GridFWD 2020

GridFWD 2020 will once again bring together leading insights from a wide range of stakeholders to address the biggest challenges and opportunities for grid modernization in our region.

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Power to the Community

Ensuring that the innovation on our regional grid supports the progress our communities need. Check out the agenda below, then register to choose your sessions.

GridFWD 2020
October 6 – 15

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Through dozens of sessions conveniently scheduled over two weeks, we will explore the many changes, perspectives and solutions our regional stakeholders are pursing to support not just reliable, affordable electric service, but also the welfare of our customers, co-workers and communities. Check out the agenda, session topics and discussion leaders below, then register for GridFWD 2020 to pick the sessions to you want to attend. Click image to expand.

Exploring technology solutions from deeper analytics and engaging customer portals to advanced controls and integrated platforms that help deliver better value and service to the community and customers.

Session Topics

  • Framing for Resiliency: What it Looks Like to Build Stronger Systems
  • Technology as a Platform to Build Resilience
  • Expanding Energy Network Resiliency
  • E-mobility & Grid Flexibility
  • The Dynamics of Targeted Generation and Storage as New Infrastructure
  • Bringing Resilience to the Community Core

Discussion Leaders

  • Mike Brozek, Anterix
  • Heidi Caswell, Pacific Power
  • Eleanor Ewry, Puget Sound Energy
  • Jason Fuller, PNNL
  • Jeni Hall, ETO
  • Sally Jacquemin, OSI
  • Derek Jones, Guidhouse
  • Nate Larsen, Pacific Power
  • Jared Leader, SEPA
  • Katie Lee, EDF
  • Rao Konidena, Rakon Energy
  • Mark McGranaghan, EPRI
  • Don McPhail, Uplight
  • Sara Mullen, EPRI
  • Seth Mullendore, Clean Energy Group
  • Mark Paterson, Strategen
  • Sashwat Roy, Renewable Northwest
  • John Taggart, Weave Grid
  • Louis Ting, LADWP

Focused on the business model and related regulatory / policy frameworks that allow or encourage investments in the energy solutions to progress the outcomes that communities are most interested in.

Session Topics

  • Regional Market Updates and Evolution
  • Realizing the Untapped Potential of AMI
  • Creating Better Alignment For Utilities and Regulators Using the Resource Value Test
  • Addressing New Electricity Norms & Enabling A Zero-Carbon Future
  • Pathways to Dramatically Scaling Electrification

Discussion Leaders

  • Kavya Balaraman, Utility Dive
  • Giovanni Bertolino, Enel X
  • Cameron Brooks, E9
  • Tanuj Deora, Uplight
  • Josh Gibson, Avista
  • Therese Hampton, Public Generating Pool
  • Bryan Hannegan, Holy Cross Energy
  • Marissa Hummon, Utilidata
  • Steve Kerns, Former BPA
  • Kathy Knoop, APS
  • Alex Laskey, Rewiring America
  • Carl Linvill, The Regulatory Assistance Project
  • Angela Long, Portland General Electric
  • Mary Wiencke, PacificCorp

How individuals at our regional utilities and energy stakeholder companies can work more effectively to achieve the desired impact for customers, employees and the wider community across our region.

Session Topics

  • How Increased Grid Innovation Creates a More Equitable Future
  • Workforce Development and Diversity
  • Ensuring Flexible Demand Programs Bring Deep Customer Benefits
  • Beneficial Electrification for All

Discussion Leaders

  • Emeka Anyanwu, Seattle City Light
  • Sharyn Barata, Opinion Dynamics
  • Sara Chandler, Elemental Excelerator
  • Skip Dise, Clean Power Research
  • Devin Hampton, UtilityAPI
  • Brandy Hyatt, Vote Solar
  • Erica Mackie, GRID Alternatives
  • Laura McCarty, Flex Charging
  • Dana Clare Redden, Solar Concierge
  • Nathan Shannon, SECC
  • Debra Smith, Seattle City Light
  • Mischa Steiner, Awesense
  • Joe Tellez, Tacoma Power

Virtual Formats to Fit Session Goals

GridFWD 2020 virtual sessions will be scheduled over a two-week period, with multiple session formats to fit different forms of information and interaction. You’ll be able to hear keynote presentations and case studies from trailblazing organizations. You’ll get to share information, ask questions and make connections in small-group roundtables and topical discussions. You’ll choose which of the 30-60 minute sessions you want to join that fit your schedule.

Thought Leadership

General Sessions: Opening and closing presentations with all attendees, featuring special speakers including Jon Wellinghoff (discussing FERC Order 2222), covering highlights of the various sessions, and more.

Case Studies: Quick sessions in which utilities and their partners walk through key lessons from recent projects. Already confirmed:

  • Central Hudson Gas & Electric + Sensus
  • Centrica + Amazon
  • Chelan PUD + Seeq
  • NIE Networks + Oracle
  • Pacific Power + TRC
  • Portland General Electric + PXiSE Energy
  • Puget Sound Energy + Greenlots
  • RWE + Enbala
  • SDG&E + Accenture

New! Deregulation Debate: With Mark Kolesar, Bruce Edelston and moderator Andy Stone.

Live Podcast Recordings: Attend live interviews with regional leaders hosted by Grid Forward Chats and other industry podcasts.

Interactive Learning

Theme Discussions: Lively discussions with industry leaders on the key topics of the day, organized into the main sub areas of the event. Capped at 25 participants.

Small Group Socials: Small groups of up to 10 build relationships and discuss important issues over breakfast, lunch and happy hour.

Huddle Discussions: Small discussions submitted from any attendee that organically launch into a conversation.

 Grid Forward Thanks All of These Generous Sponsors

For our current Supporters and Partners, this GridFWD 2020 Promotion Kit will help you spread the word about the event and your participation. Thanks again!

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Clearing Up

Building on the Energy of GridFWD 2019

More than 400 executives and technical leaders from around the grid modernization ecosystem came together at GridFWD 2019 — a 50% increase over the prior year’s attendance. This highly diverse group included the top leadership from a dozen regional utilities, state legislative chairpeople, solution experts, municipal representatives, key media partners. GridFWD 2020 will expand on the momentum of last year’s event using a focus and virtual format that addresses today’s challenges.

Call for Topics – Closed

Our call for conference topics closed on Saturday August 15. If our conference planning team selects your topic idea, we will contact you by September 1, 2020.  Thanks for your interest.