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e-Lab Summit

An annual event that fosters a high-energy exchange of ideas and best practices to transform the electricity system.

What Is e-Lab Summit?

e-Lab Summit is an invitation-only meeting bringing together thought leaders from e-Lab's partners, advisors, and collaborators for three days each year. Summit engages the e-Lab ecosystem in a high-energy exchange of ideas and best practices, while strengthening the connective fabric of the e-Lab community.

Why It Matters

Developing practical, workable solutions to shifting the electricity sector is challenging. Summit encourages the sharing and replication of cutting-edge ideas in electricity, supports participant’s learning and the application of innovative ideas and examples to their own work, and connects and strengthens relationships and collaboration across and beyond the e-Lab network.

Who’s Involved

The e-Lab community is a representative cross-section of industry stakeholders including state, federal, and local governments; utilities; regulatory agencies; renewables and DER companies; financiers; advocates; customers; and philanthropists. The e-Lab Summit is invitation-only. If you or your organization is interested in supporting or attending Summit, please contact Alex Engel.


    • Integrated System Planning for New Resource Capabilities: How can generation, transmission, and distribution system planning be integrated to better account for a wider range of resource capabilities? How should utilities define system needs and run procurement in a way that considers all asset types (technology, scale, and location on the system)?
    • Wholesale Market Rules and Products for DERs: What new products or rule changes are needed to allow DERs to compete on a level playing field with utility-scale assets in wholesale electricity markets? What is the role of aggregation?
    • Making the Leap to Comprehensive Regulatory Reform: How do regulators and/or utilities bypass incremental changes to cost-of-service regulation and make a transformative shift to comprehensive utility reform (e.g., full performance-based regulation)?
    • Achieving Ubiquitous Participation in DSM/EE Programs: What are the best approaches for engaging utility customers in DSM/EE programs to make participation the norm rather than the exception (e.g., using “opt-out” structures)? What role can non-utility organizations play (e.g., city, state, or county governments)?
    • Low- and Moderate-Income Customer Engagement in Regulatory Proceedings: How can major regulatory reform processes be improved to better meet the needs of low- and moderate-income customers and communities? What is the most effective way to include them in these proceedings?
    • Defining Delivery and Compensation for Resilience: How do you define delivery of resilience, and how do you compensate for it? What market products/services or contract structures are most suitable for enabling DERs to provide resilience?
    • Co-ops and DERs: Transforming Rural Electric Supply: Co-ops, Munis, and DERs How can cooperative and municipal utilities transition from investments in traditional resources to new business models incorporating DERs?
    • Business Models and Policies for Building Electrification: What business models and/or policies are needed to deliver maximum value from building electrification? How should we manage the risk of stranded natural gas assets?

Past eLab Summit topics have included:

    • Solar Valuation: As net metering starts to change, what lessons have we learned from diverse state experiments that can help states determine clear, long-term paths forward?
    • EV Integration: How can we align valuation, planning, and the roles and incentives for different market actors to accelerate EV adoption—and ensure that electric vehicles can serve as economic grid assets?
    • CapEx Redeployment: As aggregated portfolios of distributed energy resources (DERs) become cost-competitive with new capital investments, how can we provide the data and incentives needed for decision makers to trust that DERs can get enough scale to replace power plants on the bulk grid, or provide locationally targeted displacement of grid assets on the distribution grid?
    • Multi-User Microgrids: Many states are experimenting with microgrid incentive programs—what have we learned from early experiments about what’s needed to support ownership and contractual models for multi-user microgrid development?
    • Distributed Energy Resources: For aggregated DERs to serve as grid assets, we’ll need new ways of enabling bundles of small transactions to serve the same needs as individual, centralized resources. What tools, technologies and market design are required to coordinate, integrate, optimize, and dispatch distributed energy resources?
    • New Low- and Moderate-Income Business Models: What are the business models that bridge the gulf between the emerging clean energy future and low-income communities, households, and customers, and how can they be scaled?
    • Distribution System Operator Models: What are the functional models of the DSO that enable a robust, transactive system where DERs are fairly valued as grid assets?

What We’ve Accomplished

e-Lab Summit 2017 brought together 135 members to engage collaboratively on optimal approaches to continue the evolution of the electricity sector. Topics included DER valuation and rate design, electric vehicle integration, alternative capital planning, and low-income issues. The group also worked on developing tools for collaborative and systemic leadership.


James Newcomb
Managing Director

Cara Carmichael

Coreina Chan

Mark Dyson

Leia Guccione

Jeff Waller

Dan Cross-Call

Mike Henchen

Jason Meyer

Heather House
Senior Associate

Yi Ke
Former Sr. Associate

Becky Xilu Li
Senior Associate

Lauren Shwisberg
Senior Associate

Anthony D. Teixeira

Sherri Billimoria
Senior Associate

Cara Goldenberg
Senior Associate

Richard Li

Todd Zeranski
Marketing Manager

Alex Engel
Senior Associate


Renewable Energy Capital Investment Considerations


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Interview with Holmes Hummel, founder of Clean Energy Works


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Eight Areas of Electricity Innovation to Watch in 2017


The Promise of Platform-Based Grids