used to create new standards of modeling for high dollar transmission infrastructure upgrades, import/export capabilities, and necessary generation interconnection ties. Economic analysis adds a layer of depth to bridge the gap of historical silos adding resilience to high 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 usage of tools like PLEXOS.

Room: Maple Room, Atrium Level - South Tower
1:15 - 1:45 pm
Rob Homer
Rob Homer
Energy Exemplar

Co-Optimization & the Hydrogen Economy

Our world’s reliance on fossil fuels is the biggest obstacle to cleaner, safer, accessible, and affordable energy. It’s time to focus on not just dreaming up, but simulating and proving all the possible solutions to our better energy future with data. Modeling technology is here to help pave the way.

It’s 2023 and we are long past seeing energy sectors as silos – gas, power, heat, etc. are all irrevocably linked. A change in one sector affects the other. So, let’s reflect that in our models and find optimal solutions to interconnected energy systems, to enhance overall performance and synergy. By coupling energy sectors, energy systems become more resilient, diverse, and less reliant on a single source of energy or infrastructure.  

Room: Maple Room, Atrium Level - South Tower
1:45 - 2:15 pm
Jonathan Surls
Jonathan Surls
Energy Exemplar

The Future of IRP: ISP! Integrated System Planning

To properly support the transition to a cleaner, more sustainable and digital energy industry, utility and market planners need to adopt a more integrated and holistic view of the planning processes.  Silo planning and iterative processes will no longer provide acceptable expansion plans.  ISP is a new process for optimizing infrastructure build decisions, considering generation, transmission, energy storage, renewables, V2G, hydrogen and gas systems, among others.  It unifies planning, modeling and optimization across multiple business units considering each corporate objective, regulatory requirements, customer needs and market trends.
Room: Maple Room, Atrium Level - South Tower
2:15 - 2:45 pm

Afternoon Break

Room: Maple Room, Atrium Level - South Tower
2:45 - 3:15 pm
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Chris Matos

Integrated System Planning: Emerging New Solutions to Answer Energy Questions

As the traditional silos of generation, transmission, distribution, demand side/distributed resources comingle, Integrated System Planning (ISP) is gaining ground among utility planners as a way to solve new energy questions. ISP strategies call for new approaches to energy planning through development of comprehensive strategies using a diverse portfolio of energy assets.  Siemens PTI has been in the forefront ISP development for several years, using quantitative analysis to include emerging ISP requirements such as eMobility penetration, flex ramping backup for intermittent resources, and distribution electrification.

This session will show how Siemens PTI translates quantitative analysis into comprehensive integrated energy solutions for emerging energy planning problems.

Room: Maple Room, Atrium Level - South Tower
3:15 - 3:45 pm
Brian Fladger
Brian Fladger

Moving Big Things to Zero Across Borders

In this presentation, Brian will give a short description as to how MAN-ES is leveraging PLEXOS to work with their customers to unlock what their path to decarbonization could look like on their unique journey through the energy transition.
Room: Maple Room, Atrium Level - South Tower
3:45 - 4:15 pm
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Rich Graves
Energy Exemplar

Fueling Collaboration and Decision Making, the Power of PLEXOS Cloud

As the energy industry landscape continues to evolve, the need to embrace new technologies is critical for a successful Energy Transition. There is a need to extend to the cloud to leverage scalable compute for improved simulation throughput as well as new approaches to collaboration, data analytics, insights and decision making. PLEXOS Cloud is Energy Exemplar’s newest solution that helps expand the power of PLEXOS with new capabilities for editing data, managing versions, running simulations, evaluating output, and communicating with managers and stakeholders.  

This session will cover all these capabilities and talk about the key use cases for how PLEXOS Cloud can empower analysts and managers across the entire Energy Enterprise. 

Room: Maple Room, Atrium Level - South Tower
4:15 - 4:45 pm
Carlos Romero
Carlos Romero
Energy Exemplar

Closing Remarks

Carlos Romero will summarize the day's insights and welcome you to join us for a Networking Reception immediately following the sessions onsite at the Omni Atlanta at Top Draft.
Room: Maple Room, Atrium Level - South Tower
4:45 - 5:00 pm

Networking Reception

Top Draft (at Omni Atlanta)
5:00 - 7:00 pm

Event Venue

The event will be held at The Omni Atlanta at Centennial Park.

Located in the Centennial Park District, Omni Atlanta Hotel at Centennial Park provides uninterrupted views of the skyline, with Centennial Olympic Park and Atlanta’s cultural attractions nearby. Blending old-fashioned southern charm with sophisticated taste, Omni Atlanta Hotel at Centennial Park offers it all. 

We do not have a room block reserved for this event, however, you're welcome to book accommodation at the event venue directly with The Omni Atlanta at Centennial Park, should you need it.


Locate the Conference Center

Address: 100 CNN Center, Atlanta, Georgia, 30303