‘New York & Beyond’ Microgrid Conference to Feature Top Industry Leaders

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Microgrid Knowledge today announced speakers for its May 19 microgrid conference in Manhattan, a roster of top microgrid leaders from some of the largest U.S. utilities and energy technology companies.

“New York and Beyond: Advancing Microgrids Nationally with Lessons Learned in New York” is designed to shape and propel the industry based on strategies emerging in New York, an epicenter of the microgrid industry.

The first-of-its-kind event will feature a series of roundtable discussions to explore new microgrid opportunities and strategies in financing, regulation, team building and customer relations.

For communities, businesses and institutions new to microgrids, a special break-out session will offer insight and lessons learned from a panel of peers who are already developing or participating in microgrids.

The microgrid conference keynote speaker is Richard Kauffman, New York State Energy Czar, who is leading New York’s ground-breaking energy policy revolution, Reforming the Energy Vision (REV).

Micah Kotch, Director of the NY Prize, will offer new information about the state’s $40 million microgrid competition.

David Chiesa, S&C Electric’s Senior Director for Business Development, is serving as conference chairman and moderator.

Panelists include:

  • Eric Ackerman, Edison Electric Institute, Director of Alternative Regulation
  • Nathan Adams, ABB General Manager, North American Microgrids
  • Matt Alexander, Mayor of the Village of Wappinger Falls, NY
  • Shay Bahramirad, Commonwealth Edison, Director of Smart Grid and Technology
  • Christopher Berendt, Drinker Biddle & Reath, Partner, Energy & Environmental Practice
  • Edward Bogucz, Syracuse Center of Excellence, Associate Professor
  • Tom Bourgeois, Pace Energy & Climate Center, Deputy Director
  • Anna Chittum, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Visiting Fellow
  • Mike Edmonds, S&C Electric, President US Business
  • Chris Evanich, S&C Electric, Application Director of Microgrids
  • Mark Feasel, Vice President of Schneider Electric’s Electric Utility Segment & Smart Grid
  • Urs Gisiger, Hitachi, Director, Project Finance
  • Mike Gordon, Joule Assets, CEO
  • Jason Handley, Duke Energy, Director – Smart Grid Emerging Technology and Operations
  • Ken Horne, Navigant, Director – Energy/Smart Grid
  • Sally Jacquemin, Siemens Microgrid Business Manager
  • Ed Krapels, Anbaric, CEO
  • Michael Overturf, ZF Energy Development, CEO
  • Erica Hauver, Senior Vice President, Hitachi Microgrids
  • Jigar Shah, Generate Capital, Co-Founder
  • Rob Thornton, International District Energy Association, President & CEO
  • Brad Tito, NYSERDA Communities & Local Governments, Program Manager
  • Ke Wei, New York City Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, Senior Policy Adviser for Energy

To register or learn more, go to the Microgrid Conference Channel. For sponsorship information contact [email protected]

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About Elisa Wood

Elisa Wood is the chief editor of MicrogridKnowledge.com. She has been writing about energy for more than three 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.


  1. The upcoming New York Microgrid Conference and its agenda appear to be an attempt to secure a “new” monopoly that could create a utility rights vs. free market rights situation including potential constitutional questions. The Conference represents an alleged business model that has yet to favorably argue a business case for commercial and industrial sector energy consumers. Utility investors should be cautious too, because the utilities have yet to establish a business case for on site energy efficiency and microgrid projects. Historically, utility-owned and independent energy service companies have financed capital projects for their customers that “share” up to 70%, or more of a customer’s energy savings for the life of the project. Having had enough of this, customers have rejected such lopsided transactions, because too much money and plant operational control is handed to the utilities and because today, low cost third party financing is readily available for capital projects that benefit the end-user. So, I believe that there can be no clear path for a successful outcome to this scheme, because it is not founded upon a free and competitive market for business energy consumers and because if implemented, energy consumers may be exposed to uncontainable rate and tariff fees. Energy consumers, investors and the public should be the beneficiaries of free market capital project investments, not state mandated monopolies, or cartels founded on unjustified business cases. To be reasonable and optimistic, lets wait and review the outcome of the Conference. Respectfully, Steven E. Sexton


  1. […] Micah Kotch, NY Prize director, noted that many NY Prize participants have “already made significant progress in identifying world-class partners to help design and build these critical systems. The state looks forward to continuing our work with communities, their partnering utilities, and innovative companies to advance local power and create models for others to replicate.” […]

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