Microgrid Global Innovation Forum

Washington, DC, United States

Optimizing microgrids for enhanced power resiliency and reliability, renewables integration, and cost efficiencies

The global microgrid market size was valued at USD 3.76 billion in 2016, and is expected to reach USD 17.51 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 17.0%. The drivers behind this include the need for greater grid reliability and resiliency, the integration and control of distributed energy resources (DER) into the grid, as well as the desire by C&I end users in campus environments to control energy costs and adopt more on-site, renewable energy generation. These trends, as well as the need to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, are compelling utilities, municipal governments, rural communities, and large energy customers to embrace microgrids as key strategy for meeting their energy needs.

The 9th Microgrid Global Innovation Forum, March 18-20, 2019 in Washington, D.C., brings together thought leaders, utilities, energy providers, project managers and other stakeholders for two days of focused networking and information sharing concerning the latest technological developments, design, implementation and operation of hybrid renewable energy microgrids. The emphasis is on maximizing the business case for microgrids, integration into the larger grid, and sharing real-world case studies of both grid-tied and off-grid/remote environments.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Microgrid feasibility, design, and implementation
  • Ownership models and benefits for multiple stakeholders
  • Utility-driven microgrids and deployment partnerships
  • Public-purpose, city-community, and commercial microgrid deployments
  • Integration of microgrids into the larger grid
  • Determining the correct technology mix for hybrid energy systems
  • Advanced battery, fuel cell, and flow battery technologies
  • Microgrid power control, management, and integration
  • Military microgrid case studies
  • Latest technology advances for optimizing performance and control
  • Regulatory and public policy developments impacting microgrids
  • Standards and interoperability issues
  • Market drivers and opportunities worldwide
  • Microgrids relation to virtual power plants and transactive energy

Why Participate?

  • Latest Regulatory & Policy Developments -- Washington is the fulcrum for policy and regulatory trends affecting microgrids in the U.S. Network with key policymakers who are working to facilitate microgrid advancement and deployment nationwide.
  • In-Depth Presentations and Panel Sessions -- Don't skim the surface or sit through product pitches! Presentations at the Forum are carefully reviewed for objectivity, timeliness and depth of treament. Ample time is reserved for audience discussion and Q&A
  • Real-World Lessons -- Learn key take-aways from leading microgrid projects and how to apply them in various scenarios
  • Executive Networking -- Forge relationships and partnerships with executive decision makers and stakeholders across the microgrid spectrum.
  • Results Oriented -- Examine technology advances at the forefront of microgrid optimization. Interact with project principals and get up to speed on best practices and success strategies.

Who Should Attend?

  • Utility and energy provider executives
  • Energy planners and managers from municipal and C&I end user organizations
  • Solar PV, wind power, biogas, CHP, and renewable energy companies
  • Power control system and software vendors
  • Battery suppliers and energy storage companies
  • Regulatory and policy development professionals
  • Researchers, educators, and professors focusing on sustainable energy
  • Financial and VC professionals
  • System integrators and project consultants
Don't miss this opportunity to network with key industry leaders shaping the growing microgrid market in North America


  • Peter Asmus, Research Director-Microgrids, Navigant Research
  • Paul DeCotis, Senior Director-Energy & Utilities Practice, West Monroe Partners
  • Bob Foxen, CEO, Global Common
  • Michael F. McGhee, Executive Director, U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives
  • Ross Malme, Principal, Skipping Stone
  • Lee Ragsdale, Senior Vice President, Grid Infrastructure and Compliance, North Carolina's Electric Cooperatives
  • Andy Haun, SVP - Chief Technology Officer, Microgrid Business, Schneider Electric
  • John Glassmire, Senior Microgrid Advisor, ABB
  • Richard T. Stuebi, President, Future Energy Advisors
  • Will Agate, VP of Microgrids, Ameresco
  • Dr. Liuxi Zhang, Manager of Emerging Technologies,Commonwealth Edison
  • Mariana Heinrich, Manager-Climate & Energy, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • John Vernacchia, Segment Manager, Renewable Energy Solutions, Eaton
  • Giovanni Polizzi, Energy Solutions Manager, Minsait (an Indra Company)
  • Tony Fullelove, Program Director-Net Zero Initiative, Monash University    
  • Dave Robinson, Manager, Resilience Initiatives, Honeywell Energy Services Group
  • Scott Boehm, Director, Vykon Building Energy Security, Tridium
  • Jay Zoellner, CEO, Edison Energy    
  • Joseph T. Sullivan, Vice President, Energy Policy & Development, Concord Engineering
  • Jonathan Stewart, Industry Director, Utility Productsand Systems Division, NEMA
  • Stan Schneider, PhD, CEO, Real-Time Innovations, and ViceChair, Industrial Internet Consortium
  • Christopher Johnson, COO, Blue Planet Energy Systems
  • Sami Kabbani, Senior Vice President of Energy, Covanta
  • Andrew H. Kricun, Executive Director, Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority
  • Jeffrey P. Price, Managing Partner, Bluewave Resources, LLC
  • Rao Konidena, CEO, Rakon Energy LLC
  • Greg Mowry, Program Director, RenewableEnergy and Alternatives Laboratory, Univ. of St. Thomas
  • Shiv Mani, Senior Analyst, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)*
  • James Ellis, Senior Director, Utility Solutions, ChargePoint
  • Brian G. Morrison, Principal, Industrial Economics (IEc)
  • RajitGadh, PhD, Director, Smart Grid Energy ResearchCenter, UCLA
  • Patrick L. Morand, Associate, Duane Morris LLP
  • Larisa Dobriansky, Chief Business & Regulatory InnovationsOfficer, General MicroGrids
  • Jared Leader, Senior Associate, Advisory Services, Smart Electric Power Alliance
  • Anna Demeo, PhD, Director of Smart Grid R&D, Racepoint Energy, LLC
  • Aron Bowman, Chief Operating Officer, ELM FieldSight
  • Michael J. Zimmer, Washington Counsel, Microgrid Institute    
  • Aleksey Toporkov, President, ARDA Power
  • Ken Dulaney, Director of Industry and Innovation, FREEDM Systems Center, NC State University
  • Hugh McDermott, Senior Vice President-Business Development & Sales, ESS Inc.

Workshop Facilitator

  • Arnaud Henin, Managing Director, Gommyr Power Networks
Conference Day One - Monday, March 18, 2018

Conference Day Two - Tuesday, March 19, 2018

Workshop - Wednesday, March 20, 2018


Constitution Hall, American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. USA

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Event details
Organizer : Smart Grid Observer
Venue : Constitution Hall, American University, Washington, DC, United States
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-20259