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Happy Hour - Untitled Supperclub
Opening Reception
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
111 West Kinzie Street
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Happy Hour - Untitled Supperclub

Join us for our opening reception in a festive atmosphere. We will celebrate the start of a journey to bring global, national and regional actors — across energy, startups, academia, policy and the broader community — together at the inaugural ETS@chicago event, and toast the innovation hotbeds spurring the Midwest towards a new generation of innovation. Drinks, food, music, fun and entertainment will all be complimentary. Learn more here

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Grainger Ballroom
Breakfast & Networking
7:30 am - 8:00 am
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Grainger Ballroom

Every summer day in downtown Chicago is brimful of energy and activity — and today is no different. Today’s morning starts with complimentary breakfast bites, coffee, tea, and juices.

Welcome & Introduction
8:00 am - 8:15 am
8:00 am - 8:15 am
Grainger Ballroom

ETS President, Andrew Johnston, will begin the day by laying out the story for this year’s event. Drew will walk you through the flow of our discussions that begin with a prelude on Collaboration, along with chapters focused on Stewardship, Microgrids, and Inventions and Innovation. We reach the pinnacle of the discussion as we address the Grid of the Future.

Special Guest
8:15 am - 8:45 am
8:15 am - 8:45 am
Grainger Ballroom

Innovators at utilities and other infrastructure providers must rely on each other to transform the market. Human capital, institutional support, and creative collaboration are at the heart of every great initiative. Jennifer Gustetic from the White House will highlight the keys to developing high-performing collaborations, and the keys to scalable and repeatable creative projects that can transform the future.

Networking Break
9:45 am - 10:00 am
9:45 am - 10:00 am
Lobby

A quick break to chat with attendees and presenters, stretch your legs, and migrate to the next session.

Lunch
11:40 am - 1:00 pm
11:40 am - 1:00 pm
Grainger Ballroom

A great time to break the day up with a delicious locally prepared meal, networking time, and a special guest to engage and entertain.

Special Guest
12:15 pm - 12:40 pm
12:15 pm - 12:40 pm
Grainger Ballroom

A great time to break the day up with a delicious locally prepared meal, networking time, and a special guest to engage and entertain.

Networking Break
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm
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Lobby

A quick break to chat with attendees and presenters, stretch your legs, and migrate to the next session.

Direct Energy Networking Reception
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
9th Floor Clubroom
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
9th Floor Clubroom

After we wrap up the formal proceedings for the day join us for an evening networking reception made possible by Direct Energy! This event will give you plenty of opportunities to continue the discussions from the day's sessions and make new contacts. Drinks, food, music, fun and entertainment will all be complimentary.

Armour Stage
Keynote: Fireside Chat on Life and the Future of Energy
9:00 am - 9:45 am
9:00 am - 9:45 am
Armour Stage

We kick off the day’s main sessions with perspectives from Midwest CEOs about the opportunities for innovation in the region.

Stewardship: Policy, Standards and Regulation - Insider
10:00 am - 10:20 am
Chapter 1
10:00 am - 10:20 am
Armour Stage

Each chapter of the story at ETS@chicago is a stage in the migration of our industry toward the grid of the future. The first chapter in the story is Stewardship, or the policy, standards and regulation that form the backbone of ensuring electric quality and reliability. You will hear from the source with our first Insider, Jennifer Garson, about how our future energy and technology solutions are being shaped by the alignment of data, design and economics. Then learn from our Stewardship panel, which brings together diverse perspectives on how technology and energy must interact with society, markets, and humans.

  • Jennifer Garson | Tech to Market Analyst - Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

Stewardship: Policy, Standards and Regulation - Panel
10:20 am - 11:35 am
Chapter 1
10:20 am - 11:35 am
Armour Stage

Each chapter of the story at ETS@chicago is a stage in the migration of our industry toward the grid of the future. The first chapter in the story is Stewardship, or the policy, standards and regulation that form the backbone of ensuring electric quality and reliability. You will hear from the source with our first Insider, Jennifer Garson, about how our future energy and technology solutions are being shaped by the alignment of data, design and economics. Then learn from our Stewardship panel, which brings together diverse perspectives on how technology and energy must interact with society, markets, and humans.

Smart Spaces: Beyond IoT, Microgrids and Smart Cities - Insider
1:20 pm - 1:40 pm
Chapter 2
1:20 pm - 1:40 pm
Armour Stage

The day’s next chapter focuses on Microgrids, and all the complexities that come along with the flood of new technologies entering our lives. Our Insider, Peter Kadens, hails from Chicago, and is an innovator of the highest order. Hear what the vision is for SoCore’s bright future as a leader in the Midwest Energy ecosystem.

Smart Spaces: Beyond IoT, Microgrids and Smart Cities - Panel
1:40 pm - 3:00 pm
Chapter 2
1:40 pm - 3:00 pm
Armour Stage

Our Microgrids panel will dive into how interoperability across multiple technologies and industries is actually going, and where we need go from here. Whether it’s the Internet of Things, a smart building or smart umbrella of metropolitan services across a city or transportation corridor, all of these efforts will require industries that have never worked together to interact in new ways. It all takes interoperability – and more than just the technical kind.

  • Shiv Mani [Moderator] | Group Manager - Office of Energy Policy & Innovation, FERC
  • David Shepheard | Managing Director - Utilities & Grid Operations, Accenture
  • Ellen Bell | Sr. Specialist, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Yann Kulp | Vice President - SmartSpace, Schneider Electric North America
  • John Kelly | PEER Program Lead, Green Building Certification Institute
  • Charles Caisley | VP of Marketing & Public Affairs, Kansas City Power & Light
  • Bram Reinders | VP of Alliances, Alliander

Invention & Innovations: Data, Design and New Business Models in Action - Insider
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Chapter 3
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Armour Stage

We reach the third chapter of ETS@chicago, Inventions and Innovations, with a hyper-focused discussion about innovation through the lens of blue-chip advanced manufacturing, incubators, venture groups, and utilities. How do these parties come together to build meaningful inventions and actualize the next wave of innovation in infrastructure? The discussion includes the tale of Chicago innovation and how it became a hotbed for R&D and new inventions in the energy and technology space. This is the story of how academia, industry and government can convene, consort, and eventually collaborate to build solutions for the future — while building economic, educational and societal benefits today.

Invention & Innovations: Data, Design and New Business Models in Action - Panel
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Chapter 3
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Armour Stage

We reach the third chapter of ETS@chicago, Inventions and Innovations, with a hyper-focused discussion about innovation through the lens of blue-chip advanced manufacturing, incubators, venture groups, and utilities. How do these parties come together to build meaningful inventions and actualize the next wave of innovation in infrastructure? The discussion includes the tale of Chicago innovation and how it became a hotbed for R&D and new inventions in the energy and technology space. This is the story of how academia, industry and government can convene, consort, and eventually collaborate to build solutions for the future — while building economic, educational and societal benefits today.

CEO Insider
1:00 pm - 1:20 pm
1:00 pm - 1:20 pm
Armour Stage

Kansas City Power and Light has followed through on its goal to be the midwests' leader of innovation and sustainability in grid solutions that are real and tangible for the community and drive economic prosperity. From being the first midwestern utility to come out in support of Renewable Energy Standards, to the development of the Green Impact Zone, to its current deployment of 1000 electric vehicle charging stations, Mr. Terry Bassham has steered the utility in a direction of the next era of energy, and laid a path down for others to follow. Hear how KCPL sees the energy challenges of tomorrow as an opportunity for leadership today.

  • Terry Bassham | President and Chief Executive Officer, Great Plains Energy and Kansas City Power and Light

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8th Floor Club
Welcome & Introduction
8:35 am - 8:55 am
8:35 am - 8:55 am
8th Floor Club

ETS President, Andrew Johnston, will begin the day by recapping the previous day’s discussions, and laying out the story for the morning’s conversations.

Breakfast & Networking
7:30 am - 8:30 am
7:30 am - 8:30 am
8th Floor Club

ETS President, Andrew Johnston, will begin the day by recapping the previous day’s discussions, and laying out the story for the morning’s conversations.

Special Guest
9:00 am - 9:30 am
9:00 am - 9:30 am
8th Floor Club

Hiroshi Yugo, the Deputy Director of Japan's New Energy and Industrial Development Organization (NEDO) and Secretariat of the Japan Smart Community Alliance (JSCA) will provide a morning presentation with an inside peek into real trials, projects and initiatives bringing technology and intelligence into the umbrella of metropolitan services, often called "smart cities". This presentation will highlight the key efforts, projects, and innovations breaking ground through this unique collaborative across over a thousand institutions representing academia, industry, government, and utilities.

  • Hiroshi Yuge | Secretariat of the Japan Smart Community Alliance, JSCA | Deputy Director of Smart Community Alliance, NEDO

Networking Break
9:50 am - 10:05 am
9:50 am - 10:05 am
8th Floor Club

A quick break to chat with attendees and presenters, stretch your legs, and migrate to the next session.

Grid of the Future - Insider
9:30 am - 9:50 am
Chapter 4
9:30 am - 9:50 am
8th Floor Club

Everyone agrees that the utility industry is in the midst of a rapid transformation. Utilities are embracing the transition and understand that customer engagement is key – but change is hard, and they have some key factors working against them. EnerNOC Chairman and CEO, Tim Healy, explains how an ecosystem of technology partners will help utilities to better connect with their customers and position them to thrive in the years ahead.

  • Tim Healy | Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO, EnerNOC

Grid of the Future - Panel
10:20 am - 11:15 am
10:20 am - 11:15 am
8th Floor Club

Grid of the Future: Beyond grid modernization efforts, distributed energy resources, new rates or other matters. We have entered a point in time where institutions want utilities services more than ever, and yet that advancing civilization comes at a cost. A sounding board for the utility of tomorrow, hear what happens next.

Grid of the Future - Panel
10:05 am - 11:25 am
Chapter 4
10:05 am - 11:25 am
8th Floor Club

Grid of the Future: Beyond grid modernization efforts, distributed energy resources, new rates or other matters. We have entered a point in time where institutions want utilities services more than ever, and yet that advancing civilization comes at a cost. A sounding board for the utility of tomorrow, hear what happens next.

  • Peter Kelly-Detwiler [Moderator] | Principal, NorthBridge Energy Partners
  • Len Diplock | VP Corporate Development, Direct Energy
  • Dan Girard | Director, Renewable Energy and Energy Storage Business Development, S&C Electric Company
  • Tim Healy | Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO, EnerNOC
  • Ed Piñero | Senior Vice President, Sustainability and Public Affairs, Veolia North America
  • H.G. Chissell | Senior Vice President of Strategic Accounts, Viridity Energy

Roundtable Perspective
11:25 am - 12:00 pm
11:25 am - 12:00 pm
8th Floor Club

Zpryme Research Director, Christine Richards, and ETS President Andrew Johnston lead an interactive discussion with the audience on the key themes, challenges & opportunities and surprises from the inaugural ETS@chicago. This is the audiences' opportunity to share thoughts, feedback and insight with each other and the ETS team.

Topics

  • What key themes emerged at this event?
  • What surprised people?
  • What didn't get discussed enough?
  • What do we need to do post-event to keep this conversation moving forward?
  • What topics warrant further discussion?

Discuss more at the closing session!

ETS@chicago is LIVE!
July 22-23, 2015 | Chicago Symphony Center