2017 Grid Evolution Summit – A National Town Meeting

July 25 - 27, 2017
Washington, DC
Conference Technical Program: July 25 & 28th

Workshop & Events


How To Register

These add-ons are available during the Grid Evolution Summit registration process. If you have already registered and would like to add one of these events to your registration, please contact Erika Tomatore at etomatore@sepapower.org.

If you would like to attend the DER Fundamentals Workshop or the SEPA Power Players Awards Dinner ONLY and will not be attending the Grid Evolution Summit, registration to each individual event is linked below.

Click here for instructions for adding on the workshop, dinner, or Technical Program sessions to your registration.


DER Fundamentals Workshop

Sponsored by Nexant






Date: Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Time: 1-5pm ET
Location: Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC
Price: $295 Member/ $395 Non-Member

“Distributed resources are an increasingly important part of the nation’s resource mix and will play a critical role in the future of the grid.”

-Cheryl LaFleur, Acting Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Whether you are new to the electricity industry or an expert in one technology looking to learn more about the others and how they all work together, this event will provide a great opportunity to kick off the Grid Evolution Summit and get the most out of your time in DC.

To view the full DER Fundamentals Workshop agenda, please click here.

Learn more

This DER Fundamentals Workshop will explore and explain the world of distributed energy resources (DER) and how they are managed on the power grid through the lens of FERC’s NOPR on Electric Storage Participation in Markets Operated by Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators, along with state regulatory activities such as New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (NY REV), California’s Distribution Resources Plan (DRP), and other states specifically considering DER in the context of grid modernization. We will work through the issues in an approachable way, relevant to those working in both vertically integrated and restructured electricity markets.

Key Topics:

  • Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Technologies Overview
  • Wholesale and Retail Market Designs
  • Program Design Considerations
  • Technical Integration Considerations
  • Distribution and Resource Planning Considerations

What You’ll Learn:

  • How are DER defined, and what are the services they provide to both consumers and the electrical grid?
  • How are DER technologies like demand response, solar, storage, EV, and home automation technologies being deployed and integrated in vertically integrated and restructured markets?
  • What are the regulatory considerations of behind the meter DER transactions?
  • What is the role of the utility in deploying DER technologies? How can a utility work with third parties and aggregators?
  • How are utilities evolving their distribution and resource planning processes and implementing grid edge technologies to better integrate these distributed resources?
  • What strategies are being deployed to maximize the value of DER as a grid asset?

To add the DER Fundamentals Workshop to your Grid Evolution Summit registration, please click here.

To register for the DER Fundamentals Workshop only, without registering for Grid Evolution Summit, please click here.


SEPA Power Players Awards Dinner

Supported by CLEAResult





During Summit
Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Time: 7:00-9:00pm ET
Location: Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC
Price: $50 per person/$350 per table

The SEPA Power Players Awards recognize compelling and innovative achievements by utilities and their industry partners to advance energy system transition through the integration of distributed energy resources. Join the Smart Electric Power Alliance and other Grid Evolution Summit colleagues to celebrate seven of the most innovative and collaborative projects from 2016.

To learn more about SEPA’s 2017 Power Players Awards, visit our website.

Online Registration for the dinner is closed. Limited onsite registration is available. 

Technical Program

Pre- and Post-Summit
Date: Tuesday, July 25, Thursday, July 27, and Friday, July 28, 2017
Location: Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC
Price: Included with Grid Evolution Summit registration (RSVP requested)

In April 2017, SEPA merged with SGIP, an organization focused on accelerating grid modernization and the energy Internet of things through education and the promotion of interoperability and standards to empower customers and enable a secure sustainable energy future.  

SGIP’s Technical Program will be incorporated into this year’s Grid Evolution Summit, and will offer attendees over 30 additional hours of educational and networking sessions, and an opportunity to collaborate with one another in an effort to advance grid modernization in the energy industry.

Working sessions will be held before and after the Summit on topics including Smart Grid Architecture, Home / Building / Industry to Grid, Transactive Energy Coordination, Open FMB, Smart Grid Testing and Certification, Orange Button, Smart Grid Cybersecurity, and more. See the main agenda for session titles and descriptions.

Sessions are open to all Summit registrants, but we encourage you to RSVP by adding any meetings you plan to attend during your Summit registration process.


Grid Evolution Summit Fun Run

Want some fresh air and exercise to get your blood pumping before the Grid Evolution Summit begins? Do you want to meet new people and have a familiar face to recognize throughout the event? Then the Fun Run is just the thing for you! Come join us for a fun, free meet and greet as we roll through DC. The activity will take place Wednesday, July 26th at 6am. This is a great opportunity to see old friends and meet new ones. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Elise at efritzgage@sepapower.org.

What? An informal group exercise outing to gather friends, take in scenic DC, and get ready for a great Grid Evolution Summit. Three-four mile untimed run – go at your own pace!

When? Wednesday, July 26th at 6:00am. Gather in the Washington Hilton lobby near the concierge desk prior to 6:00am to meet up, sign the waiver, energize, and stretch.

Where? SEPA’s Ryan Edge will lead the group through the scenic streets of DC and back to the Washington Hilton in time to freshen up before breakfast and the opening session.