“Energy Realities”
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

University Tower / Hine Hall Auditorium
Indiana University-Purdue University (IUPUI–Downtown Indianapolis)

875 West North Street – Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
(formerly known as University Place Conference Center)

Program Agenda


7:30 - 8:00 a.m.
Registration & Networking

8:00 a.m.
Welcome Remarks

Morning Facilitator
Jim Huston, Chairman, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.
U.S. Energy Policy: The Long View - Future Looks Pleasant

No one is surprised at just how much the energy landscape has changed in recent years.  Everything from the transition of fuel types, timing, acceptance of policies, risks, opportunities, R&D, energy self-sufficiency, electric demand, and shifts in the generation mix.  Through policy development, education, and advocacy, the Institute is building support for meaningful energy action at the local, state, national, and international levels.  How bright is the energy future?
Speaker:  Dan Byers, Global Energy Institute, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Energy Realities: The Pace of Change

Like all states with a high percentage of coal fired generation, Indiana is undergoing a transformation in the generation mix. Several utilities have filed their IRP’s with significant coal retirements planned and a mix of renewable and other new resources that is driving new grid dynamics. Where are we headed in terms of technology? And realistically, at what pace? What are the known barriers we are facing? What’s the grid impact? Listen in for what is trending.
* Ryan Brown, EDP Renewables - PRESENTATION
* Larry Ward, Conservative Energy Network (CEN) - PRESENTATION

9:30 - 10:00 a.m.
RNG: An Emerging Technology Journey

Indiana is home to a developing example of emerging technology.  From LNG to RNG, Kinetrex is undertaking an aggressive technology.  The technology is there, but is it “reality” or “research”?  Listen in to learn more on their business decisions, partnerships, and experience to date with developing RNG.
Speaker:  Casey Holsapple, Kinetrex Energy

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Networking Break

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.
The Shale Revolution:
The Tectonic Shift in the Global Hydrocarbons Market From the East to the West
An energy market outlook on natural gas, including supply and demand fundamentals.  Where we have been, where we are, and where we are going – and most importantly, what this means for U.S. Business and Industry.
Speaker:  Brian Habacivch, Constellation Energy Commodities Management Group

10:45 - 11:30 a.m.
Diversified Resource Mix & Energy Efficiency: Research, Policies, and Economics
Much research addresses the country’s sought-after 100% Clean Energy Future.  Can Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources outcompete?  Can it strand investment in natural gas-fired generation? Economically speaking … what are the impacts?   How do we get safer, smarter, and greener and build collaborative networks that advance energy efficiency?
* Luisa Freeman, DNV-GL - PRESENTATION
* Nick Dreher, Midwest Energy Efficiency Association (MEEA) - PRESENTATION

11:30 - 12:00 noon
Corporate Renewables: Sustainability Strategies - With a Twist
The Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA) has many different types of member companies such as Facebook, Amazon, GM, and Walmart.  How do Trade Organizations focus on clean energy, sustainability goals, and green projects?  GM is on the list of the largest users of green power across the nation, partnering with many different businesses along the way.  The zero-carbon energy future is accelerating.
Speaker:  Rob Threlkeld, Global Manager of Renewables Energy, General Motors

12:-00 noon - 1:45 p.m.
Lunch Session - Featured Luncheon Speakers:

1:00 - 1:20 p.m.
Rapid Transit is Here!
Indiana’s Red Line is the first all-electric bus rapid transit (BRT) service in the nation and the first rapid transit service in Indiana.  It serves parts of central, northern, and southern Indianapolis.  The first phase of this transit route is nearing completion and will link Broad Ripple to the University of Indianapolis via Downtown Indianapolis.
Speaker:  Austin Gibble, Project Development Planner, IndyGo

1:20 - 1:40 p.m.
Wireless Vehicle Charging!
Consumers and fleets considering all-electric vehicles benefit from access to charging stations.  Find out the research Indiana is doing to improve access through fast and in-motion charging technologies.  Using this research, can we envision vehicle charging infrastructure necessary to support regional adoption of electric vehicles?
Speaker:  Steve Pekarek, Purdue University

1:45 - 2:00 p.m.
Networking Break

Afternoon Facilitator

Abby Gray, Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor

2:00 - 2:30 p.m.
What’s Driving Energy Storage Deployment Today and in the Future?
Over the past few years, utilities and customers have increasingly turned to energy storage solutions to address their needs.  With continued price declines, what is going to be the most promising areas of adoption of energy storage?  We will take a snapshot view of the drivers of deployment of energy storage and the ongoing hurdles to unlocking the technology, including a look at utility planning and wholesale market reforms in light of FERC Order 841.
Speaker:   Jason Burwen, Energy Storage Association

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Black Sky Hazards: Resilience in Real World Scenarios
Indiana was introduced to a “Black Sky Exercise” in recent NARUC meetings held here in our state earlier this year.  The EIS Council will provide a follow-up presentation to discuss Black Sky hazards in general, resilience planning, and strategic investments.  How does meteorology and weather-related data pair with cyber security?  What is necessary to guide an effort to advance sound energy policies in Indiana?  Which factors will be most important for building consensus among stakeholders?
Speaker:   David Miller, Electric Infrastructure Security Council (EISC)

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
The Exchange of Critical Energy Infrastructure Information
The Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative (EIPC) provides coordinated inter-regional analysis for the entire Eastern Interconnection.  They are guided by the consensus input of an open and transparent stakeholder process.  As a member of EIPC, MISO provides relevant information regarding current EIPC activities.  What really goes on in collaborative meetings?  Are we prepared?  Regional Planning is key to the energy future that lies ahead.
Speaker:  Aubrey Johnson, MISO

Closing Remarks



The Indiana Commission on Continuing Legal Education has approved the 2019 Indiana Energy Conference for 6.4 hours of CLE credit for participating attorneys.  The Indiana Energy Conference is also an approved organization by the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. Accountants and Engineers who are interested in receiving these credits, please sign up at the registration table.