Microgrid Global Innovation Forum & VPP-DERMS Summit - North America

Chicago, IL, 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 30.9 billion by 2027, according to Navigant Research. North America is the largest market for grid-connected systems, and is expected to remain so over the coming years. Now is the time to position your organization for success within this growing market.

The Microgrid Global Innovation Forum - North America, March 10-11, 2020 in Chicago brings together thought leaders, utilities, energy providers, project managers and other stakeholders for focused networking and in-depth 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
  • Latest technology advances for optimizing performance and control
  • Regulatory and public policy developments impacting microgrids
  • Standards and interoperability issues
  • Market drivers and opportunities worldwide

Special Focus: VPP-DERMS

Sessions on Day 2 of the Forum will focus on the closely related topic of next-gen Virtual Power Plants (VPPs) and their emerging role in orchestrating and integrating distributed renewable energy resources into the energy mix. Panel sessions and in-depth presentations will examine:
  • VPP definition and relationship to microgrids
  • Recent deployments internationally and key lessons for the U.S.
  • Home-based VPPs: benefits for utilities and the grid
  • Business models, market drivers, opportunities and challenges
  • Smart renewable energy communities
  • VPP-DERMS enabling technology advances and innovations
  • Case studies, key takeaways, and directions forward

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

Preliminary List of Speakers

  • Tracy West, Director, Research & Development, Southern Company
  • Andre Gouin, Business Technology Consultant, Xcel Energy
  • Nathalie Osborn, LEED A.P., Director, Smart Grid Initiatives, NextEnergy
  • Brandie Ekren, Executive Director, Strategic Planning & Development, Lansing Board of Water & Light (LBWL)
  • Dr. Mohammad Shahidehpour, Distinguished Bodine Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Director, Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation, Associate Director, Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (WISER)
  • Dr. Ashkan Rahimi-Kian, Founder and CEO, I-EMS Group Ltd.
  • Dr. Bina Ansari, Power Systems Engineer, Analytics, Doosan GridTech
  • Dr. Mehdi Ganji, Smart City R&D Committee Chair, IEEE, Vice President, Willdan Energy Solutions
  • Williams J. Agate, Jr., Vice President - Microgrid Services, Ameresco
  • Desmond Wheatley, CEO and Chairman, Envision Solar
  • Lee Krevat, CEO, Krevat Energy Innovations
  • Alden Hathaway, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Sterling Energy Assets
  • Mark Bailey, Chief Commercial Officer, Connected Energy
  • Ross Malme, Partner, Skipping Stone
  • Nathan Adams, Director, Technology and Business Development, Grid Edge Solutions, ABB
  • Peter H. Asmus, Associate Director, Utilities & Energy, Navigant Research
  • Larisa Dobriansky, Deputy Assistant Secretary for National Energy Policy, U.S. Department of Energy, Chief Business & Policy Innovation Officer, General Micrigrids

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Chicago Conference Center
205 W. Wacker Drive, 60605
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Suite 202

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