GridFWD 2021

On November 9-10, 2021, the Grid Forward community and our partners and friends from across the region will regroup face-to-face and recommit to modernize the electric grid.

We are currently in actively planning the content and format of this well-anticipated event in Seattle. We welcome input from industry stakeholders and invite organizations to help support GridFWD 2021.


Together, Regrouping and Recommitting to Modernize the Regional Grid

Grid Forward is planning a range of sessions and activities over the two days to help attendees achieve their goals for rebuilding connections and driving new initiatives.

GridFWD 2021
November 9-10
Seattle, WA
Venue to be announced

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Sharing What We’ve Learned, Focusing on the Future

The past year has been unprecedented for our region: the pandemic with its brutal human and economic repercussions; a historic and devastating wildfire season; a nationwide movement for racial and energy justice; ice storms and more. Federal energy policy is undergoing a complete change and lining up with major regional legislation and policy shifts to pursue resiliency, clean energy and decarbonization. Through it all, our industry has done a remarkable job in maintaining the grid to meet our region’s needs while continuing to push forward on grid modernization and decarbonization.

“Seattle is excited to host GridFWD 2021 this fall and to have the energy community come back for a visit. The city is beginning to come back with more activity and this would be a welcome gathering to reconnect with leaders who are driving innovation forward. So much has happened over the last year a half, and there are many important areas that we can discuss together around the role of modernization on the energy infrastructure.”

Debra Smith
General Manager and CEO, Seattle City Light

A Dynamic Balance of Presentation Content and Personal Connection

Grid Forward is planning a range of sessions and activities over the two days to help attendees achieve their goals for rebuilding connections and driving new initiatives.

FEATURED PANELS: As always, GridFWD 2021 will host some of our industry’s leading minds to explore new ideas and proven successes in grid modernization.
UNCONFERENCE BREAKOUTS: Attendees will have the chance to define the topics they want, on the spot, and gather with experts and peers to dig in.
HUDDLES: With so many industry issues and opportunities, GridFWD 2021 will offer a wide range of small-group discussions for sharing best practices and answering questions.
REVERSE PITCHES: We’ll make it easy for utilities to tell the industry what capabilities and technologies they are looking for now.
EXTENDED BREAKS: Grid Forward plans for an equal balance of structured and unstructured time during the event, to help our community regroup and move forward.
EXTENDED SOCIALS: We can be proud of the way our industry has responded to the challenges of the last year or more--we’ll have multiple chances to relax, share stories, and reenergize for the future.
VIRTUAL SESSIONS: We recognize that not everyone will be able to come to Seattle for GridFWD 2021, so we will make select sessions available online as well.

Sponsor GridFWD 2021

The list of supporters for GridFWD 2021 is already firming up. Want to help influence the program and make the most of our time together? Join us! Download the prospectus >

Share Your Topic / Session Idea for GridFWD 2021

We are actively collecting topic and session ideas for GridFWD 2021. Share yours using the form below by Friday August 7. We will get in touch with contributors for the selected sessions in mid-August.

 Grid Forward Thanks Our Generous GridFWD 2020 Sponsors

Premier Level Supporters

These organization also supported GridFWD 2020.

GridFWD 2020 Media Partner

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