GridFWD 2018 is Sponsored by these Leading Organizations:

Smart Grid Northwest gratefully acknowledges the following organizations that are committed to helping advance a modern grid for the Pacific Northwest. If you'd like to become a sponsor, you can get more information by downloading the prospectus.



BC Hydro is one of the largest energy suppliers in Canada. It generates and delivers electricity to 95 percent of the population of British Columbia and serves over four million people. Its mission is to provide customers with reliable, affordable and clean electricity throughout B.C., safely. Its vision is “to be the most trusted, innovative utility company in North America by being smart about power in all we do.” Learn more at




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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, AutoGrid Flex and AutoGrid Engage, 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, with a population of 1.5 million. 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.


Dominion Voltage, Inc (DVI), a Dominion Resources company, was established to bring to market Dominion’s unique approach to Energy Distribution & Grid Efficiency. DVI's solutions enable utilities to plan, manage, and validate investments in grid-optimization while delivering significant savings.


ecobee is focused on creating smarter wi-fi thermostats that are beautifully designed, easy to use, provide comfort and savings for families and are good for our planet.

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Enbala is focused on making the world’s power grids greener and more reliable, efficient and predictable by harnessing the power of distributed energy. Enbala’s real-time energy-balancing platform is transforming energy system operations through its revolutionary, highly flexible approach for creating controllable and dispatchable energy resources.


Itron is a global technology company that builds solutions that help utilities measure, manage and analyze energy and water. Their broad product portfolio includes electricity, gas, water and thermal energy measurement and control technology; communications systems, software, and professional services. With thousands of employees supporting nearly 8,000 utilities in more than 100 countries, Itron empowers utilities to responsibly and efficiently manage energy and water resources. 

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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.



OSI Digital is a global provider of technology solutions for business. Since founding in 1993, the company has expanded to a global team with office locations across the U.S., Canada, Philippines, Dubai, and India. OSI supports a diverse portfolio of customers across many industries, delivering solutions related to packaged enterprise applications, custom application development, systems integration, business intelligence and data analytics, and infrastructure. The team is augmented by partnerships with leading technology providers such as Microsoft, Tableau, Red Hat, Salesforce, Oracle, GE, AWS and Dell.

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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.



Seattle City Light is one of the nation's largest municipally owned utilities. Over the years SCL has worked very hard to keep Seattle's electricity affordable, reliable, and environmentally sound. Today, City Light is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.


Every day Sensus helps utilities, cities, industrial complexes and campuses connect data, places and people in powerful new ways to do more with their infrastructure:  improve efficiency, save money, increase safety, conserve resources, and promote economic development.


Supporting Sponsors



AECOM is a global network of experts working with clients, communities and colleagues to develop and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most complex challenges. AECOM was ranked #1 in Transportation and General Building in Engineering New-Record’s 2018 “Top 500 Design Firms” and named one of Fortune magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” for the fourth consecutive year.

Awesense is the pioneer behind True Grid Intelligence (TGI), a unique platform that takes a smarter approach to finding present and future issues in the distribution grid. TGI brings together a variety of cutting-edge technologies to address grid resiliency, stability, and losses providing a path for utilities to audit, monitor, and energy balance their distribution network in real-time.  Awesense applies a risk-based, systematic approach to combining meter data and in-grid data within distribution grid segments to predict the likelihood of losses, then provides next-best-action plans to investigate and pinpoint the location of the problem. 


Artificial intelligence has reshaped many industries and is now transforming the energy industry. Bidgely is the indispensable innovation partner for the modern utility, leveraging the power of data and AI to optimize engagement with all customers. The core of Bidgely’s technology is energy disaggregation which enables a personalized customer journey - all without the need for sensors or even a smart meter. With 8M homes served and 10 million homes under contract, Bidgely has become the go-to solution provider for leading utilities throughout the globe such as Duke Energy, NV Energy, and Florida Power & Light.


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 Advisors 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.


CLEAResult  is the largest provider of demand side management (DSM) programs and services in North America. Through proven strategies tailored to clients’ unique needs and market dynamics, the combined strength of experienced energy experts and technology-enabled service offerings help CLEAResult change the way people use energy for hundreds of utility and business partners. Founded in 2003, CLEAResult has over 2,500 employees in more than 70 cities across the U.S. and Canada.


Copperleaf provides decision analytics to organizations facing the challenges of managing critical infrastructure. Their enterprise software solutions leverage operational and financial data to help organizations make the right investment decisions, at the right time, to deliver the highest value to their stakeholders. Copperleaf combines a dynamic risk and value framework, predictive analytics, state-of-the-art optimization, and interactive visualization to empower businesses to make complex investment decisions with confidence. In 2017, Copperleaf was named one of the Fastest-Growing Software Companies in Canada for the third consecutive year. Headquartered in Vancouver, their solutions are distributed and supported by regional staff and partners worldwide.

Energy Northwest is a joint action agency formed by the Washington state legislature in 1957, representing the convergence of small and big public power.  Its consortium of 27 public utility districts and municipalities across Washington takes advantage of economies of scale and shared services that help utilities run their operations more efficiently and at lower cost, to the benefit of more than 1.5 million customers. It improves quality of life throughout the Northwest through the generation of clean, reliable electricity from nuclear, wind, hydro and solar projects.


FortisBC provides safe and reliable natural gas, electricity, alternative energy and related services to customers in BC. Together, their gas and electricity utilities deliver over 21 per cent of total energy consumed in BC and serve more than 1.1 million customers in 135 communities. They work to develop sustainable energy solutions to help reduce emissions in BC, help customers save energy and money, create jobs and economic growth for British Columbians, and deliver energy safely and reliably at the lowest reasonable cost.

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.

Hubbell Power Systems, Inc. (HPS) is a subsidiary of Hubbell Incorporated and an international manufacturer of quality transmission, distribution, substation, OEM and telecommunications products for a broad range of non-residential and residential construction and electric, gas and water utility applications. With revenues of $1.1 billion, HPS operates manufacturing facilities in the United States and around the world. The HPS headquarters is located in Columbia, South Carolina.

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MacDonald-Miller is a full-service, design-build mechanical contractor in the Pacific Northwest. With over 1,000 talented professionals, 10 locations and its own prefabrication shop, no project is too big or too small. They’ve helped shape the local landscape for over half a century with buildings that operate in the most efficient manner possible, saving the planet one building at a time.



Mission:data is a national coalition of 40+ innovative technology companies that empower consumers with access to their own energy usage data.



Navigant Research is a market research and consulting team that provides in-depth analysis of global clean technology markets. The team's research methodology combines supply-side industry analysis, end-user primary research and demand assessment, and deep examination of technology trends to provide a comprehensive view of these industry sectors.


Nest is focused on making simple, human, delightful things. That’s how we’re creating the thoughtful home: A home that takes care of the people inside it and the world around it.


Oracle Utilities provides a comprehensive platform of business-critical advanced distribution applications that integrate with Oracle's leading enterprise applications, BI tools, middleware, database technologies, servers and storage. Oracle's software enables utilities to deliver on grid modernization commitments, adapt more nimbly to technology and business model innovation, and meet ever-evolving customer demands.

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Founded in 1996 by Dr. Jane. S. Peters, Research Into Action, Inc. is a small, women-owned, clean energy market research and evaluation firm. It brings tailored analysis and insights to utilities, nonprofits, governments, and businesses that seek to advance their clean energy programs, services, and products. Its primary areas of expertise include market research, behavior change research, and program evaluation and planning.

Home to the schools of Computing Science, Engineering Science, and Mechatronic Systems Engineering, Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Applied Sciences is shaping tomorrow’s leaders in technology and engineering. The Faculty offers challenging areas of study complemented by unique learning experiences to foster a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. In 2019, SFU Applied Sciences will introduce a new Sustainable Energy Engineering program, the first of its kind in Western Canada, to provide students with an interdisciplinary education on engineering principles, design practices, technologies, economics and policies associated with the global cleantech sector.

Spark Power Corp is a leading independent electrical power services and solutions company serving 6,500 industrial, commercial, institutional, renewable and agricultural customers, as well as utility markets including municipalities, universities, schools, and hospitals across North America. Through their subsidiary, Bullfrog Power Smart Solutions, they offer clean energy alternatives that create both environmental and economic opportunities as the power grid shifts towards a low-carbon, distributed resource system.


The Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) is the economic development agency for the city’s businesses, investors and citizens. It works to strengthen Vancouver’s economic future by supporting local companies, attracting foreign investment and promoting international trade. VEC works collaboratively to position Vancouver as a global destination for innovative, creative, and sustainable development.