Grid Modernization & Innovation

Solar Power International & Energy Storage International

Addressing Grid Challenges and Economic Impacts of Higher Solar Generation

Tuesday, September 25
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: 207CD

Increasing penetration of solar energy is beginning to pushing the capacity limits of existing distribution grid infrastructure in certain locations, presenting unique challenges for system operators. This session will investigate case studies that highlight operational flexibility available in sophisticated utility-scale solar plants and demonstrate how aggregated intelligent energy storage solutions can overcome these challenges and serve as resources for grid stability.

Ellen Anderson

Executive Director Energy Transition Lab
University of Minnesota

Ellen Anderson Biography

Ellen Anderson is Director of the University of Minnesota’s Energy Transition Lab (ETL). Like hockey player Wayne Gretzky, in her work she aims “not where the puck is, but where the puck is going to be.” The Lab leverages University expertise in law, policy, and other disciplines, in partnership with the public, private, community, and nonprofit sectors, to help steer our energy system to the future. Most recently, ETL has focused on energy storage thought leadership, energy and climate city planning tools, renewable energy, energy justice, and grid modernization.


From 2012 to 2014, Anderson was Senior Advisor on Energy and Environment to Governor Mark Dayton and assisted the state Environmental Quality Board (EQB). From 2011-2012 she was Chair of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

Anderson served in the Minnesota Senate from 1993–2011, representing several neighborhoods of St. Paul and the city of Falcon Heights. Her signature legislation includes the Renewable Energy Standard, Next Generation Energy Act, and many other energy, consumer protection, economic justice and civil rights laws.

Anderson holds a B.A. from Carleton College and J.D. cum laude from University of Minnesota Law School. As an Associate Adjunct Faculty, she teaches Law and Renewable Energy courses and has received dozens of awards for her leadership. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, reading, and the great outdoors.

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Larsh Johnson

Chief Technology Officer
Stem, Inc.

As Chief Technology Officer, Larsh Johnson leads hardware and software engineering to meet the unique needs of Stem’s C&I, utility and energy market customers. Prior to joining Stem, Larsh was Chief Technology Officer at Siemens Digital Grid, where he led technology development teams on products spanning from consumer metering, demand response and analytics to control center software and grid automation. He joined Siemens via the acquisition of eMeter, a Bay Area software company of which he was a co-founder and responsible for innovation and development of meter data management, analytics and advanced smart grid applications. Prior to eMeter, he co-founded CellNet Data Systems, a pioneer in wireless networks for smart metering and distribution automation and now a unit of Landis+Gyr, a Toshiba company. Larsh was a founding member of the Department of Energy’s Gridwise Architecture Council (GWAC) and remains a member emeritus. He earned his B.S. and an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.

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Roger Lin, M.Eng

Vice President, Marketing, Energy Solutions
NEC

Roger Lin is VP of Marketing at NEC Energy Solutions, where he leads all marketing activities for the company. Focusing on grid energy storage solutions as well as battery systems for commercial and industrial applications, he has over thirteen years of experience in energy storage technologies and applications. He was responsible for several successful development efforts ranging from high power battery systems for hybrid-electric buses to advanced lithium ion cell technologies.
Prior to joining NEC, he held roles at A123 Systems, a lithium ion battery startup, YankeeTek Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund, and business development and materials science R&D at Saint-Gobain. Roger received his Master of Engineering degree in Materials Science from MIT, his Bachelor of Science in Ceramic Engineering from Rutgers University, and is an inventor on ten United States patents.

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Eran A. Mahrer

Vice President, Markets, Origination and Government Affairs
First Solar

Eran A. Mahrer
VP- Market, Utility, Government Origination

EXPERIENCE

Mr. Eran Mahrer serves as Vice President of Market, Utility and Government Origination. He joined First Solar in 2014 and leads the company’s engagement with utilities on solar planning and programming. In this role, Mr. Mahrer establishes and maintains relationships with utilities, engages in strategic planning, integrated resource planning and program design initiatives.
Prior to joining First Solar, Mr. Mahrer served as the Executive Vice President of Strategy and Programs for the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). He joined SEPA in 2012 and led the organization’s efforts in driving utility and solar industry strategies and practices in support of solar energy. His experience also includes serving as Arizona Public Service Company’s (APS) Director of Renewable Energy and Resource Portfolio Planning. In his 11 years with APS, he led the company’s renewable energy strategy, renewable and customer program resource planning, regulatory interface on many renewable matters and implementation of all renewable programs.
EDUCATION

Mr. Mahrer received his MBA from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, a Master of Science from Washington State University and his Bachelor of Science from the University of California, San Diego.

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Josh Prueher

Chief Executive Officer
FlexGen

Josh Prueher is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of FlexGen, a power technology company based in Los Angeles, CA. FlexGen designs and builds innovative energy storage solutions for power companies, utilities, and industrial customers worldwide.

Josh founded FlexGen Power Systems in 2009 after five years at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York, where he was a Vice President in the Investment Banking Division. Prior to that, he served for eight years as a U.S. Naval Intelligence Officer. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and the University of Oxford, where he was a FitzGerald Scholar.

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