Agenda

7:00-5:00
Conference Registration: Foyer
9:00-3:30
Exhibitor Setup
1:00-1:20
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. Your hosts explain why this gathering comes at a pivotal time in determining the course of the microgrid industry.

H.G. Chissell, conference master-of-ceremonies and founder and CEO of Advanced Energy Group

Kevin Normandeau, Microgrid 2018 host and publisher of Microgrid Knowledge

Elisa Wood, Microgrid 2018 host and editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge 

1:20-2:15
The Devastating Cost of Power Outages in 2017: Just a Pre-Warning Bell?

Panel Discussion, 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…

2:20-3:15
Setting a Value for Energy Resilience:

Panel Discussion, Cassatt Ballroom

Given the crucial need for power in a digitalized society — and the grid’s growing vulnerability — energy reliability and resilience are organizational risk factors. How can risk officers within corporate organizations set these values? More broadly, how can society monetize resilience? Clean energy gained traction when the value of clean air and water was monetized by way of federal tax credits, renewable portfolio standards, long-term contracts and government and utility solicitations. Can these same mechanisms be used to create value streams for resilience?

3:15-3:45
Networking Break - Foyer
3:45-4:10
Microgrid Drivers & Obstacles: Latest Market Data

Presentation, Cassatt Ballroom

What customer groups are most readily adopting microgrids now and how will that change over the next 5, 10, 15 years? Will the US market remain coastal or grow nationwide? How will the global market evolve? Why will be the main drivers for microgrids? Reliability, cost-savings, efficiency? Global electrification? Renewable integration? Non-wires alternatives? Here is the latest market data.

4:15-5:30
Harnessing Forces to Advance Microgrid Markets: Next Steps

Group 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. The goal is to produce a short list of concrete and achievable initiatives for 2018.

5:30-7:00
Welcome reception with business partners and exhibitors
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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Interested in being part of Microgrid 2018? Get your organization involved by becoming a sponsor or exhibitor.