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Empowering Transformative Energy Decisions
November 7, 2023 | San Diego, CA

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

Join like-minded energy professionals at Xcelerate Ed for industry-focused discussions, real-world case study presentations, and networking opportunities.

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

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Event Agenda

Join us for an afternoon filled with industry discussions, networking and case study presentations.

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

Registration Check-In

Room: Versailles Ballroom Foyer
9:30 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: Versailles Ballroom Foyer
10:00 - 11:30 am

Networking Lunch

Join us for a networking lunch with fellow energy industry peers and Energy Exemplar experts. Lunch will be provided.
Room: Le Fontainebleau
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Steven Broad
Steven Broad
Energy Exemplar

Welcome to Xcelerate Ed San Diego

Steven Broad, Energy Exemplar's VP, Product Management, will kick-start the event providing a brief agenda and program overview. 

Room: Versailles Ballroom
1:00 - 1:15 pm
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Matt O'Connell
San Diego Gas & Electric

San Diego's Pathway to Net Zero

As renewables, battery storage, and other technologies increase in grid penetration, reliability modeling is critical to successfully achieve SB100, AB1279, and other California emissions targets through 2045. This talk will overview the challenges, steps being taken, and potential solutions to ensure San Diego achieves these goals.

Room: Versailles Ballroom
1:15 - 1:45 pm
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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: Versailles Ballroom
1:45 - 2:15 pm
Phil de Mello
Phil de Mello

EPRI's Integrated Strategic System Planning (ISSP) Initiative

This presentation will share insights from EPRI’s multi-year Integrated Strategic System Planning (ISSP) Initiative, which developed a novel modeling framework and analytical toolbox for more comprehensively planning across generation, transmission, distribution, and end-use systems for reliable, cost-effective, low-carbon electric power systems. Lessons learned from a demonstration study performed on the New York power system, which illustrates how the ISSP modeling framework can be applied in practice, will also be shared.

Room: Versailles Ballroom
2:15 - 2:45 pm

Coffee Break

Room: Versailles Ballroom
2:45 - 3:15 pm
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Carlos Romero
Energy Exemplar

Decarbonization: V2G, Grid Edge and Multi Nodal Fuel Matrix

Meeting decarbonization goals will require innovative approaches, not only from a modeling perspective (co-optimization, unified energy modeling, etc.), but also from a process perspective.  Energy companies need to converge and integrate multiple business units within the enterprise in order to have a comprehensive view of their supply and consumption energy matrix.  Decarbonization can only be achieved with integrated modeling of transportation, distribution and primary energy fuel sources, together with conventional generation, transmission and storage resources.

Room: Versailles Ballroom
3:15 - 3:45 pm
Aditya Jayam Prabhakar
Aditya Jayam Prabhakar

Resource Reliability Assessments in CAISO BAA

The ISO’s methodology for summer assessments has evolved considerably over the past several years with new areas of focus, particularly in recognition of the vulnerability that extreme weather events can present to the electricity grid and the importance of connecting new resources to the system. In this assessment, the ISO adds a focus on the year-over-year advances of new resource development and progress towards meeting resource planning targets in relation to the ISO’s traditional probabilistic operational risk analysis, which considers the latest available information on annual conditions, including hydro.  
Room: Versailles Ballroom
3:45 - 4:15 pm
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Nathan Miller

IRA: Inflation Reduction Act

The IRA was the most significant congressional action on climate change to-date, codifying a host of new and expanded tax incentives for renewable and low-carbon energy technologies…but one year later, the IRA's full benefits are not yet at-hand. New resource costs (including solar, wind, and batteries) have risen significantly, fueled by aggregate demand, commodity prices, and interest rates. As the IRS issues guidance on IRA tax credits, the energy industry faces implementation challenges and uncertainty—ranging from tax equity appetite and new tax credit monetization structures to energy market volatility as the impacts of climate change meet escalating climate change mitigation targets. How should we approach analysis and decision-making for new resources in today's environment?
Room: Versailles Ballroom
4:15 - 4:45 pm
Kamal Bilal
Kamal Bilal
Energy Exemplar

Closing Remarks

Kamal will summarize the day's insights and welcome you to join us for a Networking Reception immediately following the sessions onsite at The Westgate Hotel's Fountain Terrace.
Room: Versailles Ballroom
4:45 - 5:00 pm

Networking Reception

Join us at The Westgate Hotel's Fountain Terrace to unwind from the day with light bites and drinks. Continue building connections with energy industry peers while taking in views of San Diego's skyline and sunset.
The Westgate Hotel's Fountain Terrace
5:00 - 7:00 pm

Event Venue

The event will be held at The Westgate Hotel.

The Westgate Hotel is located in downtown San Diego, a short walk away from the historic vibrancy of San Diego's Gaslamp quarter. Easily accessible by freeway, train and trolley, The Westgate Hotel is a 10-minute drive from the San Diego airport.

The Westgate offers luxury guest rooms, with access to AquaVie Fitness + Wellness Club, featuring 40,000 square feet of cardio, exercise, and strength equipment by Technogym and Precor; saunas and steam rooms; rooftop Gym; and a heated rooftop pool with poolside food and beverage service.

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 Westgate Hotel here, should you need it.

Westgate Hotel - Fountain Terrace

Locate the Event Venue

Address: 1055 SECOND AVENUE