The premier educational and networking event focused on deploying advanced solutions to modernize our regional energy system. Download the preliminary agenda here.


Organized Around Our Collective Grid Modernization Outcomes

Radical changes in energy sources, distribution systems and usage are surging through the electrical infrastructure of the region. To help all stakeholders move forward on modernizing our regional grid, Grid Forward (formerly Smart Grid Northwest) is sponsoring GridFWD 2019, an innovative collaborative event taking place at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Join leaders from regional and national utilities, solution providers, regulatory agencies, governments, labs and other stakeholders who are working together to promote and accelerate innovation across regional grid to create a reliable, resilient, affordable and low-carbon energy system.

Be here! October 7-9 in the exciting Benaroya Hall in Seattle

GridFWD 2019 will take place in the heart of Seattle. Join us to experience three interwoven themes that explore grid modernization across multiple dimensions:

  • Modernization Best Practices in techniques and technology;
  • Culture of Innovation, exploring the creation of an environment that welcomes and accelerates new ways of working; and
  • Markets & Models, delving into regulatory and business frameworks that unleash the promise of new technologies and organizations.

You’ll have access to though leaders from across the region and across North America over two intense days of keynotes, sessions and working groups. Plus, the day before, you can take part in workshops and grid modernization tours around Seattle.

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We are very grateful for these organizations sponsoring GridFWD 2019.

Lead Sponsor and Utility Host: Seattle City Light