GridFWD Seattle

We invite you to join us at GridFWD Seattle, April 19-20 along with our community, partners and friends from across the region as together we are “Keeping Pace with the Energy Transition.”

IN-PERSON TICKETS SOLD OUT! You can still purchase a virtual ticket using the link below.

Together, Keeping Pace with the Energy Transition

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 Seattle
April 19-20, 2022
Bell Harbor Center
Seattle, WA

Registration for virtual tickets only is open >
Download the GridFWD Seattle agenda >

Sharing What We’ve Learned, Focusing on the Future

The past two years have 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 rapidly evolving 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.

View the GridFWD Seattle Agenda

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Main Conference Sessions

  • Balancing the Grid with EV Charging
  • Leveraging Analytics for Grid Optimization to Reduce Carbon
  • Applying Advanced Tech Solutions for Wildfire Mitigation
  • DSP Reverse Q&A: Challenges to Modern Distribution System Planning
  • Cities Paving the Way Toward 100% Decarbonization
  • Advanced Rate Designs for Integrated Demand Side
  • Demystifying Equity: Grassroots Experience and Tracking Progress
  • An Evolutionary Path to a Regional Transmission Organization
  • Utilizing Advanced Research Techniques to Solve Hard Integration Challenges
  • How Active-Grid Participants Foster Flexible Grid Solutions
  • Grid Resiliency Toolkit: Lessons from the Field

Huddle Sessions Topics

  • Where FERC 2222 is Taking Us
  • Digital Technologies to Drive Distributed Markets
  • The Role of EV Fleets on the Grid
  • Getting More out of our Existing Transmission Corridors
  • Making the Next Phase of Grid Mod a Reality
  • Data Models to Prepare for Significant DERs and a Digitized Grid
  • EV Communication Protocols
  • Solving Complex Problems by Unlocking Data
  • Intelligent Rate Design for DER Integration and Aggregation
  • Non-technical Barriers to Accelerating Grid Modernization
  • And many more, view agenda >

GridFWD Seattle will be held at the Bell Harbor Conference Center along the Seattle waterfront.

Get a special rate at nearby hotels

EdgeWater: 2411 Alaskan Way, use code: EVENT to save 15% off your stay
Four Seasons: 99 Union St, rooms are at a discount rate of $359/night on April 18th and 19th. Use code: 220418GRI
Hotel Five: 2200 5th Ave, Special rates, and benefits for your stay as a VIP (no code needed with this link).

“Seattle is pleased to host the GridFWD conference. We look forward to the diverse audience coming together who are all working on opportunities for smarter management of regional energy systems. And we will be happy to share many of the lessons we are learning on our pathway to modernization. 

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.

Broadcasting Main Sessions for Virtual Attendees

We plan to stream our main sessions to virtual attendees to allow them to watch and submit questions of our key speakers and presenters. In-person tickets are sold out, so this is your chance to take part in GridFWD Seattle.

About the Pitch Competition

Amazon Web Services will provide select startups with AWS credits and support up to $100,000*

Pitch Contestants
  • Vida Asiegbi, Principal, Energy Impact Partners
  • Ralph Kappelhoff, Executive Power & Utilities, Amazon Web Services
  • Elta Kolo, VP, Huck Capital
  • Craig Lawrence, Partner, Energy Transition Ventures
  • Erik Steeb, Sr Technology Leader IncubatEnergy, EPRI

*Note – Subject to AWS Activate Terms and Conditions

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.
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.
GRID INNOVATION PITCH COMPETITION: 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.

Sponsor GridFWD

Join our outstanding group of supporters for GridFWD Seattle (formerly GridFWD 2021). Help to shape the program and make the most of our time together. Join us! Download the prospectus >

 Grid Forward Thanks Our GridFWD Sponsors for Their Continued Support


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