Microgrid 2021 Call for Speakers

Microgrid Knowledge seeks speakers for “Microgrid 2021: The World Awakens to Microgrids,” a four-week series of virtual educational events expected to attract several thousand participants worldwide.

Microgrid 2021 call for speakers

Application Deadline: February 15, 2021

Notification: Early March

Call for Speakers Application Form

Microgrid Knowledge has designed Microgrid 2021 as a way to educate businesses, institutions and communities about microgrids. Each week will focus on a primary need that microgrids fulfill, offering insight through a lively multimedia virtual platform.

Speaking Opportunities

Opportunities are available to participate in panel discussions, interviews, webinars and Q&As with a live audience. We seek speakers who can engage an audience of potential microgrid customers and others who are new to microgrids. Presentations and discussions should be geared toward sustainability officers and facility managers, business leaders, CEOs, government officials, institutional and community leaders, and other energy decision-makers.

Week 1: Electric Reliability

  • Case study-style webinar presentations about microgrids that create reliability for businesses, hospitals, communities, islands or other hosts. We are also interested in presentations that discuss the ability of microgrids to improve grid reliability/resilience.
  • Educational webinar presentations that offer a look inside microgrids to explain how they create reliability/resilience, with emphasis on storage, controls and energy resources. We are interested in both conventional and cutting edge approaches.
  • Panel discussion on key issues driving the need for reliability, such as the value of resilience, wildfires and the growing intensity of storms. We would also like to look at the role microgrids play in disaster relief and in bolstering infrastructure.
  • Panel discussion on key challenges to microgrid resilience/reliability, such as market, technical or regulatory obstructions — and how to overcome them.

Week 2: Economical Energy

  • Case study-style webinar presentations about microgrids that reduce energy or operational costs.
  • Educational webinar presentations that explain how to pay for a microgrid, focusing on such topics as project financing, EaaS, government incentives and tax credits.
  • Panel discussion on methods used by microgrids to reduce energy costs for facilities. Discussion will focus on such topics as geographic cost differences, generation choices, controller sophistication and wholesale market opportunities.
  • Panel discussion on issues that drive up microgrid costs, such as development and permitting delays, state regulations and utility rules, generation choices, location and market rules. Panelists discuss what needs to be done to overcome these cost drivers.

Week 3: Sustainability

  • Case-study style webinar presentations about microgrids that help facilities achieve sustainability goals and reduce emissions or preserve other resources.
  • Webinar presentations on technology and engineering innovations that bring greater efficiency, lower emissions or other environmental benefits to microgrids.
  • Interviews with experts: How do you choose the right generation resources for your microgrid? What is the upside and downside of each? What role do they play in your microgrid?
  • Panel discussion on environmental goals. From household desire to do the right thing to the Paris Climate Agreement,  what drives businesses, institutions, utilities, communities and households to pursue cleaner energy technologies? Are they achieving their goals? What stands in the way? How can microgrids help? 

Week 4: Greater Good/Future Impact

  • 2021 Greater Good Award winners present their projects.
  • Panel discussion on the drive to bring reliable electricity to the 800 million people who still do not have it, most of them in developing countries. How quickly is electrification coming, what are the obstructions, and what can be done to overcome them?
  • Case study-style webinar presentations that feature microgrids in planning or development that offer innovation and insight into microgrids of the future.
  • Panel discussion on smart cities, grid-of-microgrids, electrification and other visions of how microgrids will change the way we make, deliver and use energy in the future.

Special Considerations

Sessions will typically run about one hour and include either three PowerPoint presentations or a panel discussion with 3-5 speakers. All of the sessions will include a live Q&A with the audience.

A presentation is likely to be accepted if it has not been presented elsewhere. PowerPoint presentations should be no more than 9 minutes (not including Q&A) and include a maximum of 3 slides (not including introductory or contact slides). All presenters and speakers are required to attend a rehearsal session, a prerecording session and a live audience Q&A the day of the event.

There is no charge for attending or presenting at Microgrid 2021. However, all speakers must register by April 1 to hold their place on the agenda.

To submit your application to speak, please fill out this form. Thanks!