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ACI’s West Coast Conference on Microgrids

Date: 29th August 2018 - 30th August 2018 Location: Spokane - Washington - USA
ACI’s West Coast Conference on Microgrids • Capitalizing on Microgrids for Improved System Energy Efficiency & Reliability

Microgrids are getting a lot of attention, not just to support national security, but also to provide more resilient power supply at other types of facilities, and to allow for increased penetration of renewables. Agricultural complexes, academic campuses, health care centers, military bases, and even corporate grounds are exploring microgrid options to secure continuous reliability and quality of power supply. This has spurred creation of new technologies and control mechanisms that allow these systems to operate in a grid-connected mode and also independently for extended periods of time. They also support the modernization of older infrastructures and the containment of costs.

Why Attend This Conference
  • This industry is highly fractured with implementers and customers alike struggling to find repeatable business models that make financial sense
  • While each implementation is unique due to the variety of legacy equipment and brownfield resources, the process to develop a successful microgrid is highly repeatable

This conference series has been very informative and popular, following the success of last year’s conferences in Sonoma, California and Boston, Massachusetts. This is the second year that ACI is producing two Microgrid conferences, with our other conference for 2018 taking place in Charlotte, North Carolina.


29th August 2018
30th August 2018
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Chris Taylor – Content
0044 (0)20 3141 0602
Cheryl Williams – Marketing & Delegate Sales
+44 (0) 203 141 0605
Joanna Mieloch – Delegate Sales
+48 (0) 61 646 7036


Centennial Hotel
303 W North River Dr
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

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509 326 8000
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Energy at work: defining and shaping the future of distributed energy and microgrids in the US and abroad

  • Leveraging Existing DG Assets to Achieve Resiliency
  • How Microgrids Can Benefit Ports: The Port of San Diego Leading the Way
  • Community microgrids: the path to resilience and sustainability
  • How microgrids stand on their own
  • Technology considerations for microgrids
  • Community and regional resilience planning
  • Integrating microgrids and DER resources into wholesale markets
  • US-India collaborative for smart distribution system with storage
  • Working on the 21st century power grid transformation and the new energy economy
  • Resilience & recovery: future proofing the grid
  • Sustainability and security through increased use of microgrids
  • Energy storage and microgrid projects in Washington State
  • Microgrids in utility strategies
  • Maximizing the use of renewable energy in microgrids
  • CHP & natural gas in microgrids

Conference Chairperson:
Andy Skumanich
Founder and CEO

Bruce N. Anderson
Chairman and CEO

John Gibson
Chief R&D Engineer
Avista Corporation

Craig Boice
Boice Dunham Group

Matt Renner
Development & Strategic Partnerships Director
Clean Coalition

Drew Rankin
Chief Executive
Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative (CMEEC)

Douglas Staker
Vice President of Global Business Development
Enernoc, An Enel Group Company

James Byrne
Director Sales and Business Development
Envision Solar International

John Bryan
VP of Commercial Applications
EPC Power Corp

Noel N. Schulz
Professor, School of EECS
Washington State University

Larisa Dobriansky
Chief Business and Regulatory Innovations Officer
General Microgrids

Adam Forni
PE, Senior Research Analyst Energy
Navigant Research

Bill Muston
Manager of R&D
Oncor Electric Delivery

Renée Yarmy
LEED AP O+M Program Manager, Energy & Sustainability, Energy
Port of San Diego

Rachel Stern
Senior Environmental Specialist, Energy
Port of San Diego

Steve Drouilhet
Sustainable Power Systems

Bob Kirchmeier
Washington State Clean Energy Fund

This two-day conference will offer excellent opportunities to network with peers: CEOs, CIOs, CSOs, Vice-Presidents, Directors, Senior Managers, and other senior level professionals such as:

  • Investor-owned, municipal, and co-op utility professionals
  • Utility network planners and engineers
  • Microgrid project owners and developers
  • Alternative energy and power project planners
  • Related software and technology developers
  • Systems integrators
  • Commercial and industrial end users and campus network executives
  • Academic and research professionals pushing the industry forward
  • Regulators and public policy professionals
  • Power Generators
  • Distribution Companies
  • Renewable energy companies
  • Agricultural Enterprises
  • Hospitals
  • Hotels
  • Health Care Campuses
  • Education Campuses
  • Jails and other confinements

Key titles include:

  • Strategic planning and performance management professionals
  • Grid or market operators
  • Transmission system operators
  • Usability professionals
  • System integrators and consultants
  • Energy efficiency and conservation coordinators
  • Smart grid technology and software developers
  • Commercial and industrial end users
  • Regulators and public policy makers
  • Investors and financial community leaders
  • Emerging load technologies representatives

247Solar Inc.

247Solar is commercializing a modular, coal-competitive concentrated solar power (CSP) system called 247Solar Plant™ based on two MIT-invented clean energy technologies: an ultra-efficient industrial heat exchanger and an ultra-efficient microturbine. The system is designed to operate 24/7, regardless of weather, at power costs competitive with fossil fuel electricity generation. 247Solar is one of four MIT-related spin-offs launched by Ignite Technology Ventures, an incubator Bruce founded in 2000 to commercialize MIT technologies. Bruce ran for governor of the state of New Hampshire in 1986. In 1990, with US Senator Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day in 1970, he co-founded Earth Day USA to transition the event from a domestic 10-year anniversary celebration to an international annual event. He has served as director of numerous national organizations and companies and was president of the MIT Alumni Club of Boston as well as a Director on the International Board of MIT’s Alumni Association. He was founding co-chair of the New England Clean Energy Council in 2008 and was the 2011 recipient of its Clean Energy Leadership Award. He currently serves as President of the MIT Crew Alumni Association and is a member of the MIT Corporation (board of trustees).

Website: www.247solar.com

Alliance for Rural Electrification

ARE Vision: It is the vision of ARE that by 2030 everyone in the world and in particular all rural people in low-and medium income countries should have access to affordable, secure and clean energy and energy services.

ARE Mission: The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) who represents the decentralised clean energy sector with members along the whole value chain, was founded in 2006 to act as a solution provider in order to advance access to clean energy and energy services in developing and emerging countries.

Website: www.ruralelec.org


Conduit is a web-based resource that facilitates information-sharing, coordination and collaboration among energy efficiency professionals in the Northwest. Conduit is brought to you by NEEA with additional support from BPA.

Website: www.conduitnw.org

Energy Central

Energy Central has been a leading news and information provider for the global power industry for over 20 years. Today we are more than just a news provider, we are an online network bringing together the smartest people in the power industry to learn, share, and connect in a collaborative community environment. Join www.energycentral.com today and be part of a growing community of over 200,000 registered members

Website: www.energycentral.com

Green Energy Times

Green Energy Times (G.E.T.) is a free, mission-based resource paper educating our readers on sustainable living. G.E.T. has a mission to motivate everyone, including businesses, municipalities, communities, organizations, and individuals, to be able to make educated measures to reduce their carbon footprints and to be responsible for our sustainability and energy independence. G.E.T believes the need to accomplish these things is urgent, both to stop climate change and to provide for the health and well-being of both the environment and all people.

Website: www.greenenergytimes.net

Green Journal

Green Journal keeps you up-to-date with the latest green energy news and conferences. We are a team of renewable energy enthusiasts who strive to provide the UK with the latest information on sustainable energy and environmental protection, as well as an in-depth portal for events happening in the green industry.

Website: www.greenjournal.co.uk


GreenMatch is a comprehensive guide designed to help you navigate through the transition to renewable energy. We care about the environment and believe that everyone has a part to play in making the UK a little greener – one house at a time. GreenMatch strives to engage more homes and families in sustainability by providing all the necessary information to make the switch even easier.

Website: www.greenmatch.co.uk


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.navigant.com


North American Clean Energy

North American Clean Energy is a comprehensive magazine serving the growing alternative energy industry. Published six times per year North American Clean Energy is at the front of the renewable energy sector covering new projects research and technologies. Readership comprises of US and Canadian-based industry leaders decision-makers buyers specifiers and other professionals in the alternative energy sector who look for the latest information in a variety of energy related fields.

Website: www.nacleanenergy.com

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