Microgrid California Agenda


Oct. 5

7:30 am - 5:30 pm



8 - 8:45 am


Exhibitor Hall

8:45 - 9 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Salons A-B

  • Ken Horne, Conference Moderator, Director of Portfolio Operations at Spring Lane Capital
  • Kevin Normandeau, Publisher, Microgrid Knowledge
  • Elisa Wood, Editor-in-Chief, Microgrid Knowledge
9 - 10 am

Panel: Microgrids for Businesses and Utilities

Concern about electric reliability has heightened for utilities and their business customers as wildfires escalate in California and public safety power shutoffs become the norm. Here we look at the microgrid innovations they are pursuing, the obstacles they face, and the solutions they’ve found.

Featured speakers include:

  • Michael Robinson, Director – Strategic Market Development & Microgrids at PowerFlex, an EDF Renewables Company
  • Stacey Ellis, Capital Projects Manager, Domaine Carneros Winery
  • Angelo Campus, CEO Co-Founder of BoxPower
  • Lindsay Maruncic, Senior Manager, Renewable Energy Assets at Liberty Utilities
  • Chris Johnson, CEO of Blue Planet Energy
  • Scott Laskey, Founder, Sandbar Solar & Electric

Salons A-B

10 - 10:30 am

Keynote address: Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley), author of Making Imperiled Communities Resistant to Outages with Generation that is Resilient, Islandable, and Distributed (MICROGRID) Act, H.R. 2482

Salons A-B

10:30-11 am

Microgrids & Government

Cameron Brooks, Executive Director, Think Microgrid

Peter Asmus, Research Director, Guidehouse

Congressman Jimmy Panetta, (D-Carmel Valley)

11 - 11:20 am

Networking Break

11:20 am - 12:20 pm

Panel: Microgrids for Agriculture/Food Industry

California produces over 1/3 of US vegetables and 2/3 of its fruits and nuts. So anything that gets in the way of its ability to grow, harvest, produce and distribute food creates repercussions far beyond its borders — making reliable energy paramount for agriculture.  This panel offers examples of successful microgrids used in the food industry and looks at how to make it easier for agriculture to adopt them more widely.

Moderated by AJ Perkins, President of Instant ON

Featured speakers include:

  • Brian Brogan, Sales Director, GreenStruxure
  • John Larrea, Director, Governmental Affairs, California League of Food Producers
  • Rob Fox, Vice President of Business Development, Endurant Energy
  • Ari Kashani, CEO and Founder, Bluehouse Greenhouse
  • Brian Curtis, CEO of Concentric Power
  • Dennis Donohue, Director, Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology

Salons A-B

12:20 - 1 pm


Salons C-D

1 - 1:30 pm

Dessert and Coffee with Exhibitors

Exhibitor Hall

1:30 - 2:30 pm

Panel: Microgrids for Education/Campuses

California’s higher education institutions are renowned worldwide. They also are leaders in microgrids. Hear from schools that now operate microgrids and those soon to join them. Learn what they’ve learned about the journey.

Featured speakers include:

  • Sally McGarrahan, Associate Vice Chancellor – Facilities Capital Renewal Program, University of California, Berkeley
  • Kira Stoll, Chief Sustainability & Carbon Solutions Officer, University of California, Berkeley
  • David Liebman, Energy & Sustainability Specialist, Sonoma County Junior College District
  • Alok Singhania, Partner / Business Growth, Gridscape
  • Matthew Kritscher, Chabot Community College, Vice President Student Services
  • Tom Poteet, Vice President, Corporate Development, Mesa Solutions
  • Ed Bludnicki, Senior Project Developer, Ameresco

Salons A-B

2:30 - 2:50 pm

Networking Break

2:50 - 3:50 pm

Panel: Microgrids for Government, Communities and CCAs

When climate disasters strike, the public counts on a quick response from government. But power outages undercut vital government services, such as water treatment, public safety, and mass transit. That is why so many communities, cities and even the military are turning to microgrids. What can be done to speed the transition?

Featured speakers include:

  • Michael Coskun, Director of Business Development, S&C Electric
  • Candice Yu, Business Development Advisor, Shell
  • Lindsey Hawes, Municipal Energy Program Manager, City of San Diego
  • Mehdi Ganji, Smart City Vice President, Willdan
  • Laurie Sucgang, Assistant Public Works Director/City Engineer, City of Dublin, CA
  • JP Ross, Vice President of Local Development, Electrification and Innovation, East Bay Community Energy

Salons A-B

3:50 - 4:30 pm

Interactive Leadership Session

Keying in on discussions of the day, panelists and audience members will discuss takeaways and questions from the event. Here’s a chance to ask questions and propose ideas to some of the microgrid industry’s top leaders.

Featured speakers include:

  • Eric Dupont, Chief Commercial Officer, PowerSecure
  • Scott Manson, Technology Director, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL)
  • Erik Svanholm, VP, Non-Wires Alternatives, S&C Electric Company
  • Elisa Wood, Editor-in-Chief, Microgrid Knowledge

Salons A-B

4:30 - 5:30 pm

Reception with Exhibitors

Exhibitor Hall

All Times are Pacific

More and more Californians want the electric reliability that microgrids offer. But it’s complex for businesses, institutions and communities to develop, install and operate microgrids on their own. Microgrid California, a one-day educational forum, is designed to guide them on their journey with the help of some the world’s top microgrid experts.  

The agenda will feature problem-solving sessions that focus on the energy needs of some of California’s top industries, along with communities, government and community choice aggregations.

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