10th Annual Capture the Energy Conference & Expo
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2020 NY-BEST Annual Meeting & Conference

NY-BEST would like to thank all of our attendees, speakers and sponsors for helping to make this year's Virtual Capture the Energy a success. We are grateful for your support and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Any previously registered attendees can access the event site where they can view recordings, slides and message other attendees


NY-BEST’s 10th Annual Capture the Energy Conference and Expo is going virtual! Join us on
August 4-6, 2020
, to participate in the premier event for companies seeking opportunities in New York's rapidly growing energy storage markets.

Originally scheduled for April 2020, Capture the Energy 2020 was re-scheduled due to COVID-19.  To ensure everyone’s safety, and given continuing restrictions on in-person meetings and travel for many companies, NY-BEST will host Capture the Energy 2020 as a virtual experience.

2020 marks the 10th Anniversary of the founding of NY-BEST. This year, NY-BEST Board Vice Chair M. Stanley Whittingham was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. This year’s conference will also celebrate and honor these two great achievements.



Capture the Energy 2020 highlights industry leaders who are advancing energy storage globally and in New York State, where the State’s 3 GW energy storage goal has made it one of the fastest growing markets for energy storage in the world. 

Our engaging virtual event will take place over three half-days (12:30 PM – 5:00 PM ET/ 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM PT) featuring daily live and on-demand sessions and will include:

Updates and insights on New York’s energy storage and clean energy markets, including opportunities for future growth

Dynamic keynote speakers, roundtable discussions and expert panels on how energy storage is advancing our clean energy goals and growing our economy

An interactive expo hall where sponsors and exhibitors can meet virtually with attendees, schedule appointments and showcase their products and expertise.
Extensive networking and attendee participation opportunities to develop relationships and make project deals using our user-friendly event platform. 


The Conference agenda will include informative virtual keynotes, featured presentations, panels and roundtable discussions featuring experts in the storage field. Keynotes and featured presentations are typically 15-20 minutes. Panel sessions typically include 4-5 speakers presenting for approximately 10 minutes each. Roundtable discussions will include a moderated Q&A among 4-5 speakers.

Each session will have a Q&A with the audience after presentations have concluded. The Conference will also feature an online company exhibition area with over 30 companies and organizations.

All sessions will be recorded and available to paid attendees for one year.



Tuesday, August 4, 2020

12:30 – 5:30 PM

Virtual Exhibit Hall Open

1:00 – 1:10 PM

Welcoming Remarks

Dr. William Acker, Executive Director, NY-BEST

1:10 – 1:40 PM

Featured Speaker

Sam Jaffe, Managing Director, Cairn Energy Research Advisors

1:45 – 2:15 PM

Keynote Address

John Rhodes, Chair, Public Service Commission

2:15 – 2:45 PM

Visit Exhibit Hall and Network

2:45 – 3:45 PM

Roundtable Discussion: Opportunities for Energy Storage with Investor Owned Utilities
Moderator: Eva Gardow, Principal Technical Leader, EPRI

David Lovelady, Principal Engineer, National Grid

Damian Sciano, Director, Distribution Planning, Con Edison

Mike Voltz, Director, Energy Efficiency and Renewables, PSEG Long Island

3:50 – 4:10 PM

Keynote Address

Troy Miller, General Electric

4:15 – 5:00 PM

Policy Panel
Moderator: Denise Sheehan, Sr. Advisor, NY-BEST

Pete Fuller, Principal, Autumn Lane Energy Consulting

Cullen Howe, Sr. Renewable Energy Advocate, NRDC

Greg Geller, Sr. Director Regulatory Affairs, Enel Group

Sharon Hillman, Principal, Wadsworth Energy LLC



Wednesday, August 5, 2020

12:30 – 5:30 PM

Virtual Exhibit Hall Open

1:00 – 1:05 PM

Day 2 Welcoming Remarks

Dr. William Acker, Executive Director, NY-BEST

1:05 – 1:30 PM

Special Presentation and Keynote

Dr. M. Stanley Whittingham, Professor of Chemistry, Binghamton University

1:30 – 1:55 PM

NY-BEST Annual Meeting

Michael Field, CEO, The Raymond Corporation

2:00 – 3:00 PM

Break Out Sessions


Track 1, Session A: Solar Plus Storage: Leveraging the Combined Benefits
Moderator: David Sandbank, 
Director of Distributed Energy Resources, NYSERDA

Mike Conway, Director of Business Development, Energy Storage, Borrego

Dennis Phayre, Business Development Director, EnterSolar

Chris Rauscher, Director, Policy & Storage Market Strategy, Sunrun


Track 2, Session A: Advancements in Clean Transportation: Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicles
Moderator: John Cerveny, Director of Resource Management, NY-BEST

Ben Mandel, Northeast Regional Director, Calstart

Filippo Muggeo, Global Product Manager, BAE

Robert Tracey, Program Manager for Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Applications, Plug Power

Bart Coppola, Director, New York City Transit, MTA


Track 3, Session A: Large-Scale Energy Storage- Unleashing the Clean Energy Transition
Moderator: Mike DeSocio, Director - Market Design, NYISO

Matt Stedl, Senior Development Director – Energy Storage, Savion

Jeff Bishop, CEO, Key Capture Energy

Clint Plummer, CEO, Ravenswood

Mike Farrell, Senior Manager, Solar Development, S Power

Allyson Sand, Developer, Plus Power

3:00 – 3:30 PM

Visit Exhibit Hall & Network

3:30 – 4:30 PM

Break Out Sessions


Track 1, Session B: Storage in Building Applications - Flexibility for Buildings and the Grid
Moderator: Ben Falber, Senior Project Manager, NYSERDA

Claire Woo, VP Energy Systems, Blueprint Power

Dirk van Ouwerkerk, Senior Vice President of Storage Development, Soltage

Doug Staker, Stake Power Consulting

Tad Glauthier, VP Market Development, Stem


Track 2, Session B: Advancements in Clean Transportation: EVs and EV Infrastructure
Moderator: Adam Ruder, Clean Transportation Program Manager, NYSERDA

Mike Maten, Electric Vehicle Strategy Expert, GM

Matt Nelson, Director Of Government Affairs, Electrify America

Kevin Miller, Director of Public Policy, ChargePoint

Zach Khan, Public Policy and Business Development, Tesla


Track 3, Session B: Grid Modernization and Resilience with Energy Storage
Moderator: Sam Crawford, Associate Director, Navigant

Eva Gardow, Principal Technical Leader, EPRI

Kristin Mobyed, Sr. Specialist, Non-Wires Solutions - Energy Efficiency & Demand Management, Con Edison

Mads Almassalkhi, Packetized Energy

4:35 – 5:05 PM

Building New York's Ecosystem for Energy Storage - Celebrating 10 years and Looking Ahead
Moderator: Dr. William Acker, Executive Director, NY-BEST

Jim Misewich, Associate Laboratory Director, Brookhaven National Lab

Dr. Ryne Raffelle, Vice President for Research and Associate Provost, RIT

Jason Doling, Program Manager, Energy Storage, NYSERDA

Cathy Hill, Professor, Skidmore

5:05 – 5:15 PM

Closing Remarks and Board Election Results

Dr. William Acker, Executive Director, NY-BEST



Thursday, August 6, 2020

12:30 – 5:30 PM

Virtual Exhibit Hall Open

1:00 – 1:05 PM

Day 3 Welcoming Remarks

Dr. William Acker, Executive Director, NY-BEST

1:05 – 1:30 PM

Keynote Address

Rich Dewey, President and CEO, NYISO

1:35 – 1:55 PM

Feature Presentation: What’s the Current Temperature? Climate Change and the Clean Energy Transformation

Christina Lampe-Onnerud, Founder and CEO, Cadenza Innovation

2:00 – 3:00 PM

Break Out Sessions


Track 1, Session C: Peaker Replacement and Bulk Markets for Energy Storage
Moderator:  Schuyler Matteson, Senior Project Manager, NYSERDA

Elena Krieger, Director of Research, PSE Healthy Energy

Matthew Sachs, COO, Peak Power

Ray Hohenstein, Market Applications Director, Fluence

Tony Abate, Senior Consultant - Energy Storage, Customized Energy Solutions


Track 2, Session C: Tax Treatment and Project Financing for Energy Storage
Moderator: Richard Baxter, President, Mustang Prairie

Daniel Spitzer, Partner, Hogdson Russ LLP

Jason Moore, Managing Director, NY Green Bank

Alan Dash, President, Perfect Power

Joan Fang, Vice President in the Infrastructure and Power Group, ARES MANAGEMENT LLC

Patrick Norton, Director, Javelin Capitl

3:05 - 3:20 PM

Keynote Address

Doreen Harris, Acting President and CEO, NYSERDA

3:20 – 4:00 PM

Exhibit Hall & Networking

4:00 – 5:00 PM

Break Out Sessions


Track 1, Session D: Pairing Wind and Storage -Optimizing the Benefits
Moderator: Denise Sheehan, Senior Advisor, NY-BEST

Carrie Hitt, Executive Director, National Offshore Wind Research and Development

Luis Ortiz, Vice President for Microgrids, Anbaric

Andrea Bianco, Director Energy Storage Engineering, RWE


Track 2, Session D: Emerging Long-Duration Energy Storage Solutions
Moderator: Scott Egbert, Program Manager, NYSERDA

Paul Mutolo, Director of External Partnerships for emc2, Standard Hydrogen

Mert Geveci, Principal Controls Engineer, Malta

Ron Macdonald, CEO, Zinc8

Joe Zhou, CEO, Quidnet

Richard Riley, U.S. Product Manager, Highview Power

5:00 PM

Conference Concludes


*Agenda is subject to updates and changes


Cancellation Policy:

A full refund will be given to those who indicate in writing of their cancellation by July 29th, 2020. Sponsorships are non-refundable.



Corporate Member.......... $395
Academic, Non-Profit,
Government Member
..... .....
Start-Up Member.......... $300





CATEGORY...................... GENERAL REGISTRATION . .......
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Academic, Non-Profit,
 Start-Up..........  $450





CATEGORY...................... GENERAL REGISTRATION .. .. .......
Student $150
Retiree  $150




Facing financial hardship but want to attend? Contact info@ny-best.org for assistance.

 NY-BEST is always happy to customize any sponsorship to meet your needs.
Please contact Caitlin (info@ny-best.org)  with questions.












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