Demand Response and DER World Forum 2019

San Diego, CA, United States

Next-Gen DR and Distributed Energy Resources for the Future Network

Utilities around the world are under increasing pressure to accommodate energy efficiency, control load, and integrate distributed energy resources such as renewables. These factors plus an urgent need to control greenhouse gasses are driving new requirements for energy resiliency, sustainability, and power quality -- all of which impact the traditional utility business case. For utilities to thrive in this changing market, they must embrace greater network agility and work with customers to maximize value for all stakeholders in the value chain.

The 6th Annual Demand Response & Distributed Energy Resources World Forum, October 16-17, 2019 in San Diego brings together stakeholders from across the DR / DER industry and internationally to examine the latest technology advances, case studies, and business strategies for optimizing demand response, energy efficiency, DER integration and control, and demand side management programs. The event will help utilities and C&I end users realize the full economic benefits of incorporating these capabilities into their operations, and leveraging the next-generation smart grid to optimize performance.

Topics To Be Addressed Include:

  • The evolving business model for the 21st Century energy provider
  • Integrating and controlling distributed energy resources
  • Refining market design to accommodate DERs
  • Regulatory and policy trends impacting DR and DER
  • DER standards and developments: towards unification
  • New technologies and strategies for maximizing demand response performance
  • Big Data analytics in optimizing DR, energy efficiency, and DER management
  • The role of electric vehicles and energy storage going forward
  • Tools and techniques for addressing the Duck Curve
  • Blockchain in the evolving distributed energy network
  • Electrifying the load: strategies for accommodating growing distributed renewable generation
  • Next-generation microgrids and demand response
  • Solar + PV
  • Valuation of PV and DER within distribution networks
  • Preserving and enhancing the role of demand response in capacity performance markets
  • Emerging load control strategies
  • Next-gen energy efficiency advances
  • DR / DER role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Using grid management technologies to address distribution challenges
  • Transitioning from demand response to distributed energy resources
  • The evolving IoT smart building, BMS, and the relation to DR and DER
  • Green Button, customer interaction, and achieving new levels of end user engagement
  • And more

An Open, Cross-Stakeholder Networking Event

  • Global in Focus - Network with industry colleagues from around the world who are shaping the future energy network
  • Objective and Authoritative - In-depth presentations and panel discussions address the very latest technology advances and business issues facing DR / DER deployment
  • Timely and Strategic - Discuss the implications of recent court rulings, market drivers, and policy trends shaping the next-generation smart grid / demand response industry
  • Interactive and Practical - Key case studies and lessons learned from the field will help attendees gain real-world insight into DR / DER success strategies and best practices

Who Should Attend?

  • Large wholesale renewable energy generators -- wind and solar
  • Energy professionals at municipal, investor-owned, and rural utilities
  • Energy managers at commercial and industrial end-user organizations
  • Regional transmission system operators
  • Curtailment service providers
  • Building energy management (BEM) companies
  • Regulators and government policy makers
  • DR aggregators
  • IT and software providers
  • Smart grid technology providers and network operators
  • Communications network service providers and vendors
  • Financial and venture capital professionals
  • Consultants and system integrators
  • Researchers, analysts, and university professionals


  • Carl Besaw, Senior Project Manager, Product Management, Southern California Edison
  • Karen Hsu, Senior Director, eMotorWerks
  • Rolf Bienert, Technical Director, OpenADR Alliance
  • Courtney Prideaux Smith, Chief Deputy Director, California Energy Commission
  • Paul DeCotis, Senior Director-Energy & Utilities Practice, West Monroe Partners
  • Lawrence Goldenhersh, President, Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE)
  • Rolf Bienert, Technical Director, OpenADR Alliance
  • James Mater, General Manager, Smart Grid Business, QualityLogic
  • Mike Bourton, Vice President, Kitu Systems
  • Rao Konidena, President, Rakon Energy
  • Frank Monforte, Director, Forecasting Solutions, Itron
  • Kerinia Cusick, Co-Founder and Board President, Center for Renewables Integration
  • Chris Walls, Residential Energy Efficiency Programs Manager, Baltimore Gas and Electric
  • Nick Bengtson, Senior Manager, CLEAResult
  • Kitty Wang, Technical Director, Energy Solutions
  • Kevin Chan, Engineer, Southern California Edison
  • Collin Coker, Vice President, Viking Cold Solutions
  • Forest Frizzell, CEO, Shifted Energy
  • Emilie Stone, Head of Product for Demand Management Solutions, Tendril
  • Markku Kivisto, Head Of Cleantech, Business Finland
  • Felix Jedamzik, Next Kraftwere
  • Ross Malme, Partner,Skipping Stone
  • Dr. Farrokh Rahimi, Senior Vice President, Open Access Technology International (OATI)
  • Ram Ambatipudi, Vice President, EV Connect
  • Bob Stojanovic, Director, Electric Vehicle Infrastructure N.A., ABB


Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-1690