Microgrid Workshop

Monday, June 24 - Room 407

7:00am - 7:00pm

Conference Registration - Ballroom Gallery

7:00am - 7:50am

Workshop Breakfast - Ballroom B

8:00am - 8:05am

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

Session 1 Microgrids - Regulatory and Policy Initiatives

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

9:00am - 10:00am

A Capital Case for Microgrids - Christopher Berendt, Drinker Biddle and Reath LLP
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.

10:00am - 10:30am

Refreshment Break - Ballroom B

Session 2: Microgrid Business Models and Financing

10:30am - 10:55am

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

10:55am - 11:20am

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

11:20am - 11:45am

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

11:45am -12:00am

Moderated Discussion on Microgrid Business Models Christopher Berendt, Drinker Biddle and Reath LLP & Baird Brown, eco(n)law

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Workshop Luncheon -Ballroom B

Session 3: Innovative Microgrid Development and Design

1:00pm - 1:40pm

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 to include:
Craig Gob, Eaton
Alan Traugott, CJL Engineering
Ron Gdovic, Windstax Energy

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

1:40pm - 2:10pm

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

2:10pm - 2:40pm

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

2:40pm - 3:00pm

Microgrid Control Integration to Maximize Performance Value Bruce Campbell, Eaton 

3:00pm - 3:15pm

Refreshment Break - 406 & 407 Foyers

Session 4: Microgrid Controls

3:15pm - 3:45pm

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

3:45pm - 4:00pm

Recap and Q&A

4:00pm - 5:00pm

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 Welcome Reception - Exhibit Hall B

Poster Exhibit - Exhibit Hall B

7:00pm - 9:30pm

Welcome Dinner - Exhibit Hall B

IDEA warmly invites our attendees and guests to join us for a casual and relaxed evening of food, fun, refreshments and friendly competition. Grab a plate, fill your glass and make your way to the quarterback toss challenge, the giant Jenga, the putting green or the virtual race track challenge. Pittsburgh loves its sports teams and we know how much IDEA members enjoy friendly competition, so bring your sneakers and win some fun prizes and claim your bragging rights.