Here you will find a comprehensive list of events that are focused on microgrids. List your microgrid event here. Send the details to: Kevin@MicrogridKnowledge.com.
Tue06Jun2017Thu08Jun20178:00 amSan Diego CA
Rapid advances in energy technology are challenging traditional utility business models, but also putting a new array of strategies, platforms and solutions in their hands. The need to manage the ever-growing volume and variability of solar at “grid-edge” is being met with a proliferation of new options for shifting and reducing loads, as well as ancillary services like frequency regulations. Mechanisms range from Automated Demand Response, to Virtual Power Plants, to grid-controlled substation and distributed behind-the-meter storage, to microgrids and avant-garde concepts like “transactive energy.” Dozens of new third party aggregator platforms and business models are arising targeting this segment.
This explosion of options is happening fast, in some cases explicitly driven by policy mandates (New York, California and Hawaii most notably). Larger IOUs and munis in these states are actively grappling with the new “toolkit”, but beyond their bounds this is a new territory for utility planners and engineers on the retail/customer/distribution grid side. As solar, and next storage, prices continue to fall, developing skills and resources for handling the higher variability will become ever more critical.This tutorial will provide a thorough survey of the gamut of options available now and in development. Top grid consultants and CTOs from platform third party “energy service” providers will explain how these novel business models and mechanisms are working today, and how they can best be leveraged going forward. The tutorial will provide a basic grounding for junior staff and executives and planners who are looking at the future resource and business strategy needs of utilities in a time of rapid change. The tutorial will also provide invaluable education for new entrants in the distributed grid segment, for new hires at solar, storage and DR companies, and anyone planning to develop or market new “clean energy service” products or platforms.
Who Should Attend:
* Utilities – Mid- (Directors and Managers) and Junior-level staff in Environmental Policy, Strategy & Innovation, Technology, Resource Planning, Distribution Grid, Grid Engineering, Demand Response, Markets & Customer Service departments; new hires, trainees.
* Solution Providers/Equipment Suppliers – (Startups, Third Party Aggregators, Enterprise Utility Software, Global IT/Internet/Telecomm brands, Grid components and management tools, Communications & Control, Demand Response, Solar, Storage, Microgrids, Smart Home…): VP / Director of Market & Business development, Policy, Research, Government Affairs
* Solar and renewable energy developers and installers, in particular ones moving into energy-as-a-service business models and leveraging smart inverters
* Environmental advocacy and renewables/cleantech-related associations
* Technology and grid engineering researchers at national Labs, thinktanks, research institutes, universities
* Energy industry consultants, analysts