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Electricity Use in Rural and Islanded Communities: A Workshop Supporting the Quadrennial Energy Review’s Public Outreach


February 8-9, 2016
Keck Center, Room 100
500 5th Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
Workshop Objective: Speakers will be encouraged to identify challenges and opportunities for increasing efficiency, reducing emissions and costs, and improving resiliency, as well as to discuss innovative clean energy strategies being implemented in rural and islanded communities. Speakers will also be encouraged to offer to the QER Task Force insights on research needs and state and local policies, in addition to recommendations on federal policies (examples of federal policies include executive actions, legislation, R&D initiatives, and/or funding distributions that can be implemented in both the short and the long term).
February 8, 2016
Welcome and Opening Presentations
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast 
8:30 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.             
Introduction to QER: For the second installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review, the QER Task Force will conduct an integrated study of the U.S. electricity system from generation through end use. The Task Force will produce a report offering recommendations on executive or legislative actions to address the energy challenges and opportunities facing the Nation. In this workshop, the QER Task Force is interested in your expertise on electricity use in rural and islanded communities.
Karen Wayland
Department of Energy
8:50 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.              
9:05 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Introduction to workshop structure and planning committee
K. John Holmes
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.              
Describe characteristics of electricity use in rural communities. Identify salient differences from other communities.
Chris McLean
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.              
9:45 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.            
Introduce critical electricity issues for islanded communities. Compare challenges across different islanded communities.
Chris Yunker
Hawaii State Energy Office
Meera Kohler
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative
10:05 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.          
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.          
Topical Sessions
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.          
Incorporating Efficiency: Survey implemented strategies for improving end-use efficiency.  Consider benefits to rural and agricultural communities.
Curtis Wynn
Roanoke Electric Cooperative
R. Neal Elliott
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.         
Increasing Resilience/Reliability: Describe methods to improve electricity system resilience and reliability.  Discuss how technology and automation can benefit rural communities.
David Wade
EPB Electric Power
Henri Dale
H Dale, LLC
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.           
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.             
Rate Design: Consider time-of-use and other rate designs as strategies to manage demand, account for grid maintenance costs, and address potential consumer privacy concerns.
Ken Colburn
New Hampshire Electric Cooperative Board

Ron Meier
La Plata Electric Association
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.             
Generation Alternatives for CO2 Reduction: Review technology alternatives including renewables with grid storage. Identify barriers and enablers for bringing distributed generation into rural systems.
Marc Mueller-Stoffels
University of Alaska, Alaska Center for Energy and Power
David Dunn
Green Mountain Power
3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.             
3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.             
Technological and Operational Innovation: Discuss technologies deployed to improve electricity service and reduce costs in rural areas. Identify operational strategies to increase system performance.                                
Gary Connett
Great River Energy
Rich Silkman
Kerrick Johnson
Vermont Electric Power Company
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.             
Turning Smart Technology into Smart Grids: Introduce social, technological, and legal dimensions of smart grid deployment. Identify alternative paths forward and implications for rural electricity users.
Jennie C. Stephens
University of Vermont
5:30 p.m.                                
February 9, 2016
Welcome and Keynote Presentation
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.              
Opening Keynote: Anticipate developments in new technologies, planning paradigms, and business models that will impact rural electricity systems over the next 5 to 25 years. Point to steps the federal government and others could take over this time frame that direct towards desired outcomes. 
Joe Brannan
North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.              
Topical Sessions
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.            
Modernization of Planning Paradigm: Consider Hawaii as an example of alternative planning strategies using big data and emerging technologies to strive for a 100% renewable grid.
Jim Connaughton
C3 Energy
Chris Yunker
Hawaii State Energy Office
Terry Surles
University of Hawaii
Richard Rocheleau, short commentary 
Hawaii Natural Energy Institute
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.         
Transportation Linkage to Electricity System: Discuss influence of, and possible synergies between, electric vehicles and the grid.
Richard Rocheleau
Hawaii Natural Energy Institute
Gary Connett
Great River Energy
Tom Bialek
Sempra Energy
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.           
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.            
Microgrids: Discuss the potential for microgrids to improve resilience and operations. Consider new technologies and business models for decentralized generation and their implications for rural and islanded communities.
Tom Bialek
Sempra Energy
Steven Rowe
General Electric
Aloke Gupta
Andrew Merton
2:30 p.m.