2024 Annual Member Meeting

Join our Annual Member Meeting online, June 27, as we dive deep into federal funding impacts on the grid, as well as organization business and the 2024 Grid Innovator Awards.

Use the forms below to nominate a Board member, advisor or potential Grid Innovator Award winner.

Federal Funding for Grid Modernization: Catching Up and Looking Ahead

Over the past year, federal agencies in the U.S. and Canada released a flood of funding programs to accelerate projects for advancing energy systems and grid modernization. It’s been a river of alphabet soup: GRIP, LPO, USDA, SREP, DOA, CESER… the list goes on. The Grid Forward membership and the broader community have been very busy absorbing input, building coalitions and preparing proposals.

Have you been able to keep up? We think it’s time to assess the progress these programs have made as well as the challenges and opportunities still to be addressed. Join other Grid Forward members in this special online versions of our Annual Member Meeting.

Grid Forward Annual Member Meeting
Online session
Thursday, June 27, 2024
Noon Pacific / 3PM Eastern

Members: watch for an email invitation

Guests: use this form to register >

Get the latest update, then help us define new areas of advancement

At the Grid Forward Annual Member Meeting, we’ll hear an overview of the major federal programs currently being defined and funded. These offices have confirmed their attendance: 

  • Electricity Canada
  • U.S. DOE Grid Deployment Office
  • U.S. DOE Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture

These offices are tentatively attending as well:

  • U.S. DOE Loans Program Office
  • U.S. DOE Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER)
  • U.S. DOE Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Office

Then we’ll break into groups to identify other areas of modernization that need investment to meet our goals for clean, reliable and affordable energy across all our region. The event will close with a recap, and common understanding, of how all this funding is impacting our industry.

Image source: U.S. DOE Innovative Grid Deployment Liftoff report one-pager

Help Grid Forward continue its mission

As always, our Annual Member Meeting also includes an update on our work over the past year and look at upcoming activities, as well as nominations for board members and other business. We need our you, our members, to attend the meeting, share your views and vote on board positions. This year’s meeting will be held virtually, online, to make it easy for as many members to attend.

Nominate a person or organization for the 2024 Grid Innovator Awards

Our Annual Member Meeting is also the time we announce the winners of this year’s Grid Innovator Awards. Each year, these awards honor individuals and organizations for their exemplary roles in helping to lead the electric utility industry forward in grid modernization across the western U.S. and Canada.

Know someone who deserves to win? Nominate them by May 31, 2024. using the button below.

Pictured: Marissa Hummon accepts the 2023 Grid Innovator Award for Utilidata. See the 2023 winners here >

Nominate a Grid Forward board member or advisor

Grid Forward will also be electing new members to our Board of Directors. Do you know someone (maybe you?) who is ready to help the organization increase its impact in promoting and accelerating grid modernization? If you are a member of Grid Forward, please use this form to let us know. We’ll be taking recommendations until May 24, 2024.

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2023 Annual Member Meeting Highlights

Grid Forward’s Annual Member Meeting in 2023 coincided with the FIA Formula E race in Portland OR, which was one reason we combined it with a symposium titled Accelerating Grid Modernization with EVs. For the afternoon, we we explored the increasing influence of EVs on our regional grid. The program featured speakers at organizations including Portland General Electric, National Grid, Black & Veatch, NV Energy, Nuvve, US DOE, Daimler, NextEra and other industry leaders working on how the electric grid accommodates the wave of EVs coming onto the system.

The next day, attendees enjoyed the world’s finest EV racing, the only North American race in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.