GridFWD 2024

Evolved energy markets for a modern grid

Grid Forward invites market makers, participants and solution providers to a unique event tailored specifically to explore innovations in market models for states, regulators, TSOs and DSOs to build and operate the modern grid.

October 1-2, 2024 in Banff, Canada

Our call for topic submissions is open until March 22. Use the form below.


Innovative grid policies, technology and practices to modernize markets

Market operators and participants alike are feeling it: current markets are not architected to meet the conflicting demands of progressive public policies, advancing energy technologies and unprecedented extremes in threats to the grid. The diverse community that is modernizing the grid across the western US and Canada needs to rally around new market models that can lower risk and uncertainty while improving resource adequacy, resiliency and equity.

At GridFWD 2024, we’ll paint the whole picture: from increasing market integration to community engagement, from technological drivers of resiliency and reliability to new ways to harness data for forecasting and planning.

GridFWD 2024
Banff Centre, Banff, Canada
October 1-2

Call for topic submissions is open. Use the form below.

Sponsor GridFWD 2024! Download the prospectus >

Stakeholders from our region and beyond gather at GridFWD 

At GridFWD 2024, we will come together to share new and expanding opportunities to refine market structures and supporting technology and techniques to foster modernization. 

We invite all stakeholders to join us next fall:

  • Utility leaders and market operator experts—Learn and share best practices for planning, building, and managing resilient, flexible and sustainable energy systems as markets evolve.
  • Executive and technical leaders of solution providers—Join your customers and other stakeholders as we sketch out how technology makes modern markets more effective.
  • Regulators and government officers—Share best practices from across North America and other advanced markets, and make connections with those on the front lines.
  • 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.

How to get involved with GridFWD 2024

Share an topic idea for a session, panel, discussion or case study

Join us as we explore Evolved energy markets for the modern grid” with a variety of sessions, panels and discussions around these topic areas:

  1. Culture of business transformation
  2. Lessons from the past & why now
  3. Establishing the value proposition
  4. Community engagement, empowered consumers and new behavior
  5. Drivers for market development (resilience, reliability, resources adequacy, and more)
  6. Policy and regulatory alignment
  7. Role of resources at the edge
  8. Getting data right and promise of AI

We also plan to again host our Tech Jam Case Studies: 30-minute presentations on real projects co-hosted by a solution provider and a utility.

Share your session or Tech Jam topic using the form below.

Become a GridFWD 2024 sponsor

We expect a broad range of organizations to come together to guide and support this unique event. You can join these initial confirmed sponsors:

  1. Berkshire Hathaway Energy
  2. Black and Veatch
  3. Clean Power Research
  4. Electricity Canada
  5. EnergyHub
  7. EPCOR
  8. EQUS
  10. Generac
  11. Idaho Power
  12. La Plata Electric
  13. Landis + Gyr
  14. LineVision
  15. NREL
  16. Portland General Electric
  17. POWER Engineers
  18. Seattle City Light
  19. Sense
  20. Southwest Power Pool
  21. Utilidata

Download the GridFWD 2024 prospectus >

“GridFWD 2024 is the premium utility event that brings together utilities, technology innovators, legislators and regulators in an intensive two- day discussion of the many issues facing the utility sector. GridFWD has been a must-attend event for me and anyone interested in exploring leading-edge thinking about the electricity sector.”


An sleek modern venue in an awe-inspiring locale

GridFWD 2024 will come to the Kinnear Centre, Banff Centre’s newest meeting facility. This Gold LEED Certified building has been designed to create an environment that encourages interaction and engagement among attendees, with an abundance of natural light and fresh mountain air in the meeting spaces along with breathtaking vistas. Steps away, Grid Forward will have a block of rooms at the Banff Centre Hotel. Both are nestled in the Banff National Park, Canada’s first National Park established in 1885. The town of Banff is at 4,537 feet of elevation, ringed by mountains shooting up to 11,850 feet.

The airport at Calgary is 143 km or 90 minutes away. Hourly shuttles are available from the airport to Banff.

Attendees love destination venues

GridFWD 2023 survey respondents overwhelmingly appreciated having the event in at the Skamania Lodge in the Columbia Gorge, a destination location outside of an urban setting, with 76% saying “It was great!”

Call for GridFWD 2024 topic submissions open until March 22

Grid Forward encourages its members, community and broader industries to submit topic ideas for “Evolved energy markets for a modern grid.” Please use the form below. The more information (such as proposed speakers) the better of program committee can evaluate your topic. This information will only be used for the purposes of the GridFWD 2024 event agenda and contacting selected topic providers, unless you choose to receive communications from Grid Forward or wish to volunteer for the event.

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Thanks Once Again to GridFWD 2023 Sponsors





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