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4th National Microgrids Conference

Date: 13th April 2016 - 15th April 2016 Location: Kansas City - Missouri - USA

A three-day conference on capitalizing on Microgrids for improved system energy efficiency, reliability and providing enabling technologies for grid independence.

Featuring a Tour of Milbank’s Robert F. Waldrop Center for Research and Development in Kansas City, MO

Conference members will tour Milbank’s Robert F. Waldrop Center for Research and Development in Kansas City, MO. The 6,000 square foot site houses the company’s UL Testing and Research & Development labs, as well as the training and technology center. The highlight of the tour will include an interactive presentation of Milbank’s state of the art smart technology for managing microgrids – SynapSuite. Milbank will also feature case studies of the patented technology in action with real time data and results. SynapSuite starts by connecting each generation source of a microgrid, including solar, wind, fuel cell, generators, batteries and more. SynapSuite then enters a learning phase, in which it monitors and analyzes usage patterns and available energy input. Finally, SynapSuite uses predictive analytics to distribute energy and reduce loads to optimize use and intelligently manage energy for consistent, low-cost power.

Learn how Milbank integrated SynapSuite at the Missouri University of Science & Technology Solar Village microgrid, as well has how our technology supports the microgrids at the Global Orphan Project complexes in Haiti.

Featuring a Tour of the Rodman Innovation Pavilion at Black & Veatch World Headquarters

At Black & Veatch, we have the expertise and resources to deliver your entire microgrid solution. We believe in the technology so much that we installed a microgrid in our Rodman Innovation Pavilion at our World Headquarters in Overland Park, KS. This 30,000-square-foot building features a microturbine, solar PV, geothermal technology, and battery storage.

Past Microgrids and Energy-related Conferences:

“The microgrid market is currently moving into full-scale commercialization with the launch of dozens of successful pilot programs globally, decreasing costs of solar photo voltaic (PV), and a relaxing of prohibitions against distributed generation operation during times of grid stress, including the ability to island from the larger utility grid during emergencies.”

– Navigant Research

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13th April 2016
15th April 2016
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Steve Eck – Production
312 780 0700


Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown
1301 Wyandotte St
Kansas City, MO 64105 United States
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  • Deploying Microgrids for achieving strategic energy objectives, such as developing storage capacity and increasing energy efficiency
  • Maximizing the use of renewable energy in Microgrids to ensure cost effectiveness and an achieving an acceptable business model for profitability and success.
  • Implementing Microgrids for control of local power
  • The role of advanced Microgrids in integration and interoperability
  • Expanding the market by reducing the complexity of Microgrid implementation
  • Reshaping the electric grid from a one-way conduit for distributing power into a decentralized, intelligent network
  • Maintaining grid stability and integrating various renewable energy resources to improve energy reliability and efficiency of service across businesses, homes and communities
  • Providing new opportunities for system optimization and cost reduction
  • Exploring technologies available to implement Microgrid systems, reviewing the costs and returns on investment
  • Examining the role of small-scale and independent power generation sources in modern grids, including solar and wind, and how to leverage them for the greatest financial benefit
  • Exploring the key growth areas and markets for Microgrids
  • Reviewing the status and outlook for standards and regulatory initiatives affecting Microgrids
  • Real-time tracking, measuring and verification of Microgrids performance
  • Microgrids analytics measures and outcomes

This conference is researched and designed for:

  • Microgrid project owners and developers
  • Investor-owned, municipal, and co-op utility professionals
  • Software developers, technology providers and system integrator players
  • Commercial and industrial end users and campus network executives
  • Academic and research professionals pushing the industry forward
  • Management and technology consultants
  • Financial sector players focused on the microgrid opportunity
  • Consultants and system integrators
  • Utility network planners and engineers
  • C&I end users interested in microgrid strategies
  • Solar and wind energy project planners
  • Regulators and public policy professionals
  • Non-governmental development professionals


Milbank | Energy at Work

Lead Conference Sponsor

Milbank is an international energy management company with products and services that manage power for the residential, commercial, industrial, utility, transportation and microgrid sectors. We provide customers with integrated power solutions including SynapSuite — Milbank’s patented smart technology for managing and optimizing distributed energy and efficiency of microgrid components. Customers have trusted Milbank’s products and services including electric metering systems, enclosed controls, EV charging stations and generators for over 85 years.

Website: www.milbankworks.com


S&C Electric Company

Conference Co-Sponsor

For over 100 years, S&C Electric Company has been the trusted provider of medium-voltage switching and protection equipment to commercial, industrial, and military users. Today, S&C is building on our century of innovation to support customers in their pursuit of more reliable, efficient, and economical power systems. Our real world expertise includes self-healing power systems that reduce outage time from minutes to milliseconds, the integration of 150 MWh of battery energy storage, and designing and constructing microgrid systems that ensure reliability and availability.

Website: www.sandc.com


Schneider Electric

Conference Co-Sponsor

As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centres/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the company’s 150,000 plus employees achieved sales of 24 billion euros in 2013, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations “Make the most of their energy.”

Website: www.schneider-electric.com


Martin Energy Group Services, LLC

Reception Sponsor

Martin Energy Group is an industry leader in the designing and manufacturing of complete power generation packages. Resilient CHP Systems, Tri-generation Packages, successful microgrid applications, modular enclosure packages, critical power systems, with island and black-start capabilities. Alternative fuels and dual fuel blending systems are supported by our advanced engine/ generator controls, switchgear, and scada systems. Martin energy group provides a complete “balance of plant” package with service and support. a “flange to flange” solution!

Point of contact for information or inquiries:
Aaron M. Fox, Project Development, Marketing,
Martin Energy Group Services, LLC
660.458.7000 ext. 164


Black & Veatch Corporation

Break Sponsor

Black & Veatch Corporation is a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company with the mission of Building a World of Difference®. By advancing the frontiers of knowledge, we provide our clients with reliable solutions to their most complex challenges, thereby helping improve and sustain the quality of life around the world.

Founded in 1915, Black & Veatch specializes in infrastructure development in energy, water, telecommunications, Federal, management consulting and environmental markets. Solutions are provided from the broad line of service expertise available within Black & Veatch, including conceptual and preliminary engineering services, engineering design, procurement, construction, financial management, asset management, program management, construction management, environmental, security design and consulting, management consulting and infrastructure planning.

Website: www.bv.com



Break Sponsor

Carillion is one of the leading integrated support services companies, with extensive construction capabilities, a substantial portfolio of Public Private Partnership projects and a sector-leading ability to deliver sustainable solutions.

We employ over 40,000 people worldwide with established businesses in the UK, Canada, the Middle East and North Africa, and annual revenues of more than $7bn. We provide all of the services needed to create and manage places and infrastructure; from project finance, design and construction through to lifetime maintenance, facilities management and energy efficiency.  We also provide services to customers in every sector that help to improve the quality of life for millions of people.

Our people and our Values are at the heart of everything we do.  They drive our commitment to delivering safe, sustainable and effective solutions for our customers, and creating positive legacies wherever we work. This is how we are working to make tomorrow a better place.

Website: www.carrillion.ca



Break Sponsor

ETAP® is a full spectrum analytical engineering firm specializing in the planning, design, analysis, operation, training, and computer simulation of power systems. With more than 50,000 licenses in over 100 countries, ETAP serves the power system needs from generation to utilization. ETAP employs a research and development team supported by a staff of engineers and scientists who have a combined knowledge of over 500 years experience. ETAP is privileged to have a permanent staff of power system engineers, many of whom have been internationally recognized as experts in their field. ETAP is committed to providing quality solutions for electrical power systems.



Break Sponsor

Founded in 1882, KCP&L has grown into a trusted energy provider and resource. As an investor-owned regulated electric utility we serve more than 800,000 customers in 47 northwestern Missouri and eastern Kansas counties.  Our mission is to provide safe, reliable power and customer? Focused energy solutions through operational excellence, innovation and a diverse, engaged workforce.

Website: www.kcpl.com


FuelCell Energy

Break Sponsor

FuelCell Energy is a fully-integrated company that designs, manufactures, installs, operates and services stationary fuel cell power plants. With over 4 billion kWh of electricity generated by the company’s plants to date, FuelCell Energy is an experienced industry leader in delivering ultra-clean, efficient and reliable power solutions for on-site, electric grid support, and micro-grid applications. Customers include hospitals, electric utilities, commercial and industrial companies, universities, municipalities, and other entities around the world.

Website: www.fuelcellenergy.com/


Continental Automated Buildings Association

Supporting Partner

The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is an international not-for-profit industry association dedicated to the advancement of intelligent home and intelligent building technologies. CABA’s mandate includes providing its members with networking and market research opportunities. CABA also encourages the development of industry standards and protocols, and leads cross-industry initiatives. The organization is supported by an international membership of nearly 300 companies involved in the design, manufacture, installation and retailing of products relating to home automation and building automation. Public organizations, including utilities and government are also members. The organization was originally founded in 1988 and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2013.

Website: www.caba.org


Microgrid Knowledge

Supporting Partner

Microgrid Knowledge is the largest website and newsletter focused on the $10 Billion microgrid industry. Elisa Wood offers in-depth news and reports on the policies, projects and technologies that impact microgrid installations. Sign up for our free newsletter by clicking here.

Website: www.microgridknowledge.com


Battery Power Magazine

Media Partner

Battery Power magazine serves the rapidly expanding market of battery powered products and technology. It covers all aspects of applications and technology development of batteries, power management, charging, testing, monitoring and manufacturing systems, as well as business and market news. Each issue offers technical articles, new product announcements, industry news and application profiles. – See more at: http://www.batterypoweronline.com/main/about/#sthash.GHj7TKf0.dpuf

Website: www.batterypoweronline.com


Energy Insight

Media Partner

Energy Insight delivers news, information, and resources from around the world covering renewable energy including solar, wind, biofuel, geothermal, and hydrokinetic, as well as related technologies such as energy storage, alternative fuel vehicles, and smart grids. Resources include a listing of renewable energy conferences and expos, a business directory, and a job board.

Website: www.energyinsight.info


HOMER Energy

Media Partner

HOMER Energy is the world’s leading microgrid modeling Software Company. The HOMER (Hybrid Optimization of Multiple Energy Resources) microgrid software navigates the complexities of building cost effective and reliable microgrids that combine traditional generated and renewable power, storage and load management. With over 130,000 users in 193 countries, HOMER is the established global leader for microgrids design optimization and feasibility.

Website: www.homerenergy.com


Microgrid Media

Media Partner

Microgrid Media covers the technology, policies, and business model innovations enabling the transition to a clean, distributed, and resilient energy system. Through our partners, Microgrid Media collects data and maps the global progress of microgrids. Get on the map by contacting ben@microgridmedia.com.

Website: www.microgridmedia.com


National Electrical Manufacturers Association

Media Partner

NEMA is the association of electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers, founded in 1926 and headquartered in Rosslyn, Virginia. Its 400-plus member companies manufacture a diverse set of products including power transmission and distribution equipment, lighting systems, factory automation and control systems, and medical diagnostic imaging systems. Total U.S. shipments for electroindustry products exceed $100 billion annually.

Website: www.nema.org


Navigant Research

Media Partner

Navigant Research is a market research and consulting team that provides in-depth analysis of global clean technology markets. The team’s research methodology combines supply-side industry analysis, end-user primary research and demand assessment, and deep examination of technology trends to provide a comprehensive view of these industry sectors.

Website: www.navigantresearch.com


Smart Grid Today

Media Partner

Smart Grid Today’s mission is to deliver daily, unbiased, comprehensive and original reporting on emerging trends, applications and policies driving the modern utility industry — in a signature format our founders have developed over 40 years in the trade news business, featuringhighly concise and easy-to-understand news copy based on trusted reporting,exclusive interviews, informed analysis and strategic insights that our subscribers rely on to succeed every business day.

SmartGridToday.com features a complete searchable archive of over 5,000 searchable articles and hundreds of downloadable PDF files, a robust industry directory, events calendar, discounts onselected items and more. Do not miss out on a single day of the deepest reporting on the smart grid you can find anywhere. Visit http://www.smartgridtoday.com/freetrial to sign up for a 14-day risk-free trial today.

Website: www.smartgridtoday.com


USNAP Alliance

Media Partner

Formed in 2009, the USNAP Alliance is responsible for promotion, marketing, and testing and certification for the CEA-2045 Modular Communication Interface (MCI). The MCI allows a wide range of products (from simple on-off devices to distributed generation and storage resources) to communicate with other systems in the home, and with Utility Smart Grid systems. Rather than developing multiple product designs for specific communications architectures, incorporating an MCI into the design allows for hot-swappable modules to handle establishing and mediating communications between the product and other systems. Modules are available for a wide variety of network architectures, and more are in development.

Website: www.usnap.org

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