Microgrid Knowledge, the International District Energy Association and the Microgrid Resources Coalition are joining forces to present Microgrid 2017. This event is expected to be the defining microgrid conference and exhibition of 2017, a gathering in Boston of major national and international players Nov. 6-8, 2017.
The event follows up Microgrid Knowledge’s successful 2016 event in New York City where microgrid leaders in infrastructure, technology, financing, policy and utilities charted the future course for the rising microgrid industry.
Microgrid Conference 2017 promises to be a powerhouse event with the teaming of MRC, the leading microgrid advocacy organization, and Microgrid Knowledge, a popular energy news site dedicated to all-things microgrid.
MRC’s missions recently received an added boost when the organization was incorporated into the International District Energy Association (IDEA), which has been curating and organizing energy industry conferences and trade shows for more than 100 years. IDEA’s most recent Boston event, held in 2015, drew nearly 1,000 attendees. Today, IDEA boasts over 2,300 members from 26 countries, with over 56 percent directly affiliated with operating end-user systems.
“We intend to bring all of our experience and expertise into making Microgrid 2017 the event that advances microgrid deployment to a new level of market growth and policy understanding,” said Rob Thornton, IDEA CEO and president. “Boston is an excellent venue because sophisticated microgrids already are in operation in and around the city – some for many years — and more are on their way.”
The 2017 microgrid conference will feature prominent industry and policy speakers, regulators and government agencies, lively panel discussions, technical sessions, vendor booths, tours of Boston-area microgrids and extensive networking opportunities.
In addition to having a strong industry presence, the event is designed to attract a range of energy customers who are exploring microgrids, many who are MRC and IDEA members. These include universities, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers, data centers, office park developers and others seeking greater energy reliability, efficiency and cost management.
“Microgrid Knowledge has seen tremendous growth in readership, up 40 percent over the last year. This reflects a growing interest in microgrids, as well as a realization that much is yet to be done from a policy and finance perspective for full industry growth,” said Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge. “We intend to present the most cutting edge issues, ideas and speakers. We believe you will leave this event with new insights, plans and prospects.”