The Electric Power Supply Association’s second annual Competitive Power Summit will soon convene and in anticipation of the discussions to come, we wanted to share a preview of key issues facing power markets across the country. Since the inaugural Competitive Power Summit, reliability has become an even more prominent consideration for power suppliers, grid operators, and policymakers; from NERC’s warning of potential power insufficiency ahead of the summer to the impacts of Winter Storm Elliott, increasingly extreme weather events are presenting challenges to stakeholders throughout competitive power markets.
Held on Tuesday, March 21 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., the Summit is slated to be a day of expert conversations on the role of competitive electricity markets and power suppliers in advancing America’s energy future.
For over two decades, competitive power markets and independent electricity generators have enhanced reliability, improved our environment, unlocked savings for consumers, and unleashed innovation. However, key questions must be addressed to ensure that these benefits continue to advance the energy transition. EPSA’s event will unpack these issues and more through a series of panel discussions and remarks.
This year’s three expert panels will cover:
Innovation to Deliver a Reliable Energy Transition
Competitive power markets ushered in a rapid transition to natural gas generation and renewable deployment in recent decades. How can markets enhance reliability as new technologies become available? Does competition incentivize and facilitate the innovative technologies needed to meet the future?
- Jake Loosararian, Founder and CEO, Gecko Robotics
- Shawn Bennett, Energy and Resilience Division Manager, Battelle
- Lucas Grimes, Founder, Imperium
- Sonal Patel, Senior Associate Editor, POWER Magazine (moderator)
The Costs of a Reliable Energy Transition
Competitive power markets have helped deliver historically low power prices. How can competitive markets be leveraged to reduce the costs of the energy transition for consumers? What can policymakers and grid operators do to prevent costs from being passed on to consumers?
- Stacey Doré, chief strategy and sustainability officer and executive vice president, public affairs, Vistra Corp.
- Anthony Crowdell, Managing Director, Mizuho Americas
- David Springe, Executive Director, National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates
- Christine Tezak, Managing Director, Clearview Energy Partners LLC
- Katherine Blunt, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal (moderator)
Cyber and Physical Security for a Secure Power System
Policymakers, grid operators and power suppliers are grappling with a growing security risks and threats to the electric grid, from extreme weather events threatening physical infrastructure to bad actors compromising cyber security. How can the electric grid be secured to enhance reliability? What measures are being taken to mitigate security risks?
- Manny Cancel, Senior Vice President and CEO of the E-ISAC, North American Electric Reliability Corporation
- Mara Winn, Deputy Director, Preparedness, Policy and Risk Analysis, Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response, U.S. Department of Energy
- Richard S. Mroz, Senior Director, Archer Public Affairs & Advisor, Protect Our Power
- John J. Rovinski, Jr., Supervisory Special Agent, FBI Cyber Division
- Rich Heidorn Jr., Editor-in-Chief and Co-Publisher, RTO Insider LLC (moderator)
In addition to the panels, this year’s Summit will feature keynote addresses by North American Electric Reliability Corporation President and CEO, Jim Robb, and PJM Interconnection President and CEO, Manu Asthana.
Get more updates and register:
- View the full agenda for this year’s Summit.
- Watch sessions from the 2022 Competitive Power Summit
- Read the 2022 Competitive Power Summit Blog Series Recap (below)
- Follow EPSA on LinkedIn and Twitter for the latest updates on the Summit