10:00 to 10:45

Welcome to the New Era

Microgrid Knowledge editors host a discussion about current trends shaping the industry. Elisa Wood announces the winners of the 2020 Microgrid Greater Good Awards.

10:45 to 11:00

Explore the Platform Break

Here is time to set your agenda, update your profile and make appointments with solutions providers and others you want to meet.

11:00 to 12:00

(Track 1) Why We Were First: Views on Microgrids from the Industry’s Early Leaders

Many players, big and small, have entered the booming microgrid market. But just five years ago their numbers were few. Here the early leaders explain what they saw before others, the technology’s value today, and a look at what’s ahead.

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

  • Annette Clayton, CEO & President, North America
    Operations, Schneider Electric
  • Ruth Gratzke, President of Siemens Smart Infrastructure
  • Mike Edmonds, Chief Commercial Officer, S&C Electric Company
11:00 to 12:00

(Track 2) Introduction to Microgrids: 101 Workshop

For those in the early stages of researching microgrids, we offer a tutorial on microgrid technology, operations, and uses.

Moderator: Elisa Wood, Editor-in-Chief, Microgrid Knowledge


  • Michael Boswell, VP, Distributed Generation Projects 24, Concord Engineering
  • Michael Coskun, Director, Business Development, S&C Electric
  • Tom Hawes, Eastern Director Microgrids and NWA, S&C Electric
  • Scott Kessler, Head US Microgrid Strategy and Sales, Siemens
12:00 to 2:00

Networking with Solution Providers

Here is your opportunity to meet with 35 exhibitors. Watch tutorials, demos and have one-on-one or group Zoom calls with experienced microgrid solution providers.

12:30 to 1:30

Virtual Microgrid Tour: PennMed Princeton Medical Center

Have a look inside this advanced microgrid. Hear from the designer, engineers and operator. Then ask them questions after the tour.


  • Joe Sullivan, VP,  Energy Policy and Development, Concord Engineering
  • Robert Tweed, Development Engineering Manager, Clearway Energy, Inc.
  • Mike Webster, CTO, Icetec Energy Services
2:00 to 3:00

(Track 1) Wind, Waves, Wildfire: How Microgrids Serve in a Time of Climate Crisis

Where, why and how are microgrids being developed to ensure electric reliability and resilience in a world increasingly threatened by natural disasters?

Panel Moderator: Matt Roberts, Director of Strategic Growth & Government Affairs, Microgrid Knowledge

  • Mark Linehan, Direct Relief, Vice Chair
  • Jesse Gerstin, Director of Sustainable Business Development,  Simpliphi Power
  • Roy Torbert, Rocky Mountain Institute Islands Program
  • Caitlin Bonney, Schneider Electric, Microgrid Competency Center
2:00 to 3:00

(Track 2) Ways Your Microgrid Can Make (or Save) Money

Microgrids are far more than backup generation. In operation all the time, they are able to save and make money for their owners through intelligent control of load and by selling services to the grid. Here’s how it works.

Moderator: David Jones, Manager, ICF


  • Allan Schurr, Chief Commercial Officer, Enchanted Rock
  • Bryan Knight, Director of Structured Finance, Powersecure
  • Chris Davidson, Director, Distributed Energy Systems Portfolio – Region America, Siemens Solutions and Services
3:00 to 3:30

Networking with Solutions Providers


Birds of a Feather Meetings (Hospitals and Healthcare Or Community Planners)

  • Hospitals and Healthcare: Seth Baruch, National Director, Energy and Utilities, Kaiser Permanente
  • Communities: Fidel Maltez, Commissioner, Department of Public Works, Chelsea City Hall, Chelsea, Mass.

Birds of a Feather meetings are peer-to-peer gatherings for professionals who work within specific industries and registered for the Microgrid 2020 conference. To find out more, email:

3:30 to 4:30

(Track 1) The Microgrid Innovation Showcase 

Three leading microgrid companies offer an inside look at innovative microgrids in this webinar-style session.

Moderator: Elisa Wood, Editor-in-Chief, Microgrid Knowledge


  • Nathan Adams, Director, Technology and Business Development, Hitachi ABB Power Grids
  • John Vernacchia, Segment Manager, Renewable Energy, North America Sales, Electrical, Eaton
  • Joseph Vitella, Senior Manager, Engineering, Ameresco
3:30 to 4:30

(Track 2) Microgrid Financing and Energy-as-a-Service

How do you pay for your microgrid? Here we look at both project and customer financing, particularly energy-as-a-service, an approach growing rapidly in popularity because it requires no capital investment by the microgrid customer.

Moderator: Matt Roberts, Director of Strategic Growth & Government Affairs, Microgrid Knowledge


  • Matthew Walters, Head, Distributed Energy Systems (Americas), Siemens
  • Kristel Watson, Chief Commercial Officer, Scale Microgrid
  • Rob Hong, Founder, Sapling Financial
4:30 to 5:30

Networking with Solutions

5:00 to 6:00

(Track 1) Global Drivers for Microgrids

Microgrids are now a worldwide phenomenon. Here we give you a tour of global efforts in the words of those leading the way.


Matt Roberts, Director of Strategic Growth and Policy, Microgrid Knowledge


  • Patrick Lee, CEO, Pxise
  • Manoj Sinha, CEO, Husk Power Systems
  • Karim Wazni, Managing Director, Microgrids and Storage Solutions,
  • James Bennett, President, Scylla
5:00 to 6:00

(Track 2) Microgrid Project Life Cycle: From Inquiry through Operation (Microgrid 101) 

Where do you begin if you want a microgrid for your facility? What are the steps from development through operation? What parties are involved? Who operates and maintains the microgrid after it’s installed?

Moderator: Elisa Wood, Editor-in-Chief, Microgrid Knowledge


  • Mike Byrnes, Senior Vice President, Veolia North America, Veolia
  • Carl Lockhart, Chief Assistant Officer, DCO Energy
  • David Matuseski, Engineering Director, New Technology, Cummins

Microgrid 2020 Global is a virtual gathering of microgrid leaders, advocates, and thinkers from seven continents. Join us to learn, network, interact, and shape the industry for the next decade.

Designed by the editors of Microgrid Knowledge, the one-of-a-kind event will bring out the latest news and trends in microgrid market development, technology, business models, financing and policy.

All Times are Eastern (New York Time)


If you’re a project developer or customer seeking financing for your microgrid project, consider participating in Microgrid Financing Connection.

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