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2nd National Microgrids Conference

Date: 10th September 2014 - 12th September 2014 Location: Chicago - Illinois - USA

ACI’s Second National Microgrids Conference

The microgrid market is predicted to more than double in the next five years, both in terms of installed capacity and annual value. But as grid edge technologies quickly expand, it’s a new wave of cleaner, more agile, and increasingly complex microgrids being developed, and they have the potential to dramatically change the United States power landscape.

Microgrids being deployed today are more flexible and advanced. Enabled by emerging technologies, value propositions are becoming viable that previously were infeasible or too expensive.  Where will new markets emerge over the next five years?  Which markets are going to explode? What challenges do they face? How much growth will there be with microgrid installations?

Power equipment companies now investing in pilot projects and currently available market opportunities will be well positioned for market leadership as the demand for microgrids increases over time. Attend this industry event to learn how microgrids provide a real opportunity to improve energy security throughout and to produce energy in a more environmentally friendly way, both by increasing the efficiency of our energy sources and increasing the implementation of renewables.

The second national three-day conference highlighting Next Generation Microgrids: powering the demand for microgrid technology and enabling new energy technologies to reach the marketplace and beyond. Featuring segments and panels by representatives from Schneider Electric, S&C Electric Company, Pareto, the Brookhaven National Laboratory, Reilly Associates, the Argonne National Laboratory, Microgrid Knowledge, TRC Solutions, Eaton, Siemens Industry Inc., Green Energy Corp, General Microgrids, M-WERC, (Mid-West Energy Research Consortium), Galvin Electricity Initiative/ Perfect Power Institute, Southwest Research Institute, Burns & McDonnell, Veriown Innovation Center LLC, Chicago Bridge and Iron and Distribution and Princeton Power Systems.

Global installed capacity of microgrid has seen a staggering growth since 2011 and is forecast to grow at a CAGR of over 17% from 2012- 2022 to attain a total installed capacity of over 15GW by 2022.

In terms of market value for the vendors the market presents a potential of over $5 billion and is likely to reach up-to $27 billion by 2022.

– Microgrid Market Forecast & Analysis (2012-2022), MarketsandMarkets Research


10th September 2014
12th September 2014
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Chris Taylor – Content
0044 (0)20 3141 0602


Hilton Garden Inn Chicago North Shore
1818 Maple Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201 United States

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847 475 6400
  • Providing reliable and secure power and driving major growth through microgrid adoption.
  • Maximizing the use of renewable energy in such microgrids, to ensure cost effectiveness and an acceptable business model to achieve profitability and success.
  • Understanding and determining the optimal technology and mix of energy storage, wind, solar, generation using traditional fuels, and other resources together in a unified system that operate effectively in grid-tied and off-grid environments.
  • Microgrid development for strategic energy objectives such as developing storage capacity, increasing energy efficiency and using new tools for demand management and prioritizing loads.
  • Microgrids as a key aspect of large-scale renewable energy interconnection with the macro grid.
  • The increased focus on microgrids in the wake of national disasters to eliminate damaged and disturbed power delivery networks.
  • Demand response based programs designed to expand the market by reducing the pain and complexity of implementation and peak demand savings.
  • The potential role of demand response resources in maintaining grid stability and integrating variable renewable energy.
  • Business, utilities, investors and policymakers enabling the reshaping of electric grid – turning it from a one-way conduit for disrupting power into a decentralized, intelligent network improving energy reliability and efficiency across businesses, homes and communities.
  • Resiliency-focused microgrids’ connection to the utility grid providing new opportunities for system optimization and cost reduction.
  • Leading-edge technologies such as power electronics, advanced control and communication, and distributed generation from renewable resources like solar and wind, natural gas generation, stored energy and the grid to distribute power and other forms of energy through a local network.
  • Campus/institutional microgrid serving educational campuses, residential communities, government buildings, and research organizations leading the market ahead of defense and military, commercial, and others, all of which are projected significant growth within the next decade with a boost from funding by the U.S. Department of Energy.
  • Microgrids in remote locations and developing countries focusing on distributed and diverse power generation, designed to remain self-sufficient in order to cater to areas where traditional transmission via electric utility macrogrid is not viable.
  • Microgrid project owners and developers
  • Commercial & industrial end users and campus network executives
  • Investor-owned, municipal, and co-op utility professionals
  • Academic and research professionals pushing the industry forward
  • Management and technology consultants
  • Financial sector players focused on the microgrid opportunity
  • Software developers, technology providers, and system integrator players
  • Project developers and owners
  • HOMER software users
  • Network planners and utility professionals
  • Campus network managers
  • Military strategists
  • Hardware and software vendors
  • Investment and financial analysts
  • Smart Grid and Smart Meter Directors and Project Managers
  • Transmission and Distribution Managers
  • Metering, Advanced Metering Infrastructure, and Distribution Automation Managers
  • IT Directors
  • Customer R&D Managers
  • Demand Response
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Load Control
  • Gas & Transmission Managers
  • Power Delivery Systems
  • Power Supply
  • Process Improvement Directors/Managers
  • Energy Conservation Directors
  • Modern Grid Initiative
  • Technology Strategists
  • Smart Connect Managers
  • Energy Managers/Energy Directors
  • Customer Service Directors/Managers


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


Siemens Microgrids

Reception Sponsor

Siemens Microgrid is transforming energy delivery with innovation- stacked with proven performance.  Planning for distributed energy projects can be complex and requires a vendor with the know-how and commitment throughout the entire planning, implementation and performance management process.   Whether you are a Utility or stakeholder on the grid,  let our Microgrid professionals demonstrate how the Siemens Smart Grid portfolio is the most comprehensive in the industry and designed to deliver results.  We also provide a range of financing structures to ensure you have the financial support necessary to drive your project to completion.   As a world leader in energy generation, transmission & distribution solutions Siemens is uniquely positioned to deliver and maintain successful,  long-term microgrid projects.

Website: www.siemens.com


MelRok, LLC

Exhibit Sponsor

MelRok provides the streaming of energy information with the world’s most Advanced Energy M&V and Demand Management. Our solutions offer unmatched system simplicity, affordability, unprecedented energy visibility, information and savings. MelRok’s EnergiStream solutions are fully integrated, automated systems that look deeper than the traditional smart meter and energy management systems to provide accurate and real time visibility into and control of your building’s and/or campus’ energy use and cost. EnergiStream identifies wasted energy usage and excessive energy costs. It delivers energy management and verification and management of Time of Use (“TOU”) charges and Real Time and Peak Energy pricing. Our solutions fulfill many LEED v4 requirements and help LEED participants earn up to an additional 30 points, and IPMVP (Options A, B & C) all while combining EE and ADR with the same system. It also provides Carbon and Sustainability Management and Reporting. EnergiStream has also been accepted by a number of high profile national programs, including a DOE Smart Grid Demonstration project in California and the USGBC’s Demand Response Partnership Program.

Website: www.melrok.com


Burns & McDonnell

Break Sponsor

Founded in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is a full service architecture, engineering and construction firm with a proven track record of successful projects and longstanding client relationships. Our professional staff is dedicated to providing quality services in an economical and timely fashion. Because Burns & McDonnell is 100-percent employee-owned, our staff has a vested interest in the firm’s success, which translates into responsive, outstanding service for our clients. We have performed energy services and renewable energy projects for over 20 years and provided energy related services for over 100 years.

Website: www.burnsmcd.com


AB Research

ABI Research, established in 1990, is a market intelligence company specializing in global technology markets. Our unique blend of quantitative forecasting and trend analysis helps us to quantify the important markets of today, define the strategic technologies of tomorrow, and provide insight on how technology is adopted into vertical markets.

Our clients rely on our services to uncover key market metrics and trends that are compiled through a combination of hundreds of comprehensive stakeholder interviews per year, technical intelligence from teardowns, years of collective market experience, vendor contributed data and end user research.

Website: www.abiresearch.com


enerG Magazine

enerG Magazine, now in its 9th year, delivers the big picture and bright future of alternative energy in North America—be part of that future now! Reaching more than 25,000 decision-makers in energy and related businesses, enerG covers all areas of alternative energy, including wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and biofuels.

Website: www.altenerG.com


Energy Efficiency Markets

Energy Efficiency Markets is the largest independent website and newsletter focused on the $574 Billion energy efficiency industry. Elisa Wood, Lisa Cohn offer in-depth news and analysis on the trends, policies and technologies that impact energy efficiency programs.

Website: www.energyefficiencymarkets.com


Microgrid Alliance

The Microgrid Alliance (MGA) is an organization working to accelerate the growth and development of microgrids. The MGA includes companies in the microgrid sector who work together in a collective way on policy and business relating to microgrids. The MGA works to educate policymakers, the media, and the general public about what microgrids are, the opportunities they represent, and what policies would help advance them.

Website: www.micrgridalliance.org


Microgrid Knowledge

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


Navigant Research

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


OpenADR Alliance

Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) is an open and standardized way for electricity providers and system operators to communicate DR signals with each other and with their customers using a common language over any existing IP-based communications network, such as the Internet. As the most comprehensive standard for Automated Demand Response, OpenADR has achieved widespread support throughout the industry.

The OpenADR Alliance was formed by industry stakeholders to foster the development, adoption and compliance of the Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) Smart Grid standard utilizing existing standards from OASIS, UCA and NAESB.

Website: www.openadr.org

Smart Grid Today

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

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