Microgrid Knowledge to Host Unique Microgrid Conference in Manhattan

Feb. 2, 2015
Microgrid Knowledge will host a first-of-its-kind microgrid conference in Manhattan May 19. Read more for opportunities to participate.

Microgrid leaders will gather in Manhattan May 19 for the first microgrid conference designed to shape and propel the industry based on strategies and knowledge emerging out of New York, an epicenter of the microgrid industry.

“New York and Beyond: Advancing Microgrids Nationally with Lessons Learned in New York,” will gather together microgrid teams, utility leaders, policymakers and investors that are laying the groundwork for this new and vibrant industry.

Home of the NY Prize, a $40 million microgrid competition, New York has become one of the fastest growing community microgrid markets in the world. Major energy and infrastructure companies have arrived in the state. They are investigating opportunities, gathering partners and launching new microgrid projects.

Microgrid Knowledge, the leader in microgrid news and information, will bring together these teams, along with utility leaders, policymakers and investors for lively discussion, debate and networking.

This first-of-its-kind microgrid conference is designed to move industry discussion beyond “What is a microgrid?” to “How do we advance microgrids?” As such, it will feature speakers and panelists carefully selected by the Microgrid Knowledge team for their deep market and policy understanding.

The “NY and Beyond” microgrid conference will be structured to help industry insiders gain new insight and new business as the microgrid industry moves toward becoming an expected $20 billion market by 2020.

Featured speakers will include such industry notables as Richard Kauffman, chairman of energy and finance for New York State, who is leading New York’s ground-breaking energy policy revolution, Reforming the Energy Vision (REV).

Sessions will offer practical, how-to strategies, such as best ways to win communities, institutions, and businesses over to microgrids. Other panels will focus on partnering with utilities, developing microgrid teams, financing microgrids, and creating the ideal regulatory model for microgrids.

Panelists and speakers also will delve into such topics as:

  • Wall Street’s ready: How to unlock capital for microgrid financing
  • Overcoming the 50-state regulation hurdle
  • Mimicking solar’s success: Would a tax incentive work for microgrids?
  • Monetizing resiliency: What are the options?
  • How smart utilities employ microgrids
  • Communities and large customers speak: How to work with us
  • Strengthening retail and wholesale revenue streams for microgrids
  • ISOs, RTOs and making wholesale markets more microgrid-friendly
  • Microgrid development costs: How battery and generation costs are changing the cost curve
  • What FERC, NERC and the DOE can bring to microgrids
  • How can other states replicate NY Prize successes?

To learn more about this microgrid conference, see the agenda, registration and venue information now available on  Microgrid Conference Channel. For sponsorship information contact [email protected].

About the Author

Elisa Wood | Editor-in-Chief

Elisa Wood is an award-winning writer and editor who specializes in the energy industry. She is chief editor and co-founder of Microgrid Knowledge and serves as co-host of the publication’s popular conference series. She also co-founded RealEnergyWriters.com, where she continues to lead a team of energy writers who produce content for energy companies and advocacy organizations.

She has been writing about energy for more than two decades and is published widely. Her work can be found in prominent energy business journals as well as mainstream publications. She has been quoted by NPR, the Wall Street Journal and other notable media outlets.

“For an especially readable voice in the industry, the most consistent interpreter across these years has been the energy journalist Elisa Wood, whose Microgrid Knowledge (and conference) has aggregated more stories better than any other feed of its time,” wrote Malcolm McCullough, in the book, Downtime on the Microgrid, published by MIT Press in 2020.

Twitter: @ElisaWood

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