Grid Forward (formerly Smart Grid Northwest) gratefully acknowledges the our lead sponsor Seattle City Light, our premier sponsors, supporting sponsors and media sponsors that are committed to helping advance a modern grid for our region. If you'd like to become a sponsor, you can get more information by downloading the prospectus. or contact Bryce Yonker, executive director and CEO, Grid Forward.

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Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to about 750,000 Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.


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As the industry's first enterprise energy analytics and customer engagement platform provider, Bidgely's utility artificial intelligence (AI) solutions transform utility meter data into business intelligence for optimizing shareholder value, personalizing the customer experience and modernizing the grid. Bidgely's mission to be a trusted AI partner helps utilities solve daily challenges related to home energy management, customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and new revenue models. With roots in Silicon Valley, the company has invested $30M in R&D, retains 30+ data scientists and brings a passion for AI to utilities serving residential customers around the world.


Burns & McDonnell is a family of companies made up of 7,000 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists, consultants and entrepreneurs with offices across the country and throughout the world. Ranked No. 1 in Power and Transmission and Distribution by Engineering News-Record, we strive to create amazing success for our clients every day through innovative solutions including for utilities and power providers.


Cadmus delivers cross-disciplinary services and solutions that help clients achieve their goals while also creating social and economic value that improves people’s lives. Their team of Energy Services Advisers provides expertise in energy policy, energy efficiency, demand response, renewables and distributed generation, potential studies, resource planning, finance, greenhouse gas emissions, smart grid technology, and sustainability.

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Clean Power Research creates software that’s powering intelligent DER decisions. Leading utilities use our solutions to capture DER data and build insightful analytics that help them thrive in the face of market changes. See how you can improve distribution system planning with integrated interconnection processes, customer-level DER adoption forecasting and behind-the-meter PV production.


Each day, you will find DNV GL at work with over 100,000 customers, in more than 100 countries, building the invisible infrastructure of trust. We are the leading provider of risk management and quality assurance services to the maritime, oil and gas, and power and renewables industries. We are also global leaders in certifying management systems of companies across all types of industries, including healthcare, food and beverage, automotive and aerospace.


ecobee empowers people to transform their lives, homes, communities and planet through innovative technologies that are accessible and affordable. The Company introduced the world’s first smart Wi-Fi thermostat to help millions of people save energy and money without compromising on comfort. ecobee has since continued to expand its suite of technologies and services to deliver a state-of-the-art connected home experience to customers across North America. ecobee products combine the Company’s pioneering sensor technology with the power of voice, machine learning and artificial intelligence to help customers control their home’s comfort and energy consumption while effortlessly connecting them to the online streaming and service platforms they love.


Enbala exists for one reason: to create an energy future that’s sustainable and balanced. Enbala does that by harnessing the power of distributed energy. Through the better management of distributed energy resources enabled by Enbala, reliance on fossil-fuel-based generators is minimized, greenhouse gasses are reduced, capital asset construction costs are deferred, the problems of renewable intermittency are solved, grid efficiency and reliability are improved, new revenue generation opportunities are created, and stronger utility-consumer partnerships are forged.

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GE Digital is the leading software company for the Industrial Internet, reimagining industry's infrastructure by connecting software, apps and analytics to industrial businesses.


Honeywell provides utilities with industry-leading technologies and strategies from automated demand response and energy solutions to utility customer communications. Working with utility clients across the globe, Honeywell Smart Energy delivers innovative programs and solutions to help utilities exceed their demand management goals.


Landis+Gyr is the leading global provider of integrated energy management solutions for the utility sector. Offering one of the broadest portfolios of products and services to address complex industry challenges, the company delivers comprehensive solutions for the foundation of a smarter grid, including smart metering, distribution network sensing and automation tools, load control and analytics. Landis+Gyr operates in over 30 countries across five continents. With sales of approximately USD 1.7 billion, the company employs c. 6,000 people with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better.


Navigant's Energy consultants collaborate with utilities and energy companies, investors and large corporations, and governments and NGOs to help them thrive in the rapidly changing energy environment. Navigant offers a custom approach to provide forward-thinking ideas and solutions in the critical, complex, and ever-evolving energy industry. Our specialized experience and advanced analytic approach to problem solving allows us to provide breakthrough insights for clients.


Since its founding in 2011, Opus One Solutions has helped utility partners gain visibility into electricity distribution systems, and better manage DERs. Their GridOS solution is successfully deployed by utility partners across Canada and the U.S.A. From integrated planning to real-time distribution system state estimation using physics-based modeling and a limited number of data points, GridOS uses the Grid’s DNA to perform advanced distributed energy analytics and to execute constraint management actions, while optimizing available grid resources and maximizing capacity.

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Oracle Utilities delivers proven software applications – on premise or in the cloud -- that deliver reliability and agility, so that electric, gas and water utilities worldwide can enhance customer experience, increase operational efficiency and achieve performance excellence. Our customer care and billing, network management, work and asset, mobile workforce, meter data management, energy efficiency and analytics solutions integrate with Oracle's leading enterprise applications, BI tools, middleware, database technologies, servers and storage. We are the largest cloud provider in the industry today, serving the entire utility value chain from the grid to the meter to the end user. Our software enables customers to adapt more nimbly to market deregulation, meet ever-evolving customer demands, and deliver on environmental conservation commitments.

Open Systems International—headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota—provides open, state-of-the-art and high-performance automation solutions to utilities worldwide. These solutions include Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition systems, Network Management Systems, Energy Management Systems, Distribution Management Systems, Outage Management Systems, Generation Management Systems, Substation Automation Systems, Data Warehousing Analytics, Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems, Situational Awareness Systems, Pipeline Network Management systems, individual software and hardware products, and Smart Grid solutions for utility operations. OSI’s solutions empower its users to meet their operational challenges, day-in and day-out, with unsurpassed reliability and a minimal cost of technology ownership and maintenance.


Portland General Electric is a fully-integrated energy company serving 872,000 customers in 51 cities. For more than 125 years, PGE has been delivering safe, reliable, responsibly generated energy to Oregonians. With 2,700 employees across the state, PGE is committed to building a cleaner, more efficient energy future. Together with its customers, PGE has the number one voluntary renewable energy program in the U.S.

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POWER Engineers, Inc. is a global consulting engineering firm specializing in integrated solutions for power delivery. As innovators, they encourage new ideas and fresh approaches. As trusted advisors, they help clients realize unique grid modernization solutions. These traits, combined with deep technical skill integrating renewable energy sources into electrical systems, allow POWER to deliver solutions that meet clients’ requirements for electric power resiliency and sustainability. With over 2,500 employees in 45 offices across the U.S., POWER provides a one-stop shop for engineering in today’s rapidly changing market.


Sensus, a Xylem brand, helps public service providers, including utilities, cities, industrial complexes and campuses, do more with their infrastructure to improve quality of life in their communities. Sensus enables customers to reach farther by responding to evolving business needs with innovation in sensing and communications technologies, data analytics and services.


Uplight is an end-to-end technology suite for energy users and providers that unites all the key solutions required to deliver, manage and optimize the customer energy experience. Uplight brings together the leaders in utility-branded marketplaces, demand side management, analytics, home energy management, and utility personalization to form a complete customer energy experience system that's proven at enterprise scale, yet nimble enough to deliver innovative solutions quickly. Uplight already partners with more than 75 global utilities serving over 100 million homes and businesses, and is solely dedicated to creating a more sustainable and customer-centric energy experience.

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The West Monroe Energy & Utilities team is committed to moving our industry forward. They obsess about meeting business objectives and managing by metrics. They understand what success looks like and how to make it repeatable. Equipped with an uncommon blend of business acumen & deep technological expertise, they partner with you, give you the tools, and work by your side on a journey to transform our industry. West Monroe does this with an abiding commitment to making their clients and our nation stronger.

Supporting Sponsors


AutoGrid’s DER flexibility management software allows utilities, electricity retailers, energy service providers and owners of large asset portfolios deliver clean, affordable and reliable energy by managing distributed energy resources in real time and at scale. AutoGrid’s integrated suite of applications is built on a single platform and leverages its patented Predictive Controls™ technology. The company’s flagship applications provide out of the box DRMS, DERMS, VPP and Energy Storage Management solutions for residential, commercial and industrial utility customers.


Avista is an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses. Avista Utilities is the operating division that provides electric service to more than 600,000 electric and natural gas customers. Its service territory covers 30,000 square miles in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and parts of southern and eastern Oregon. Alaska Energy and Resources Company, an Avista subsidiary, provides retail electric service in the city and borough of Juneau through its subsidiary Alaska Electric Light and Power Company.


Awesense works with electric utilities to improve the reliability, reliance and efficiency of their grid through our cloud-based analytics platform, True Geospatial Intelligence (TGI). TGI allows utilities to modernize their grid by harnessing energy monitoring, geospatial data, SCADA, IoT, and analytics. Our goal is to transform the planet into one that is fueled by modern, reliable and clean energy.


CLEAResult is the largest provider of energy efficiency and demand response solutions in North America. Through proven demand side management strategies tailored to clients’ unique needs, CLEAResult combines the strength of our energy experts and innovative technology to help over 250 utilities change the way people use energy. CLEAResult is headquartered in Austin, Texas, and has over 2,500 employees in more than 60 cities across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit clearesult.com.

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Community Energy Labs is an innovative grid modernization project developer for a carbon free, affordable and reliable energy future. Communities hold the key to a scalable solution to energy flexibility. They are an ideal living laboratory for commercializable grid modernization technologies and have the appropriate access and motivation to keep revenue generated from the use of such technologies local. Our stakeholder alignment model bridges the needs of: technology providers, utilities and communities. Our project design and technical assistance services provide the necessary frameworks for financing and executing complex and cutting edge projects with community buy-in and support.


Google Nest products work together to help you stay informed, feel more comfortable and safe, keep an eye on home when you’re away, and connect to friends and family and with over 3,500 connected home brands that now work with the Google Assistant, you’ll have endless possibilities for creating a more helpful home.

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Itron enables utilities and cities to safely, securely and reliably deliver critical infrastructure services to communities in more than 100 countries. Our portfolio of smart networks, software, services, meters and sensors helps our customers better manage electricity, gas and water resources for the people they serve. By working with our customers to ensure their success, we help improve the quality of life, ensure the safety and promote the well-being of millions of people around the globe. Itron is dedicated to creating a more resourceful world.


Opinion Dynamics: Emerging Questions. Insightful Answers. Opinion Dynamics is a leading consulting firm specializing in energy efficiency, renewable and demand response evaluation research. Based in Waltham, MA with offices in Oregon and California and throughout the country, we work to advance knowledge to address your emerging energy issues through sound and insightful research. Our knowledgeable staff can assist with program integration, evaluation, and customer engagement strategies for grid edge programs such as electric vehicles, batteries, and smart thermostat offerings as well as pricing and demand response programs.

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OSI Digital designs, developes and supports purpose-built technology solutions that enable data-driven business. Our goal is to accelerate digital transformation by offering system integraton services to capture, secure, integrate, optimize and analyze data from across an enterprise – leveraging key platforms from industry leaders such as GE, Amazon and Microsoft to significantly reduce our clients time to value. Since our founding in 1993, we have expanded to a team of over 1,400 employees worldwide with a diverse portfolio of customers across various industries, including Software & Business Services, Financial Services, Life Sciences & Healthcare, Manufacturing, Retail, Agriculture and Energy.


PNNL advances the frontiers of knowledge, taking on some of the world’s greatest science and technology challenges. Distinctive strengths in chemistry, earth sciences, and data analytics are the heart of our science mission, laying a foundation for innovations that improve America’s energy resiliency and enhance our national security. We are a national lab with Pacific Northwest roots and global reach. Whether our researchers are unlocking the mysteries of Earth’s climate, helping modernize the U.S. electric power grid, or safeguarding ports around the world from nuclear smuggling, we accept great challenges for one purpose: to create a world that is safer, cleaner, more prosperous, and more secure.


Snohomish County PUD is the second largest publicly owned utility in Washington. We serve over 350,000 electric customers and about 21,000 water customers. Our service territory covers over 2,200 square miles, including all of Snohomish County and Camano Island.


Incorporated in Connecticut in 1969, TRC has spent half a century providing cutting edge professional services in the engineering and consulting realm. From humble beginnings as The Research Corporation of New England, a meteorological and air quality analysis firm, TRC quickly expanded into the power, infrastructure and oil and gas markets and now serves as a tech-enabled consulting firm.


TROVE is a leading provider of predictive-analytics software and services, bringing utility clients the technology and expertise needed to make their data useful now – making their investments more productive, operations more efficient, marketing initiatives more effective, and customer relationships more profitable. Whether you have an advanced data-science function or are in the process of developing one, TROVE will improve your data and put it to good use, delivering quick return on investment and a long-term performance advantage across your operations through the power of prediction.


Utilidata®, Inc., an energy software company backed by leading venture capital firms, is the industry leader in energy grid optimization. The company’s patented technology captures real-time signals from the electric grid and provides actionable insights to save energy, integrate distributed energy resources, and better detect grid anomalies. The company is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island.

Media Sponsors

BloombergNEF (BNEF), Bloomberg’s primary research service, covers clean energy, advanced transport, digital industry, innovative materials and commodities. We help corporate strategy, finance and policy professionals navigate change and generate opportunities.

Clearing Up is the definitive news and information resource for electricity and natural gas in the greater Pacific Northwest.