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3rd National Microgrids Conference

Date: 14th April 2015 - 16th April 2015 Location: Dallas - Texas - USA

ACI’s Third 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 third national three-day conference on capitalizing on Microgrids for improved system energy efficiency, reliability and providing enabling technologies for grid independence. Featuring segments and panels by representatives from S&C Electric Company, Schneider Electric, Oncor Electric Delivery, Reilly Associates, United Illuminating, CB&I, 3rd Generation Engineering, New York State Smart Grid Consortium, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Galvin Electricity Initiative/ Perfect Power Institute, Green Building Certification Institute, Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative (CMEEC), Microgrid Knowledge, Viridity Energy Inc., OATI, General Microgrids, Navigant and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

“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 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


14th April 2015
16th April 2015
Event Category:


Chris Taylor – Content
0044 (0)20 3141 0602


DoubleTree Hotel Dallas – Market Center
2015 Market Center Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207 United States

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1 214 741 7481
  • 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
  • Examining Microgrids as a key aspect of large-scale renewable energy interconnection with the macrogrid
  • 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
  • Virtual Power Plants: Harnessing the power of the energy cloud to balance loads, smooth variability and integrate diverse resources
  • 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 case studies, pilots, 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


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


Lockheed Martin

Reception Sponsor

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 116,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

Lockheed Martin is led by Marillyn A. Hewson, Chief Executive Officer and President.

As a global security, aerospace, and information technology company, the majority of Lockheed Martin’s business is with the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. federal government agencies. In fact, Lockheed Martin is the largest provider of IT services, systems integration, and training to the U.S. Government. The remaining portion of Lockheed Martin’s business is comprised of international government and some commercial sales of our products, services and platforms.

Website: www.lockheedmartin.com


Milbank | Energy at Work

Exhibition 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


Ideal Power Inc.

Break Sponsor

Ideal Power Inc. (NASDAQ: IPWR) is ushering in a new age of power conversion with their patented Power Packet Switching Architecture™ (PPSA). This innovative technology eliminates the need for bulky stationary components like transformers. The result is a power conversion system (PCS) which is smaller, lighter, more efficient and more flexible than any conventional power converter on the market. Their power conversion systems (PCS) enable the integration of multiple power sources including solar PV, battery storage and even diesel generation to form stable, flexible, reliable microgrids.

Website: www.idealpower.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 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


NAATBatt International

NAATBatt is more than an international trade association. NAATBatt International is dedicated to promoting the innovation, development and commercial deployment of advanced electrochemical energy storage technology worldwide. NAATBatt’s activities center on facilitating communication and collaboration among the needed groups to develop and bring new electrochemical energy storage technologies to market: Manufacturers, Material Suppliers, Testing and Test Equipment, End Users, Research Capital and Governments

NAATBatt membership provides companies with an unprecedented opportunity to meet and network with other companies in the advanced battery industry including but not limited to leading suppliers, customers, capital providers, installers, equipment manufacturers, and service providers to the industry.

Website: www.naatbatt.org


National Electrical Manufacturers Association

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


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


USNAP Alliance

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


Utility Horizons International

Utility Horizons Quarterly is the first and only all-digital (electronic) e-magazine for the global Electric, Water and Gas Utility Automation and Information Technology industry. Published four times annually from the utilityhorizons.com portal, each issue focuses on key market drivers, issues and trends associated with automation/IT products, systems and services solutions for electric, gas and water utility professionals worldwide. With a primary emphasis on advanced, leading-edge automation and information technologies and a dual focus on Education and Innovation, no other publication can match the leading edge content and practical insights for experienced utility automation veterans and newcomers alike.

Website: www.utilityhorizons.com

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