June 12-14, 2017: Microgrids Meet the Markets from Infocast in Washington D.C.

Capitalize on Advanced Microgrid Opportunities

The microgrid market is expanding rapidly: with estimated CAGR of 16-20%, it is projected to reach as much as $35.1B by 2020. Government programs to enhance resiliency of military, university, state and hospital (MUSH) facilities have driven the market for years, but the landscape is shifting. Communities and C&I customers are now demanding not only enhanced resiliency but the ability to meet sustainability goals, reduce demand charges and capture revenue by providing capacity and services to energy markets—opening up huge potential markets for advanced microgrids.

However, the market is in flux. Community microgrids may grow out of state resiliency initiatives, and DoD facilities are among the first to provide services to local utilities and power markets, but regulatory hurdles remain. The growth of solar + storage facilities in conjunction with C&I partners may hold the keys to developing the new business models needed for third party developers, utilities and facility owners to profit, but technical, economic and financeability challenges remain. Providers must tailor their approaches to the wants and needs of customers in order to effectively position themselves to market their technologies, products and services and capitalize on the next generation of microgrid projects.

Infocast’s Microgrids Meet the Market Summit 2017, now in its 9th edition, will bring decision makers together with C&I energy managers, microgrid integrators, utilities, ESCOs, control software providers, renewable energy and storage companies, EPCs and financiers to explore the opportunities, economics, business cases and technologies for deploying grid resiliency and advanced microgrids.

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Pre-conference workshop: Managing Technical, Integration and Financial Risk in Microgrid Projects

June 12, 2017

8:00-8:50 Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:50-9:00 Opening remarks by Workshop Chair

9:00-9:30 Presentation: Assessing and Managing Risk in Microgrid Project Planning

How do you manage technology and integration risk in a microgrid project? With more

and more companies entering the field, how do you qualify the most advanced

technologies? This presentation will address the planning process for microgrid


9:30-10:30 Panel Discussion: Putting Together the Best Package of Cost, Value and Resiliency

It isn’t always clear what features and capabilities to include in a microgrid. This panel

will discuss how to maximize value vs costs in order to reach resiliency and other goals.


Jay Baronowski, Director, Energy Markets, COVANTA

William Moran, Director of Microgrid Engineering, TRC

Bruce Rich P.E., Area Construction Manager, WSP | PARSONS BRINCKERHOFF

10:30-11:00 Morning networking & refreshment break

11:00-11:30 Presentation: Update on the New IEEE Microgrid Controller Standard

After years of development the IEEE is releasing a new standard for microgrid

controllers. What is in this new standard? Will it reduce integration uncertainties and

costs? This presentation will review the new standard and how it can be used to reduce

integration time and costs.

11:30-12:30 Panel Discussion: Approaches to Microgrid Control and Enterprise Aggregation

Control system and software is the secret sauce of microgrid performance. How do the

approaches of major control system and software vendors differ? What are the

advantages of top down approaches that involve something like a mini-ISO in the

microgrid, vs. more discrete approaches using smart inverters and microcontrollers?


How can cloud-based systems help with enterprise-wide energy management and




Bryan Huber, Co-Founder, Chief Operations Officer, CLEANSPARK

Shane Johnson, Vice President, Global Operations, DEMAND ENERGY NETWORKS, INC.

12:30-2:00 Group Luncheon

2:00-3:00 Presentation: Methodologies to Measure, Assess and Validate Microgrid System


New standards and methodologies are emerging to test, validate and certify the

performance of microgrids. This presentation will discuss how to use these

methodologies to test system performance, and use these metrics in compliance filings

and to establish bankability.

Brendan Owens, Chief of Engineering, U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL (USGBC)

3:00-3:30 Afternoon networking and refreshment break

3:30-4:00 Presentation: Microgrid as a Virtual Power Plant

Dr. Sonja Glavaski, Program Director, ARPA-E

4:00-5:00 Panel Discussion: Approaches to Microgrid Contract Structures and Financing

What are the best ways to draw third parties and private finance into microgrid

projects? What project structures have been employed, and what are the advantages

and disadvantages of ownership vs. lease structures for microgrid projects? In an era

when microgrid control and storage technologies are rapidly changing, how can you

structure a project so you don’t get locked in using a soon to be antiquated technology?


Dr. Michael E. deSa, Expert Advisor, ARPA-E

Peter Y. Flynn, Managing Partner, Executive Vice President, BOSTONIA PARTNERS LLC

Robert Johnson, Senior Vice President, HANNON ARMSTRONG

Walter L. Schindler, Managing Partner, SAIL CAPITAL PARTNERS*

5:00 Workshop Adjourns


June 13, 2017:

The MUSH Market—Resiliency Plans, Programs and Initiatives

7:30-8:20 Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:20-8:30 Opening remarks by Summit Chair

8:30-9:30 Panel Discussion: The Military Microgrid Market Outlook: Resiliency and Mission

Assurance Move to Center Stage in Energy Procurement

This panel consisting of representatives from the DoD, Air Force, Army, Marines, and

Navy will share lessons learned from their microgrid activities to date, as well as

thoughts on how future microgrid projects can help each branch accomplish goals to

enhance energy resiliency and mission assurance.


Monica DeAngelo, Director, Installation Energy Program Integration, Assistant Secretary

of the Navy (Energy Installations and Environment), U.S. DEPARTMENT OF NAVY

Jeffrey Marqusee, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, NOBLIS, INC.

Paul Robinson, Chief, Energy Division, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, U.S.


9:30-10:00 Networking Break

10:00-10:30 Presentation: NY Prize Project Update


10:30-11:30 Panel Discussion: State and Local Resiliency Initiatives Ramp Up

This panel of federal and state policy-makers and regulators will assess the latest

policies, programs and regulations empowering the microgrid market and monetizing



Jeffrey King, Chief, Energy and Climate Programs, METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON


Ke Wei, Senior Energy Policy Advisor, NYC MAYOR’S OFFICE OF RECOVERY AND


Michael, Yambrach, Capital Energy Projects Manager, MONTGOMERY COUNTY,



11:30-1:00 Group Luncheon

Community Microgrids—Emerging Ownership and Business Models

1:00-1:30 Presentation: Community Microgrid Project Update

Glenn Weinberg, Director, Community Programs, JOULE ASSETS

1:30-2:30 Panel Discussion: Regulatory Perspectives on Community Microgrids

This panel will assess regulatory and interconnection roadblocks along the road to

microgrid commercialization. Regulators and stakeholders will address the impacts of

state laws and regulations on utility investments and cost recovery, provision of capacity

and ancillary services, third party ownership of energy infrastructure, and potential

policy strategies to promote wider adoption.




Janet Peace, Senior Vice President of Policy and Business Strategy, CENTER FOR CLIMATE


2:30-3:00 Networking Break

3:00-4:00 Panel Discussion: Utilities and Microgrid Deployment—From Working with Third Party

Providers to Direct Ownership

This panel of leading utilities will share lessons learned from their microgrid adoption to

date and plans for future projects aimed at modernizing the grid and increasing grid

reliability and resiliency. They will also discuss how third party microgrid developers

might best work with utilities to reduce technical risk and integration costs.


James A. Boston III, PE, Manager of Market Intelligence, Grid Modernization, CPS




Thomas Weaver III, Manager, Distribution System Planning, AEP

4:00-5:00 Panel Discussion: Developing & Financing Public-Private Microgrids

Community microgrids share many traits with other community energy or infrastructure

projects. Local government or Community Choice Aggregators can take a role in project

ownership, as buyers in a PPA or energy services contractors, or as sources of financing.

This panel will explore project structures and potential financings incorporating public-
private partnerships.


Anthony Clark, Senior Manager in our Commercial, Industrial and Institutional




Thomas McAndrew, Managing Director, ENCHANTED ROCK

Rima Kasia Oueid, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Dirk van Ouwerkerk, Lead Partner for Microgrids, ANBARIC MICROGRID

Bracken Hendricks, CEO, URBAN INGENUITY & Administrator, DC PACE

June 14, 2017:

Advanced Microgrids Development & Deployment

7:00-7:50 Registration & Networking Breakfast

7:50-8:00 Opening remarks by Summit Chair

8:00-8:30 Microgrids-as-a-Service: A New Approach to Solve Resiliency, Efficiency, and

Sustainability Challenges

This session will discuss how municipal, district, institutional, commercial campus or

large buildings can benefit from a “Microgrid-as-a-Service” business model approach to

stabilize their long-term energy costs and upgrade critical energy infrastructure without

up-front capital.

Schneider Electric along with Duke Energy Renewables developed a unique “Microgrid-
as-a-Service” approach for Montgomery County, Maryland to finance multiple

Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), build two advanced microgrids, and support

critical infrastructure upgrades, with no up-front capital. This industry-leading approach

allows the partnership to focus on solving the issues faced by many large

facilities: energy resiliency, infrastructure modernization, long-term stable energy cost,

and third-party ownership, operation, maintenance and financing.

Senior Representative, SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC

8:30-9:30 Panel Discussion: Microgrids in C&I and Data Center Markets

This panel will discuss how major corporations, large real estate developments and

progressive facility owners are teaming with microgrid developers to improve their

demand charge management, energy conservation and reduce carbon footprints.


Josh Weisstuch, Project Manager, L+M DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS

Paul Tyno, Strategic Advisor for Energy Initiatives, BUFFALO NIAGARA MEDICAL


9:30-10:30 Panel Discussion: Providing Over-the-Meter Services with Microgrids—The Solar +

Storage Business Model Crossover

As control systems become more capable, behind the meter solar + storage systems are

not only being added to traditional CHP microgrids to reduce costs and emissions, but

they are enabling facility owners and third party providers to profit from providing


capacity and other services to energy markets. How might emerging solar + storage

business models trigger new growth for microgrids? What key capabilities can be

identified to maximize the economic performance of these hybrid systems? This panel

will explore the expansion of solar + storage applications into fully capable microgrids,

and their market implications.


Shane Johnson, Vice President, Global Operations, DEMAND ENERGY NETWORKS, INC.

Brian J. Schmidly, President, RIO GRANDE RENEWABLES

Chip Russell, Manager of Business Development, EOS ENERGY STORAGE

10:30-11:00 Networking Break

11:00-11:30 Presentation: Cybersecurity for Cloud-Based Control Systems

Ben M. Wrightsman, Chief Operating Officer, BATTERY INNOVATION CENTER

11:30-12:30 Panel Discussion: Blockchains in Microgrid Applications—From Enabler of Aggregation

to Transactive Energy

Blockchain technologies and approaches could revolutionize the DER market, providing

a backbone for transactive energy exchanges, reduce the costs and difficulties of

aggregation and network control, and enhance system security. This panel will explore

the potential applications of blockchain in distributed energy and microgrid applications.


David A. Cohen, Chief Operating Officer, ZIPPOWER

Ryan Wartena, Co-founder, GELI

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