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 and Exhibition.

Two days of conference activities offer a strong focus on solving practical challenges through real-world examples presented by leading figures in the microgrid and distributed energy industry. 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


View the complete program below, and be sure to check back periodically, for updates to the schedule and speakers.

DAY ONE — Monday, October 8th, 2018

Welcome, 9:00 – 9:10 am
The Role of Regulation, 9:10 – 10:30 am

  • Keynote, Karl Rabago of Pace Energy
  • 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 am
Island Microgrids, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

  • Emily Chessin of Meister Consultants
    “Business Models for C&I Solar PV in the Eastern Caribbean”
  • Alison Mason of SunJuice Solar
    “Community Microgrids in Puerto Rico”
  • Mauricio Solano-Peralta of Infratec Ltd.
    “New Zealand – Maluku Access to renewable Energy Support (NZMATES) Programme: Accelerating the deployment of long-lasting renewable mini-grids in Maluku Province”

Lunch 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Case Studies I (The California Experience), 1:30 – 3:00 pm

    • 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

Break, 3:00 – 3:30 pm
Arctic Systems, 3:30 – 5:00 pm

  • 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”

Reception, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Day Two — Tuesday, October 9th, 2018)

Keynote, 9:00 – 9:20 am

  • Peter Asmus of Navigant Research
    “Market Predictions”

Microgrid Business Models, 9:20 – 10:30 am

  • Gregg Moraska of Schneider Electric
    “Achieving Power Resilience and Sustainability Through Innovative Business Models”
  • Brad Luyster of IPERC
    “Overcoming Microgrid Deployment Hurdles: Microgrids as a Service (MaaS)”

Break, 10:30 – 11:00 am
Energy Access Microgrids, 11:00 am – 12:30 am

  • Keynote, John Exel of the World Bank Group
    “World Bank’s Global Facility on Mini-grids”
  • 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”
  • Dan Schnitzer of SparkMeter
    “What real-time operational data tells us about rural microgrid power quality”

Lunch, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
New Innovations in Controls, 1:30 – 3:00 pm

  • Scott Barrington of Trimark
  • Philip Fischer of NEC Energy Solutions
    “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”

Break, 3:00 – 3:30 pm
Case Studies II, 3:30 – 5:00 pm

  • 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”
  • Abdula Habib of Solar Turbines
    “Solar Turbines Microgrid Case Studies”

Day Three — Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Optional training, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
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