Some of the topics that will be discussed include, planning for and operating Solar + Storage combined projects, CAISO Fuel Types and the 3rd Party Generator Interconnection Agreement, Managing ITC, must offer obligations and market participation, and much more
Attendees will receive guidance and recommendations as well as have the opportunity to ask questions during our live Q&A
Matt Barnes, COO / CFO of GridSME
Matt is the COO & CFO at GridSME, a consulting firm focused on guiding clients through a changing power grid. Matt has 15 years of experience in the financial and energy industries where he has led numerous teams to achieve key business objectives and mitigate risk. His background includes an array of generator asset management, financial analysis and planning, and regulatory compliance for power grid asset owners and operators.
Matt helps clients integrate and adapt to the ever-changing energy landscape. He has a thorough understanding of the NERC Reliability Standards and the California ISO markets and BPMs. He understands the challenges and obstacles facing storage and renewable developers today, which allows him to identify obstacles and provide pragmatic solutions. He is also adept at energy storage wholesale market revenue modeling. Matt is a CPA with an MBA from UC Davis.
Ron Olsen, Manager, Energy Systems Integration of GridSME
Ron leads GridSME’s interconnection team, bringing extensive experience in electrical utility interconnection management and processes of utility scale resources. Ron’s advanced understanding of the CAISO new resource implementation process, and utility communications protocols has enabled him to work directly with Participating Transmission Owners, interconnection clients, generation owners, field personnel, scheduling coordinators, outage coordinators, as well as utilities’ interconnection staff to achieve successful completion of new and existing generator resources for various companies throughout California and the Western United States. He has a highly technical background with SCADA, RTUs and testing, and an extensive understanding of the CAISO tariff and business practice manuals for telemetry and metering, hybrid resource market options as well as CAISO outage coordination requirements.
Sarah Kozal, Attorney, Buchalter
Sarah Kozal is an Energy and Natural Resources attorney at Buchalter’s Sacramento office. Her practice focuses on energy regulatory policy as it affects renewable energy resources, both in California and nationally. Sarah represents clients before the California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the California Independent System Operator. Additionally, Ms. Kozal advises clients in power purchase agreement negotiation, generator interconnection matters, and other energy project development issues.
Ms. Kozal graduated from UCLA School of Law and holds a Graduate Certificate in Heritage Conservation from USC. She received her B.A., summa cum laude, from UCLA. In law school, Ms. Kozal clerked at the CAISO and served on the delegation of the Republic of Palau at COP20 and COP21 through the UCLA Environmental Law Clinic.
Chris Devon, Director, Market Intelligence – West CES
Chris joined Customized Energy Solutions in April 2020 and has expertise in organized market policy development and regulatory coverage. Prior to joining Customized Energy Solutions, he was a lead and senior policy developer with the CAISO. In his role with CAISO, he led numerous stakeholder initiatives and developed proposals to enhance and establish new policies. His prior experience includes designing policy for resource adequacy, transmission cost recovery, and emerging technologies.
Before joining CAISO in 2015, Chris held a role advising the Michigan Public Service Commission on wholesale energy matters and representing Michigan’s interests in the stakeholder processes of MISO and PJM Regional Transmission Organizations. He obtained a BA in economics from Michigan State University.