Day 1   |   November 7, 2016

8:30 - 9:00           Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:10           Welcome
Dr. Marilyn Walker  |  HOMER Energy

9:10 - 9:40           Keynote Speech  |  The New York Reforming Energy Vision Strategy
Audrey Zibelman  |  Chair  |  NY Public Service Commission

9:40 - 10:20         Finance, Regulatory & Development Issues
Phillip Barton  |  Schneider Electric  |  Monetizing Microgrids as a Service
Ms. Emily Chessin  |  Meister Consultants Group  |  Options for Establishing a Regulatory Framework for Mini-grids in Emerging Economies

10:20 - 10:40        Keynote Speech  |  Smart Power for Rural Development
Clare Boland Ross  |  The Rockefeller Foundation

10:40 - 11:00      Coffee Break & Networking Opportunity

11:00 - 11:20       Keynote Speech  |  Microgrid Lessons from Global Markets
Dr. Peter Lilienthal  |  CEO  |  HOMER Energy

11:20 – 12:30      Panel: Island Utilities  |  The Use of HOMER for Energy Planning – Examples from Island Utilities
Moderator:  Dr. Kaitlyn Bunker, RMI-CWR (Rocky Mountain Institute - Carbon War Room)
Panelists:  Dr. Vaughn Lewis, VINLEC (St. Vincent Electricity Services Limited)
Jean-Michel Parle, LUCELEC (St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited)
Stephen Mushegan, CCI (Clinton Climate Initiative)

Nick Reale  |  SolarCity  |  Integrating High Penetrations of Renewable Energy on Island Grids: Considerations and Case Study

12:30 - 14:00       Lunch and Networking

14:00 - 14:30      Keynote Speech  |  
Pradeep Pursnani  |  Deputy Director  |  Shell Foundation  |  Lessons learned from Shell Foundation Microgrid activities 

14:30 - 15:30       What's Coming in the Future
Ke Wei  |  NY Mayor's Office  |  Urban Microgrids: Issues, Opportunities, & Challenges for Microgrids in New York City
Dr. Andy Skumanich  |  SolarVision  |  Microgrids Market Forecast: Leveraging lessons from real-world installations for continued accelerated growth
Mauricio Solano-Peralta  |  Infratec, Ltd. (Trama TecnoAmbiental) & John Glassmire  |  HOMER Energy  |  Renewable Mini-grids Technology Innovation Outlook

15:30 - 15:45 Break

15:45- 17:20       Control Technology for Microgrids
John Carroll  |  IPERC  |  Integration of Distributed Microgrid Controls with Fault Protection within a Distribution System
Stephen Schneider  |  Enernet Global  |  Model Predictive Control for Microgrid Operation
Dr. Daniel Schnitzer  |  SparkMeter  |  Smart Meter Data Analysis as a Tool for Diagnosing Theft on Rural Microgrids: A Case Study in Haiti
Dr. Weerapun Ponthapthong  |  Leonics  |  Autonomous Operation of Generators and Inverters as Multi Master in Islanding Microgrids
Thomas Qvists Vestesen  |  Danvest  |  Low-load Diesel

17:20- 17:30       Closing Remarks

Cocktail and Appetizer Reception


Day 2   |   November 8, 2016

8:30 - 9:00            Arrival/Check-in & Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:20            Keynote Speech
Rachel McManus |  Executive Director | EarthSpark

9:20 - 10:20          New Storage Technologies for Microgrids
Stuart Lansburg |  SAFT  |  Cold Storage: Powering Remote Microgrids in the Far North
Terry Holtz  |  Aquion Energy  |  Ofu Island: Minimizing Environmental Impact in Off-Grid Systems
Craig Evans  |  ESS Inc.  |  HOMER Modeling to Communicate the Value of Multiple Use Cases with Long Duration Energy Storage

10:20- 10:40        Coffee Break & Networking Opportunity

10:40 - 11:10       Keynote Speech  |  Energy Access
Richenda Van Leeuwen  |  Former Head of Energy Access  |  United Nations Foundation

11:10- 12:30        Microgrids: Operational Case Studies
Unai Arrieta Salgado  & Pol Arranz  |  Trama Tecnoambiental  |  Off-grid PV Microgrids: Project Development and Operation Experience, Case Studies in Ghana and Cape Verde
Jon Exel, World Bank  |  World Bank / ESMAP Global Facility on Minigrid; Lessons from the Developing World
Dr. Karl Kolmsee  |  Smart Hydro Power  |  Bringing off-grid back home: lessons from rural electrification for Smart Home Storage Systems and autonomous microgrids in industrialized markets
Jay Yeager  |  Senior Applications Engineer |   Xzeres Wind Corp  |  

12:30 - 14:00        Lunch and Networking

Afternoon HOMER Training Sessions (additional fee)
The afternoon (14:00- 17:30) of Day 2 has two optional HOMER training tracks available — one basic and one advanced.
Track 1: Foundations
This track is for people who are new to HOMER.  It introduces participants to the HOMER paradigm and the fundamentals behind the software.  Participants will learn how to use the software, create and evaluate simple microgrid designs, and interpret the results.
Track 2: Advanced Topics
This track will demonstrate how to model grid connected projects, including grid reliability, demand limiting / peak shaving, time-of use rates, net metering, real-time rates, and capabilities for modeling combined heat and power.  It will also introduce the participant to HOMER’s new control module, API, multi-year optimization, and advanced storage module. Substantial prior experience with HOMER is a requirement.

14:00 - 15:30        HOMER Training Sessions (Track 1 or Track 2)

15:30 - 16:00        Coffee & Tea Break

16:00 - 17:30        HOMER Training Sessions Continue (Track 1 or Track 2)