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Microgrids & DERS Summit
Building a Resilient, Efficient and Sustainable Energy Future

25 September, 2018 - 26 September, 2018, Alexandria, VA, United States

The 2018 Summit is a senior level educational forum. It will focus on the technical capabilities and innovations that are increasingly allowing for microgrids to serve as an effective conduit for increased penetration of renewables and DERS into the grid.
Equally, the Summit will also develop the strategic business models and use cases  while discussing the current regulatory landscape.

Why Should you Attend the Summit?

  • RSC professional forums offer you the rare opportunity to truly partake in senior level, in depth dialogue and discussions towards the topics at hand.
  • We bring together a diverse group of leaders, innovators, implementers and end-users to engage in two days of detailed, moderated plenary and panel discussions that are driven by actionable take aways for all in attendance.
  • Seating is limited! Our forum invokes the feel of a 'Town Hall' format (round table seating), where you are offered the ability to help shape the topics at hand by offering your perspective, ideas and questions during the sessions.
  • Ample networking time is built in to both days to allow for you to meet and engage all in attendance in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Join us and walk away with knowledge gained,  and collaborations established as leaders in the  community come together to build out the near future of microgrids and DERS.

2018 Summit Key Focus Areas to Include:

Technical Topics
  • Advancements in microgrid controllers: intelligent software for load prediction,  management and enabling optimal cooperation among DERS
  • Cyber resilience strategies and capabilities
  • Capabilities needed from a distributed energy resource management system (DERMS) to help integrate microgrids into the grid
  • Energy storage advancements
  • Cloud computing and advanced data analytics in optimizing DR, energy efficiency, and DER management
  • Real time remote monitoring advancements and machine learning capabilities
  • Tactical edge capabilities to support Forward Deployed Bases

Business Models, Use Cases and Regulatory Affairs
  • Emerging U.S. military strategies and use cases for enhancing energy security and resiliency through increased use of  microgrids and DERs
  • Evolving business models  for integrating  microgrids and DERS into the Grid
  • Use cases for implementing a blockchain, and emerging strategies towards transactive energy methodologies
  • The Regulatory landscape towards microgrids and DERS integration into the Grid

Participating Organizations at this Year's Summit to Include:

Senior level professionals from: utilities, energy infrastructure & technology companies, engineering firms, independent power producers, and contractors, energy storage and distributed energy companies, and energy managers/customers from public and private sector exploring microgrid adoption

Specific fields include:
  • Investor-owned, municipal, and co-op utility professionals
  • Utility executives, network planners and engineers
  • Microgrid project developers, owners and entrepreneurs
  • Solar, PV, wind power, biogas, CHP, and renewable energy companies
  • Power control systems and software developers
  • Systems integrators
  • Battery suppliers and energy storage companies
  • Distribution companies
  • Communications, and power control solutions providers
  • Regulators and public policy professionals
  • Financial and VC professionals

Key titles include:
  • C-level executives charged with  strategic planning and performance management
  • Grid or market operators
  • Transmission system operators
  • System integrators and consultants
  • Smart grid technology and software developers
  • Regulators and public policy makers
  • Emerging load technologies representatives

Department of Defense  and Federal Agencies to include:
OEPP, 249th Engineering Battalion, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army Installations, Energy & Environment, CASCOM, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics, USMC Expeditionary Energy Office (E2O), OPNAV, DOE, ARPA-E,  USACE, AFRL, J4, Office of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Installations, Energy & Environment, JOCOTAS

At Our Summit You Will Have the Ability to

  • Gain Education & Insight: Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the complex challenges facing intelligence officers and analyst.
  • Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to discover some the latest technologies of processing, exploitation and dissemination of automated intelligence
  • Influence: Help foster ideas! Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive sessions. All attendees are given the opportunity to address our speaker faculty with their questions or comments.


Mary M. Gates Learning Center
701 N. Fairfax St.
Alexandria, VA

Located less than 5 minutes from Reagan Airport and 10 minutes from D.C.  with easy access to public transportation and taxi services

**Complimentary WIFI will be provided to all attendees and there is a full business center that attendees will have access to throughout the Summit.

Hotel Rooms:
Hotel Rooms are available at a discounted rate at ($189 per night) Please identify that you are with Defense Strategies Institute, our sister organization, to receive your discount or use the following links:

801 North St. Asaph Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
(Two walking blocks from the Mary M. Gates Learning Center.)The agenda is available as PDF under downloads at the right side of the page.

Several Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Mr. Thomas Fanning, Chairman, CEO & President, Southern Company
  • Mr. Bruce Walker, Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity and Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of CESAR, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Ms. Lisa A. Jung, SES, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Installation Energy (IE), OASD(EI&E))
  • The Honorable Mr. John W. Henderson, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Installations, Environment and Energy, USAF
  • Dr. Paul Chodak III, Executive Vice President Utilities, American Electric Power
  • Mr. Jay Stowe, Senior Vice President, Distributed Energy Resources, Tennessee Valley Authority
  • The Honorable Mrs. Phyllis Bayer, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment)
  • Mr. Jordan Gillis, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy and Environment), U.S. Army
  • Mr. Leonardo Moreno, Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Investment; Chief Risk Officer, AES Corporation
  • Mr. Frank Almaraz, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Commercial Operations, CPS Energy
  • Ms. Denise Foster, VP, State & Member Services, PJM Interconnection
  • Mr. Joseph Power, VP Federal Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Ameren
  • Mr. Jim Horan, Director, Regulatory Affairs, NRECA
  • Mr. Bill Lawrence, Director of the Electricity ISAC; Senior Director, NERC
  • Dr. Sherif Abdelrazek, Senior Engineer, Distributed Energy Technologies, Duke Energy
  • Mr. Andy Haun, SVP, Chief Technology Officer, Microgrids, Schneider Electric
  • Dr. Sonja Glavaski, Program Director, ARPA-E
  • Dr. Craig Rieger, Chief Control Systems Research Engineer, Idaho National Laboratory
  • Mr. Bob Morris, Chief Engineering Services Officer, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
  • Ms. Marnie Bailey, Chief, Power Management, CP&ID, CERDEC (U.S. Army)
  • Mr. Karl Rabago, Professor of Law and Executive Director, Pace Energy and Climate Center
  • Dr. Nicholas Judson, Assistant Group Leader, Energy Systems, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • Mr. Will Agate, Vice President, Microgrid Services, Ameresco
  • Mr. Ron Ambrosio, Chair Emeritus of the Gridwise Architecture Council and co-founder; Chief Scientist at Utopus Insights


Event details

Roosevelt Strategic Council
25 September, 2018
26 September, 2018
Mary M. Gates Learning Center
United States

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