Workshops & Events

Get more out of the 2018 Utility Conference by attending a workshop or the tech tour. You’ll get a more hands-on approach before the main conference events and leave with practical knowledge that you can take back to your utility.

Technology Tour

Includes a casual networking lunch before the tour begins

Monday, April 8 | 12pm – 5pm | $120

Join us for SEPA’s annual Technology Tour. This 1/2-day tour is a great way to kick-start your Utility Conference experience and get some hands-on lessons while touring innovative local technology sites. The tour starts with a casual networking lunch and then we will travel with host SDG&E to an innovative energy storage site featuring a 2MW flow battery demonstration project on a high-penetration solar circuit. The group will also be jumping into microgrids as we tour various pieces of UC San Diego’s microgrid project, including battery storage, combined heat and power and solar.

This event is limited to 30 people – so reserve your seat now!

You can add the technology tour to your normal Utility Conference registration 

Workshop: Making the Case for Microgrids

Includes a casual networking lunch before the workshop

Monday, April 8 | 12pm – 5pm | $295

In the wake of recent storms in the Pacific, along the Gulf coast and in the Caribbean, and fires in California, grid resilience is receiving intense scrutiny. Microgrids can provide a sought after solution to power critical systems, but this is only a single facet of this grid asset. Utilities are facing demands to modernize the distribution system, integrate distributed energy resources (DERs), and mitigate physical and cyber threats to the grid. Microgrids, in addition to their established function as a backup power supply, can also coordinate and optimize DERs from a decentralized vantage point. But there are challenges to overcome, including regulatory barriers, technology integration issues and other complicating factors that must be addressed in order for microgrids to be embraced as robust grid assets in addition to customer-facing contingency plans.

You can add this workshop to your normal Utility Conference registration