SPI Today - Wednesday, September 26, 2018

1 North America Smart EnergyWeekToday C iting a 14 percent de- crease in carbon emis- sions, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said that “We can continue to improve the energy supply, help our econo- my, and improve our environment” by stressing the importance of solar to our energy portfolio in a wel- coming video at Monday evening’s Opening Session of North America Smart Energy Week. Conference attendees gathered to hear the annual “state of the industry” discussion hosted by Julia Hamm, President and CEO
of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), and Abigail Ross Hopper, President and CEO of the Solar En- ergy Industries Association (SEIA). Saying “how we’re excited about the evolution of the industry,” Hamm told the crowd how “we’ve created a new brand” in North America Smart Energy Week. “Tariffs, tariffs, tariffs is all we talked about last year,” admitting she was “a little anxious,” but research from the first half of 2018 shows that PV will double over the next five years, and “we’ll see 12 percent utility growth,” which, along with 8 gigawatts of planned solar, means a healthy industry. “It’s really exciting what’s happen- ing. [We’re seeing] great growth in solar and the energy market as well.” She then listed her five priorities for SEPA, beginning with a desire to “work with the utility industry to evolve how they do business.” Her second priority is improving “regulatory innovation,” while cit- ing regulatory processes developed last century in a completely differ- ent environment. The regulatory process “should help innovation, not hinder it.” Third on her to-do list is “DER in- novation” and planning the efficient interconnection of processes. Since the commercial and industrial (C&I) side is driven mostly by econom- ics, integrated DER solutions can offer significant savings to everyone involved. Resilience: Whether it’s wildfires or hurricanes, these are drivers that will push for adoption of a reliable grid. For her fifth priority, she wants to continue working with the “trans- portation sector” as it electrifies and grows. Abigail Ross Hopper followed with a note on how growing the market and realizing the opportu- nities are what we can continue working toward. “Our industry is maturing. We are taking market North America Smart EnergyWeek Today is published three days annually by Solar Energy Trade Shows, LLC, 225 Reinekers Lane, Suite 680 | Alexandria, VA 22314 | (703) 738-9460 | Fax (202) 403-3212 © 2018 Solar Energy Trade Shows, LLC. All rights reserved for all articles contained herein except where otherwise noted. Printed in the USA. Anaheim, California September 26, 2018 WEDNESDAY Continued on page 6 ® POWERED BY Today “When You’re in the Dark the Thing YouWant Most Is Light” At Monday’s Opening Session, SEIA’s Abigail Ross Hopper (left) and SEPA’s Julia Hamm host the annual“state of the industry”discussion. NORTH AMERICA SMART ENERGY WEEK Salvador Gómez-Colón, a 15 year-old from Puerto Rico, captivated the Opening Session audience and told them,“I am glad there are people like you who will bring light to the people of Puerto Rico and the world.”