A confluence of events is heightening interest in microgrids just in time for Microgrid 2020 Global, Nov. 17-19, a free event that promises to be Microgrid Knowledge’s most exciting gathering yet.
Thousands of participants have already registered for the content rich and highly interactive virtual conference. Free registration ends at midnight today, November 16.
The largest gatherings in the world centered around microgrids, Microgrid Knowledge events feature lively panel discussions, indepth technology presentations, live Q&A, an expansive exhibit hall, and exclusive birds-of-feather networking.
The three-day event comes as recent storms and wildfires in North America, the largest microgrid market, underscore the fragility of the electric grid.
“The power outages are certainly driving more businesses, institutions, communities and even households to research microgrids,” said Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge. “But that’s not the only factor. We’re seeing more and more people pursuing microgrids to save money on energy and to reach climate goals. Microgrid 2020 Global will explore the advancements in technology and business models creating these benefits.”
The event will feature leading energy companies, thought leaders, innovators and experienced microgrid operators. A few highlights include:
Why We Were First: Views on Microgrids from the Industry’s Early Leaders
Many players, big and small, have entered the booming microgrid market. But just five years ago their numbers were few. Here the early leaders explain what they saw before others, the technology’s value today, and what’s ahead.
- Annette Clayton, North America Operations, Schneider Electric
- Ruth Gratzke, President, President of Siemens Smart Infrastructure
- Mike Edmonds, President of S&C’s Business Unit, S&C Electric
The Future of Grids, Micro and Macro?
A lively give-and-take about how the grid will transform over the next decade with the growth in renewables, analytics and intelligent software.
Moderator: Jacqueline Derosa, Vice President, Ameresco
- Kay Aikin, CEO, Dynamic Grid
- Julieta Giraldez, Senior Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
- Rob Gramlich, President, Grid Strategies
Ways Your Microgrid Can Make (or Save) Money
Microgrids are far more than backup generation. In operation all time, they are able to save and make money for their owners through intelligent control of load and by selling services to the grid. Here’s how it works.
Moderator: David Jones, Manager, ICF
- Allan Schurr, Chief Commercial Officer, Enchanted Rock
- Bryan Knight, Director of Structured Finance, Powersecure
- Chris Davidson, Director, Distributed Energy Systems Portfolio – Region America, Siemens Solutions and Services
Ask Me Anything: A Live Q&A with Microgrid Customers
Here’s an opportunity to get an inside view from businesses and institutions that have installed microgrids. What did it take to develop, finance and install? What were the challenges? Did the technology live up to its promise? Bring your questions to this live session. They’ll supply the answers.
- Seth Baruch, National Director Energy & Utilities, Kaiser Permante
- John David Head, Director of School Operations, Acton Boxborough Regional School District in Massachusetts
- Rudy Terry, Director – Smart Grid & Sustainability, PIDC (The Navy Yard, Philadelphia)
See Microgrid 2020 Global for the agenda and speaker roster
Microgrid Knowledge organizers are urging those interested to register for the free event now. Free registration ends at midnight November 16. Admission to the live event will no longer be available after the cutoff. Access to the on-demand replay of the conference is $99.