GridFWD 2023

Join the Grid Forward community for our big annual event on October 16-18 at the Skamania Lodge, Columbia Gorge.

At GridFWD 2023, we will come together to share new and expanding opportunities to define, fund and drive grid modernization, where the focus will be advancing the electric grid by Embracing Disruption.

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Accelerating Grid Modernization and Resiliency in an Age of Disruptions

Recent years have been especially challenging for the industry responsible for our electric grid. Destructive storms, weather events and climate effects continue to devastate many communities. The scale, pace and impact of change has driven federal and state governments to introduce once-in-a-generation investments in a reliable and affordable power supply for safety, equity and progress. GridFWD 2023 will bring leaders together who are navigating all of these disruptions to “business as usual” to take advantage of new opportunities to modernize the grid.

GridFWD 2023
Skamania Lodge, Columbia River Gorge
October 16-18

Download the GridFWD 2023 preliminary Agenda >

Register for GridFWD 2023 here >

Enter the Grid Innovation Pitch Competition here >

Stakeholders from across the region gather at GridFWD 

At GridFWD 2023, we will come together to share new and expanding opportunities to define, fund and drive grid modernization.

We invite all stakeholders to join us next fall:

  • Utility executives and practitioners—learn and share best practices for building resilient, flexible and sustainable energy systems.
  • Executive and technical leaders of solution providers—reconnect face-to-face with your customers and partners to collaborate on energy solutions.
  • Regulators and government officers—tap into technical innovation and best practices from the front lines of what’s possible.
  • NGOs and advocates—build the knowledge base and relationships to influence new programs that promote clean energy, equity and economic activity on regional energy systems.

Explore the Session Topics and our Confirmed Speakers

Tuesday, October 17

  • From planning to action: applying resilient solutions to the grid
  • Meeting workforce demand on a modern grid
  • Virtual Power Plants: Customer experience, leveraging data and more
  • Evolving architectures for control coordination and the steps to a DSO
  • Case studies in grid-edge disruption and electrification
  • Disruptive retail innovation: redefining industry relationships

Wednesday, October 18

  • Real-world implications for AI and grid operations
  • Blindspotting – successes and limitations of predictive technologies
  • Expanding critical transmission capacity in the region
  • Avoiding disruptions: Securing the grid from increasing cyberthreats
  • Scaling non-wires alternatives: three key approaches
  • Pricing! Pricing! Pricing! in an changing energy landscape

Enter the Grid Innovation Pitch Competition

GridFWD 2023 will host our next annual Grid Innovations Pitch Competition on October 17-18. Do you have innovative technology or service for advancing grid modernization in this age of disruptions? Then enter the competition by completing for form before August 31, 2023.

You might win a $250,000 investment!

Click here for more information >

Want to become a sponsor of GridFWD 2023? 

Sponsors help us define the GridFWD experience, and have the opportunity to host special activities around the venue. Find out more by downloading our prospectus >

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