Slideshow Memories: Highlights from Microgrid 2023 in Anaheim

Feb. 6, 2024
These conferences, such as the upcoming Microgrid 2024 this April 22-24 in Baltimore at the Marriott Waterfront, are a pivotal time for reconnection, networking and sharing of best practices and lessons learned on the way to the revolution in energy

A picture may be worth a thousand words, it’s been said, and no doubt that our 25 or so photo highlights shared here will somewhat convey the sights and warm human interactions found at last year’s Microgrid Knowledge Conference in Anaheim.

So we won’t bore you with 25,000 words when maybe 200 and these images will do. We wanted to quickly share this slideshow to remind you of the great conversations, laughs, and last but not least, insightful sessions which happened when we last celebrated the microgrid industry together.

These conferences, such as the upcoming Microgrid 2024 this April 22-24 in Baltimore at the Marriott Waterfront, are a pivotal time for reconnection, networking and sharing of best practices and lessons learned on the way to the revolution in energy, not far from where latter stages of America’s fight to retain its own independence happened. (The Star-Spangled Banner, ever heard of it?).

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In these photo memories from "Microgrid 2023: Lights On" in Anaheim, we see friends from Ameresco, PXiSE Energy Solutions, Spirae, Schneider Electric, FuelCell Energy, Scale Microgrid and the U.S. Department of Energy, among many others. Most or maybe all of these friends will return for Microgrid 2024: The Revolution in Energy at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, while many new invitees also are making plans to arrive from microgrid firms, state policy commissions and utilities from throughout the nation.

Amazing things are certainly happening in microgrids, but people are always the key. Smiling faces, fully engaging conversations, shared professional objectives and sometimes just plain old fun with old and new friends. Decentralization of energy doesn’t mean decoupling of human interaction, no one is an island, even if they’re talking about islanding microgrids.

So we’ll stop at about 300 words and share these 25-plus snapshots from Microgrid 2023. We’ll be adding to this in April in Baltimore, hoping you can join us for Microgrid 2024.


About the Author

Rod Walton, Managing Editor | Managing Editor

For Microgrid Knowledge editorial inquiries, please contact Managing Editor Rod Walton at [email protected].

I’ve spent the last 15 years covering the energy industry as a newspaper and trade journalist. I was an energy writer and business editor at the Tulsa World before moving to business-to-business media at PennWell Publishing, which later became Clarion Events, where I covered the electric power industry. I joined Endeavor Business Media in November 2021 to help launch EnergyTech, one of the company’s newest media brands. I joined Microgrid Knowledge in July 2023. 

I earned my Bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma. My career stops include the Moore American, Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, Wagoner Tribune and Tulsa World, all in Oklahoma . I have been married to Laura for the past 33-plus years and we have four children and one adorable granddaughter. We want the energy transition to make their lives better in the future. 

Microgrid Knowledge and EnergyTech are focused on the mission critical and large-scale energy users and their sustainability and resiliency goals. These include the commercial and industrial sectors, as well as the military, universities, data centers and microgrids. The C&I sectors together account for close to 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.

Many large-scale energy users such as Fortune 500 companies, and mission-critical users such as military bases, universities, healthcare facilities, public safety and data centers, shifting their energy priorities to reach net-zero carbon goals within the coming decades. These include plans for renewable energy power purchase agreements, but also on-site resiliency projects such as microgrids, combined heat and power, rooftop solar, energy storage, digitalization and building efficiency upgrades.

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