Annual Member Meeting & Symposium

Attendees to this year’s 2023 Annual Member Meeting in Portland, OR will be able to attend two very special events:

  • The Accelerating Grid Modernization with EVs Symposium
  • Group opportunity to attend EV racing on the follow day

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Grid Forward Celebrates Another Year of Progress, Grid Innovator Award Winners, and the Increasing Interplay of the Grid and EVs

Our annual membership meetings always feature exciting advances: new board members, learning the winners of our annual Grid Innovator Awards, a recap of the year that passed and a glimpse into the year ahead. This year, we explore the increasing influence of EVs on our regional grid. Immediately after, attendees can enjoy the world’s finest EV racing, the only North American race in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

If you are a member, please let us know if you plan to attend. Simply use the form below.

Grid Forward Annual Member Meeting and Symposium
AC Marriot, Vancouver WA waterfront
June 23, 2023
Noon – 5PM plus networking social

Grid Forward Symposium: Accelerating Grid Modernization with EVs

Get an Up Close Look at the Interplay of EV
Technology and Grid Innovation

Rapid advances in EVs and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technologies are a promising pathway to help balance the grid and increase the capacity for renewable energy. Those benefits require a great deal of collaboration among the technology providers, car manufactures, utilities, charging network operators and regulators. Grid Forward will bring together expert stakeholders to provide a snapshot of where the integration of EVs and the grid can provide value and how we can all move together to that vision.

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Witness the Excitement of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship

Grid Forward is excited to announce that as part of the Symposium Accelerating Grid Modernization with EV’s, it has secured tickets to the 2023 Southwire Portland E-Prix for Symposium attendees, where they can take in the action from the world’s premier electric racing series only race in North America this year

This racing series is an exciting showcase of cutting-edge technology and innovation in electric vehicles. Join in our event and get close to the action!

Come to the Symposium and then stay for the prominence and excitement of the Northwest’s most exciting EV event.

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Nominate a person or organization for a 2023 Grid Innovator Award

The Grid Innovator Awards, hosted annually by Grid Forward, honored individuals and organizations for their exemplary roles in helping to lead the electric utility industry forward in grid modernization across the western U.S. We are accepting nominations now through April 30. Please use the form below.

Congrats to the 2022 Grid Innovator Winners

Utility Category Winner




Other Finalists

Provider Category Winner




Other Finalists


Individual Category Winner

  • Jennifer Potter, HI PUC

Other Finalists

  • Tanuj Deora, WhiteHouse
  • Ralph Kappelhoff, Former Amazon
  • Elliot Mainzer, CalISO
  • Audrey Zibelman, Google X

Grid Forward is Grateful for These Supporters

Lead Sponsors


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2022 Annual Member Meeting Highlights

Grid Forward’s meeting in 2022 coincided with the annual education conference of the Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners. Grid Forward members gathered in person and online to share updates, elect board members, catch up with our fellow members and celebrate the third annual Grid Innovation Awards.

The event featured remarks from Pat Hoffman, Head of the New Office of Grid Infrastructure, U.S. Department of Energy.