GridFWD 2019 Keynote and Plenary Sessions Explore the Broadest Ideas and Impacts in Grid Modernization

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On the afternoon of October 7, GridFWD 2019 attendees are encouraged to take advantage of exclusive grid modernization tours and workshops. Space is limited for the these options so please confirm your spot by Sept 16. Go the registration page to make your choice.

TOURS - Option 1

Amazon AI and Technology Tours

Source: Amazon

Source: Amazon


We’ll meet at the Amazon Spheres, and then proceed to the Day 1 building to be taken deep into some of the cutting-edge technology that is helping Amazon redefine markets. You’ll meet with the company’s Power Procurement team to learn about Criteria for Amazon Data Center Siting. You’ll also hear firsthand about Alexa Voice Services for Consumer Engagement, Computing and Machine Learning at the Edge, and Training an AI to Drive. The tour ends at the Amazon GO store.

TOUR OPTION 2 (two stops)

Denny Substation, Seattle City Light

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Seattle City Light has recently been upgrading Denny Substation. The project has a number of components critical to the operation of the utility’s grid and the resiliency of Seattle’s energy system. Join us for a tour of this modern, urban substation to see how the completed effort has come together. Project details >

Washington Clean Energy Testbeds, University of Washington

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On the tour, we will see recent developments in flexible solar materials and exciting battery technologies. UW experts will also discuss the Testbeds’ advanced capabilities for developing and demonstrating the most effective ways to integrate renewable energy innovations into the electric grid and smaller systems, including buildings and vehicles. Testbeds details >


Workshops - Option 1

Engaging and Empowering Consumers


Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative


This workshop will help attendees understand how to engage and empower consumers around smart energy technology and programs. Led by the Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative (SECC), this workshop will highlight research findings for programs and services that support consumer wants and needs. We will also share information on what has worked in the field, as well as discuss concerns and barriers to consumer engagement.

The agenda includes:

  • Consumer Engagement Strategies – As the energy industry transitions from a grid-centric focus to a consumer-centric focus, the Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative will share key findings from recent research on consumer engagement strategies.

  • Data Analytics for Consumer Benefit - Energy providers and consumers experience the conundrum of data wealth and information poverty. What consumer pain points can data solve? Research identifies three such programs; learn about those as well as what some utilities out in front are doing.

  • Successful AMI Deployments: Voices of Experience - Roughly half of U.S. Households have a smart meter installed. As AMI deployments continue across the U.S., learn what lessons have been learned for successful consumer communications by those who have gone before.

  • Consumer Voices: Deepening the Relationship - patterns that matter - Consumers depend on energy to power their homes and lives every day, all day. While many consumers don’t give much thought to energy until the power goes out or the bill comes, many want support from their energy providers to help them make choices that align with their personal priorities. Approximately 40% of consumers engage “selectively” with their utility. SECC has identified patterns that can inform and help industry stakeholders understand these consumers more deeply and, by so doing, meet their needs more consistently and effectively.

Workshops - Option 2

OpenADR Introduction and DER Applications


2:30 - 4:30pm

The OpenADR Alliance will be holding a workshop to introduce the OpenADR standard technology specification for connecting distributed energy resources to the utility grid. The presentation will include an introduction to the basics of the OpenADR technical protocols, utility case studies, and a look at how the spec is being extended to particular use cases such as renewables generation, storage, and electric vehicle infrastructure.

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