Three Key Days in April: Microgrid 2024 Conference Schedule Is Detailed

Feb. 16, 2024
Another big change is that Microgrid 2024 will be a true three-day conference, running sessions from Monday, April 22 to Wednesday, April 24 at the Marriott Waterfront.

Microgrid 2024 will certainly be uniquely positioned compared to past Microgrid Knowledge Conferences.

For the first time ever, we’ll be in Baltimore on the waterfront, not far from where a captive Francis Scott Key some 210 years ago witnessed the Battle of Fort McHenry and soon composed what became our National Anthem. It's a breaktaking, historical vista.

In modern times, energy-wise, Maryland also is a bastion for expanding microgrids to achieve resiliency, and a perfect spot for the event, and we’ll be there to capture those insights first-hand. We couldn't have timed it better.

Another big change is that Microgrid 2024 will be a true three-day-long conference, running sessions from Monday, April 22 to Wednesday, April 24 at the Marriott Waterfront. We’ll hit the ground running with Monday sessions on university microgrids and how to optimize microgrids for commercial EV charging success, among other content on the kickoff day.

Advocacy group Think Microgrid will hold its annual Summit and likely focus some attention on its state-by-state scorecard evaluating how policies and frameworks to support distributed energy deployments are working out across the U.S.

The list of sessions and speakers is out, and it's dense and informative three days of content. University microgrids, EV charging infrastructure, how to develop a microgrid, how to build a microgrid, utilities and microgrids--you name it, we've micro-ed it. 

The hugely trying and lengthy interconnection delays will be in focus at a session on Tuesday, while case studies from microgrid end users such as US Foods, Montgomery County (Maryland) and the data center demand sector will highlight other Microgrid 2024 Conference sessions.

The utility participation this time around is a strong indication of a growing commitment to explore microgrids even within the macro grid context. Among those utilities sending experts to speak at the conference include Exelon, Ameren, Georgia Power, Duke Energy, Pacific Gas & Electric and cooperative Cobb EMC.

Microgrid 2024 will close out atlunchtime Thursday, April 24 with a high-level panel discussing equitable resiliency as a fitting prelude to the annual Greater Good Awards announced at the event’s end.

Check out our link for the conference schedule and also register early to get a $365 discount.

About the Author

Rod Walton, Managing Editor | Managing Editor

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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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