Envisioning and Achieving the Microgrid Potential

The demand for microgrids as a strategy for ensuring grid reliability and energy independence is growing -- not only for military applications, but also for campus environments in the commercial, government, health care, education, industrial, and other sectors. Pike Research estimates that distributed energy on campus microgrids will increase by 164% between 2011 and 2017, rising from 620 megawatts to 1.6 gigawatts. In the military arena, spending on microgrids is forecast to increase fourfold by 2020, with Department of Defense expenditures projected to reach $1.6 billion, according to research firm SB Energy.

Microgrids are defined geographic areas in which local power generation, energy storage, and network management allows for disconnection and operation apart from the larger grid. Many feel that microgrids -- coupled with the emerging smart grid -- hold the key for greater integration of renewable energy resources and a more secure energy future.

The Microgrid World Forum 2013 is an in-depth, three-day event that carefully examines the latest market drivers, enabling technologies, current deployments, and projected growth of microgrids worldwide. The program is intended to help energy professionals understand the emerging opportunities,and challenges in realizing the potential of microgrids.
  • How can microgrids be leveraged by utilities to increase grid reliability and load balancing?
  • What is the growth forecast by sector? What are business models and market drivers?
  • How will microgrids help achieve the promise of the smart grid? Of renewable energy integration?
  • What have we learned from current pilots and projects, and how can these be applied broadly?
  • What are the key technology advances and enabling applications for microgrids worldwide?
Topics to be addressed include:
    -- Microgrid business models for campus and remote environments
    -- Recent applications in commercial, military, government, health care, and educational institutions
    -- Meeting requirements for very high quality power and reliability
    -- Integrating solar, wind, CHP, and other distributed renewable energy resources
    -- Microgrid interconnection and interaction with the grid
    -- Delivering power security and independence in a military environment
    -- Reconsidering existing models for energy generation, transmission and distribution
    -- Microgrid demand and markets globally, by region
    -- Meeting Renewable Portfolio Standards through microgrid deployment
    -- Selling power back to the grid
    -- Standardizing microgrid design
    -- Regulatory and policy developments impacting microgrid adoption

Who Should Attend?
  • Utility executives and network planners
    Who must understand the latest trials and deployments of microgrids, and how they interact with the larger grid

  • Campus network managers
    Who are charged with achieving higher levels of energy reliability, flexibility, security, and renewables integration

  • Military strategists
    Who consider microgrids as a way to achieve energy security, mobility, and self-sufficiently in temporary or unstable environments

  • Hardware and software vendors
    Who need to stay abreast of the latest trends and market requirements in the commercial and military microgrid market

  • System integrators and project developers
    Who must evaluate how microgrids will impact policies surrounding renewables integration, security, and grid interconnection

  • Market and financial analysts
    Who need to stay current on the most promising technologies and companies in this space