Microgrids & Distributed Energy Resources (DERS) Summit - East Coast

Alexandria, VA, United States

The 2019 Summit is a senior level educational forum. It will focus on the technical capabilities and innovations that are allowing for the increased integration and penetration of DERS and microgrid projects into our national energy infrastructure.

Equally, the Summit will also serve as a conduit for developing the strategic business models and use cases  while discussing the current regulatory and market landscape.

2019 Summit Key Focus Areas to Include:

Technical Topics
  • Capabilities needed from a distributed energy resource management system (DERMS)
  • Energy storage technical advancements
  • Current resources for developing efficient onsite power generation and distribution capabilities
  • Developing an interconnected microgrid network ; utilizing VPP in large -scale applications, and the supporting software defined networks
  • Cyber resilient microgrid control systems
  • Cloud computing, remote connectivity, and visibility of the edge: where to store your data?
  • Real time remote monitoring advancements and machine learning capabilities
Business Models, Use Cases and Regulatory Affairs
  • Emerging U.S. military strategies and Federal 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
  • Strategies and  business models with energy storage
  • The Regulatory landscape towards microgrids and DERS integration into the Grid, including data governance
  • The role for DERS and microgrids in emerging smart cities


  • 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.


Sample of Participating Organizations from the last Summit Include:
  •  Sample of leading utilities in attendance : Duke Energy,  Southern Company, Dominion Energy, American Electric Power, EDF Energy,  Ameren, ConEd, National Grid, AES, TVA, ComEd, LADWP, SCE, HECO, Exelon Corp.
  • Sample of  military organizations in attendance at 2018 EAST Summit: CERDEC, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,  ARL, ASN(RD&A ), Commander, Navy Installations Command, Air National Guard, USCG Shore Infrastructure Logistics Center, Marine Corps Installations Command, USAF, office of OASD, Energy, Installations & Environment , office of Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations, and Environment;  office of U.S. Army (OEI), NAVFAC HQ Public Works (PW), U.S. Army ERDC
  • Sample of federal and state government agencies and non profit organizations in attendance: FERC ; FEMP, DOE; D.C. Department of Energy & Environment;  U.S House of Representatives ; US Department of Justice; Port Authority of NY & NJ; EPA, Cyber Division/ FBI ; PJM Interconnection, Edison Electric Institute, MIT, NRECA, Washington State Legislature, NERC
  • Sample of industry and innovation organizations in attendance at 2018 EAST included: Amersco, The Roosevelt Group, Siemens, ABB,  Emera Technologies, Edison Electric Institute, EnerNex, Honda R & D Americas, S & C Electric Company, Schneider Electric, Blue Pillar, Eaton Corporation, Go Electric Inc., Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, RMF Engineering, GE Grid Solutions
  • 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 and DERS adoption

Key titles include:
  • C-level executives and Directors 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

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
  • Communications, and power control solutions providers
  • Regulators and public policy professionals
  • Financial and VC professionals

Over 30 Speakers will Present. Several Early 2019 Confirmations include:

  • Mr. Bruce Walker, Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Dr. Lance Hanses, SES, Director, CERL, U.S. Army Research and Development Center
  • Mr. DV Rao, Senior Vice President, Strategy, CMS Energy Corporation & Consumers Energy
  • Mr. Douglas McMahon, Vice President, Corporate Strategy, NYPA
  • Mr. Dan Soto, Chief, Energy Directorate, Air Force Civil Engineering Center
  • Ms. Gurdeep Kaur, Chief Information Security Officer, PSEG Corporation
  • Mr. Kevin Kampschroer, Chief Sustainability Officer and Director, Office of Federal High-Performance Buildings, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
  • Mr. Rick Welton, Senior Director of Distribution Planning and Operations, Ameren
  • Mr. Walker Wright, Vice President, Public Policy, ENGIE Storage
  • Dr. Babak Enayati, Manager, Technology Deployment, National Grid
  • Ms. Kelly Speakes- Backman, CEO, Energy Storage Association
  • Mr. Jigar Shah, President and Co-Founder, Generate Capital
  • Mr. Salim Salet, Director, Distribution Engineering, PPL Utilities
  • Dr. Venkat Srinivasan, Deputy Director, R&D, Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Mr. Larsh Johnson, CTO, Stem
  • Mr. Evan Pittman, Vice President, Commercialization and Innovation , Energy Impact Partners
  • Mr. Bruce Movahedi, Chief Electrical Engineer, CoP Lead, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters, Washington D.C.
  • Mr. Bill Eger, Energy Manager, City of Alexandria, VA
  • Mr.Bud Vos, President and CEO, ENBALA Power Networks
  • Ms. Kiera Zitelman, Senior Manager,Center for Partnerships & Innovation, NARUC


Mary M. Gates Learning Center
701 North Fairfax Street, corner of Madison
Alexandria, VA 22314

Located 10 minutes from central Washington, D.C. ; 5 minutes from Regan Airport and 20 minutes from Dulles Airport, located right on the Potomac River and 10 minute walk to the heart of Old Town

Hotel Rooms:
RSC does not engage in any business transactions with hotels. There are several hotels located on or near KING Street in the heart of Old Town - 10 blocks south of venue.

As a courtesy Sheraton Suites Oldtown Alexandria offers a discounted rate to our group if there is availability
801 North Saint Asaph Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Book your corporate rate under our siste organization's discount (Defense Strategies Institute)
two walking blocks from the Mary M. Gates Learning Center

PARKING: Limited street parking. Parking is available :

Waterfront at Old Town (One block away)
226 Montgomery St
Alexandria, VA 22314, US
$11 Daily Max - CASH ONLY

Canal Center (Three blocks away)
44 Canal Center Plaza
Alexandria, VA 22314
$10 Daily Max

Washington Square (Four blocks away)
652 Wythe St
Alexandria, VA 22314

Additional Hotels:
10 blocks away (roughly 12 minute walk to venue, or quick taxi)

The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection
480 King Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314

220 South Union Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314, US