2024 CONFERENCE PROGRAM 

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Monday, April 22, 2024
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Harbor Ballroom A
 
Lisa Khanna Dave Good Kristel Watson Mahmoud Kabalan

Mission critical power needs are not only the domain of military bases and health care facilities. College campuses, traditional home to conventional power plants and combined heat and power generation, are increasingly embracing renewable and hybrid microgrids for sustainability and energy security...

 
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Harbor Ballroom B
 
Sunil Cherian Katherine Cummings David Braun Venkataramana Ramireddy Sam Harrell

Build and deploy virtual microgrids in real time with leading energy players.  This workshop will unite insights about microgrid deployment, operation, and connectivity with tangible experience.  To reveal the substantial benefits that...

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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Harbor Ballroom A
 
Adib Nasle Steve Pullins Joseph Martorano JT Steenkamp

Industry experts continue to forecast sizable growth in commercial electric vehicle (EV) sales, with government incentives and private investment into the battery supply chain adding fuel to this expansion. However, concerns remain about how to move projects forward through...

 
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Harbor Ballroom B
 
Cameron Brooks Brandon Bowser Julia Masters Elham Akhavan Veronica Szczerkowski

The 3rd Annual Think Microgrid Policy Workshop will once again bring together a cross-section of the microgrid policy community, industry practitioners and community stakeholders in an interactive setting to explore bold but pragmatic strategies to advance microgrids in the United States...

 
Tuesday, April 23, 2024
7:30 AM - 8:15 AM
Grand Ballroom (3rd Floor)
 
 
 

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8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Harbor Ballroom CDE
 
Rod Walton Kenneth Horne

Bringing It All Back Home: The U.S. Department of Energy is All-in and Future-Forward for Clean and Resilient Microgrid Expansion

Laura Wright - BGE an Exelon Company
Gilbert Bindewald III - U.S. Department of Energy
Katrina Pielli - U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations

Laura Wright Gilbert Bindewald III Katrina Pielli

In this high-level one-on-one between two national leaders for clean energy deployment, Bindewald and Pielli will detail their career-long perceptions of the ever-evolving microgrid sector, including the federal government’s role...

 
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Grand Ballroom (3rd Floor)
 
 
 

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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Harbor Ballroom B
 
Dennis Garrett Peter Lilienthal Jana Gerber Tad Piper

Leading foodservice distributor US Foods is embracing progressive decarbonization, including distributed energy and microgrid installations.  These projects are being designed specially to meet the reliability and carbon reduction goals of US Foods’ nationwide footprint...

 
Essex Ballroom
 
Clark Wiedetz Sreedhar Sistu Don Wingate Samantha Childress

Join us for an insightful TechTalk where we delve into the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and microgrids. As the energy landscape evolves, the integration of AI technologies with microgrid systems presents a compelling opportunity to enhance operational efficiency...

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Harbor Ballroom A
 
Todd Jackson Manish Murudkar William Sandell Lance Haman

The utility industry faces a new type of power demand growth. Unlike the last period of growth, driven by residential load growth, this time it is defined by new sources of load: data centers, industrial facilities, hydrogen production and EV charging hubs...

 
Harbor Ballroom CDE
 
Alex Rojas Millie Knowlton Michael Lumbley

Digital technology will power the energy transition and growth in the electrification of transportation.  Software technologies will underpin the solutions needed for better and more resilient infrastructure for public charging and critical infrastructure...

 
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Grand Ballroom (3rd Floor)
 
 
 
 
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Harbor Ballroom B
 
 

Lisa Khanna - Generate Capital
Kenneth Horne - Spring Lane Capital
Jerome Garciano - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Lisa Khanna Kenneth Horne Jerome Garciano

This is not your typical IRA 101! This interactive session will lay out what the IRA has accomplished to-date and provide practical advice for developments and investors of microgrid projects seeking to harness IRA potential...

 
Harbor Ballroom CDE
 
Rod Walton Sonya Harbaugh Ian Walch Philip Fischer Colby Cox

Utility interconnection queues have surged. The average project now takes five years for interconnection, compared to two years in 2018. Delays in interconnection can result in missed revenue for power users, including data centers, EV fleets, and manufacturing facilities...

 
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Essex Ballroom
 
Hari Sivadas Allen Schaeffer Venkataramana Ramireddy Michael Sanford

The need for localized and self-sufficient distributed power solutions is a growing consideration for achieving sustainability goals and ensuring reliable energy systems in both the public and private sectors. However, moving toward full electrification places additional burdens on grid power and...

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Harbor Ballroom A
 
Erik Svanholm Claude Routhier Richard Hepp

The race for sustainable and resilient electrical solutions is driving home builders, electrical contractors, and solar installers to explore innovative technologies beyond individual homes. Among these innovations, community microgrids stand out as a promising approach...

 
Harbor Ballroom CDE
 
Thomas Poteet Kati Sidwall Matt Baker James Cleveland

Hardware in the Loop testing ensures for customers that microgrids will perform as expected and handle adverse operating conditions. Panelists will identify the adverse conditions that microgrids face, the tools to analyze and design for these conditions...

 
3:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Grand Ballroom (3rd Floor)
 
 
 

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3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Harbor Ballroom A
 
Jana Gerber Jaclyn Whiteman Molly Hoyt Adrian Rivera

Historically, most microgrids have been developed as single-customer assets behind the meter, such as hospitals, military installations, and remote sites. Increasingly, communities are seeking development of microgrids serving multiple entities or facilities to better secure a more holistic energy security...

 
Harbor Ballroom CDE
 
Andrew Wall Michael Stadler Rick Lank David Tucker Timothy Grunloh

Consistent baseload power without carbon is a core challenge for microgrids. This session will provide an application-centric overview of how hydrogen and nuclear-based solutions can be integrated into microgrids and serve as the baseload anchor point for intermittent renewables...

 
Wednesday, April 24, 2024
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Grand Ballroom (3rd Floor)
 
 
 

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8:45 AM - 10:00 AM
Harbor Ballroom CDE
 
Rod Walton Kenneth Horne

A Resilient Maryland Educates and Leaves Nobody Behind

Brandon Bowser - Maryland Energy Administration

Brandon Bowser

Maryland's efforts to improve the State's resiliency to the threats of climate change, natural disasters, severe weather, malicious cyber activity, and aging infrastructure have accelerated over the past nearly half-decade. The Maryland Energy Administration and the Resilient Maryland program...

 
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Grand Ballroom (3rd Floor)
 
 
 

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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Harbor Ballroom B
 
Michael Boswell Kevin Sharp Rithy Chhean Adrienne Pierce

The challenges of serving remote customers are many.  Often these sites are located on mountain tops and other isolated locations with few customers, yet difficult and expensive to maintain and support with traditional grid T&D services. The obligation to serve remains the same, no matter what....

 
Harbor Ballroom A
 
Taiwo Alo Mac Keller Julia Masters Amanda Lemaster Daniel Eitzman

Every state’s journey toward the end goal of cleaner energy is a different path with unique circumstances in how to effectively merge resiliency and sustainability. Planning, prioritizing, and developing microgrid solutions requires consideration of the scope, scale, limitations...

 
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM
Harbor Ballroom CDE
 
Rod Walton

11:45 a.m.
Welcome from Rod Walton, Managing Editor, Microgrid Knowledge and EnergyTech

12:00- 12:50 p.m. 
Scaling Community Resilience for All: Three Different Approaches (Panel Session)

Harbor Ballroom CDE

Rick Bolton - Compass Energy Platform (Moderator)
Jim Glass - EPB of Chattanoga
Broderick Bagert - Together Louisiana
Alok Singhania - Gridscape

Rick Bolton Jim Glass Broderick Bagert Alok Singhania

As the impacts of climate change intensify, community resilience grows in importance. Power outages and rolling blackouts take a toll, often impacting the most vulnerable among us...

 
12:55 PM - 1:15 PM
Harbor Ballroom CDE
 
Kenneth Horne Rod Walton

Microgrids are part of the mission-critical pathway to net zero unity in the future. They often are something of even deeper immediacy—energy lifelines for those who need it most…and need it now.