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Mike Beehler: Leading the Discussion on Energy Storage

Mike Beehler: Leading the Discussion on Energy Storage

Mike Beehler, a vice president at Burns & McDonnell, will lead the Utility Application of Energy Storage panel, at this year's IEEE PES T&D Conference & Expo

Assembly Bill 2514 introduced California to energy storage in a big way. The bill has directed the three Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) to procure and deploy 1.325 GW of diverse energy storage technologies by the year 2020.

In the state of Texas, Oncor has indicated that they are interested in procuring 5 GW of energy storage to deploy in their service territory and has commissioned a whitepaper to explore ideas that maximize the system and societal benefits of storage to the distribution system and their customers.

Meanwhile, ComEd debates policy with PJM and FERC on the classification of energy storage as “generation, transmission or distribution” and how storage providers might pay their share of distribution system costs.

Mike Beehler, a vice president at Burns & McDonnell, will lead the Utility Application of Energy Storage panel, at this year's IEEE PES T&D Conference & Expo on Wednesday, May 4 at 3:15 p.m. Join the executives from the California IOUs, Oncor and ComEd and to discuss the policies, planning models and economic impacts for third party and utility-owned energy storage deployments.

Beehler is the ideal executive to lead the discussion as he has written and presented extensively on the subjects of reliability-centered maintenance, program management and the smart grid. Subsequently, Burns & McDonnell has become an industry leader in major program management and developed a world-class grid modernization lab. More recently, Beehler has written, presented and consulted on industry megatrends, transactive energy and the integrated grid.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Arizona and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix. He is a registered professional engineer in eight states, a member of IEEE, and a Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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