PANEL 1: Storage Integration Scenarios on Short & Longer-Term Time Scales
PANEL 2: The Economic & Business Implications of Storage
PANEL 3: Electricity Storage Technologies
PANEL 4: The System Operators’ Perspective of Storage
Keynote, Bill Magness
President and CEO
Bill Magness, President and Chief Executive Officer
Bill Magness joined ERCOT in 2010, and became ERCOT’s president and chief executive officer in January 2016. Before becoming CEO, Mr. Magness served as ERCOT’s general counsel.
Mr. Magness has been active in the utility business for over 25 years, working with electric and telecommunications companies nationwide. He has held executive management positions in the public and private sectors, and served as lead counsel in numerous state and federal regulatory matters. Early in his career, served as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Mr. Magness represents the Independent System Operator/Regional Transmission Organization (ISO/RTO) sector on the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Member Representatives Committee, is a member of the Executive Committee of the ISO/RTO Council, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station Smart Grid Center.
Keynote, Danny Kennedy
California Clean Energy Fund
Danny Kennedy leads the California Clean Energy Fund, connecting entrepreneurs everywhere to capital to build an abundant clean energy economy that benefits all. This includes overseeing the CalSEED.fund of $25m for very early stage companies driving innovation and building equity in the California economy. Additionally, CalCEF runs a network of incubators and accelerators globally called New Energy Nexus. Kennedy is also the President of CalCharge, a public-private partnership with DoE National Labs and universities in California, unions and companies, working to advance energy storage. Kennedy co-founded Sungevity in 2007, the company that created remote solar design, and Powerhouse, a smart energy incubator and accelerator.
Panel 1, Sony Dhaliwal
Panel 1, Lola Infante
Panel 1, Melissa Lott
University College London
Panel 1, Frank Wolak
Panel 2, Andrew Bowman
Pioneer Green Energy
Panel 2, Jeremy Lin
Panel 2, Arne Olson
Panel 2, Dave Tuttle
Energy Institute, UT Austin
Panel 3, Chad Blevins
Grid Economics LLC
Co-Founder and Managing Director at Grid Economics. Clients have included an international real-estate developer integrating energy infrastructure into their investments, an international organization supporting cooperatives and municipalities with economic analysis of energy risk mitigation options, and many of the world’s most successful solar development and grid-edge companies. Served as Chairman for the ERCOT Emerging Technologies Working Group from 2013-2016. Trained as a GIS specialist by the US Air Force. Co-founded and served as CFO for Smart Power Maps [a DOE Sunshot awardee]. Served as President of the Energy Resources Group at the University of Texas while a graduate student in the Energy & Earth Resources program. Worked at ATI Clean Energy Incubator.
Panel 3, Wesley Cole
Panel 3, Todd Davidson
Energy Institute and the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Todd Davidson is a Research Associate in the Energy Institute and the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin. Todd’s research is focused on a variety of topics at the confluence of energy technology and economics. His work has analyzed the technoeconomic opportunities of integrating renewable energy resources with industrial processes, emerging solutions for personal transportation, improving wastewater treatment and flare gas management at oil and gas production facilities, and novel energy storage solutions for next generation automobiles & grid-applications.
Prior to joining UT Austin, Todd was the CEO of nCarbon, Inc., a company focused on the commercialization of advanced supercapacitor electrodes. Todd started his career working for Raytheon where he helped to design and deploy four different missile defense product lines.
In addition to his research, Todd has taught fluid mechanics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and guest lectures on entrepreneurship at UT Austin. He received a BS in Engineering Science from Trinity University and an MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UT Austin.
Panel 3, Ram Manthriam
Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering
Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Manthiram graduated from Madurai University, India, with a B.S. degree in 1974 and a M. S. degree in 1976. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras with a Ph.D. degree in Solid State Chemistry in 1980. After his doctoral degree, Dr. Manthiram worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore for one year, as a Lecturer at the Madurai Kamaraj University in Madurai for four years, and as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford in England for one year. He joined the University of Texas at Austin as a postdoctoral researcher in 1986 and became Assistant Professor in the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1991. He was promoted to the rank of Professor in 2000 and he currently holds the Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering #7. He is also currently the Director of the Texas Materials Institute and the Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Program.
Dr. Manthiram directs a large, productive research group in electrochemical energy technologies with about 30 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. His current research is focused on rechargeable batteries, fuel cells, solar cells, and supercapacitors. Specifically, his group is engaged in developing new, low-cost, efficient materials for these clean energy technologies, novel chemical synthesis and processing approaches for nanomaterials, and a fundamental understanding of their structure-property-performance relationships. Dr. Manthiram has more than 600 archival journal articles. He has also been awarded 10 patents. He has given more than 300 presentations including more than 200 invited talks, and has edited 8 books. His published work has been cited more than 30,000 times with an h-index of 90.
Dr. Manthiram received the Engineering Foundation Faculty Excellence Award in 1994, Mechanical Engineering Department Faculty Leadership Award in 1996, Mechanical Engineering Department Outstanding Teaching Award in 2011, the University of Texas Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award (one university-wide award per year) in 2012, the Battery Division Research Award of the Electrochemical Society in 2014, the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 2015, and the Billy and Claude R. Hocott Distinguished Centennial Engineering Research Award in 2016. He is an elected fellow of the Materials Research Society, the Electrochemical Society, the American Ceramic Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the World Academy of Materials and Manufacturing Engineering. He was awarded the Charlotte Maer Patton Centennial Fellowship in Engineering in 1998, the Ashley H. Priddy Centennial Professorship in Engineering in 2002, the BF Goodrich Endowed Professorship in Materials Engineering in 2006, the Jack S. Josey Professorship in Energy Studies in 2008, the Joe C. Walter Chair in Engineering in 2009, and the Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering in 2014.
Panel 3, William Tokash
Senior Research Analyst
William Tokash is a senior research analyst in Navigant Research’s DER Solutions service, where he leads Utility Customer Solutions research coverage.
Tokash brings broad-based, leading-edge expertise in the areas of energy as a service, solar PV, energy storage, vehicle electrification, technology assessment, business development, investment analysis, and project finance. He holds a BS in medical technology from Indiana University.
Panel 4, Yonghong Chen
Panel 4, Eric Hsia
Panel 4, Rahul Kalaskar
Manager, Market Validation and Analysis
Panel 4, Christopher Parent
ISO New England
Panel 4, Sandip Sharma
Manager, Operations Planning Group