Grid Forward Chats
Ep.2-6 Resiliency, Resource Diversity and Lessons from the Last Year with CAISO’s Elliot Mainzer

Ep.2-6 Resiliency, Resource Diversity and Lessons from the Last Year with CAISO’s Elliot Mainzer

April 19, 2021
In part two of our two-part discussion with Elliot Mainzer, the President and CEO of CAISO, we discuss how the organization and region are taking lessons from the last year into plans going forward. Hear insights on the importance of resource diversity, priorities for decarbonization pathways, how the region is collaborating and preparing for future stresses to the system, efforts to consider resource adequacy, and other topics. Produced by Grid Forward.
Ep. 2-5 Elliot Mainzer on CAISO’s Near-Term Priorities and the Role of Regional Markets

Ep. 2-5 Elliot Mainzer on CAISO’s Near-Term Priorities and the Role of Regional Markets

April 19, 2021
In the first episode of our two-part series, we hear from new President and CEO of the California ISO Elliot Mainzer. After a longer career at Bonneville Power Administration, including the last seven years as Administrator, Elliot moved over to head up CAISO in October of 2020. Tune in to hear his thoughts on the roles of regional markets and the plans CAISO has for upcoming summer and beyond. Part 1 of a 2-part series. Produced by Grid Forward.
Ep. 2-4 Taking Any Asset into Any Market with Enel X

Ep. 2-4 Taking Any Asset into Any Market with Enel X

April 8, 2021

From their start as an Italian utility to becoming a multinational energy solutions provider targeting 67 GW of capacity with clean energy resources, Enel and Enel X are leading the way in the deployment of new energy opportunities. Listen to our conversation with Surya Panditi, CEO of Enel X North America, as we explore the various leading-edge capabilities that they are bringing across the globe to help grid operators and other energy stakeholders. Produced by Grid Forward.

Ep. 2-3 Beyond 2222: The Legacy of Commissioner Chatterjee at FERC

Ep. 2-3 Beyond 2222: The Legacy of Commissioner Chatterjee at FERC

March 23, 2021

Our new Grid Forward Chats podcast goes deep with Commissioner Neil Chatterjee of the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee. During his tenure, FERC issued significant rulings about the opportunity for aggregated DERs to access markets, interconnection for storage and related resources, expanding the potential of cloud investments, and other key topics. Listen into our discussion about the role that markets and the federal regulator plays among the rapid dynamics unfolding in the electric sector. Produced by Grid Forward.

Ep. 2-2 Making Sure FERC 2222 Meets Its Potential in a Future with Energy Storage

Ep. 2-2 Making Sure FERC 2222 Meets Its Potential in a Future with Energy Storage

February 23, 2021

Dr. Ryan Wartena grew Geli to be the leading software and storage optimization solution provider over the last decade. Now Geli is part of solar leader Q CELLS where Ryan is now VP of Strategy. Listen into this fascinating discussion on the evolution of the organization as it drives open a wider space in the industry. We also dive deep on how market dynamics need to evolve to unlock big advances of the FERC Order 2222. Will storage and integrated edge solutions be entering a new frontier and bring the flexibility and resiliency our energy systems are requiring? Ryan thinks so. Listen to see if you agree. Produced by Grid Forward.

Ep. 2-1 Driving Innovation with Authentic Leadership with Debra Smith and Paula Gold-Williams

Ep. 2-1 Driving Innovation with Authentic Leadership with Debra Smith and Paula Gold-Williams

February 10, 2021

Season two of Grid Forward Chats kicks off with special guest host and a former guest Debra Smith, general manager and CEO of Seattle City Light, in discussion with Paula Gold Williams the President & CEO of CPS Energy in San Antonio Texas. As these two municipal power leaders talk, they cover various topics around the acceleration of innovation on our grid, including as Paula puts it how to "blend the tried and the true with the new.” We hope you are inspired by the authentic leadership both Paula and Debra bring to their organizations and the practical ideas they share for how we can progress our energy systems to meet rapidly evolving changes. Produced by Grid Forward.

Ep. 14 - Creating the Grid We Need for Deep Decarbonization

Ep. 14 - Creating the Grid We Need for Deep Decarbonization

October 21, 2020

During the closing session of our GridFWD 2020 virtual event, Hunter Lovins (President, Natural Capitalism Solutions) led a discussion with Ralph Cavanagh of NRDC and Elliot Mainzer, the new CEO and president of the California ISO. This lively discussion covers future of distribution utilities, the role of regional markets, the impact of distributed resources, solutions for resilient systems and much more. If you haven’t heard these folks talk before (or even if you have many times) do yourself a favor and listen into this deeply thought-provoking, but also very applied, discussion. Produced by Grid Forward.

Ep. 13 - The Path to 100% Clean Energy at Xcel

Ep. 13 - The Path to 100% Clean Energy at Xcel

October 21, 2020

Grid Forward hosted Alice Jackson, President of Xcel Energy Colorado during the opening session of our virtual GridFWD 2020 event. Listen in as she walks through what it takes for a major utility to create a roadmap to a fully clean energy future. From system modernization and electrification to transmission and regional market access, this discussion covers all the elements needed to achieve such an ambitious milestone. As one of the first major utilities to make this commitment, Xcel is poised to be a leading force for grid modernization and clean energy across the Rocky Mountain and Midwest states. Produced by Grid Forward.

Ep. 12 - Opportunities for Transmission to Unlock Deeper Renewables

Ep. 12 - Opportunities for Transmission to Unlock Deeper Renewables

September 29, 2020
Bryce chats with Lisa Grow, President and CEO of IDACORP, Inc. and Idaho Power, the largest electric provider in the state, about their commitment to a fully clean energy mix. In the path to a clean energy future they are looking to expand transmission capacity, optimize participation in regional markets, develop modern grid capabilities and more. Hear about what Lisa thinks around the role of Idaho Power, and utilities more broadly, in the future of the electric grid. Produced by Grid Forward.
Ep. 11 - How Do 2019 Plans Work in 2021, with Colorado PUC Chair Ackermann

Ep. 11 - How Do 2019 Plans Work in 2021, with Colorado PUC Chair Ackermann

September 21, 2020

In this lively discussion with Colorado PUC Chair Jeffrey Ackermann we explore how well-established plans from 2019 are relevant going into 2021. Colorado is deep into energy transition areas with, for example, Xcel Energy driving for a fully decarbonized energy mix, the expansion of electrified transportation, and a modern infrastructure that can accommodate both. This chat spans many current topics around distribution system planning, allocating risk and rewards, funding innovation, empowering customers, distributed-vs-large scale solutions, and much more. And find out which one of us is a dog person vs which is a cat person — both of our companions crash the conversation! Produced by Grid Forward.

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