Five Reasons to Attend Microgrid 2018, an Energy Leaders Gathering

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microgrid 2018Following our sold-out Boston event in November, we will hold our third, annual conference in Chicago, May 7-9. “Microgrid 2018: Markets and Models for the Greater Good.” We’ve been receiving a lot of inquiries about the event. So here’s a quick Q&A to answer some of the most common questions.

Register for Microgrid 2018 here.

  1. What makes Microgrid 2018 unique?

Our agenda is designed to bring together those who want to lead and shape the course of the growing microgrid industry over the next year. Featuring highly interactive sessions, Microgrid 2018 will focus on finding concrete ways to:

  • Invigorate markets
  • Hone financial and business models
  • Frame public policy
  • Educate and attract customer groups
  • Advance public understanding of microgrids’ societal benefits

In short, it is an event for the those in the front seat – the drivers and their navigators — who want to be the first to see where the industry can go and help it get there. Attendees will come away with a strong sense of the industry’s direction that will guide them toward even greater microgrid opportunities.

  1. Who will I meet at Microgrid 2018?

microgrid 2018This is an opportunity to network with some of the largest and most influential energy and technology companies, microgrid developers, utilities, government officials, and commercial, industrial and institutional customers in the microgrid space. In addition to highly interactive sessions, the three-day event offers extensive day and evening networking sessions and exhibit hall opportunities.

  1. What kind of microgrids will I learn about?

All kinds. Microgrid Knowledge supports the advancement of all microgrids, whatever technology they incorporate, whether they are remote or grid-connected, developed by utilities, independents, government entities or others. We expect the event to attract those working with energy storage, renewables, fossil generators, combined heat and power, fuel cells, waste-to-energy, microgrid controllers and software, and all other components of microgrids.

  1. Why is Microgrid 2018 being held in Chicago?

microgrid 2018Microgrid 2018 is broad in its geographic reach. Chicago offers easy access for travelers throughout North America and internationally. We have booked a luxury hotel for the event that is just five-minutes from O’Hare International Airport to make it particularly convenient for executive travelers.

We also chose Chicago because of the microgrid leadership and vision emanating from Illinois. Commonwealth Edison, the state’s largest utility, has emerged as an enlightened leader in the microgrid space and is engaged in some of the most forward-thinking microgrid controller development in the world. Another major utility, Ameren Illinois, whose service territory covers about three-quarters of the state, has developed one of the few microgrids in the world that operates at utility-scale voltages and can seamlessly transition from grid-connected to island mode. Chicago also features distributed energy and microgrid projects of note at the Shedd Aquarium (developed by Schneider Electric) and the Illinois Institute of Technology. In addition, the city is home to S&C Electric, an international leader in microgrids and energy storage.

  1. Can I speak, present, participate in a panel discussion at Microgrid 2018?

microgrid 2018To register, review the agenda or learn about venue, see the conference website, Microgrid 2018. If you are interested in sponsoring Microgrid 2018, please contact Kevin Normandeau, publisher of Microgrid Knowledge,

Microgrid 2018 is hosted by Microgrid Knowledge, the world’s largest news and feature site dedicated to coverage of the microgrid industry.

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Elisa Wood About Elisa Wood

Elisa Wood is the chief editor of She has been writing about energy for more than two decades for top industry publications. Her work also has been picked up by CNN, the New York Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal Online and the Washington Post.


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