Committees & Groups

Grid 20/20: Focus on Distributed Energy Resources


The world of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) is quickly evolving, driven primarily by technical advances, cost reduction, and today’s policy environment.

The purpose of this GRID 20/20 symposium is to discuss the many ways that distributed energy resources are changing the landscape in PJM today. Focusing on PJM, speakers will provide insights on the array of opportunities, specific challenges, and the technologies and policy solutions being considered to best leverage the reliability benefits and efficiencies offered by this emerging field of resources.

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


Hyatt Regency McCormick Place — 2233 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Chicago, IL

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

Tuesday, September 20
6:00 p.m. Networking Reception
Wednesday, September 21
9:00 a.m. Welcoming Remarks: Suzanne Daugherty - Sr. Vice President, CFO, and Treasurer, PJM Interconnection, LLC
9:15 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michael Caramanis, Ph.D., Professor of Mechanical & Systems Engineering, Boston University

Panel Discussions
9:45 a.m. Panel 1: Drivers of Evolution
Moderator: Trevor Loose, Sr. Principal, Energrid

  • Laurent Schmitt - Smart Grid Strategy Leader, GE Grid Solutions
  • Dr. Mohammad Shahidehpour - Director, Galvin Center for Electricity Initiative, Illinois Institute of Technology (Galvin Center Microgrid)
  • Dr. Shay Bahramirad - Director, Distribution Planning and Smart Grid, ComEd
  • Luis Fondacci - Vice President, Transmission and Regulatory Affairs, North Carolina Electric Membership (NCEMC)
  • Brandon Middaugh - Senior Program Manager, Distributed Energy, Microsoft
11:00 a.m.  Break
11:15 a.m.  Panel 2: Current Environment
Moderator: Denise Foster, Vice President, State & Member Services, PJM Interconnection, LLC

  • Dr. Ben Kroposki - Director of the Power Systems Engineering Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • David Owens - Executive Vice President, Business Operations Group and Regulatory Affairs, of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI)
  • Sarah Nash – Investment Banking Associate, Marathon Capital
  • Kristin Munsch - Deputy Director, Citizens Utility Board
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m.  Panel 3: Shaping the Future
Moderator: Dr. Michael Caramanis, Ph.D., Professor of Mechanical & Systems Engineering, 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 - Director, Sustainable FERC Project, NRDC
  • Lorenzo Kristov, Ph.D. - Principal, Market and Infrastructure Policy, California ISO
2:45 p.m. Closing Remarks: Suzanne Daugherty - Sr. Vice President, CFO, and Treasurer, PJM Interconnection, LLC