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 / REGISTER NOW

Download the preliminary agenda for GridFWD 2019 >

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 85 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.

See first-hand the new Denny substation with Seattle City Light.

See first-hand the new Denny substation with Seattle City Light.

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 University of Washington Clean Energy Center

  • 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

Panelists from the GridFWD 2018 event: Mark Hormann, Yeye Zhang, Ryan Fedie and Teague Douglas.

Panelists from the GridFWD 2018 event: Mark Hormann, Yeye Zhang, Ryan Fedie and Teague Douglas.

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.

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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.

Registration is open. Download the preliminary agenda.

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