Conference Registration: Foyer
Exhibitor Setup
Conference Opening and Introductions: Why 2018 is a Pivotal Year for Microgrids

Cassatt Ballroom 

Highly participatory, Microgrid 2018 brings industry leaders together to work on overcoming market and policy barriers and drive the industry forward. We explain why this event comes at a pivotal time in determining the course of the microgrid industry.

Welcome: Elisa Wood, Editor-in-Chief of Microgrid Knowledge and Host of Microgrid 2018

Conference Overview: H.G. Chissell, Master-of-Ceremonies and Founder and CEO of Advanced Energy Group

How to Make the Most of Microgrid 2018: David Chiesa, Senior Director Global Business Development, S&C Electric


Phoenix Rising: Out of the Disasters of 2017, a New Wave of Microgrid Development. Where, When, How?

Plenary Leadership Panel, Cassatt Ballroom

2017 went from bad to worse for conventional power grids, with three major hurricanes hitting the U.S., wildfires in California, North America’s longest outage in history, and the 11-hour shutdown of the world’s businesses airport. With storms growing fiercer and the cyber threat heightening, 2017 may have been just a pre-warning bell. Here are stories of persistence, adaptation, and innovation. Microgrid developers describe where and how they are bringing resiliency to a world shaken by a series of major power outages.

Moderator: Ken Horne, Director of Navigant’s Global Energy Practice

  • Michael Bakas, Executive Vice President, Distributed Energy Systems of Ameresco
  • Michael Carlson, President, Siemens Digital Grid North America
  • Thomas McAndrew, President and CEO of Enchanted Rock (ERock)


Growing Microgrid Markets by Reducing Risk for Customers

Insight Interview: Cassatt Ballroom

Innovative business and financial models are emerging that reduce risk for microgrid customers. Part of the growing ‘as-a-service’ trend, they offer a way for customers to secure microgrid reliability without making large capital investments or assuming operational risk. How does ‘as-a-service’ work and is the approach right for your microgrid project?

Elisa Wood, Editor-in-Chief of Microgrid Knowledge interviews:

  • Mark Feasel: Vice President Utility and Smart Grids, Schneider Electric
  • Andrew Marino: Managing Director, The Carlyle Group
  • Karen Morgan: CEO, Dynamic Energy Networks
Networking Break Sponsored by Eaton -- Foyer
Breakout Sessions 3:35-4:30
Global Microgrid Tour: All Signs Point to Australia

Breakout Presentation, Cassatt Ballroom

Navigant’s Peter Asmus offers a global snapshot of microgrid development trends, then zeros in on Australia as the current hotspot for smart integration of distributed energy resources. Why Australia? Learn about innovative microgrids, virtual power plants and transactive energy deployments, as well as leading companies looking to export their expertise from down under to the rest of the world.

  • Peter Asmus, Principal Research Analyst, Navigant
Blockchain & Transactive Energy: Exploring Distributed Ledger Technology in Microgrids

Breakout Panel, Pollock

Moderator: Colleen Metelitsa, Grid Edge Analyst, GTM Research

  • Kay Aikin, CEO & Co-Founder, Introspective Systems
  • Bryan Huber, Chief Operating Officer, CleanSpark
  • Marco Terruzzin, Director Energy Storage, EON Climate and Renewables
  • Kaikai Yang, Co-Founder & COO, Energo Labs
From Planes to Preserves: Oh the Places Microgrids Will Go!

Breakout Presentations, Warhol

Moderator: H.G. Chissell, Founder and CEO of Advanced Energy Group

  • Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve: How a Microgrid in the Woods Supports Business Objectives and Our Future Workforce
    • Don Wingate, Vice President of Sales, Utility Solutions, Schneider Electric
    • Terry Bickham, Vice President, Energy at Faith Technologies
  • Redwood Coast Airport Renewable Microgrid – Demonstrating a Viable Business Case
    • Jim Zoellick, Managing Research Engineer, Schatz Energy Research Center, Humboldt State University
Harnessing Forces: Solving the Day’s Big Question to Advance Microgrid Markets

Leadership Workshop, Cassatt Ballroom

Keying on discussions of the day, panelists and audience members will workshop ideas and propose next steps needed to overcome obstacles and drive microgrid adoption. Here’s a chance to ask questions and propose ideas. The goal is to produce a short list of concrete and achievable initiatives for the next year.

Moderator: H.G. Chissell, Founder and CEO, Advanced Energy Group

  • Nicole Bulgarino, EVP Federal Solutions, Ameresco
  • Craig Evans, President and CEO, ESS
  • Eric Gebhardt, GE Power’s Vice President, Systems & Innovations
  • Lisa Laughner, CEO, Go Electric
Welcome Reception with Business Partners and Exhibitors. Sponsored by G&W Electric
This Agenda is Subject to Change

microgrid 2018

Microgrid 2018: Market and Models for the Greater Good will take a deep look at the rapidly emerging opportunities in the microgrid market. Designed by the editors of Microgrid Knowledge, the three-day program will offer panels, presentations and workshops with the most up-to-date information to help you:

  • Target the latest microgrid opportunities across North America in a range of sectors, such as commercial & industrial operations, utilities, hospitals, pharmaceuticals, data centers, colleges and universities, real estate developments, institutions government and military
  • Gain greater insight into evolving industry models as microgrids move beyond pilots and demonstrations and become vital societal resources. We will explore business, finance, operational, regulatory, policy and technology models, presenting proven successes and analyzing latest innovations available to a broad range of microgrid customers.
  • Accelerate understanding of the unique public good offered by microgrids, given their ability to keep power flowing during storms, disasters and cyber attacks, while at the same time enhancing energy efficiency, reducing grid costs, integrating renewable energy, and improving the electric sector’s environmental profile.

microgrid 2018Our sessions are structured so that you can both gain knowledge and affect change, contributing thought leadership as the industry unfolds strategies, policies and messaging.

You also will have ample opportunity to network with colleagues and potential partners and customers, and tour innovative Chicago-area microgrids.

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