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Conference to Examine Latest Advances in Grid Modernization


Source: Smart Grid Observer

Leading smart grid utilities to participate in 2nd annual national forum

Building on the success of the 2016 edition, the 2nd Annual Grid Modernization Forum, April 3-5, 2017 in Chicago, closely examines lessons learned to date by industry leaders pushing the frontiers of grid modernization and reliability. Key technology innovators and executives will gather to share perspectives on how best to leverage AMI investment, engage the customer, and take the smart grid to the next level. Case studies of improved network performance, resiliency, outage restoration, and distributed energy resource (DER) integration will be examined with an eye toward determining best practices and technology strategies. 

This will be a unique opportunity to network with over 150 top industry professionals who are leading the way toward effective grid modernization and the integrated, resilient energy network of tomorrow. To view the agenda, click here

Environmental Xprt is an official Media Partner for this year's event. Enter special discount code XPRT when registering for an additional 15% off the current Early Bird reduced rates. 

Expert speakers include: 

  • Diane X. Burman, Commissioner, New York State Public Service Commission
  • Jeff Ballard, Vice President, Smart Grids, AVANGRID
  • Robert D. Sheridan, Director, Utility of the Future, National Grid
  • Keith Hock, Director, Transmission Services, Amren
  • Mike Danziger, Managing Director, Power and Utilities Practice, Deloitte Consulting
  • David Dobratz, P.E., Supervisor, Energy Efficiency, Eversource Energy
  • Jeffrey D. Taft, PhD, Chief Architect, Electric Grid Transformation, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Paul Hofmann, Team Lead, Business Intelligence and Data Warehouse, Alliant Energy
  • Sharon S. Allan, CEO & President, Smart Grid Interoperability Panel
  • Kelly Ziegler, Manager, State Regulatory Affairs, Stakeholder Ombudsman, Con Edison
  • Howard Smith, Manager, Distributed Energy Resouces Policy, Southern Company
  • Doug Houseman, Vice President, Innovation and Technology, EnerNex
  • David W. South, Senior Principal, Sustainability, Energy & Utilities Practice, West Monroe Partners
  • Bill Abolt, Vice President, Energy, AECOM
  • Dennis Quinn, Chief Operating Officer & Founder, Joule Assets
  • Arthur (Bud) Vos, President and CEO, Enbala Power Networks
  • Dave Mulder, Senior Consultant, Emerging Technologies, Leidos Engineering
  • Clay Collier, Co-Founder and CEO, Kisensum
  • Michael T. Burr, Director, Microgrid Institute
  • Jamie Peters, Director, Client Solutions, EnergySavvy
  • and more




Topics to be addressed include:

  • Progress on New York REV and other Key Grid Modernization Initiatives
  • Grid Edge Integration Techniques
  • IoT and Big Data Analytics for New Business Models and Operational Excellence
  • Case Study Perspectives on Enhancing Grid Reliability
  • The Role of Energy Storage in the Integration of Renewables and DERs
  • Business Change and System Impacts a Result of DER
  • The Evolution of US Power Grids: Complexity and Clarity
  • Microgrids, Nanogrids, and Virtual Power Plant Advances and Strategies
  • Regulatory Trends and Developments Impacting Grid Modernization
  • Standards, Interoperability, and Legacy Systems Integration
  • And much more

Pre-Conference Tour and Workshop 

On Monday, April 3, attendees will tour oS&C Electric's Smart Grid Demo Center, where they can view demonstrations of the most recent smart grid and energy storage technologies up close 

The tour is preceded by a pre-conference Workshop, 1:00 - 3:15pm, on Upgrading to a 21st Century Utility: How to Build Your Smart Grid, led by Dale Pennington, Managing Director, UtiliWorks Consulting. 

'This Forum is a great opportunity for utility professionals to interact with peers who seek to implement next-gen smart grid capabilities,' says Dan Coran, Program Manager for the Forum. 'It is a focused, in-depth educational and networking opportunity for utilities at the cutting edge of advanced services - an effective way to connect with others facing similar challenges and opportunities.'

The conference is organized by the Smart Grid Observer (, an online publication that delivers the latest news and information on a daily basis concerning key developments, deployment updates, and market trends in the smart grid and energy storage industries. Subscription to SGO's weekly online newsletter is free.

For full information regarding the 2nd Grid Modernization Forum and to register, visit 

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