The Climate Resilient Grid

JuneJun 14 2017 12:00pm - 06:00pm ET

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Eventbrite - The Climate Resilient Grid: A Forum on Energy, Climate, and The Grid


THE CLIMATE RESILIENT GRID: A FORUM ON ENERGY, CLIMATE AND THE GRID, sponsored by NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), brings together thought leaders from industry, government, and academia to demonstrate the value of environmental intelligence and climate data for bringing renewables into homes and businesses around the country.

Together we explore how climate science and data can inform energy challenges related to integrating renewables into the grid. Raising the level of renewables requires efficient transmission lines and new systems of microgrids, which in turn requires climate data, analytics and environmental intelligence.

NCEI provides access to the world’s most comprehensive archive of atmospheric, coastal, oceanic, and geophysical data. NCEI engages with users to improve their understanding of its products and services and seek feedback to make its environmental information more useful not only to the energy industry, but to other industries and the Nation.

The event takes place at The Collider, a world-class innovation center in the heart of downtown Asheville beginning June 14, 12pm to 6pm, and running through June 15, 8:15am to 4:00pm.




Here's What You Can Expect at this Forum


* UTILITIES EXECUTIVES share perspectives on the current state of their grid, their climate risks and vulnerabilities and the future of renewables in their portfolio.

SOLUTION PROVIDERS demonstrate how environmental information has been used in asset planning and strategy, resilience planning and strategy, and load planning.

* THOUGHT LEADERS discuss the critical role of renewables and the right mix of energy to build an adaptive infrastructure while reducing carbon dioxide.

* SCIENTIFIC EXPERTS from NCEI and its partners interact with the energy industry leaders and solution providers to provide insights into and receive feedback on its environmental information.




Background


The U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts that non-hydro renewables will rise, from 2% in 2005, to a total of 10% of electricity generated in 2018.  Not only essential for meeting energy demand, wind, solar and hydro are cost competitive with conventional generation (Lazard).

Central to this discussion is the ability to transform the nation’s long distance transmission lines to move energy from decarbonized-production areas to centers of energy consumption. Industries are gearing up for business in the new era and balancing and optimizing intermittency resources. Climate and environmental intelligence can provide important information in this decision-making process, with the grid on the frontlines.

Raising the level and investment in renewables requires efficient transmission lines and new systems of microgrids, both of which require innovation in design and engineering, and advanced analytics that address risks like climate change and extreme events. Environmental and climate data and information on extremes can aid in the design, planning and implementation of the modernized integrated grid that can support economics for the company and economic growth overall, aid in minimizing our impact to the environment, and help address climate change risks.




Speakers & Agenda


Download a PDF of the agenda here.
* Download a PDF of Speaker Profiles here.
* Download a PDF of the flyer here.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Alexander MacDonald, Spire Global Inc.; Former Deputy Assistant Administrator, NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research & Director NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory; An “Interstate Highway” for US Wind, Solar, Hydro, & Nuclear Power.

OTHER SPEAKERS:
* Dr. Michael Brewer, NOAA NCEI, Customer Engagement Section Chief 
* Dr. Otis Brown,
NOAA CICS-NC / NC State University 
Dr. Judsen Bruzgul, Manager, ICF International
Corey Call,
CEO, GenCom Solar
Dr. Delavane Diaz
Sr. Technical Leader, Energy & Environmental Analysis, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
* Jenny DissenNOAA Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites - NC (CICS-NC) / NC State University
Dr. Pearl Donohoo-VallettThe Brattle Group
Daniel Kassis, Vice President, SCANA
John Gajda, Manager, Operations Support, Distributed Energy Technologies Department, Duke Energy
Dr. Margarita Gregg, Deputy Director of NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information
Dr. Stephanie Herring, NOAA NCEI Climate Scientist, AMS Climate Services Chair
Dr. Michael Legatt, CEO and Founder, The Resilient Grid
Dr. Jessica Matthews, NOAA CICS-NC / NC State University
Michael McPeck, Lead Engineer, National Grid, and the Liaison to the Department of Energy Partnership for Energy Sector Climate Resilience
Dr. Ria Persad, CEO, StatWeather
Dr. Anthony Smith, PhD, President and CEO Secure Futures, LLC
Gregory Stunder, J.D., Vice President Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, Philadelphia Gas Works
* Dr. Russ Vose, NOAA NCEI, Climate Science Branch Chief
* Mary Wohlgemuth, Director of NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information

The organizers will submit for publication a summary of the key points and general proceedings.




Additional Material


Connecting Climate Resilience to the Bottom Line (Stanford Social Innovations Review, May 1, 2017)
Smart meters, inter-state transmission, EV charging - energy infrastructure in the US needs
 (Bloomberg New Energy Finance, March 28, 2017)
Dr. Ria Persad, Keynote Speaker at the 2017 Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards







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Eventbrite - The Climate Resilient Grid: A Forum on Energy, Climate, and The Grid




Advisory & Organizing Committee


ADVISORY COMMITTEE
* Mr. John Curry, JD.,  Member National Board of Environmental Defense Fund (former)
* Phil Hanser, The Brattle Group,  Lecturer at Boston University & Harvard University
* Dr. Otis Brown, NOAA Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites - North Carolina (CICS-NC) / NC State University
* Dr. Michael Brewer, NOAA NCEI, Customer Engagement Section Chief

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
* Dr. Stephanie Herring, NOAA Climate Scientist & Senior Advisor; American Meteorological Society Climate Services Committee Chair
* Jenny Dissen, NOAA Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites - NC (CICS-NC) / NC State University
* Ellen Mecray, NOAA NCEI Regional Climate Services Director
* Marjorie McGuirk & Doug Copenhaver, CASE Consultants International
* James McMahon, CEO, The Collider




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