Now available! View Microgrid 2022 on demand

Aug. 8, 2022
If you couldn’t attend Microgrid 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this past June, good news. We captured every session on video and it’s now available for you to view on demand.

If you couldn’t attend Microgrid 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this past June, good news. We captured every session on video and it’s now available for you to view on demand.

Each of the panel discussions, breakout sessions, workshops and keynote addresses can be accessed through the links below or via the Microgrid Knowledge video library.

Microgrid 2023 will be here before you know it. Next year we’ll be gathering in Anaheim, California. Mark your calendars for May 16-17, 2023 and make sure you subscribe to the free Microgrid Knowledge Newsletter to be among the first to learn when the call for speakers opens.

Microgrid 2022 On Demand Video: Day 1

Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Ken Horne, Conference Moderator, Director of Portfolio Operations at Spring Lane Capital.
  • Elisa Wood, Editor-in-Chief, Microgrid Knowledge.
  • Mike Fischette, CEO, Concord Engineering.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney Opens Microgrid 2022

Microgrid 2022 Keynote

  • Jeffrey Schlegelmilch, Director for the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia Climate School, Columbia University and author of Rethinking Readiness: A Brief Guide to Twenty-First-Century Megadisasters.

Megatrends and Microgrids: Macroeconomic Influences on the Microgrid Market

How will megatrends — such as inflation, rising interest rates and war — affect the economics of microgrids and their financing.

  • Moderator: Ken Horne, Director of Portfolio Operations, Spring Lane Capital.
  • Rob Hong, Co-Founder and CEO, Sapling Financial.
  • Rob Howard, CEO, ClearGen.
  • Allan Schurr, Chief Commercial Officer, Enchanted Rock.

Making Microgrids a Building Block of US Infrastructure and Climate Goals

What opportunities does the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure act — and other federal climate and energy programs — create for microgrids? How can you capture them? What role might communities play? And what can we do to ensure that microgrids become a bigger priority for Washington lawmakers and policymakers?

  • Moderator: Cameron Brooks, Executive Director, Think Microgrid.
  • Elizabeth Bellis Wolfe, Senior Consultant, Loan Programs Office, US Department of Energy.
  • Amanda Corrado, Government Relations Advisor, Schneider Electric.
  • Matt Borron, Executive Director, Association of Defense Communities.

Announcement of the Microgrid Greater Good Award Winners

  • Awards presented by Peter Lilienthal, Global Microgrid Lead, UL Renewables.

Microgrids to the Rescue: How a Small Nonprofit Is Changing the Face of Disaster Recovery

From the Texas deep freeze to Hurricane Ida and now the Ukrainian humanitarian crisis, the Footprint Project is there supplying reliable energy through mobile microgrids — and offering a new blueprint for disaster recovery.

  • Moderator: Matt Roberts, Director of Market Development, Blue Planet Energy.
  • Samantha Childress, Solutions Architect Manager, Schneider Electric.
  • Will Heegaard, Operations Director, Footprint Project.
  • Moira Hanes, Executive Director, Empowered by Light.
  • Mary Kombolias, Researcher, Agrafa Solutions/E2 Fellow 2021-2022.

Growing Food, Grapes and Cannabis with Microgrid Power

The war in Ukraine and supply chain issues underscore the need for reliable energy to ensure adequate food production and distribution. Here we look at microgrids getting the job done. First, we’ll look at Stone Edge Farm in Sonoma, California, which has operated on 100% renewables for over five years, effectively off-grid since 2019 through use of emergent intelligence. Then, we’ll learn about a 3.5-MW multigenerator off-grid microgrid and chiller plant operating on liquified natural gas as the sole supplier of electric power, hot water and chilled water to Pennsylvania Options for Wellness, a state-of-the-art medicinal cannabis and research facility.

  • Moderator: Michael Stadler, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, Xendee.
  • Francisco Morocz, Co-Founder and General Manager, Heila Technologies.
  • Brent Voelker, Director, Kinsley Energy.

But Is a Microgrid Possible for My Community? Veteran Microgridders Show the Way

More and more communities are taking control of their energy with microgrids. What are the steps to success? Learn from projects in Quebec, New Jersey and California.

  • Moderator: Joe Sullivan, Vice President, Concord Engineering.
  • Tim McDuffie, Senior Business Development Engineer, Smarter Grid Solutions.
  • Jason Hutchins, Team Leader, Power and Process Systems, CHA Consulting.
  • Adam Zellner, President, Greener by Design.
  • James Naviaux, Director of Global Partnerships & Commercial Strategy, ESS.
  • Joe Sullivan, Head of Sales, PXiSE Energy Solutions.

Sustainable Commerce in the Age of the Microgrid

In this video, we look at how commerce is becoming more sustainable by exploring how Bimbo Bakeries and Albertsons are deploying microgrids.

  • Moderator: Emily LeJeune, Manager – Federal Market, S&C Electric.
  • Clark Wiedetz, Chief Sales Officer, GreenStruxure.
  • Chris Wolfe, Senior Director of Environmental Sustainability, Bimbo Bakeries USA.
  • Jon Erickson, Senior Project Manager, Power Engineers.

Travel Insurance: Why Mass Transit Is Coming to Rely on Microgrids

Mass transit leaders are increasingly coming to rely on microgrids for resilience. In this video, we’ll look at three such examples. First, you’ll learn about Montgomery County, Maryland’s ambitious carbon reduction goal and how the electrification of the Brookville Smart Energy Bus Depot and its 5.6-MW microgrid are part of the plan. Then, we’ll look at how a battery-enabled microgrid for an air traffic control tower is keeping the skies safe over an Army base in Fort Hood, Texas. Finally, we’ll take a look inside the nation’s first major US airport powered entirely by a microgrid: Pittsburgh International Airport.

  • Moderator: Geoff Gunn, Associate Principal/Energy, Arup.
  • Nicole Geneau, Senior Vice President, Development, AlphaStruxure.
  • Michael Yambrach, Capital Projects, Office of Energy and Sustainability – Montgomery County, Maryland.
  • Norm Campbell, Manager of Business Development, Go Electric.
  • Mike Norelli, Vice President, Sales and Business Development, Northeast-Western Energy Systems.

Workshop: Achieving Resiliency Alongside Demand Response

Demand response isn’t what it once was … it’s better than it ever was! Now with more flexibility, options, third-party partners, incentives and microgrid technology, there is a demand response program and backup power solution right for you and your utility. Learn how to select the right program and resilient microgrid solution so you won’t get left in the dark. This session is brought to you by Mesa Solutions.

  • Tom Poteet, Vice President, Corporate Development, Mesa Solutions.
  • Malcolm Taylor, Director, Sustainable Power Solutions, Mesa Solutions.
  • Mackenzie Owen, Senior Engineer, Energy Project Development, Mesa Solutions.

Greening and Microgridding the Mid-Atlantic

The Mid-Atlantic states are among the most active in the nation when it comes to microgrids. Learn about projects underway, policies in the making and opportunities on the horizon.

  • Moderator: Richard Mroz, Regulatory Affairs Consultant and former President, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.
  • Christine Knapp, Sustainability Officer, City of Philadelphia.
  • Phil Gonski, Project Manager, The Burns Group.
  • Jon Wohl, Senior Vice President, Project Development, DCO Energy.

Workshop: Innovations in Microgrid Resiliency: The Realities of a Grid of Microgrids and Replacing Diesel Generation

This panel discusses the results from two efforts related to the Department of Defense’s Environmental Security Technology Certification Program that share the goal of increasing the resilience of microgrid installations. One of the topics considers the algorithms necessary to create “grids of microgrids” when multiple microgrids can be connected through a single feeder. The other focuses on the use of flow batteries as a potential replacement for diesel generator sets, especially as applied to critical infrastructure. This session is brought to you by S&C Electric.

  • Moderator: Peter Curtiss, Principal Engineer, S&C Electric.
  • Bob Harwig, Manager, Engineering Services, S&C Electric.
  • Jacqueline Baum, Engineer/Scientist III, EPRI.
  • Anthony Colonnese, Vice President, Energy Security Solutions, Ameresco.

Even Smarter Cities: Keeping Critical Services Operating When the Grid Is Down

In this video, you’ll learn how smart cities are using microgrids to keep critical services operating when the grid is down. First, you’ll learn how the Sayreville pumping station in central New Jersey operates with newfound resilience thanks to a 9.5-MW on-site power generation system designed to decouple from the local grid and operate as a resilient microgrid. You’ll also learn how a microgrid brought energy independence, resilience, efficiency and cost savings to a California wastewater treatment plant — and saved an endangered fish species at the same time.

  • Moderator: Scott Manson, Principal Engineer, SEL.
  • Michael Boswell, Vice President, Power and Infrastructure, Concord Engineering.
  • Michael Samuel, President, R3M Engineering.
  • Michael Byrnes, COO, Veolia.
Microgrid 2022 On Demand Video: Day 2

Welcome and Recap of Day 1

  • Ken Horne, Conference Moderator, Director of Portfolio Operations at Spring Lane Capital.
  • Joe Calhoun, Director, Business Development, PERC.
  • Kevin Normandeau, Publisher, Microgrid Knowledge.
Day 2 Keynote Address

Congressman Sean Casten, D-Ill., a former microgrid developer and now co-chair of the New Democrat Coalition’s Climate Change Task Force, provides Microgrid 2022 with a view from Washington, D.C., in an interview with Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge.

Microgrids and the Future Grid: A Preview of What’s to Come

From sectionalizing the grid for greater resiliency to creating a more safe and secure power flow and keeping us all connected to the Internet, microgrids will transform the way we manage energy. Here are three technical presentations that offer a peek into the future.

  • Moderator, Eric Dupont, Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer, PowerSecure.
  • Shashank Pande, Software Solutions Architect-Utility Control Center Solutions, Siemens Grid Software.
  • Dean Richards, President and CEO, Piller Power Systems.
  • David Theodore, co-founder and CTO of Climate Resilient Internet.

Is Local Energy the Key to Energy Equity?

In this video, industry leaders from Bowman Consulting Group, AECOM and Eaton explore the topic of energy equity and the role local energy can play.

  • Moderator: Jayant Kumar, Chief Business Officer, L&T, PT&D Digital Solutions.
  • Michael Ginsberg, Vice President, Energy Transition, Bowman Consulting Group.
  • Dana Al-Qadi, Digital Innovation Market Sector Leader, AECOM Technical Services.
  • Greta Foster, DER Product Line Manager, Eaton.

Microgrids for Homes and Neighborhoods

Home microgrids offer the opportunity for true energy democratization. But until recently they’ve been an unrealized ideal. OhmGrid, Emera Technologies and Sunnova Energy explain why that’s changing.

  • Moderator: Peter Asmus, Adjunct Research Professor, University of Alaska.
  • Ben Parvey, CEO, OhmGrid.
  • Bobbi Dillow-Walsh, Vice President, Sales & Commercial Strategy, Emera Technologies.
  • Davis Peden, Vice President IT & Microgrids, Sunnova Energy.

Why Microgrids Are Becoming Important to Military Missions

The US military has advanced microgrids more than any other branch of government and now the Army plans to equip all of its bases with microgrids by 2035. Why is gaining energy independence, security and sustainability so important to the military and what kind of microgrid development will it pursue in the coming years?

  • Moderator: Nicole Bulgarino, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Federal Solutions, Ameresco.
  • Hanan Fishman, President, Alencon Systems.
  • Jason Smith, General Manager, Bright Canyon Energy.
  • David Irwin, Director of Project Development, U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives.

“Yeah! We’re Going to Electrify Everything … Uh Oh”

The transportation industry is becoming electric, which will mean more demand for clean energy. What role will microgrids play in a more electrified and renewable world?

  • Moderator: Michael Ginsberg, Vice President, Energy Transition, Bowman Consulting Group.
  • Jana Gerber, President, North American Microgrid, Schneider Electric.
  • Adnan Khan, Program Manager – Microgrids, Energy Storage, & Hybrid Power, Siemens Smart Infrastructure.
  • Andrew Levine, Co-Chair, Environmental, Stradley Ronon.

Microgrid Innovation

In this video, industry experts from Concord Engineering, 2G Energy, and PowerSecure and the discuss the latest in microgrid innovation.

  • Moderator: Erika Pearson, Technical Support Specialist, OPAL-RT Technologies.
  • Matt Nyquist, Project Manager, Concord Engineering.
  • Kurt West, Vice President, Business Development, 2G Energy.
  • Marshall Worth, Senior Director of Power Control, PowerSecure.

How to Bring Maximum Microgrid Value to Utilities and Their Customers

Utilities offer an array of value-added services for their customers, among them microgrids. But developing a utility microgrid is not always easy given the regulatory constraints utilities face. Utilities talk about the hurdles they face and the solutions they’ve found to make their microgrids a reality.

  • Moderator: Nathan Johnson, Associate Professor, Arizona State University.
  • Allan Schurr, Chief Commercial Officer, Enchanted Rock.
  • Tom Bonner, Energy Policy Manager, PECO.
  • Judson Tillinghast, Leader, Product Development and Strategy, Customer to Grid Solutions, Arizona Public Service.
  • Alex Rojas, Director, Innovation Implementation & Strategy, Ameren.

Presentations by Microgrid 2022 Greater Good Award Winners

In this video, winners of the 2022 Microgrid Knowledge Greater Good Awards present their projects. Speakers are the winners of awards for:

  • Moderator: Mohammad Zadeh, VP, ETAP.
  • Highest Recognition for a Microgrid Serving the Greater Good: Kudagaon Village Microgrid, (SunMoksha Power Private Limited, Athmallik Tehsil, Angul District, Odisha, India).
  • Greater Good Award for a Grid-Connected Microgrid: Santa Rosa Junior College Microgrid (Worley, Pacific Gas and Electric, PXiSE, Center for Sustainable Energy, California Energy Commission, Go Electric).
  • Greater Good Award for a Remote Microgrid: Sato Medical Health Centre in Ladakh, India (Global Himalayan Expedition).
  • Greater Good Award for a Local Microgrid in the conference’s host state (Pennsylvania): Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Microgrid.

Workshop: How to Accelerate the Transition to 100% Renewable Generation with Microgrids

The team at Mainspring Energy invites community, commercial and utility decision makers who are focused on resiliency, cost and sustainability to this dynamic use case centered discussion. Using examples from several customers with varied load profiles and operational requirements, the team will educate participants on the firming generation opportunities available in renewable microgrids and will discuss the value of net-zero carbon power generation with clean fuels such as biogas, green hydrogen and others in displacing diesel backup generation. This session is brought to you by Mainspring Energy.

  • Moderator: Kevin Normandeau, Publisher, Microgrid Knowledge.
  • Wayne Johnson, Manager of Key Segment Management for Education, Duke Energy.
  • Adam Simpson, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, Mainspring Energy.
  • John Igo, Vice President, Business Development, Mainspring Energy.

Graduating Beyond the Basics: The Latest Microgrid Innovations for Campuses

In this video, you’ll learn about the latest innovations in campus microgrids from the experts designing, installing and managing three impressive projects. You’ll get a preview of a Washington, D.C., microgrid serving a university for deaf and hard of hearing students — and powering a community solar program. You’ll also see a case study on the Deakin University Renewable Energy Microgrid, which reduces 12,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year while acting as a learning center for microgrids. Finally, get an inside look at a microgrid being developed for a new campus research center in Florida that will incorporate a linear generator running a hydrogen-blend fuel to firm a solar array at the facility.

  • Moderator: Adib Naslé, Founder and CEO, Xendee.
  • Justin Nieves, Project Manager, Scale Microgrid Solutions.
  • James DiLiberto, CEO, Principal Engineer, AZZO.
  • Adam Fletcher, Program Manager for the Hycel Technology Hub, Deakin University.
  • John Igo, Vice President, Business Development, Mainspring Energy.
  • Wayne Johnson, Manager of Key Segment Management for Education, Duke Energy.

What Remote Microgrids Can Teach Us All about the Future of Energy

A look at the many purposes of remote microgrids — from serving far-flung communities to energizing forward operating military bases — and the lessons they provide for energy planners.

  • Moderator: Mike Murray, Co-Founder and COO, Ageto Energy.
  • Peter Asmus, Adjunct Research Professor, University of Alaska.
  • Manoj Sinha, CEO, Husk Power Systems.
  • Bill Becker, Renewable/Hybrid Sales Manager, ComAp.
  • Ed Knaggs, Vice President, Charge Solar.
  • Wissam Balshe, Business Director, Energy Management Solutions, Cummins Power Generation.

Workshop: Destination Hybrid Success: Optimizing Microgrids to Deliver Resilience and EV Charging While Cutting Costs and Emissions

Learn how modeling and side-by-side comparison of technical and economic performance of various system configurations helped minimize risks and enable the successful development of two grid-connected, hybrid microgrids. Learn how project developer Rivermoor Energy worked with town leaders in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, to develop a microgrid plan for energy resiliency that also cut energy costs and emissions. Next, see the modeling that helped a California hospital optimize charging for its electric ambulance fleet while decreasing costs and carbon emissions. This session is brought to you by UL Renewables

  • John Tourtelotte, Founder and Managing Director, Rivermoor Energy.
  • Peter Lilienthal, Global Microgrid Lead, UL Renewables.
  • Eduardo Guerra, Sr. Project Engineer and HOMER Grid Lead, UL Renewables.

What the Last Two Days Taught Us about the Future of Microgrids: Insights from the Leaders

Industry leaders reflect on the information presented during the Microgrid 2022 conference and share their thoughts on the future of microgrids.

  • Moderator: Ken Horne, Director, Portfolio Operations, Spring Lane Capital.
  • Michael Fischette, CEO, Concord Engineering.
  • Jim Fonger, Canadian Vice President, Ameresco.
  • Tom Poteet, Vice President, Corporate Development, Mesa Solutions.
  • Elisa Wood, Editor-in-Chief, Microgrid Knowledge.

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About the Author

Kathy Hitchens | Special Projects Editor

I work as a writer and special projects editor for Microgrid Knowledge. I have over 30 years of writing experience, working with a variety of companies in the renewable energy, electric vehicle and utility sector, as well as those in the entertainment, education, and financial industries. I have a BFA in Media Arts from the University of Arizona and a MBA from the University of Denver.

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