FLEXIBLE POWER SYMPOSIUM
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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.
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.
Midcontinent Independent System Operator
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.
Senior Business Development Manager, Energy Solutions
JShelledy is responsible for Wartsila Energy Business sales in the Southeast US. He has more than 30 years experience in the energy industry spanning both US and international markets in power generation, pipelines and mining. He has worked the past nine years for Wärtsilä in Houston, TX. Mr. Shelledy received his B.S. in Mining Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology and is a registered professional engineer.
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.
Business Development Manager, Energy Storage and Optimization, Americas
Cassandra Heller has 15 years of experience in the Energy Industry, focusing on various topics over the years such as thermal power, network distribution management, and offshore oil & gas before joining Wärtsilä 6 years ago as an area Business Development Manager for Central America and the Caribbean, and is now focused on Energy Storage and Optimization of systems at Wärtsilä across all the Americas. In her current role, she supports all Energy Storage projects including Hybrid Systems paired with Engines, Island Systems, Standalone and Renewable paired systems. She helps light the path to a 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 undergrad degrees in International Business, and languages.
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.