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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Electricity Use in Rural and Islanded Communities: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23539.
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Workshop Agenda

FEBRUARY 8-9, 2016
KECK CENTER, WASHINGTON, D.C.

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. Continental Breakfast
8:30 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 Q&A with Karen Wayland
9:05 Introduction to Workshop Structure and Planning Committee
K. John Holmes, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
9:15 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 Q&A with Chis McLean
9:45 Introduce Critical Electricity Issues for Islanded Communities—Compare challenges across different islanded communities.
Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Electricity Use in Rural and Islanded Communities: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23539.
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Chris Yunker, Hawaii State Energy Office
Meera Kohler, Alaska Village Electric Cooperative
10:05 Q&A with Speakers
10:15 Break
Topical Sessions
10:30 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 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. Lunch
1:30 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 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 Break
3:45 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, GridSolar
Kerrick Johnson, Vermont Electric Power Company
Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Electricity Use in Rural and Islanded Communities: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23539.
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5:00 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

February 9, 2016

Welcome and Keynote Presentation
8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 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 Q&A with Joe Brannan
Topical Sessions: Modernizing the Rural & Islanded Electricity Systems through Emerging Technologies and Planning Paradigms
9:30 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 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. Lunch
1:00 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, Imergy
Andrew Merton, Spirae
Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Electricity Use in Rural and Islanded Communities: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23539.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Electricity Use in Rural and Islanded Communities: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23539.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Electricity Use in Rural and Islanded Communities: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23539.
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On behalf of the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) Task Force, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine hosted a workshop on February 8-9, 2016, titled "Electricity Use in Rural and Islanded Communities." The objective of the workshop was to help the QER Task Force public outreach efforts by focusing on communities with unique electricity challenges. The workshop explored challenges and opportunities for reducing electricity use and associated greenhouse gas emissions while improving electricity system reliability and resilience in rural and islanded communities. This report summarizes the presentation and discussion of the workshop.

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