Conference Program

Conference Program & Tracks

We are proud to announce an impressive lineup of speakers that will be presenting at the 6th annual HOMER International Microgrid Conference.

Two days of conference activities place a strong emphasis on using real-world examples to solve practical challenges faced by colleagues and industry leaders. Educational tracks include:

  • The Role of Regulation
  • Island Microgrids
  • Case Studies I (The California Experience)
  • Arctic Systems
  • Microgrid Business Models
  • Energy Access Microgrids
  • New Innovations in Controls
  • Case Studies II (Distributed Energy)

View the complete program below, and be sure to check back periodically for updates to the schedule and speakers. Also browse additional opportunities, such as a pre-conference, private tour of the UCSD microgrid project and a full day of HOMER microgrid modeling software training.


Join us for a private tour of the UCSD microgrid, an exemplary project that, with every electron it delivers, proves the technology and propels the industry forward.

Tour Details


  • Welcome 9:00 – 9:05 a.m., Dr. Peter Lilienthal, CEO of HOMER Energy
  • Keynote 9:05 – 9:25 a.m., Andrew McAllister, Commissioner of the California Energy Commission
  • The Role of Regulation 9:25 – 10:30 a.m.
    Martin Elton of Tikuna Energy
    “Early Stage Lessons from the Development of an Urban Microgrid in Chile”
    Jason Keyes of Keyes & Fox LLP
    “Residential Nanogrids Using EV Battery Charging and Discharging”
    Patrick Morand of Duane Morris LLP
    “Who Should Pay for Utility-Scale Microgrids? The Answer Depends on Your State’s Regulations”
  • Break 10:30 – 11:00 a.m., Sponsored by Solar Turbines
  • Island Microgrids 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Emily Chessin of The Cadmus Group
    “Business Models for C&I Solar PV in the Eastern Caribbean”
    Alison Mason of SunJuice Solar
    “Community Microgrids in Puerto Rico”
    James Hamilton of Centre for Renewable Energy and Power Systems, University of Tasmania
    “Australian High Penetration RE Case Studies; King Island Flinders Island and Rottnest Island”
  • Lunch 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Keynote 1:30 – 1:50 p.m., Karl Rabago of Pace Energy
  • Case Studies I (The California Experience), 1:50 – 3:00 p.m.
    Pierre Bull of the Center for Sustainable Energy
    “Deriving New Wholesale Marketing Revenue Opportunities and Maximizing Customer Utility Savings with Behind-the-Meter Distributed Energy Resources (DER)”
    David Bliss of Charge Bliss
    “The Charge Bliss Hospital Microgrid Experience”
    Craig Lewis of Clean Coalition
    “Lessons from Community Microgrid Developments in California”
  • Break 3:00 – 3:30 p.m., Sponsored by IPERC
  • Keynote 3:30 – 3:50 p.m., Dr. Peter Lilienthal, CEO of HOMER Energy
  • Arctic Systems 3:50 – 5:20 p.m.
    Nick Hawley of BBA Engineering
    “Old Crow Off Grid Solar Diesel Integration”
    Stuart Lansburg of Saft
    Reducing Wind Curtailment in the Far North
    Alex DeBroe of Xant
    Going Cold-Turkey on Fossil Fuels for Pilot Point AK
    Piper Foster Wilder of 60Hertz Microgrids
    “Good Morning, Gilbert! Microgrid O&M Software”
  • Day One Wrap-up 5:20 – 5:30 p.m., Dr. Marilyn Walker, COO of HOMER
  • Reception 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Sponsored by Capstone Turbine Corporation


  • Keynote 9:00 – 9:20 a.m., Peter Asmus of Navigant Research
  • Microgrid Business Models 9:20 – 10:30 a.m.
    Gregg Morasca of Schneider Electric
    “Achieving Power Resilience and Sustainability Through Innovative Business Models”
    Marc Lopata of Azimuth Energy
    “Educating Customers and Reducing Risk with a Phased Development Approach”
    Jim Dodenhoff of IPERC
    “Overcoming Microgrid Deployment Hurdles: Microgrids as a Service (MaaS)”
    Tony Giroti of Energy Blockchain Consortium
    “Blockchain for DER and Microgrids”
  • Break 10:30 – 11:00 a.m., Sponsored by ComAp LLC. 
  • Keynote 11:00 – 11:20 a.m., Jon Exel of the World Bank Group
    “World Bank’s Global Facility on Mini-grids”
  • Energy Access Microgrids 11:20 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Anjal Niraula of Gham Power
    “Vital Role of Productive End Use in Scaling Microgrids for Energy Access and Commercial Investment”
    Scott Kennedy of Energy Action Partners
    “The Minigrid Game: A New Tool for Community Inclusion in Microgrid Planning and Management”
    Allison Archambault of SparkMeter
    “What Real-Time Operational Data Tells Us About Rural Microgrid Power Quality”
  • Lunch 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. 
  • New Innovations in Controls 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
    Scott Barrington of Trimark Associates Inc.
    “Planning for Failure – What Do You Do When Your Microgrid Controller Fails?”
    Philip Fischer of NEC
    “A Smart and Flexible Microgrid with a Low-Cost Scalable Open-Source Controller and Pre-Packaged Energy Storage”
    Mike Murray of Ageto
    “Off-Grid Microgrid Case Study Using HOMER to Seal the Deal”
    Cyril Colin of Elum Energy
    Leveraging Forecast to Improve PV Hybrid Microgrid Performance
  • Break 3:00 – 3:30 p.m., Sponsored by Elum Energy & Cummins Inc.  
  • Case Studies II (Distributed Energy) 3:30 – 5:20 p.m.
    Nimish Bhatnagar of AESI
    “Energy Storage and Peaking Shaving – Reducing Global Adjustment charges in Ontario, Canada”
    Huang Iu of Canadian Energy
    “Microgrid for Industrial Farming in Canada”
    Dean Tuel of Younicos
    “Benefits of Multi-Stakeholder, Multi-Partner Microgrids”
    Abdulelah Habib of Solar Turbines
    “Solar Turbines Microgrid Case Studies”
    Steve Gillette of Capstone Turbine
    “Evolution of a DC MicroGrid”
    • Day Two Wrap-up 5:20 – 5:30 p.m., Dr. Peter Lilienthal, CEO of HOMER


  • Optional training 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Hands-on training with the HOMER Grid and HOMER Pro software platforms can help you model your next microgrid project, develop your demand management strategy, and get training you need to deploy more projects and land more deals.

Training Details