Today at the Microgrid Knowledge Virtual Conference: How Microgrids Reduce Costs, Cut Carbon and Ensure Power Supply in Tough Times & Places

June 3, 2020
Join us today for the third day of the Microgrid Knowledge Virtual Conference, as we explore how to cut costs and carbon while ensuring reliable supply.

Join us for a look at “How Microgrids Reduce Costs, Cut Carbon and Ensure Power Supply in Tough Times and Places” on the third day of the Microgrid Knowledge Virtual Conference.

With presentations from leading microgrid experts, today features six sessions.

10 am EDT: Navigating Dual Disasters: What are the Next Steps for California as it Emerges Out of Covid-19 and into Wildfire Season:

Moderator: Peter Asmus (Navigant/Guidehouse) Research Director

  • David Erne (California Energy Commission) Supervisor, Grid Integration Research
  • Tim Hade (Scale Microgrid) COO and Co-founder
  • Juan Macias (AlphaStruxure) CEO
  • Andrea Ruotolo (Worley) Global Lead, Distributed Energy Systems

11 am EDT: How Microgrids Make Money: A Tutorial on Ancillary Services, Demand Response, Transactive Energy and other Ways Microgrids Earn Their Keep:

Moderator: Brian Curtis (Concentric Power) CEO

  • Kay Aikin (Introspective Systems) CEO and Co-founder
  • Jacqueline DeRosa (Ameresco) Vice President of Energy Storage
  • Doug Sansom (NRG Energy) Director, National Accounts and Wholesale Origination
  • Noon EDT: How to Finance a Microgrid Project in a Post Covid-19 Economy:

Moderator: Tom Hawes (S&C Electric) Eastern Director Microgrids and NWA

  • Mark Fisher (Electrical Midstream) CEO
  • Jerome Garciano (Robinson & Cole) Attorney
  • Ryan Goodman (Scale Microgrid) CEO & Co-Founder

1 pm EDT: Benefits and Challenges of Integrating Energy Storage and Renewable Energy:

Moderator: Tom Drake, Sr. (Rolls-Royce MTU) Sales Manager

  • Matt Baker (Typhoon HIL) Director Microgrids and Critical Power: Overcoming the Challenges of Integrating Distributed Energy and Energy Storage Using Hardware-in-the-Loop
  • Tim Kelley (Russelectric – a Siemens Business) Director of Renewable & Storage Solutions: Integrating Energy Storage and Solar with Existing Generation Assets
  • Andrew Kruse (Underwriters Laboratory) Account Executive
  • Gregg Reed, Founder and Inaugural Director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Energy GRID Institute and the Electric Power Systems Laboratory in the Swanson School of Engineering: Challenges of Integrating Wind & Energy Storage at the University of Pittsburgh

2 pm EDT: Evolution of the Remote Microgrid:

Moderator: Allison Archambault (EarthSpark) President

  • Bob Kirslis (Eaton) Account Executive, Microgrid: Employing Microgrid Intelligence to Help Remote Communities Achieve Energy Goals
  • Bryan Urban (Leclanche) Executive Vice President: Lessons Learned in Building the Largest Solar/Storage Microgrid in the Carribean
  • David Matuseski (Cummins) Engineering Director, Distributed Generation: Fossil Fuels to Renewables: The Remote Microgrid Conversion

3 pm EDT: Engineering our Way to the Future: Microgrids, Digitalization and Automation:

Moderator: David Smith (Burns Engineering) Director of Energy Services

  • Alexandra Schwertner (Rockwell Automation) Advanced Energy Business Development Manager: The power of the Industrial Internet of Things combined with Advanced Energy Analytics: enabling innovative and sustainable microgrid solutions for tomorrow
  • Scott Manson (Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories) Technology Director: Resetting Complexity in Microgrid Controls and Protection
  • Kati Sidwall (RTDS Technologies Inc.) Simulation Specialist, Sales and Marketing: De-risking microgrids of the future with hardware-in-the-loop testing

Be sure to sign on for sessions early; we’ve had an overwhelming response to the conference, with several thousand registering.

This is the last day of the three-day event. You can participate in all of today’s events, or choose from those that most interest you. Each session is just under an hour. The first 30 minutes offers presentations from speakers and the second half provides audience members with an opportunity to ask questions of speakers.

Titled “Microgrids as a Recovery Tool During Social and Economic Disruption,” the virtual conference is free for those who register. More details are available on the conference website.

About the Author

Lisa Cohn | Contributing Editor

I focus on the West Coast and Midwest. Email me at [email protected]

I’ve been writing about energy for more than 20 years, and my stories have appeared in EnergyBiz, SNL Financial, Mother Earth News, Natural Home Magazine, Horizon Air Magazine, Oregon Business, Open Spaces, the Portland Tribune, The Oregonian, Renewable Energy World, Windpower Monthly and other publications. I’m also a former stringer for the Platts/McGraw-Hill energy publications. I began my career covering energy and environment for The Cape Cod Times, where Elisa Wood also was a reporter. I’ve received numerous writing awards from national, regional and local organizations, including Pacific Northwest Writers Association, Willamette Writers, Associated Oregon Industries, and the Voice of Youth Advocates. I first became interested in energy as a student at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, where I helped design and build a solar house.

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