SEPA Solar Procurement Workshop: Increasing the Value of Solar as a Utility Resource Forum Agenda

This is a draft agenda and is subject to change.

SEPA's Solar Procurement Workshop is an education and networking event for utilities and solar developer/EPC's. The workshop will focus on utility best practices and lessons learned in planning for and procuring solar resources. The day will feature sharing of respective business needs, goals and constraints, with an eye to overcoming barriers and building better business relationships. 

PRICING 
Member $195
Non-Member $495
Utility Solar Conference attendees will receive 50% off workshop registration!

Register Button No Border

May 1, 2014 Session
7:30AM – 8:30AM Light Breakfast
8:30AM - 8:40AM Welcome
8:40AM – 9:50AM Setting the Stage: How solar is currently assessed alongside other resources in utility planning and how this may be changing
Pat O'Connell, Director of Resources and Planning, PNM
A panel of utility resource planners discuss how they conduct long-term planning and how renewables get integrated into that process. Panelists and the audience will discuss the potential new analytic methods covered in the recent NREL/SEPA report.
9:50AM - 10:10AM Coffee Break
10:10AM – 11:00AM Understanding Procurement Processes, Protocols and Solar Analytics
John Hargrove, Renewable Generations Program Manager, NV Energy
A panel of utility procurement representatives speak about standard practices for considering new resources, procurement protocols, and how analytics specific to solar are performed.
11:15AM – 12:00PM Utility Contracting for Solar: Legal Perspectives
The design and execution of power purchase agreements for solar is evolving. A legal expert will review some of the common issues and misunderstandings, and suggest approaches that may help all parties reach a faster and more satisfactory resolution.
12:00PM - 1:15PM Networking Lunch
1:15PM – 2:45PM Solar Engineering and Design Flexibility
Mike Bellikoff, VP, Systems Development, First Solar 
A panel of solar industry experts will speak about how the technologies have advanced over time and how – with adequate bid flexibility – projects can be presented to utilities that solve a variety of different problem statements (i.e., max energy output; max output at 5pm; etc).
2:45PM – 3:00PM Coffee Break
3:00PM – 4:15PM What is Needed To Ensure More ‘Win-Win’ Outcomes as the Utility Solar Market Expands
A panel of experienced utilities and solar developers discuss their views on what market participants from both sides need in order to grow the utility-scale solar business in a mutually beneficial way.
4:15PM Conference Adjourns