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ACI’s East Coast Conference on Microgrids

Date: 11th April 2018 - 12th April 2018 Location: Charlotte - North Carolina - USA
ACI’s East 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 Spokane, Washington.


11th April 2018
12th April 2018
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Chris Taylor – Content
0044 (0)20 3141 0602


DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Charlotte – SouthPark
6300 Morrison Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28211 United States

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+1 704 364 2400

Through a series of presentations, sessions, and panel discussions, this event will cover some of the major current concerns of the industry.

  • Microgrid design and implementation
  • Advocating for off-grid, remote, and island microgrid
  • Feasibility issues: project financing and investor perspectives
  • Current trends and future revenue opportunities with microgrids
  • Pros and cons of a privately funded microgrid
  • Sustainability and Security through increased use of microgrids
  • Bridging the Gap between past infrastructure and future smart grid
  • Considering alternative technologies and innovative thoughts
  • Determining the correct technology mix for hybrid energy systems
  • Microgrids powered by alternative sources
  • Microgrid power control, management, and integration
  • Regulatory and public policy advances
  • Standards and interoperability issues
  • Community Planning for resilience
  • Market drivers and opportunities worldwide

Kenneth Horne
Director, Energy
Navigant Consulting

Kung Ven
PE, LEED AP, Associate Vice President, Business Unit Leader, Power, Energy, Commercial & Industrial, Georgia

Craig Boice*
Boice Dunham Group

Russell DeSalvo
Senior Manager, Grid Modernization

Aleksandar Vukojevic
P.E., Manager, Technology Development, Emerging Technology Office
Duke Energy

Rodney James
Manager, Technology Development
Duke Energy

Darrell Thornley
DT Energy Consultants

John Caldwell
Director or Economics
Edison Electric Institute

Arindam Maitra
Technical Executive
Electric Power Research Institute

Jeffrey D. Roark
Technical Executive, Power Delivery and Utilization
Electric Power Research Institute

Vishnu Barran
Regional Development Manager
Martin Energy Group

Thomas Chorman
Senior Engineer, New Grid Offerings, New Energy Solutions
National Grid

James Reilly
Reilly Associates

Jerome L. Garciano*
Robinson + Cole

Timothy Hade
Chief Operating Officer
Scale Microgrids Solutions

*Indicates that this speaker is also a member of Agenda Committee

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

Martin Energy Group

Martin Energy Group is a turn-key micro-grid solution company in business for forty years. We engineer and package custom electric generators and supply and service a complete range of power generation products. We can install our custom sound and emissions attenuated enclosures in sub-basements and on roofs. We have installed hundreds of CHP units throughout the United States, Canada, Central and South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Australia. We excel in providing custom solutions for our client’s complex energy needs.

Website: www.martinenergygroup.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

Battery Power Magazine

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.

Website: www.batterypoweronline.com

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


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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