Capitalize on Advanced Microgrid Opportunities
The microgrid market is expanding rapidly: with estimated CAGR of 16-20%, it is projected to reach as much as $35.1B by 2020. Government programs to enhance resiliency of military, university, state and hospital (MUSH) facilities have driven the market for years, but the landscape is shifting. Communities and C&I customers are now demanding not only enhanced resiliency but the ability to meet sustainability goals, reduce demand charges and capture revenue by providing capacity and services to energy markets—opening up huge potential markets for advanced microgrids.
However, the market is in flux. Community microgrids may grow out of state resiliency initiatives, and DoD facilities are among the first to provide services to local utilities and power markets, but regulatory hurdles remain. The growth of solar + storage facilities in conjunction with C&I partners may hold the keys to developing the new business models needed for third party developers, utilities and facility owners to profit, but technical, economic and financeability challenges remain. Providers must tailor their approaches to the wants and needs of customers in order to effectively position themselves to market their technologies, products and services and capitalize on the next generation of microgrid projects.
Infocast’s Microgrids Meet the Market Summit 2017, now in its 9th edition, will bring decision makers together with C&I energy managers, microgrid integrators, utilities, ESCOs, control software providers, renewable energy and storage companies, EPCs and financiers to explore the opportunities, economics, business cases and technologies for deploying grid resiliency and advanced microgrids.
See more and register HERE
Pre-conference workshop: Managing Technical, Integration and Financial Risk in Microgrid Projects
June 12, 2017
8:00-8:50 Registration & Networking Breakfast
8:50-9:00 Opening remarks by Workshop Chair
9:00-9:30 Presentation: Assessing and Managing Risk in Microgrid Project Planning
How do you manage technology and integration risk in a microgrid project? With more
and more companies entering the field, how do you qualify the most advanced
technologies? This presentation will address the planning process for microgrid
9:30-10:30 Panel Discussion: Putting Together the Best Package of Cost, Value and Resiliency
It isn’t always clear what features and capabilities to include in a microgrid. This panel
will discuss how to maximize value vs costs in order to reach resiliency and other goals.
Jay Baronowski, Director, Energy Markets, COVANTA
William Moran, Director of Microgrid Engineering, TRC
Bruce Rich P.E., Area Construction Manager, WSP | PARSONS BRINCKERHOFF
10:30-11:00 Morning networking & refreshment break
11:00-11:30 Presentation: Update on the New IEEE Microgrid Controller Standard
After years of development the IEEE is releasing a new standard for microgrid
controllers. What is in this new standard? Will it reduce integration uncertainties and
costs? This presentation will review the new standard and how it can be used to reduce
integration time and costs.
11:30-12:30 Panel Discussion: Approaches to Microgrid Control and Enterprise Aggregation
Control system and software is the secret sauce of microgrid performance. How do the
approaches of major control system and software vendors differ? What are the
advantages of top down approaches that involve something like a mini-ISO in the
microgrid, vs. more discrete approaches using smart inverters and microcontrollers?
How can cloud-based systems help with enterprise-wide energy management and
Brent Hollenbeck, Founder & CEO, TIMBERROCK ENERGY SOLUTIONS
Bryan Huber, Co-Founder, Chief Operations Officer, CLEANSPARK
Shane Johnson, Vice President, Global Operations, DEMAND ENERGY NETWORKS, INC.
12:30-2:00 Group Luncheon
2:00-3:00 Presentation: Methodologies to Measure, Assess and Validate Microgrid System
New standards and methodologies are emerging to test, validate and certify the
performance of microgrids. This presentation will discuss how to use these
methodologies to test system performance, and use these metrics in compliance filings
and to establish bankability.
Brendan Owens, Chief of Engineering, U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL (USGBC)
3:00-3:30 Afternoon networking and refreshment break
3:30-4:00 Presentation: Microgrid as a Virtual Power Plant
Dr. Sonja Glavaski, Program Director, ARPA-E
4:00-5:00 Panel Discussion: Approaches to Microgrid Contract Structures and Financing
What are the best ways to draw third parties and private finance into microgrid
projects? What project structures have been employed, and what are the advantages
and disadvantages of ownership vs. lease structures for microgrid projects? In an era
when microgrid control and storage technologies are rapidly changing, how can you
structure a project so you don’t get locked in using a soon to be antiquated technology?
Dr. Michael E. deSa, Expert Advisor, ARPA-E
Peter Y. Flynn, Managing Partner, Executive Vice President, BOSTONIA PARTNERS LLC
Robert Johnson, Senior Vice President, HANNON ARMSTRONG
Walter L. Schindler, Managing Partner, SAIL CAPITAL PARTNERS*
5:00 Workshop Adjourns
June 13, 2017:
The MUSH Market—Resiliency Plans, Programs and Initiatives
7:30-8:20 Registration & Networking Breakfast
8:20-8:30 Opening remarks by Summit Chair
8:30-9:30 Panel Discussion: The Military Microgrid Market Outlook: Resiliency and Mission
Assurance Move to Center Stage in Energy Procurement
This panel consisting of representatives from the DoD, Air Force, Army, Marines, and
Navy will share lessons learned from their microgrid activities to date, as well as
thoughts on how future microgrid projects can help each branch accomplish goals to
enhance energy resiliency and mission assurance.
Monica DeAngelo, Director, Installation Energy Program Integration, Assistant Secretary
of the Navy (Energy Installations and Environment), U.S. DEPARTMENT OF NAVY
Jeffrey Marqusee, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, NOBLIS, INC.
Paul Robinson, Chief, Energy Division, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, U.S.
ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
9:30-10:00 Networking Break
10:00-10:30 Presentation: NY Prize Project Update
Robert Foxen, P.E., CEO, GLOBAL COMMON, LLC
10:30-11:30 Panel Discussion: State and Local Resiliency Initiatives Ramp Up
This panel of federal and state policy-makers and regulators will assess the latest
policies, programs and regulations empowering the microgrid market and monetizing
Jeffrey King, Chief, Energy and Climate Programs, METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON
COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS
Ke Wei, Senior Energy Policy Advisor, NYC MAYOR’S OFFICE OF RECOVERY AND
Michael, Yambrach, Capital Energy Projects Manager, MONTGOMERY COUNTY,
11:30-1:00 Group Luncheon
Community Microgrids—Emerging Ownership and Business Models
1:00-1:30 Presentation: Community Microgrid Project Update
Glenn Weinberg, Director, Community Programs, JOULE ASSETS
1:30-2:30 Panel Discussion: Regulatory Perspectives on Community Microgrids
This panel will assess regulatory and interconnection roadblocks along the road to
microgrid commercialization. Regulators and stakeholders will address the impacts of
state laws and regulations on utility investments and cost recovery, provision of capacity
and ancillary services, third party ownership of energy infrastructure, and potential
policy strategies to promote wider adoption.
Betty Ann Kane, Chairman, PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION OF THE DISTRICT OF
Janet Peace, Senior Vice President of Policy and Business Strategy, CENTER FOR CLIMATE
AND ENERGY SOLUTIONS
2:30-3:00 Networking Break
3:00-4:00 Panel Discussion: Utilities and Microgrid Deployment—From Working with Third Party
Providers to Direct Ownership
This panel of leading utilities will share lessons learned from their microgrid adoption to
date and plans for future projects aimed at modernizing the grid and increasing grid
reliability and resiliency. They will also discuss how third party microgrid developers
might best work with utilities to reduce technical risk and integration costs.
James A. Boston III, PE, Manager of Market Intelligence, Grid Modernization, CPS
Drew A. Rankin, Chief Executive Officer, CONNECTICUT MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC ENERGY
Thomas Weaver III, Manager, Distribution System Planning, AEP
4:00-5:00 Panel Discussion: Developing & Financing Public-Private Microgrids
Community microgrids share many traits with other community energy or infrastructure
projects. Local government or Community Choice Aggregators can take a role in project
ownership, as buyers in a PPA or energy services contractors, or as sources of financing.
This panel will explore project structures and potential financings incorporating public-
Anthony Clark, Senior Manager in our Commercial, Industrial and Institutional
Programs, CONNECTICUT GREEN BANK
Mike Gordon, CEO, JOULE ASSETS
Thomas McAndrew, Managing Director, ENCHANTED ROCK
Rima Kasia Oueid, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Dirk van Ouwerkerk, Lead Partner for Microgrids, ANBARIC MICROGRID
Bracken Hendricks, CEO, URBAN INGENUITY & Administrator, DC PACE
June 14, 2017:
Advanced Microgrids Development & Deployment
7:00-7:50 Registration & Networking Breakfast
7:50-8:00 Opening remarks by Summit Chair
8:00-8:30 Microgrids-as-a-Service: A New Approach to Solve Resiliency, Efficiency, and
This session will discuss how municipal, district, institutional, commercial campus or
large buildings can benefit from a “Microgrid-as-a-Service” business model approach to
stabilize their long-term energy costs and upgrade critical energy infrastructure without
Schneider Electric along with Duke Energy Renewables developed a unique “Microgrid-
as-a-Service” approach for Montgomery County, Maryland to finance multiple
Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), build two advanced microgrids, and support
critical infrastructure upgrades, with no up-front capital. This industry-leading approach
allows the partnership to focus on solving the issues faced by many large
facilities: energy resiliency, infrastructure modernization, long-term stable energy cost,
and third-party ownership, operation, maintenance and financing.
Senior Representative, SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC
8:30-9:30 Panel Discussion: Microgrids in C&I and Data Center Markets
This panel will discuss how major corporations, large real estate developments and
progressive facility owners are teaming with microgrid developers to improve their
demand charge management, energy conservation and reduce carbon footprints.
Josh Weisstuch, Project Manager, L+M DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS
Paul Tyno, Strategic Advisor for Energy Initiatives, BUFFALO NIAGARA MEDICAL
9:30-10:30 Panel Discussion: Providing Over-the-Meter Services with Microgrids—The Solar +
Storage Business Model Crossover
As control systems become more capable, behind the meter solar + storage systems are
not only being added to traditional CHP microgrids to reduce costs and emissions, but
they are enabling facility owners and third party providers to profit from providing
capacity and other services to energy markets. How might emerging solar + storage
business models trigger new growth for microgrids? What key capabilities can be
identified to maximize the economic performance of these hybrid systems? This panel
will explore the expansion of solar + storage applications into fully capable microgrids,
and their market implications.
Shane Johnson, Vice President, Global Operations, DEMAND ENERGY NETWORKS, INC.
Brian J. Schmidly, President, RIO GRANDE RENEWABLES
Chip Russell, Manager of Business Development, EOS ENERGY STORAGE
10:30-11:00 Networking Break
11:00-11:30 Presentation: Cybersecurity for Cloud-Based Control Systems
Ben M. Wrightsman, Chief Operating Officer, BATTERY INNOVATION CENTER
11:30-12:30 Panel Discussion: Blockchains in Microgrid Applications—From Enabler of Aggregation
to Transactive Energy
Blockchain technologies and approaches could revolutionize the DER market, providing
a backbone for transactive energy exchanges, reduce the costs and difficulties of
aggregation and network control, and enhance system security. This panel will explore
the potential applications of blockchain in distributed energy and microgrid applications.
David A. Cohen, Chief Operating Officer, ZIPPOWER
Ryan Wartena, Co-founder, GELI
Microgrid Media is a leading news organization following the distributed energy transition.