Grid Modernization Forum - With Virtual Option

Technology advances and business strategies for ensuring grid resilience, power quality, and integration of distributed energy resources

Chicago, IL, United States

The 5th Annual Grid Modernization Forum, May 18-20, 2020 in Chicago, closely examines lessons learned to date by industry leaders pushing the fronters of grid modernization and reliability. Key technology innovators and executives will come together to share perspectives on how best to leverage smart grid investment, effectively engage customers, and meet the challenges of the changing energy ecosystem.

Case studies of improved network performance, resiliency, outage restoration, and distributed energy resource (DER) integration will be examined with an eye toward determining best practices and evaluating technology advances for possible implementation. As in prior years, this is a unique opportunity to network with top industry professionals who are leading the way toward effective grid modernization and the integrated, interoperable, resilient energy network of tomorrow.

Option to Attend 100% Virtually

Registrants who cannot attend the conference in person due to travel restrictions may opt to attend the 100% virtual edition of the conference, powered by Zoom. The virtual edition allows for participation via live audio, video and PowerPoint sessions in which attendees can interact with speakers and fellow attendees via video, chat, email or phone. Attendees also have the opportunity to view the attendee list, set up one-to-one meetings with fellow attendees and speakers, and engage in ongoing threaded discussions via the Attendee Networking Area.

Those who register for the virtual conference may subsequently attend the in-person event by upgrading their registration fee accordingly.

Topics to be Addressed Include:

  • Evaluating and deploying emerging technologies
  • Managing and integrating distributed energy resources
  • Energy storage advances for improved grid performance and flexibility
  • Achieving the end-to-end Digital Utility vision
  • Best practices and strategies for enhancing grid responsiveness and reliability
  • Blockchain applications for the energy industry
  • Advanced communications networks for next-gen services and apps
  • Network architectures for the evolving energy ecosystem
  • Advanced grid sensing, measurement and control technologies
  • Enabling consumer choice while controlling costs and enhancing efficiency
  • Microgrids as a strategy for utilities and C&I customers going forward
  • Cybersecurity challenges and real-time response to disruptions
  • Design and grid modeling tools
  • Transactive Energy and other models for next-gen services
  • Potential changes to existing regulatory models
  • Vehicle-to-grid and other key EV developments
  • De-carbonizing the network and integrating carbon pricing into market structures

Why Attend?

image Illinois' Grid Modernization Leadership: Illinois is ranked 2nd in the nation for its grid modernization policies, investments, and activities, according to the most recent National Grid Modernization Index.* This -- plus the recent NextGrid initiative by the Illinois Commerce Commission -- makes Illinois an ideal location to learn from the leaders at the vanguard of grid modernization today.

In-Depth Education, Focused Networking: A careful balance of in-depth presentations together with ample time for networking make this Forum an ideal opportunity to learn the very latest advances and establish relationships with key executives.

Reality-Based Success Strategies: The emphasis throughout is on the real-world case studies and best practices for delivering cost savings, integrating renewables, driving efficiency, and maximizing customer engagement.

Latest and Greatest: Technology innovators, startups, and industry leaders will be discussing the very latest tech advances and applications for taking the network to the next level of excellence.

Forum Audience:

  • Network strategies and executives at investor-owned, municipal, and rural utilities
  • Grid operations engineers and directors
  • Service and network planners
  • Consultants and system integrators
  • Regulatory and policymakers
  • Technology innovators and equipment vendors
  • Energy storage, communications, and power control solutions providers
  • Government agency representatives
  • Researchers and university professionals
  • Renewable energy providers and technology vendors
  • Financial and investment industry professionals


  • Patty Durand, President & CEO, Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative
  • Dr. George Crabtree, Senior Scientist and Distinguished Fellow, Argonne National Laboratory, Director, Joint Center for Energy Storage Research
  • Scott Vogt, Vice President, Strategy, Energy Policy and Revenue Initiatives, Commonwealth Edison
  • Ken Carlson, Director IT, Program Manager, Exelon Utilities
  • Mike Patelski PE, PMP, Senior Manager, West Monroe Partners
  • Shishir Shekhar, Industry Manager, Utilities & Energy, MathWorks Inc
  • Steffen Ziegler, Director- Signal Analysis & Artificial Intelligence, IMCORP USA
  • Emily Walainis, Senior Associate, Corporate Strategy, Consumers Energy
  • Eric McDonald, CEM, Director, Facilities & Infrastructure Development, NextEnergy
  • Tanya Krackovic, Vice President, Special Projects, eCamion
  • Eric Rondeau, Director, Partnerships & Product Evangelist, OSSIACO
  • Hanna Grene, Head of Strategy and Partnerships, PXiSE Energy Solutions
  • Paul DeCotis, Senior Director-Energy & Utilities Practice, West Monroe Partners
  • Echo Cartwright, Director of Climate Mitigation, The Nature Conservancy
  • Don Wingate, Vice President Sales, Strategic Customers and Solutions - New Energy Landscape, Schneider Electric
  • Tom Chadwick, CEO, GI Energy
  • Paul Pabst, Principal Project Manager of Smart Grid & Technology, ComEd
  • Shashank Sane, SVP, Head of Invenergy Edge, Invenergy
  • Kevin Fennell, Director of Strategic Accounts, Landis+Gyr
  • Gil Shavit, President and Chief Business Development Officer, GenCell Energy
  • Dr. Bo Chen, Energy Systems Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory

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

Located in downtown Chicago's Loop, the Chicago Conference Center is steps away from the city's magnificent lakefront with world-renowned Millennium and Grant Parks, marvelous museums, restaurants and retail shopping.
Event details
Organizer : SGO
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-22036