Intersolar North America 2016

Jul 12, 2016 to Jul 14, 2016
Moscone Center
800 Howard Street
San Francisco, California
United States

Speaking Session Title: Best Practices for Forecasting and Mitigating Impacts from Variable Renewable Resources

Presenter: John Dirkman, Nexant 

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 

2:30 - 3:00pm

Moscone Center, West Hall, Level 2, Alcove 2 

There are a variety of excellent methods available to forecast and mitigate impacts from variable renewable resources such as solar and wind within distribution networks. This presentation will cover techniques for calibrating and forecasting weather vs. renewable production and load as well as methods for analysis, planning, and operation of renewable, energy storage systems, demand response, and microgrids within distribution and transmission networks. 


Speaking Session Title: Smart Renewable Energy: Grid Structure & Big Data  

Presenter: Josh Bode, Nexant 

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 

2:00 - 3:45pm

InterContinental Hotel, Level 3, Grand Ballroom A

This session provides insights into the growing proportion of electricity generated by PV systems and the implications of this development for networks and consumers alike. The role of PV in terms of grid stabilization, the design of the future supply networks, and the role of big data will be highlighted. Additionally, both economical and operational issues of PV systems integrated into the grid will be featured.

Josh Bode will be covering the robust change that is occurring in the electricity industry, due in part to rapidly expanding distributed PV, emerging grid parity, and maturation of other distributed energy resource (DER) technologies, as evidenced by dozens of states with ongoing or impending reviews of net energy metering (NEM) policies, DER integration methodologies, and related rate design topics. This presentation will answer the core questions: 1. what is the value of DER relative to the grid? and 2. how can we build an economic framework to support sustainable integration of these new technologies? Discussion will include valuation of PV and DER based on the potential to defer distribution investments, as dependent on the location within the local distribution area in which it is deployed and the underlying rate structure options.  


John Dirkman, P.E.

Vice President, Grid360 Software

John Dirkman P.E. provides product and program management for advanced integrated Smart Grid systems from concept through sales, design, development, implementation, and more