The premier educational and networking event focused on deploying advanced solutions to modernize our regional energy system
OCTOBER 7-9, 2019 / BENAROYA HALL / SEATTLE, WA
GridFWD 2019 has concluded and was clearly a success: a full crowd, over 120 speakers, a variety of experiences, high energy and valuable discussions. We thank our many speakers, sponsors, attendees and volunteers for making it so inspirational and educational. Watch for announcements for GridFWD 2020 next fall.
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Radical changes in energy sources, distribution systems and usage are surging through the electrical infrastructure of the region. To help all stakeholders move forward on modernizing our regional grid, Grid Forward hosting GridFWD 2019, an innovative collaborative event taking place at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Join leaders from regional and national utilities, solution providers, regulatory agencies, governments, labs and other stakeholders who are working together to promote and accelerate innovation across regional grid to create a reliable, resilient, affordable and low-carbon energy system.
OVER 100 speakers are already confirmed, including top leaders from major regional utilities. see all the current speakers here.
GridFWD 2019 comprises three interwoven themes that the many dynamics behind grid modernization.
modernization best practices
Success is out there. We’ll bring the best together under this theme: recent industry insights that address both lessons learned and concerns. The sessions will start with the broad assessment across transmission and distribution, and then dive into the current state of DERMS, DERs, interoperability, cybersecurity and more.
innovations in Markets & Models
It takes more than software, sensors and switches to run the digital utility. External factors in the market impact progress for grid modernization and these dynamics are leading to developments in the ways that business is conducted. Take part in an exploration of the latest trends in business models and energy markets that support grid modernization, the expansion of renewable energy commitments, and the evolution of regulatory frameworks.
nurturing a Culture of Innovation
You can teach an old dog new ways to match customer expectations with organizational priorities. This theme will walk the walk, exploring ways of creating culture that embrace and support innovation, including discussions on how to shape the right teams and drive successful pilots into full deployment.
Prior to the conference on October 8-9th, join us for workshops and tours on october 7th
Attend the GridFWD Consumer Engagement workshop with Patty Durand, President & CEO of Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative
Tour the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds, a University of Washington facility for fabricating prototypes, testing devices, and integrating systems
Visit the Amazon Spheres and other Amazon facilities and discuss voice services, data center siting, AI and machine learning, and more
Tour the new Denny substation of Seattle City Light and learn about its modern solutions
Join a discussion about pathways for capacity sufficiency with regional stakeholders
Why attend GridFWD 2019?
Collaborate with regional and national utilities, solution providers, regulatory agencies, governments, labs and other stakeholders
Hear from regionally and nationally recognized keynote speakers
Take part in deep-dive technical sessions
Choose among themes on modernization best practices, markets & models and culture of innovation
Join interactive sessions in innovative meeting space
Take in highly relevant training and tours on October 7
Become part of the momentum started in GridFWD 2018
Make new connections with experts and peers to help your grid modernization projects
Play a role in the only major event focused on grid modernization in our region
Expanding on The Success and Quality of gridfwd 2018
The 2018 GridFWD event in Vancouver, BC attracted over 250 attendees from a diverse body of regional utilities and energy companies, technology and solution providers, universities, and dozens of regulators, government officers, NGOs, advocates and consultants.
“GridFWD has brought together the right people to engage on the right critical topics at exactly the right time. Participating in 2018 helped our team meet a great cross-section of industry leaders and it is exciting to see everyone come together to push these important initiatives forward.” — Jamie Staples, Google
GridFWD 2019 will encompass a broader mix of topics while maintaining a focus on practical application—to help us collectively move our grid forward.