Dates: SEPTEMBER 17-18, 2019

The Mary M. Gates Learning Center, Alexandria, VA

(10 minutes from D.C.)

Creating a Dynamic, Resilient and Sustainable Energy Future

The 2019 Summit is a senior level educational forum. It will focus on the technical capabilities and innovations that are allowing for the increased integration and penetration of DERS and microgrid projects into our national energy infrastructure.

Equally, the Summit will also serve as a conduit for developing the strategic business models and use cases  while discussing the current regulatory and market landscape.

PAST SUMMIT SPEAKERS FROM 2018/19 HAVE INCLUDED (in their role as): 

Mr. Thomas Fanning, Chairman, CEO, Southern Company
 Mr. Thomas Fanning
Chairman, CEO & President, Southern Company
Bruce J. Walker
Mr. Bruce Walker
Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity and Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of CESAR, U.S. Department of Energy
Ms. Lisa A. Jung, SES
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Installation Energy (IE), OASD(EI&E))
The Hon John Henderson
The Honorable Mr. John W. Henderson
Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Installations, Environment and Energy, USAF
Dr. Paul Chodak III
Executive Vice President – Utilities, American Electric Power
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Mr. Terence Donnelly
President and COO, ComEd
The Honorable Mrs. Phyllis Bayer
Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment)
Mr. Jordan Gillis
Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy and Environment), U.S. Army


Ms. Shelee Kimura
Senior Vice President, Strategy and  Business Development, Hawaiian Electric Company
Frank Almaraz
Mr. Frank Almaraz
Senior Vice President of Strategy and Commercial Operations, CPS Energy
Adelman Xcel Energy
Mr. Jonathan Adelman
Vice President, Strategic Resources and Business Planning, Xcel Energy
Jay Stowe TVA
Mr. Jay Stowe
Senior Vice President, Distributed Energy Resources, Tennessee Valley Authority
Jim Horan
Mr. Jim Horan
Director, Regulatory Affairs, NRECA
Mr. Bill Lawrence
Director of the Electricity ISAC; Senior Director, NERC
Mr. Joseph Power
Vice President Federal Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Ameren
Ms. Denise Foster
VP, State & Member Services
PJM Interconnection
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Mr. Simon Baker
Deputy Director, Energy Division, California Public Utilities Commission
Sonja Glavaski
Dr. Sonja Glavaski
Program Director, ARPA-E
Dr. Sherif Abdelrazek
Senior Engineer, Distributed Energy Technologies, Duke Energy
Mr. Andy Haun
SVP, Chief Technology Officer, Microgrids, Schneider Electric
Mr. Karl Rabago
Professor of Law and Executive Director, Pace Energy and Climate Center
Dr. Nicholas Judson
Assistant Group Leader, Energy Systems, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Dr. Thomas Bialek
Chief Engineer, SDG&E
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Mr. Bob Morris
Chief Engineering Services Officer, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

Why Should you Attend the Summit?

  • RSC professional forums offer you the rare opportunity to truly partake in senior level, in depth dialogue and discussions towards the topics at hand.

  • We bring together a diverse group of leaders, innovators, implementers and end-users to engage in two days of detailed, moderated plenary and panel discussions that are driven by actionable take aways for all in attendance.

  • Seating is limited! Our forum invokes the feel of a ‘Town Hall’ format (round table seating), where you are offered the ability to help shape the topics at hand by offering your perspective, ideas and questions during the sessions.

  • Ample networking time is built in to both days to allow for you to meet and engage all in attendance in an efficient and effective manner.

  • Join us and walk away with knowledge gained,  and collaborations established as leaders in the  community come together to build out the near future of microgrids and DERS.

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2019 Summit Key Focus Areas to Include:

Technical Topics

  • Capabilities needed from a distributed energy resource management system (DERMS)

  • Energy storage technical advancements

  • Current resources for developing efficient onsite power generation and distribution capabilities

  • Developing an interconnected microgrid network ; utilizing VPP in large -scale applications, and the supporting software defined networks

  • Cyber resilient microgrid control systems

  • Cloud computing, remote connectivity, and visibility of the edge: where to store your data?

  • Real time remote monitoring advancements and machine learning capabilities

Business Models, Use Cases and Regulatory Affairs

  • Emerging U.S. military strategies and Federal use cases for enhancing energy security and resiliency through increased use of  microgrids and DERs

  • Evolving business models  for integrating  microgrids and DERS into the Grid

  • Strategies and  business models with energy storage

  • The Regulatory landscape towards microgrids and DERS integration into the Grid, including data governance

  • The role for DERS and microgrids in emerging smart cities

Sample of Participating Organizations from the last Summit Included:


  • Sample of leading utilities in attendance : Duke Energy,  Southern Company, Dominion Energy, American Electric Power, EDF Energy,  Ameren, ConEd, National Grid, AES, TVA, ComEd, LADWP, SCE, HECO
  • Sample of  military organizations in attendance at 2018 EAST Summit: CERDEC, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,  ARL, ASN(RD&A ), Commander, Navy Installations Command, Air National Guard, USCG Shore Infrastructure Logistics Center, Marine Corps Installations Command, USAF, office of OASD, Energy, Installations & Environment , office of Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations, and Environment;  office of U.S. Army (OEI), NAVFAC HQ Public Works (PW), U.S. Army ERDC
  • Sample of federal and state government agencies and non profit organizations in attendance:FERC ; FEMP, DOE; D.C. Department of Energy & Environment;  U.S House of Representatives ; US Department of Justice; Port Authority of NY & NJ; EPA, Cyber Division/ FBI ; PJM Interconnection, Edison Electric Institute, MIT, NRECA, Washington State Legislature
  • Sample of industry and innovation organizations in attendance at 2018 EAST included: Amersco, The Roosevelt Group, Siemens, ABB,  Emera Technologies, Edison Electric Institute, EnerNex, Honda R & D Americas, S & C Electric Company, Schneider Electric, Blue Pillar, Eaton Corporation, Go Electric Inc., Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, RMF Engineering, GE Grid Solutions 

Senior level professionals from: utilities, energy infrastructure & technology companies, engineering firms, independent power producers, and contractors, energy storage and distributed energy companies, and energy managers/customers from public and private sector exploring microgrid and DERS adoption

           Specific fields include:
• Investor-owned, municipal, and co-op utility professionals
• Utility executives, network planners and engineers
• Microgrid project developers, owners and entrepreneurs
• Solar, PV, wind power, biogas, CHP, and renewable energy companies
• Power control systems and software developers
• Systems integrators
• Battery suppliers and energy storage companies
• Distribution companies
• Communications, and power control solutions providers
• Regulators and public policy professionals
• Financial and VC professionals

Key titles include:

C-level executives charged with  strategic planning and performance management 
• Grid or market operators
• Transmission system operators
• System integrators and consultants
• Smart grid technology and software developers
• Regulators and public policy makers
• Emerging load technologies representatives

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At Our Summit You Will Have the Ability to

Gain Education & Insight: Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the complex challenges facing intelligence officers and analyst.

Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to discover some the latest technologies of processing, exploitation and dissemination of automated intelligence

Influence: Help foster ideas! Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive sessions. All attendees are given the opportunity to address our speaker faculty with their questions or comments.

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