September Grid 20/20 to Focus on Distributed Energy Resources

The next PJM Grid 20/20 forum will discuss the quickly evolving world of Distributed Energy Resources. The Sept. 21 forum will take place at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago.  There will be an opening reception Sept. 20.

Event Registration

There is no cost to attend the event; however all room reservations and charges will be the responsibility of the individual.

Key Topics:

  • Distributed Energy Resources primer
  • High-level market and technology overview
  • Current integration and deployment opportunities and challenges for DER
  • Discussion around the need for business model and regulatory innovation and solutions

September 21:

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michael Caramanis, Ph.D., Boston University

 Panel 1: Drivers of Evolution will focus on various use cases and value proposition for Distributed Energy Resources as well as on trends impacting market growth

Moderator: Trevor Loose, senior principal – Energrid


  • Laurent Schmitt, Smart Grid strategy leader – GE Grid Solutions
  • Mohammad Shahidehpour, director – Galvin Center for Electricity Initiative, Illinois Institute of Technology (Galvin Center Microgrid)
  • Shay Bahramirad, director – Smart Grid and Technology, ComEd
  • Luis Fondacci, vice president – Transmission and Regulatory Affairs, North Carolina Electric Membership
  • Brandon Middaugh, senior program manager – Distributed Energy, Microsoft

Panel 2: Current Environment will focus on the current integration, and deployment opportunities and challenges, for Distributed Energy Resources including: grid operations, planning, policy, and technology

Moderator: Denise Foster, vice president – State & Member Services, PJM


  • Ben Kroposki, director –Power Systems Engineering Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • David Owens, executive vice president, Business Operations Group and Regulatory Affairs – Edison Electric Institute
  • Ammad Faisal, senior vice president – Marathon Capital
  • Kristin Munsch, deputy director – Citizens Utility Board

 Panel 3: Shaping the Future will primarily focus on potential regulatory and market solutions for efficient and cost-effective integration of Distributed Energy Resources.

Moderator: Dr. Michael Caramanis, Ph.D., Boston University


  • Jignasa Gadani, deputy director – Office of Energy Policy & Innovation, FERC
  • Seyed Madaeni, principal, Grid Engineering Solutions – SolarCity
  • Shelly Lyser, Energy Markets Policy Group – Con Edison Company of New York
  • John Moore, senior attorney – Sustainable FERC Project, NRDC
  • Lorenzo Kristov, Ph.D., principal – Market and Infrastructure Policy, California ISO