Join GTLG for the More Than Smart Conference “California’s Energy Network Grid: A Look to the Future” on October 15th with 100 of the top energy policy-makers and industry innovators to learn how California’s Network Grid is evolving and what it will mean for future efforts to implement California’s climate change, energy and grid reliability efforts.  This is the 3rd in a series of conferences co-led with the CPUC and California’s Governor’s Office.  The conference will also be webcast live in partnership with Greentech Media on their website. 

Tuesday October 14th : Reception 5 PM 


Wednesday October 15th : Conference

Not able to attend? Greentech Media will be doing a full day live webcast!

8:00 AM
9:00-9:30 AM
9:30-10:30 AM
10:30-10:45 AM
10:45-11:15 AM
11:15-11:30 PM
11:30-12:30 PM
12:30-1:15 PM
1:15-2:15 PM
2:15-3:15 PM
3:15-3:30 PM
3:30-4:30 PM
Welcoming remarks
Tony Brunello, GTLG
Arlen Orchard, SMUD CEO
Commissioner Michael Picker, CPUC
What will the future hold for California’s Distributed Energy Infrastructure?
A conversation on current and planned technologies and services that will disrupt how energy, water, gas are produced, transferred and used in California and around the globe.
Moderator: Jeff St. John, Greentech Media
Pete Rive, Solar City
Scott McGaraghan, Nestlabs
Susan Kennedy, Advanced Microgrid Solutions
How the New Distribution Grid Will Enable California Post 2020 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plans
Chair Mary Nichols, California Air Resources Board
Networking Break
Keynote - Implementing California’s Assembly Bill 327
Assemblymember Henry Perea will be giving the keynote presentation.
Defining a More Than Smart Distribution System
This Panel will discuss the current evolution of the electric distribution system into an open platform to enable customer choice and improved system reliability and efficiency. Discussion will identify the characteristics of a platform based distribution system. Also, an overview of the current state of infrastructure refresh and related benefits as well as the advanced technologies that will ultimately create the “node-friendly” system envisioned.
Moderator: Paul DeMartini, Caltech
Erik Takayesu, Southern California Edison
Merwin Brown, University of California, CIEE
Manho Yeung, PG&E
Ryan Hanley, Solar City
David Geier, SDG&E
Regulatory Evolution to Enable Customer Benefits from a more Distributed System
This panel will discuss current regulatory changes occurring in New York, Hawaii, California and around the country and what lessons can be learned around scenario planning with stakeholders, investing in “low lying” plug and play DER technologies and enabling more energy balancing authority responsibilities with DSO’s.
Moderator: Jeff St. John, Greentech Media
Commissioner Michael Picker, California PUC
Commissioner Lorraine Akiba, Hawaii PUC
Rudy Stegemoeller, NY Department of Public Service
Gavin Purchas, Environmental Defense Fund
Rate Reform and DER Services - Realizing the Value of Customer Participation
On the heels of the California electricity crisis, California moved to install interval meters as part of a more holistic smart grid infrastructure, enabling the time-varying and dynamic rate structures that could help prevent such a crisis from occurring again in the future. Over a decade and dozens of successful pricing pilots later, many utilities are now moving forward with time-of-use (TOU) rates and critical-peak pricing (CPP). This panel will review the most important findings of research conducted over the past 10 years, discuss the current status of rate offerings at California utilities, and provide some empirical evidence to begin answering the question of how to best equip customers to successfully reduce demand, energy use and bills using the new smart grid information and control technologies.
Moderator: Karen Herter, Herter Energy
Paul Lau, SMUD
Cameron Brooks, E9 Insights & Mission:Data
Sila Kilaccote, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Lorenzo Kristov, CAISO
Next Steps for Transforming California’s Distribution System
This panel will engage California energy policy leaders in a dialogue relating to how California’s energy leaders envision their organizations to respond to distributed energy resource adoption and a changing distribution system. In particular, what can stakeholders expect to see happen before 2020.
Moderator: Tony Brunello, GTLG
Commissioner Michael Picker, CPUC
Chair Bob Weisenmiller, CEC
Ron Nichols, Southern California Edison
Steve Berberich, CAISO
Closing Comments from a Special Guest


More Than Smart Reception
Tues. October 14th
Cafeteria 15L Sacramento
5-7 pm


More Than Smart Conference

Wed. October 15th
Sacramento Municipal Utilities District
Sacramento, CA
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

There are still a few remaining tickets for the More Than Smart Conference! Register today through Eventbrite!

More Than Smart Conference-Livestream

Greentech Leadership Group has partnered up with Greentech Media to do a live webcast of the full day conference, hosted on GTM’s website. Sign up today! 


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