Events - Spring 2020





MICROGRID Global Innovation Forum & VPP-DERMS Summit

Exploring the Role of Microgrids in the Grid of the Future

March 10-11, 2020


Chicago Conference Center

Chicago, Illinois

ABOUT the EVENT: The North America edition of the Microgrid Global Innovation Forum,

March 10-11, 2020 in Chicago, zeros in on microgrids as a strategy for grid resiliency, renewables integration, cost savings, and ensuring power quality.  Case studies of current deployments in both grid-connected and off-grid / remote scenarios will be examined in depth.

Sessions on Day 2 of the Forum will focus on the closely related topic of next-gen Virtual Power Plants (VPPs) and their emerging role in orchestrating and integrating distributed renewable energy resources into the energy mix.

Topics to be covered include:

  • How utilities are leveraging storage within microgrids
  • Microgrids as a strategy for grid resiliency and outage management
  • Ownership models and benefits for multiple stakeholders
  • DERMs and VPPs for future Smart Grids
  • Public-purpose, city-community, and commercial microgrid deployments
  • Integration of microgrids into the larger grid
  • Microgrids and electric vehicle charging power infrastructure
  • Latest technology advances for optimizing performance and control
  • Regulatory changes to support advanced microgrid development
  • VPP international case studies & lessons for North America
  • Market drivers and opportunities worldwide