Session Details

Distributed Energy: Balancing flexibility, reliability & resilience

Thursday, March 12

07:30 am - 08:40 am

Distributed Energy Resources (DERs)—including solar PV, battery storage, electric vehicles, and responsive loads—are proliferating in distribution grids around the world as customers seek greater control over the cost and environmental footprint of their electricity use. At the same time, extreme weather events, natural disasters, and cyber intrusions have brought the resiliency value of these resources into focus. As widespread adoption becomes a reality, utilities face new challenges and opportunities that have the potential to transform the way the distribution grid is managed. What role should utilities play in guiding DER adoption? How should the resiliency benefits of DERs be valued? What lessons can be drawn from regions where DER penetration is already significant?

Session Speakers
  • Sam Huntington

    IHS Markit

    Associate Director, GPE

  • Jorge Pikunic


    Managing Director, Centrica Business Solutions

  • Surya Panditi

    Enel X North America

    President & Chief Executive Officer

  • Larry Cochrane

    Microsoft Corporation

    Managing Director and CTO

  • Jeremy Klingel

    Black & Veatch

    Vice President, Global Head of Distributed Energy