This program is subject to change.

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8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Exhibitor Move-In & Set-up

Foyer & Salon A

9:00 AM

Pre-Conference Registration Opens

Terrapin Foyer

10:00 AM – Noon


Terrapin Ballroom

This forum will showcase case study projects and discuss how to advantageously finance energy improvements, water conservation measures, and building renovations using a property assessed clean energy (PACE) lending strategy.

Learn how to capture savings and upgrade facilities cost effectively, with 100% financing, extended terms and low upfront costs. Contractors as well as commercial, industrial, manufacturing, agriculture, multifamily residential and not-for-profit building owners and facility operators will benefit from this targeted program.

Welcome Remarks:

I. Katherine Magruder, CeCD
Executive Director, Maryland Clean Energy Center

Daniel Farrell, LEED-AP, CPHC
Energy Financing Program Manager, Division of Energy
Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy

Brandi Martin
Project Officer, State Energy Program
U.S. Department of Energy

Hon. John Delaney (Invited)
U.S. Representative, 6th District
House Committee on Financial Matters

Hon. Rushern L. Baker, III
County Executive, Prince George’s County, Maryland

Sponsored by:

Mid-Atlantic PACE Alliance

10:15 – 11:00 AM


Terrapin Ballroom

Learn about how PACE worked in successful application through a series of case example projects financed for certain model properties.

Moderator: Scott Dicke, C-PACE Program Director for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Sustainable Real Estate Solutions (SRS)


Rachel L. Davis
Vice President PACE Originations, Petros PACE Financing

Keith Derrington, PE
COO, ReCurrent Innovation Solutions

Amanda Blade Samai
Managing Director, Strategic Relationships, Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Real Estate

Bill Struever
Principal, Managing Partner & CEO, Cross Street Partners

11:00 – 11:15 AM

Coffee Break

11:15 AM – Noon

Breakout Sessions

Breakout Track A

Closing the Deal with PACE:  Multi-measure Project Design & Development

Location: TBA

This session is designed to help contractors increase their success in closing contracts with clients using PACE financing as a tool. Speakers will cover the types of measures typically desired by a variety of targeted customer property owners and managers. Layering renewable generation with energy efficiency, storage and other energy measures will be examined as part of multi-measure project design and development.

Moderator: Bracken Hendricks, CEO & Founder, Urban Ingenuity


Joe Richardson, Sr. 
Owner, Bar-T

Associate, FSi consulting engineers

Sal Tarsia
Managing Director, Principal Transactions, Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Real Estate

Breakout Track B

New or Used:  PACE Financing for New Construction vs. Adaptive Reuse

Location: TBA

PACE can be used to finance new construction as well as adaptive reuse. What are the nuances to consider in project development, and what are the different parameters to be considered when planning a project you want to finance in this manner?

Moderator: Genevieve Sherman,Managing Director, PACE Financial Servicing


Ethan Elser 
Vice President, PACE Equity

Aaron Kraus
Director of Market Activation and Policy, Greenworks Lending

Bill Struever
Principal, Managing Partner & CEO, Cross Street Partners



Daniel Farrell, LEED-AP, CPHC
Energy Financing Program Manager, Division of Energy
Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy





Summit Registration Opens

Calvert Foyer

NOON – 5:30 PM

Exhibit Areas Open

Calvert Foyer & Calvert A

1:00 – 1:30 PM

Welcome Remarks

Calvert Ballroom

Geoff Oxnam 
CEO, American Microgrid Solutions
Board Chair, Maryland Clean Energy Center

Video: This Event is Green, courtesy of WGL Energy

Robert Caret, PhD
Chancellor, University System of Maryland

Hon. John P. Sarbanes (Invited)
U.S. Representative, 3rd District
House Committee on Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Energy & Power

1:30 – 2:45 PM

Plenary I : Welcome to the Machine

Efficiency, Resiliency & Security in Grid Modernization from the National Perspective

Location: Calvert Ballroom

What are the elements inherent in grid modernization? Where do Maryland and the other states within the PJM territory rank in making progress to achieve that outcome? Speakers will address planning for adaptation of innovation and future investments in regional grid operations as they examine how policy and regulatory oversight may drive desired outcomes.

  • 25% of utilities are moving from 1st to 2nd stage modification of the grid. At what stage are utilities in the PJM service territory? What barriers to success need to be addressed?
  • As grid modernization advances, how are the evolving economics and financial models moving toward more customer centric solutions? How does this look from the wholesale versus the local retail markets?
  • Will digitization be the wow factor that results in more secure grid operation or create more opportunities for cyber snafus?


Steve Hauser
CEO, GridWise Alliance


Kyle Harbaugh, CEM CDSM
Senior Vice President, IT & Product Management, CPower Energy Management

Kevin Lynn
Director of Grid Modernization, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy,
U.S. Department of Energy

Jonathon Monken
Senior Director, System Resiliency and Strategic Coordination, PJM Interconnection

Sunil Pancholi
Director of Energy Strategy and Internal Business, Lockheed Martin Energy


Plenary I Sponsored by:


2:45 – 3:00 PM

Afternoon Break

Calvert Foyer

Sponsored by:

Maryland Energy Administration

3:00 – 4:00 PM

Roundtable Discussions: Getting in Gear

Calvert Ballroom

Conference attendees are invited to participate in their choice of one or more facilitated discussions covering issues and opportunities relevant to evolution of the transactive grid. Conversations envisioning the grid of the future will examine the parts of this important economic engine individually, and result in recommendations for how the parts can or should work together.

Sponsored by:


Roundtable Topics & Discussion Leaders:

Efficiency & the Smart Grid

Jason Powers
Founder & CEO, Powers IoT

“Alexa turn on the lights.” A look at communication tools and technologies changing consumer interface with the grid, balancing the load from the bottom up, and facilitating load management with artificial intelligence. Do you have a “connected home”?

Resiliency & Security

Annika Moman
Senior Vice President, Power & Energy, AECOM

How “smart” is the Grid? Demand response, demand management and distributed energy resources are being implemented to maintain resiliency and maximize grid performance. Deploying mission critical grid management technologies to optimize grid functionality and ensure a reliable power supply.

Microgrids, Storage & Distributed Generation

Michael House
Vice President, AECOM

A look at how to make room for microgrids to power up the energy engine, and tooling up to adopt energy storage technologies in front of, and behind the meter. What barriers need to be removed to successfully mesh renewable generation assets with the grid and democratize community access to predictable power costs through subscriber networks?

Natural Gas

Mary Beth Tung, PhD, Esq.
Director, Maryland Energy Administration

How can this fuel source better factor into the energy supply equation, now and in the future? What improvements to infrastructure need to occur in the region to maximize the opportunity?

Specifically Solar

Andrew Gilligan
Senior Director, Sol Systems

Solar energy technology will likely be the dominant generation solution for a large number of installations at the grid edge. What regulatory policies, incentives, and subsidies are still needed? Have impending land use restrictions become a significant roadblock to deploying commercial and utility scale solar generation throughout the region? Are adjustments to rate structures required to optimize this energy solution?


John Murach
Mgr. Energy Efficient Programs, Strategy & Regulatory Affairs
Baltimore Gas & Electric Company (BGE)

Charging ahead! This discussion will examine the potential for EVs with the associated storage capacity, to drive transactional energy markets in the future.

Evolving Technologies

Brian Compagnone
President, Pitch Capital

From software and battery back-up, and carbon capture storage technology, to small modular reactor generation; how could advanced energy solutions impact future supply, demand & management?

Finance & Investment

Trenton Allen
Managing Director and CEO, Sustainable Capital Advisors

“Show me the money.” Explore options for access to capital and creative approaches to financing energy solutions and innovation.

Policy & Regulation

Todd Foley
Senior Vice President, Policy & Government Relations
American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)

Is technology ahead of the regulatory engine? What is needed to guide policy makers and regulators to turn the right gears and maximize the energy economy at national, state and local levels?

4:15 – 5:00 PM

Plenary II: Roundtable Reports

Calvert Ballroom

Roundtable Discussion Leaders will report findings and recommendations captured from interface with the various groups. The audience will be invited to participate in an interactive exchange and live polling to help identify strategic priorities.


I. Katherine Magruder, CeCD
Executive Director, Maryland Clean Energy Center

5:30 – 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception


All conference attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and event sponsors are invited to attend this welcome reception.

Guest Speaker:

Louis J. Hutchinson, III, Th.D.
Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer, WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas


Sponsored by:

WGL Energy

7:30 – 9:30 PM

Speaker Sponsor Dinner

Top Of The Sevens

Invitation-only dinner for speakers, sponsors, and guests of the Maryland Clean Energy Center Board.

Guest Speaker:

Joshua C. Greene, Esq.
Vice President, Government & Industry Affairs, A.O. Smith Corporation

Sponsored by:

A.O. Smith




8:00 AM

Summit Registration Opens

Calvert Foyer

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Exhibit Areas Open

Calvert Foyer & Calvert A

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

Calvert Foyer

9:00 – 9:15 AM

Opening Remarks

Crossland Ballroom

Michele Mitch-Peterson
Business Consultant, Honeywell Energy Services Group
Board Vice Chair, Maryland Clean Energy Center

Video: Serving Maryland through a Full Spectrum of Energy, courtesy of WGL Energy

Hon. R. Michael Gill
Secretary of Commerce, Maryland Department of Commerce

Dan Simmons (Invited)
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary,
Office of Electricity Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (ERRE)

9:15 – 9:50 AM

Keynote Address

Opening Remarks:

Brian J. Feldman
Maryland State Senator, District 15
The Maryland General Assembly


Keynote Speaker:

Calvin Butler, Jr.,
CEO, Baltimore Gas & Electric Company (BGE)

Keynote Session Sponsored by:


9:50 – 10:50 AM

Plenary III: Gearing up for the Future

Addressing Issues, Challenges & Opportunities

Regulatory and policy initiatives already underway are gearing up to transform the grid of the future in the region. This panel contemplates a vision for next generation utilities and examines the potential for regulation to restructure the market, as well as incentives to facilitate integration of demand response, storage, and renewable energy generation solutions. The value of access to consumer data in time-of-use pricing constructs will also be addressed.


Barbara Tyran
Executive Director, Government & External Relations, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)


Bryan Clark
Director, Utility of the Future, PEPCO Holdings, Inc. (An Exelon Company)

Hon. Michael T. Richard
Commissioner, Maryland Public Service Commission

Cheryl Rosenblum
Executive Director & Director of Strategic Development, CNA Military Advisory Board

David Terry
Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)

Plenary III Sponsored by:

Pepco Holdings

10:50 – 11:00 AM

Morning Break

Foyer & Exhibit Hall Salon A

11:00 AM – NOON

Plenary IV: Shifting Gears

Transformative Moves in Financing

Crossland Ballroom

Grid modernization with the shift to new technologies will challenge the creativity of capital markets. In light of recent tax reform, this panel aligns their expertise with innovative financing structures for microgrids, storage, renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure; with their perspective for how those financing methods will adapt to help implement cutting edge advancements in grid evolution.


Anton Cohen, CPA 
Partner- Renewable Energy Industry Leader, CohnReznick


Eric Alini
Managing Partner, Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Real Estate

Laura Franke
Managing Director, PFM Financial Advisors LLC

Jigar Shah
President & Co-Founder, Generate Capital

Wyatt Shiflett
Director of Finance Programs, Maryland Clean Energy Center


Plenary IV Sponsored by:

Hannon Armstrong

NOON – 2:00 PM

Luncheon: Speaker & Awards Program

Calvert Ballroom

Enjoy the Awards Luncheon, a highlight of the conference! Hear from our featured speaker, help celebrate the awardees, and meet our scholarship winners for this year. Scholarship Nominations are due on September 13. The awards nomination period has closed.

Master of Ceremonies:

Scott Szeliga, CPA
Partner, CohnReznick LLP

Guest Speakers:

Chris Van Hollen (invited)
U.S. Senator

Vice Admiral Lee Gunn, USN (Ret.)
Former Inspector General, The Department of the Navy
Vice Chairman, CNA Military Advisory Board
Chairman, The Gunn Group

Presentation of Awards & Scholarships


Sponsored by:


2:00 – 3:15 PM

Breakout Sessions: Track I

Breakout Session A


Location: TBA

Software and cyber tools are being developed and used to enable real-time, critical and instantaneous response in managing an efficient, resilient and secure grid of the future. The implications of the intersection of clean energy and grid decentralization must be considered relative to future grid cybersecurity resilience. Speakers will discuss the advancement of technologies being developed (such as those utilizing blockchain protocols) to diminish impacts on the grid and grid volatility (frequency regulation, energy storage and real-time energy pricing), and the advancement of potential policy to address future management of this grid volatility.

Moderator: Duncan Woodbury, CSO & Red Team Lead, Ramparts Security


Carol Hawk, PhD
R&D Program Manager, Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) Program
U.S. Department of Energy

Josh Notes
Managing Director of Operations, EFW, Inc.

Chris Peoples
Managing Partner, Peoples Partners & Associates

Breakout Session A Sponsored by:

MD Commerce

Breakout Session B


Location: TBA

Microgrids, grid tied renewables, storage, and management technologies are transforming the grid but are they reducing the rate base? What resiliency timeline and type of event can and should microgrids be designed to accommodate? What role does CHP play in the future? What microgrid business models will work for single and multiple businesses? This panel will engage in a wide ranging conversation about what microgrids are today, where they are going and how affordable they really are.

Moderator: Richard Sweetser, Senior Advisor, U.S. DOE Mid-Atlantic CHP Technology Assistance Partnership


Charles Bleuher
Schneider Electric

Charles Miller
Manager Distributed Generation Asset Development, WGL Energy

Phillip L. Smith
Senior Business Consultant, Honeywell, Inc.

Breakout Session B Sponsored by:


Breakout Session C


Location: TBA

Every building can be its own energy island for efficient, resilient, and affordable operation, but it takes a holistic approach to integrate processes and technologies to maximize results. Panelists will share their experience in applying system-wide approaches for designing and managing high performance buildings, through the integration of design strategy, building materials, technology systems, and distributed energy resources, at the building, campus and grid level.

Moderator: Clay Nesler, Vice President, Global Sustainability & Industry Initiatives, Johnson Controls


Mike Dieterich
Energy & Sustainability Manager, MedImmune

Laura Van Wie McGrory
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Alliance to Save Energy

Ben Roush, PE-ME, FPE, LEED AP BD+C, Certified Commissioning Professional ASHRAE BEMP and BEAP
Associate, FSi consulting engineers

Jamie Statter
Vice President, U.S. Green Building Council

Breakout Session C Sponsored by:


Breakout Session D


Location: TBA

Show me the money! This panel examines the changing face of capital markets especially as it relates to environmental and social investing. Hear from impact investors on how they evaluate return on investment (ROI), as well as market experts proffering a standardized third-party assessment applied to potential green bond financing. Is access to green bank capital expanding or contracting?

Moderator: Eric Letsinger, CEO, Quantified Ventures


Lynn Heller
Founder & CEO, Climate Acess Fund

Robert Johnson
Senior Vice President, Public Sector Investments, Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure

Shawn Kreloff
Executive Director & CEO Americas, BTS Bioenergy

Adler Prioly
Director, Clean Energy, Reinvestment Fund

Breakout Session D Sponsored by:


Breakout Session E

GRID MOD 101: All the Parts Needed to Transform the Grid

Location: TBA

The session will cover everything you need to know about the modern grid, but were afraid (or didn’t know) to ask. This session is a basic primer for those not quite ready to get their hands greasy. Examine the various parts that need to come together to make the grid run well and the tools necessary to assemble them for easy use by consumers. Think IoT, AI and 5G as a starting point to get familiar with the alphabet soup of acronyms relevant to grid transformation.

Moderator: Melissa Lavinson, Senior Vice President, Governmental and External Affairs
Pepco Holdings, An Exelon Company


Julia Hamm
President & CEO, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

Steve Hauser
CEO, GridWise Alliance

Clark Wiedetz
Director of Microgrid and Renewable Integration, Siemens

Breakout Session E Sponsored by:

TurningPoint Energy

3:15 – 3:30 PM

Afternoon Break

Foyer & Exhibit Hall Salon A

3:30 – 4:45 PM

Breakout Sessions: Track II

Breakout Session F


Location: TBA

As a flexible and low-cost application, solar is certain to be a key component in the grid of the future. This panel looks at the potential for this burgeoning sector.

  • What barriers to success need to be removed to ensure continued adoption of solar solutions?
  • How will evolving technologies facilitate consumer participation in bi-directional power purchase agreements and help expand the market?
  • Are the necessary regulatory and market incentives being implemented to incent broader community solar deployment and to facilitate a more transactive grid?

Moderator: Kevin Lucas, Director of Rate Design, Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA)


Rick Kilbourne
Senior Manager, Solar Business Development, Constellation – An Exelon Company

Michael G. Miller

Nicole Sitaraman
Senior Manager, Public Policy, Sunrun, Inc.

Frances Yuhas
Managing Director, Development & Origination, TurningPoint Energy

Breakout Session F Sponsored by:

Sol Systems

Breakout Session G


Location: TBA

Advanced energy storage technologies and systems deployed by consumers at every scale will increase the reliability, performance and competitiveness of electric generation and transmission as the grid evolves in the future. This panel will cover solutions available and under development, examine the economic viability of deployment in the market today, and contemplate the ramifications of FERC Order 841 along with policy barriers blocking adoption.

Moderator: Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO, Energy Storage Association (ESA)


Andrew Johnston
Director of Government Relations & Assistant General Counsel
Maryland Public Service Commission

Susan Mora
Director, Utility Initiatives, Exelon

David Tancabel
Director, Power Plant Review Program

Betty Watson
Senior Manager of Energy Policy & Business Development, Tesla

Breakout Session F Sponsored by:


Breakout Track H


Location: TBA

Buses, trains, and automobiles! Clean car mandates call for 300,000 new electrified vehicles to be in use by 2025. From public transportation to private fleets, and autonomous vehicles- this session examines the future potential of electro mobility and evolving transportation technology. How are auto manufacturers gearing up to respond to current and projected demand? Will increased demand for electricity to “fuel” various modes of transportation cause rates to increase? Who needs to lead the way to make charging capability accessible and equitable for all?

Take an electric vehicle test drive! More details coming soon.

Moderator: John Quinn, Director of Energy Policy, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE)


Mike Brown
Manager, EV Infrastructure, Nissan North America

David Clamage
Managing Director, Saulsbury Hill Financial
Consultant, Generate Capital
Operations, BYD USA

Genevieve Cullen
President, Electric Drive Transportation Association

David Henley
Project Director, Baltimore Washington Rapid Rail

Take an electric vehicle test drive! More details coming soon.

Breakout Session H Sponsored by:


Breakout Session I

The Mechanics of Offshore Wind: Moving Toward the Grid of the Future

Location: TBA

Will proposed offshore wind development in the Mid- Atlantic Region help facilitate improvement in grid efficiency, security, and resiliency? Which states are ahead of the race to benefit from the economic opportunities anticipated from supply chain and asset deployment associated with planned wind energy development in the region, and what are the barriers to success?

*This session will be a recorded for a future audio podcast, in partnership with More Power to You.*

Moderator: Josh Cohen, Founder & Principal, Polity Partners


Jason Folsom
Offshore Wind Representative, Americas, Siemens Gamesa Wind

Markian Melnyk
President, Atlantic Grid Development LLC

Joy Weber
Development Manager, Deepwater Wind

Belton Zeigler, Esq.
Partner & Co-Leader Energy & Natural Resources Team
Womble Bond Dickinson

Breakout Session J


Location: TBA

Consumers are using more and more electricity, but doing it more efficiently with advancements in technology and more renewable generation coming on line.  Energy choice and community solar, localized generation, demand management and storage, grid and customer analytics- this session will examine where stakeholders need to be investing in the system. Beneficial electrification involves aligning all the gears to maximize capital, efficiency, and equity for various consumer audiences.

Moderator: Deana Dennis, Senior Manager, Government & External Relations, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)


Jason Babick
Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning, CPower Energy Management

Rick Counihan
Head of Energy Regulatory and Governmental Affairs, Nest

Cherise Y. Seals
Senior Business Development Manager, WGL Energy

Breakout Session J Sponsored by:


4:30 PM

End of Breakout Sessions

4:45 – 5:00 PM

Plenary V: Are the Gears Turning?

This wrap-up for the day will include closing thoughts, audience engagement and drawings for fabulous door prizes!


I. Katherine Magruder, CeCD
Executive Director, Maryland Clean Energy Center

5:00 – 7:00 PM

Networking Reception


Sponsored by:

Womble Bond Dickinson




8:00 AM

Registration Opens

Calvert Foyer

8:00 AM – NOON

Exhibit Areas Open

Calvert Foyer & Calvert A

8:00 – 9:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

Calvert Foyer

9:00 – 9:15 AM

Opening Remarks

Calvert Ballroom

Guest Speakers:

Eric Wachsman, PhD
Director, Maryland Energy Innovation Institute & UMD Energy Research Center,
University of Maryland College Park

Matthew Walters, Jr.
Distributed Energy Systems,
Siemens, USA


The Innovation Exchange is sponsored by:


9:15 – 10:15 AM

Innovation Overview Panel

A panel of national experts in energy innovation will share their perspectives on the evolution of technologies taking place in the energy marketplace, along with their future projections for how new software, tools, and solutions could plug in to benefit grid efficiency, resiliency, and security.


Ellen Williams, PhD
FMR Director ARPA-E &
Distinguished University Professor Department of Physics and IPST, University of Maryland College Park


Norman R. Augustine
Retired Chairman & CEO, Lockheed Martin Corporation &
Principal, American Energy Innovation Council

Joseph M. Bryan
Principal, Muswell Orange

John Ellis
Digitalization Portfolio Manager, Siemens Smart Infrastructure

Michael Nowak, PhD
Manager, University & National Lab Strategic Partnerships, National Energy Technology Laboratory

10:15 – 10:30 AM

Morning Break

10:30 – 11:45 AM

Innovation Showcase

Innovative energy technologies will be introduced in fast-paced pitch presentations given by entrepreneurs and start-up company representatives. Six-minute pitches will be reviewed, “Shark Tank” style, by a panel of venture investors and potential funding organizations, followed by audience Q&A. One “winning” pitch will be recognized with a monetary award during lunch.

Apply Now to Compete in the Innovation Showcase


George Davis
CEO, Maryland Technology Development Corporation


Brian Compagnone
President, Pitch Capital

John Ellis
Digitalization Portfolio Manager, Siemens Smart Infrastructure

Dave McCarthy
Executive Director, Potential Energy DC

David Wise
Director, Maryland Momentum Fund

NOON – 1:30 PM

Luncheon & Closing Session

Innovation Showcase Winning Company Recognized

Apply Now to Compete in the Innovation Showcase


Exhibit Hall Close & Move Out

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