Tuesday, 6/2


Microgrid Morning Yoga

Sunset Terrace (4th Floor off Pool Deck)

8-5 pm


Pacific Ballroom

8-8:30 am


Bayview Ballroom

8:30-1:15 pm


8:30-9:15 am

Welcome & Kickoff

  • Elisa Wood, Editor & Chief of Microgrid Knowledge
  • H.G. Chissell, Master of Ceremonies, CEO of Advanced Energy Group

Pacific A-C

9:15-9:45 am

Keynote Address

David Hochschild, Chairman, California Energy Commission (invited)

Pacific A-C

9:45-10:45 am

The Microgrid Wow Factor: Why Customers Said “Yes”

Microgrid developers describe some of their most successful projects and explain features that were particularly attractive to customers — the wow factor. From innovative contracting to unque engineering and design, what was the secret sauce that delivered what the customer wanted and more? Audience questions encouraged.

Moderator: David Chiesa, Senior Director – Global Business Development, Non-Wire Alternatives, S&C Electric


  • Mike Bakas, Executive Vice President, Distributed Energy Systems, Ameresco
  • Gregg Morasca, Vice President, Strategic Customers, Schneider Electric N.A.

Pacific A-C

10:45-11:15 am

Networking Break with Exhibitors

Bayview Ballroom

11:15-12:15 pm

The Great Debate: Should Utilities in Restructured States Own & Operate Microgrids?

Thought leaders on both sides together explore what’s been a controversial issue before public utility commissions and try to find a meeting of the minds.

Moderator: Elisa Wood, Editor-in-Chief Microgrid Knowledge


Pacific A-C

12:15-1:15 pm

Choosing What to Champion: Which Energy Policies, Rules and Programs Open the Way for More Microgrids?

From instituting microgrid tariffs to valuing reliability to brokering a Green New Deal, change is afoot in how energy is governed. What do these policies mean to microgrids? Which should the industry endorse? What should it discourage?

Note: This session includes discussion of results from the pre-conference policy workshop being held Monday. (See agenda May 13.)

Moderator Ken Horne, Director for Smart Grid in the Emerging Technology and Business Strategy, Navigant


  • Mike Gravely, Team Lead, Energy Technology Systems Integration, California Energy Commission
  • Peter Klauer, Senior Advisor, Smart Grid Technology, California ISO
  • Galen Nelson, Senior Director, Innovation and Industry Support, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
  • Joseph Sullivan, Vice President Policy & Development, Concord Engineering, former Director Division of Economic Development, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities

Pacific A-C

1:15-2:15 pm

Networking Lunch

Bayview Ballroom

2:30-5 pm


2:30-3:30 pm

Utility Microgrids

Providing Public Benefits for Consumers, Business & Communities with Utility Microgrids

Moderator: Chris Evanich, Manager of Microgrid Business Development, S&C Electric


  • Utility Formula for Microgrid Success, Jason Handley, Director – Smart Grid Technology and Operations at Duke Energy
  • Microgrids as a Foundation for DERMS, Horizon Power, Australia, David Jeon, Technical Services Manager, PXiSE Energy Solutions, Sempra
  • Utility Microgrids: Collaboration, Not Competition, Allan Schurr, Chief Commercial Officer, Enchanted Rock

Pacific A-C

2:30-3:10 pm

Technology & Engineering

Building a Better Microgrid with Model-based System Engineering

Moderator: H.G. Chissell, CEO of Advanced Energy Group

How does model-based system engineering — in particular ultra-high-fidelity Hardware in the Loop (HIL) digital twins — significantly de-risk and accelerate projects, eliminate microgrid control integration and interoperability issues, and deliver improved functionality and resilience?

Join Typhoon HIL in a discussion with

  • Scott Baron, Sr. Systems Engineer, Raytheon (invited)
  • Ryan Smith, CTO, EPC Power
  • Andy Haun, CTO Microgrids, Schneider Electric
  • Scott Manson, Technology Director, SEL
  • Qiang Fu, Technology Manager, Eaton

Pacific D

3:30-4 pm

Networking Break

Bayview Ballroom

4-5 pm

Model Microgrids

Microgrids for the Greater Good

Presented by Elisa Wood, Editor-in-chief, Microgrid Knowledge

Moderated by Will Agate, Vice President for Microgrid Services, Ameresco

Awards & Project Presentations

  • Greater Good Award for a Grid-Connected Microgrid
  • Greater Good Award for a Remote Microgrid
  • Highest Recognition for a Microgrid Serving the Greater Good

Pacific A-C

4-5 pm

Technology & Engineering

Special Technical Considerations for Microgrid Design and Operation

Derisking: What are the necesssary evaluations and steps to determine the feasibility of a microgrid?

Moderated by David Jones, Manager, ICF Consulting

      • Syed Qaseem Ali, Team Leader T&D-DER Application eXpertise and Electrical Simulation (AXES) Division, Opal RT
      • Daniel Jones, Project Engineer, Power Engineers
      • Kati Sidwall, Simulation Specialist, RTDS Technologies

Pacific D

5-5:30 pm

Interactive Leadership Session

Harnessing Forces: Solving the Day’s Big Question to Shape the New Grid

Keying on discussions of the day, panelists and audience members will discuss ideas and propose next steps needed to overcome obstacles and drive microgrid adoption. Here’s a chance to ask questions and propose ideas.

Moderator, H.G. Chissell, CEO of Advanced Energy Group

      • Donal Gavagan, Director, Strategic Growth & Special Projects at Solar Turbines
      • Andrea Ruotolo, Senior Manager Smart & Distributed Energy Advisian (WorleyParsons Group)
      • Richard Sander, CEO, Rhombus Energy Solutions

Pacific A-C

5:30-6:30 pm

Networking Reception

Bayview Ballroom and Terrace

Agenda Coming Soon.

A Look Inside the Evolving Microgrid Industry


microgrid 2019 agenda

Featuring the industry’s top thinkers, innovators and change-makers, Microgrid 2019: Shaping the New Electric Grid will explore microgrids, nanogrids, non-wires alternatives, community aggregations, and other forms of distributed energy remaking the power industry.

Designed by the editors of Microgrid Knowledge, the two-day event will bring out the latest news and trends in market development, technology, business models, financing and policy.

microgrid 2019 agenda

Join us for pre-conference workshop, May 13: Tariffs, Tax Incentives, RECs or Something Else? What’s the Way Forward for Microgrids?”

On May 14, gain a rare look at the evolving industry through lively keynote talks, engaging panel discussions, and in-depth case studies and presentations.

Take note if you are an energy customer exploring these new technologies for your operation. Special sessions will be held May 15 for commercial and industrial operations, utilities, hospitals, colleges and universities, real estate developments, institutions, and government and military.

A third, bonus day — May 16 — will offer tours of some of the world’s most advanced microgrids, all located in the San Diego area.

If you’re a project developer or customer seeking financing for your microgrid project, consider participating in Microgrid Financing Connection II.

For conference updates, please sign up for the free Microgrid Knowledge Newsletter.

Interested in being part of Microgrid 2019? Become a sponsor or exhibitor.