Building the Decarbonized Grid

Grid Forward announces its next virtual summit, “Building the Decarbonized Grid,” planned for June 8 and 9, 2021.

Grid Modernization Priorities for Deep Decarbonization

This virtual event over two days will explore a cross section of the critical capabilities that need deeper investment now, and over coming years, to ensure that deeply decarbonized energy systems in the wider region run effectively.

Download the preliminary summary here >

Registration is open: Grid Forward members get a free ticket, all others can join all the sessions over two days for just $95. Reserve your spot >

Multiple sessions and formats over two days

As the region accelerates clean energy deployments, what solutions need to be funded and deployed on the grid so that our electric system remains reliable and resilient as it decarbonizes? The Building the Decarbonized Grid Summit will highlight the solutions for grid operations and management that can lower carbon and improve service, while also supporting the broader decarbonization goals of government entities, corporations and citizens.

Areas of Focus

Integration
How to combine DERs, long-duration storage, and other flexible assets into one system that can be monitored, analyzed and optimized.

Digitization
Best practices for improving real-time situational awareness that helps to scale up demand-side management and enhance reliability.

Electrification
Laying the groundwork for integrating with and managing smart buildings, consumer EVs and electrification of fleets and heavy transport.

Commitments
How corporations and local governments are moving head with meeting the realities of renewable energy commitments and deep decarbonization.

Policy & Planning
Innovation in forecasting, planning, rates and pricing to optimize the use of renewable energy across transmission and distribution while ensuring regional resource adequacy.

Featured Participants

Peter Fox Penner
Author: Power After Carbon
Energy Impact Partners
Boston University

Jigar Shah
Director, Loan
Programs Office
U.S Department of Energy

Confirmed Sessions

  • Scaling Demand Side Management
  • Real-Time Situational Awareness
  • Rethinking Resource Adequacy in a Decarbonized World
  • Accommodating Significant EV Expansion
  • DER Integration and Optimization
  • Facilitating Electrification of Fleets and Heavy Transport
  • Long Duration Storage Options
  • Cities Figuring Out Realities of 100% Commitments
  • Corporate Deep Decarbonization Lessons
  • Modern Solutions for Relieving Transmission Constraints
  • Advanced Forecasting

“We are proud of the progress Portland General Electric has made and excited as we continue to decarbonize our energy system. Accelerating deeper capabilities for effective grid management is a critical element of success and we look forward to engaging discussions at the upcoming Summit.”
Maria M. Pope, president and CEO, Portland General Electric

“The wider region is undergoing an ambitious transition to decarbonization pathways in the electric grid. It is vital that stakeholders come together to understand the grid innovation and modernization capabilities that help achieve this outcome effectively. We are glad Grid Forward is bringing people together for this important conversation.”
–  Bill Ritter, Jr., founder and director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University and former governor of Colorado

“The ambitious decarbonization efforts we are in the middle of here in Hawaii mean that we need to leave no stone unturned for determining how we run our grid effectively. We look forward to the Grid Forward summit discussions to compare notes with others who are taking bold, and needed actions now.”
–  Jennifer M. Potter, Commissioner, Hawaii PUC

Grid Forward Members and Friends Are Invited to Join In

The event will include featured sessions with regional and national speakers, breakout discussions with detailed conversations on specific areas, and social conversations that emphasize insights and connections. The sessions will be spread out over the two days to make it easier for you to fit the ones you want into your schedule.

Grid Forward members will each receive a complementary ticket. All others are invited to join any and all sessions for one $95 fee.

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Building the Decarbonized Grid Summit

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