FLEXIBLE POWER SYMPOSIUM
OCTOBER 6–7, 2021
WHAT’S NEW FOR 2021?
The 14th annual Wärtsilä Flexible Power Symposium will bring together industry leaders to dive deep into the most pressing topics and challenges for moving towards a renewable energy future. As countries, significant industrial players, and companies continue to set renewable energy or decarbonisation targets, join us for information sharing and innovative ideation to ensure optimal next steps towards the Path to 100% renewable energy.
This year’s virtual event is co-organized with our partner Mexico Business.
CREATING YOUR OPTIMAL PATH TOWARDS A 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEM
The energy landscape is in transition towards more flexible and sustainable energy systems. The journey is different for every continent, every country and every city – each has their own individual path.
OPTIMISING ENERGY FOR A SMARTER, SAFER AND MORE RELIABLE GRID
Global markets are adopting Energy Storage as core flexibility tool to enable clean energy transition across the grid. Wärtsilä is central to this renewable energy transition by providing Flexibility Solutions and the GEMS Digital Energy Platform, which connect energy assets to energy markets in technically and economically optimised manner.
BALANCING POWER-THE BRIDGE TO THE FUTURE
As intermittent renewables increasingly displace traditional baseload generation the greater the need becomes to shore up the grid’s stability with balancing capacity.
POWER-TO-X ALLOWING THE FINAL PUSH TO 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY
The intermittent nature of renewables will need flexible solutions to balance them in the future as well. The demand for green hydrogen and renewable synthetic fuels is growing significantly as industries are seeing it as a way to decrease their carbon footprint. Power-to-X is one of the key components to reach the final 100% while mitigating climate change, allowing a carbon neutral society.
Tune in to this 20-minute Interchange podcast to learn how software + storage are powering a renewable future, with commentary from Luke Witmer and Duarte de Silvia, Plant Manager at Graciosa.
“To build a sustainable future, we need to decarbonize step-by-step. Some of the major solutions will be wind and solar. But they have challenges. So you then need ‘balancing power.”
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President and CEO
Midcontinent Independent System Operator
Kansas Power Pool
Ryan S. Kennedy
President & CEO
Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers.
In his most recent role before joining Wärtsilä, he was the President of Volvo Buses and member of the Volvo Group Management.
In his earlier career Håkan has held senior management positions with ABB and Bombardier in the fields of power systems, robotics and industrial automation. He has extensive international experience, having worked and lived in the U.S., Canada, Thailand, Brazil, Switzerland and Sweden.
Håkan holds an MSc in Engineering Physics from the Lund Institute of Technology, Sweden paralleled with a BSc in Business Administration at the University of Lund, Sweden. He also holds an MBA from IMD, Switzerland.
Director, Growth & Development, Americas
Jussi Heikkinen is the leader of Market Development and Marketing for Wartsila Energy Solutions (former power plant) business in the Americas. He is currently based in Houston, TX, USA.
Mr. Heikkinen has 35 years of professional experience in Wärtsilä Power Plant business in various managerial positions. He has lived in Finland, Sweden and USA. He has developed several new businesses for Wärtsilä through the years and has had a leader role in developing the skill set and approach on modelling power systems and quantifying the value of flexibility in power systems.
Mr Heikkinen holds a MSc degree in Energy and Power Plant technology.
Kansas Power Pool
Assistant General Manager – Operations
Larry joined the Kansas Power Pool (KPP) in 2009 as Operations Manager and was promoted to Assistant General Manager – Operations in 2014. Larry is responsible for managing the operations of the KPP, including the coordination of KPP load and resources in the SPP Integrated Market, acquisition of generation resources and transmission service, cost and load forecasting and development of the KPP budget and member rates, KPP member capacity accreditation testing and compliance, and participation in the Southwest Power Pool. Prior to joining the KPP, Larry was employed by the Kansas Corporation Commission as Chief of Energy Operations where he primarily served as the KCC’s electric utility policy expert. Before that Larry spent 12 years in the nuclear power industry working in nuclear power operation, construction, and startup. Larry holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical and Civil Engineering, and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Kansas, as well as a Master of Engineering Management degree from Washington State University. Larry is also a registered Civil and Mechanical Professional Engineer in the State of Oregon.
Vice President, Americas
Risto Paldanius brings over 20 years of energy and power generation experience to Wärtsilä. For the last decade, Risto advanced the flexible generation energy business strategy and development in the Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia markets. He played a key role in the Greensmith Energy acquisition and integration with Wärtsilä Energy Business positioning the company as the leading global energy system integrator. He has also lead the global Business Development and proposal team for Wärtsilä Energy Storage and Optimization unit. In his current role he leads Wärtsilä Energy in Americas Area.
Enthusiastic ambassador of 100% Renewable Future enabled by Flexible Power Generation and Energy Storage!
Director—North America Power and Renewables
Wade Shafer researches North American power markets and electric power decarbonization strategies. Based in Washington, DC, he analyzes power market fundamentals and follows policy, technology, and generation trends. His decarbonization strategy work includes net zero generation portfolios, resource adequacy in low-carbon power systems, hydrogen for seasonal energy storage, electrification, and the implications of electric vehicles for the power grid. Utilities, power plant developers, energy and automotive companies, and private equity firms use his work and seek his advice for resource and strategic planning, generation asset valuations, and public policy. Wade holds a BS from The George Washington University and an MS from Johns Hopkins University. He has more than a decade of experience working in electric power and other infrastructure industries.
Senior Business Development Manager, Energy Solutions
Business Director, Energy Storage
Kate Sherwood is Wärtsilä Energy’s North America business director for energy storage, providing market-leading hardware, software, and services solutions to large-scale project clients. She has over 20 years of general management, sales, and marketing experience, with a proven track record of accelerating growth and profit. Prior to joining Wärtsilä, Ms. Sherwood served as Vice President of Sales-North America at Centrica Business Solutions, P&L leader at 3M, and spent over a decade in the energy storage, solar, & demand response industries, holding leadership roles with Advanced Microgrid Solutions, SolarCity, SunPower, and Voltus. Prior to her work in the energy industry, Ms. Sherwood spent over a decade in finance, marketing, and strategy consulting with the U.S. Department of Justice, Sun Microsystems, and Accenture. Ms. Sherwood holds a MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. cum laude from George Mason University. She is based in Austin, Texas.
General Manager, Data Science, Energy Storage and Optimization
As a kid growing up in the heart of Africa, energy access and reliability could not be taken for granted. During the 5-month city-wide power outage caused by a fire at the local power plant, solar powered DC lighting enabled Luke’s family to maintain their quality of life in the heart of darkness. In 2014, Luke earned a PhD in solar energy engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. After a year and half with a data fusion startup company in the Washington D.C. area, Luke found his way to Wärtsilä where he has been ever since. In his current role, Luke manages the R&D of automated hybrid power plant dispatch systems for island grids and autobidding systems for merchant electricity markets, plus leads energy and power system simulation efforts.
Senior Business Development Manager, Energy Storage and Optimization, Americas
Cassandra Heller is the Senior Business Development Manager with Wartsila Energy Solutions, focused on Energy Storage and Optimization in the America’s region. She has 15 years of experience in the global energy Industry, focusing on various aspects over the years such as thermal power, network distribution management, and offshore oil & gas before moving into the energy storage and renewables sector a few years ago. She has managed projects in many global markets over the years, however a large portion of her experience has been based in Latin America with a strong presence also in the US.
In her current role, she supports all Energy Storage and Optimization projects including hybrid systems paired with renewable and thermal assets, as well as standalone and islanded systems. She is passionate about lighting the path to higher penetration of renewable energy while making systems more resilient and reliable in today’s changing markets and climates. She holds a Corporate MBA from Florida International University with undergraduate degrees in International Business, and languages.
Ryan S. Kennedy
Business Development Manager
Ryan Kennedy manages sales and business development of power generation assets throughout the Midwest region of the United States and has 10 years of experience in the energy industry. Prior to joining Wartsila in 2017, Ryan worked for Kiewit as a Business Development Manager and was responsible for sales in the Midwest region of the United States. Ryan holds an MBA in Finance from UMKC and is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps..
Lead Energy Storage Modeler
Past experience includes working on enhancements for utility-grade capacity expansion models while at the EDF Innovation Lab (Bay Area) and pursued an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
Midcontinent Independent System Operator
Senior Director of Research and Development, Market and Grid Strategy
Jessica Harrison is the Senior Director of Research and Development (R&D) in the Market and Grid Strategy division of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO). In this role, she coordinates MISO’s R&D policies, objectives and initiatives. Her focus includes pursuing R&D initiatives and partnerships, researching emerging technologies and supporting the integration of future grid resources. Ms. Harrison holds dual Master of Science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Technology and Policy and in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Michigan.
Manager of Wholesale Marketing and QSE
Clif Lange holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Houston – Victoria and has 20 years of experience in the electric industry. He began his career with STEC in February 2000 as a Qualified Scheduling Entity (QSE) Operator where he learned the basics of wholesale market function and resource operation before becoming the Assistant Manager of Wholesale Marketing and QSE in 2006. In 2015, he was promoted to the position of Manager of Wholesale Marketing and QSE. He is responsible for designing and implementing strategies related to wholesale electric markets and he also manages natural gas procurement and hedging strategies. He oversees QSE operations at STEC, which includes both day-ahead and real-time functions, as well as the financial settlement of all wholesale market transactions, natural gas transactions, and purchase power agreements. He is heavily involved in the ERCOT stakeholder process and is currently a standing member of the Wholesale Market Subcommittee and is the vice-chair of the Technical Advisory Committee which advises the ERCOT Board of Directors on matters pertaining to reliability as well as wholesale and retail market operation.
Sushil Purohit is the President of Wärtsilä & EVP. As a member of the Global Energy Business Management Team, Sushil brings an innovative expertise in assessing profit and loss of new energy infrastructure and services. He will start our event with remarks about the resilience and sustainability built into the power of Wärtsilä’s smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions.
Head of Decentralized Energy
Manager, Capital Projects
Energy Business Director, Engine Power Plants
Wednesday, October 6
11:00 am – 2:45 pm CDT
- Engine Technology update – A clients perspective – an update on the technology developments for Wärtsilä, including customer input and perspective.
- New Orleans Power Station Showcase – An exciting virtual power plant tour for the New Orleans Power Station, featuring the plant operators and customer.
- Flexibility and Balancing – The key piece of the decarbonization puzzle – Industry and power market experts discuss and debate the technologies that have a roll today and tomorrow.
- The future of energy storage technology – flexibility solutions will play a major role in enabling the global decarbonized grid of the future.
Thursday, October 7
11:00 am – 2:30 pm CDT
- Role of storage technologies in supporting decarbonization ambitions – In this session we explore the high-growth energy storage industry, Wärtsilä’s role in enabling and managing the decarbonization trend, and outlook for technologies in the space.
- Real-time markets with a Wärtsilä customer – In this session we delve into an energy storage project with a customer to better understand how energy storage technology and control optimization are supporting the challenges faced in making this project a reality.
- Overcoming roadblocks in developing energy storage projects – In this session we focus on the regulatory and technical aspects that ISOs/companies/developers are encountering when developing storage projects in the U.S.