Grid Innovation Forum

Grid Forward members and friends gather with other industry leaders for a discussion about the priorities for grid modernization in light of potential Federal energy investments.

Success: the Grid Forward Innovation Forum on March 31

Over 150 people participated in our Forum Wednesday, March 31 Noon Pacific (3:00PM Eastern) for a discussion about the priorities for grid modernization. Industry leaders and policy makers shares updates and key ideas relevant to the potential package infrastructure opportunity from Congress.

A summary of the discussions is available to Grid Forward members. Contact Sam if you’d like to receive a copy.


The Grid Innovation Forum schedule featured a broad array of commitments to help provide a balanced set of information and viewpoints. All times are Pacific time.
  • 12PM Bryce Yonker, executive director, Grid Forward – Opening Remarks
  • 12:05PM Michael Pesin, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Advanced Grid R&D Division in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity
  • 12:15PM Pat Reiten, Sr. VP Public Policy at Berkshire Hathaway
  • 12:25PM Jake McCurdy and Brie van Cleve, Lead Staff, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
  • 12:35PM Dan Reicher, Sr Research Scholar at Stanford University
  • 12:45PM Rick Kessler, Sr Advisor House Energy & Commerce Committee (under Chair Rep. Palone)
  • 12:55PM Jeff Schub, Executive Director from Coalition for Green Capital
  • 12:55PM Bobby Andres, Sr Advisor Senate Finance Committee (under chair Sen. Wyden)
  • 1:05PM Michael Powell, VP Govt. Relations, Canadian Electricity Association
  • 1:15PM Q&A
  • 1:25PM Rapid-fire previews for break-out sessions
  • 1:30PM Transition to break-out sessions
Break-out Sessions with Influential Organizations

Starting at 1:30PM Pacific, our gathering will break off into smaller groups to discuss some grid modernization-related recommendations that may become a part of the Federal package. These break-outs will last about 30 minutes and be hosted by organizations influencing the effort:

  • Grid Modernization Package with Richie Oneill, Executive Director, GridWise Initiative
  • Macro Grid Initiative and Transmission Investments with Tracy Warren, Director Macro Grid Initiative, ACORE
  • Electrified Transportation Infrastructure with Patrick Arness, Director of Govt. Relations, Edison Electric Institute
  • Demand-Side and Building Priorities with Steve Nadel, Executive Director ACEEE; Ralph DiNola, CEO of New Buildings Institute; and John Rhodes, Advisor Rewiring America and recent Chair NY PSC and NYSERDA CEO