Spring Forum

A Lugar Center event.


13 May 2019

TOPIC: ELECTRIC AMERICA: Will the Grid Evolve or Be Replaced?

EV/V2G, DG, mgrid, e, []-chain, air-gap, community-X, thermal storage, wireless power, SS IntCnX, H2 FC, natgas gensets, used batteries.

This is the 12th of the Spring Forum put on by the Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy. With 18 expert speakers, opportunity for audience input, and ample networking this is a great event for energy practitioners, managers, academics, and those interested in the policy, economics, and impacts of producing energy. Breakfast, lunch, snack, and parking are included in the $85 registration fee. CLI/CEU credits offered for an additional $40. Sign up now (link below) for this all-day event at the Indianapolis Artsgarden (downtown at Illinois & Washington) open at 8:30 am for breakfast, programme starting 9:00 Monday, May 13th.  


Registration includes parking (Sun, Moon Garages, Circle Center Mall), breakfast, coffee, lunch, p.m cookies.

Agenda (includes speaker bios & sponsors)

8:30-8:59        Registration and Continental Breakfast. 

9:00-9:25         Introductory Remarks, Peter J. Schubert, Director of the Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue School of Engineering & Technology, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

9:26-9:56         Keynote Address:  Richard Doying, Executive Vice President, Market Strategy and Development, Mid-Continent Independent Systems Operator (MISO), How the Electric Grid Operates Today, and Ways to Accommodate Distributed Energy Resources

9:57-10:27      Keynote Address:   George Bjelovuk, Vice President – Energy Solutions, Siemens Industry, Inc.  “Global Review of Cutting-Edge Technology and 8-15 Year Outlook/Expectations”

10:27-10:40      Networking, Refreshments

10:40-11:00      Special Report:  Paul A. DeCotis, Senior Director, West Monroe Partners, “Planning for a Distributed Energy Future”

11:01-12:00     Panel 1:                Deep Technical Research on Energy Generation, Storage, and Distribution.   Moderator:        Peter Schubert


  • Dr. Corey Bergsrud, Project Integrator, Crane NSWC
  • Dr. Mary Patterson, Director, Cell Engineering R&D EnerDel
  • Steve Tolen, President/CEO at Indie Power Systems, Inc.
  • Dr. Jim Wolter, Professor Emeritus Grand Valley State University (Michigan)

12:00-1:00      Lunch and Speaker:  Dr. Zachary Kuznar, Managing Director of CHP, Energy Storage and Microgrid Development, Duke Energy, Case Study of Microgrid at Indiana’s Camp Atterbury,

                       Introduced by Dean David Russomanno, Purdue School of Engineering & Technology, IUPUI.

13:01-1:26      Keynote Address:   Terry Hall, Principal, Terry Hall Law.  “Legal, Political, and Economic Issues with the Evolution of the Electric Grid”

13:27-1:47    Special Report:   Paul Mitchell, President and CEO of Energy Systems Network.  “Energy Projects in Indiana and Their Impact on Hoosiers”

1:48-2:47        Panel 2:                Essential Factors to Consider in the Future of the U.S. Electric Grid.  Moderator:        Peter Schubert


  • Todd Richardson, Indiana Industrial Energy Consumers, Inc. (INDIEC)
  • Patrick Maguire, Director of Resource Planning, Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL)
  • Prof. Yi Wang, Fairbanks School of Public Health, IU/IUPUI

2:47-3:00       Networking Break, cookies and coffee and hydration

3:00-3:59     Panel 3:                Future Outlook and Emerging Trends in Projects.  Moderator:        Peter Schubert                                           


  • Dr. J.W. “Jim” Wheeler, Principal PQR Energy, LLC
  • Tony Soverns, Chief Technical Officer, Go Electric, Inc.
  • Todd Larsen, Executive Co-Director, Green America.org

4:00-4:55        Special Event:    Audience Roundtable

Moderator:        Peter Schubert

What do you think, oh, Audience Member?  These issues affect us all, and two heads are better than one.  Audience members will have the opportunity to provide remarks on their key take-away points, considerations which did not get fully explored, and to share stories of projects or technologies which enrich the discussion.  A strict time limit will be enforced, and professional decorum shall be observed, please.                                         

4:55-5:00    Closing Remarks:  Prof. Peter J. Schubert, LCRE Director, IUPUI

5:00                                        Professional Credits certificates awarded, networking, lingering, clean-up.

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