Microgrid Workshop

Monday, June 24

7:00am - 7:00pm

Conference Registration - Ballroom Gallery

7:00am - 7:50am

Workshop Breakfast - Ballroom B&C

8:00am - 8:05am

Welcome from Workshop Co-Chairs - Serge Zinger, Thermo Systems; Joe Sullivan, Concord Engineering

Session 1 Microgrid Development and Depolyment - Opportuniteis, Benefits, Regulatory and Policy Considerations

8:05am - 8:30am

The National Policy Landscape and Regulatory Update - Baird Brown, eco(n)law

8:30am - 9:00am

Initiatives in Hawaii & California and Opportunities for Third Party Microgrids - Allie Detrio, ENGIE Services


Panel Discussion: Microgrid Developments - Opportunities and Benefits
Panelists will explore various aspects of microgrid development including design, analysis, planning, implementation, and financing. Examples of microgrid projects and opportunities to include building scale to utility scale to applications and deployments in different settings from military bases to industrial and commercial parks, university campuses and medical centers, to neighborhoods and community developments.

Invited Panelists:

Moderator: Dr. Greg Reed, Driector of the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Energy and the Energy GRID Institute


Refreshment Break - TBD

Session 2: Microgrid Business Models and Financing


A 1st Principles Approach to Rapidly Building a Profitable Microgrid - Suresh Jambunathan, Energy and Water Development LLC


Microgrid Business Models - Bahman Daryanian & Lavelle Freeman, GE Energy Consulting


Navigating Roadblocks to Success: Financing, Landlords, and Public Entities - Farah Rohoman, Miler Thomson


Community Microgrids: A New Regulatory Compact is Needed - Patrick Morand, Duane Morris LLP


Moderated Discussion on Microgrid Business Models

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Workshop Luncheon -Location TBD

Session 3: Innovative Microgrid Development and Design


A Capital Case for Microgrids - Christopher Berendt, Drinker Biddle and Reath LLC
Utility regulators in Washington, D.C. launched the Modernizing the Energy Delivery System for Increased Sustainability (“MEDSIS”) working group process to formulate recommendations for modernizing the city's electricity grid in furtherance of achieving climate and renewable energy goals. The MRC has been participating in the MEDSIS Microgrid Working Group. The District is a deregulated, unbundled, and partially decoupled jurisdiction. The MEDSIS recommendations and their follow-through may serve as a model framework for other deregulated jurisdictions to foster microgrid development. This session will provide an update on MEDSIS status and microgrid development opportunities in the District. It will also provide an overview of the master developer-lead microgrid project at the 66-acre redevelopment of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center.


Canada's First Utility Microgrid Creates Resiliency Hub - Chris Evanich, S&C Electric


Managing a Complex Energy Landscape with New Technologies - Andy Haun, Schneider Electric


Refreshment Break - Location TBD

Session 4: Microgrid Controls


Microgrid Controls: Demystifying the Glue That Pulls It All Together - Serge Zinger, Thermo Systems; Bruce Campbell, Eaton


Recap and Q&A


Forums- Multiple Locations

Open meetings for IDEA members to discuss current industry issues by specialty area.
District Cooling Forum - Room 315
Microgrid Forum - Room 316
Operations & Safety Forum - Room 317

5:30pm - 7:00pm

Exhibit Hall Ribbon Cutting & Business Partners Welcom Reception - Exhibit Hall B

Poster Exhibit - Exhibit Hall B

7:00pm - 9:30pm

Welcome Dinner - Details TBD