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    Leaders from DHS, Utilities, Regulators, Industry and DoD convene for Strategies and Innovations to Improve DERS Integration and Microgrid Projects.

    February 12, 2019 - Roosevelt Strategic Council


      Roosevelt Strategic Council (RSC), well known for its years of service to the National Security communities, will be bringing its senior level strategic educational and networking forum to the energy sector February 26 – 27, 2019 at their Microgrids & DERS Summit, hosted at San Diego State University. Utility leadership, including HECO, LADWP, SCE, Xcel Energy, and SDG&E, will join DoD, DHS and Private Sector Leaders for two days of off the record briefings and dialogue.

      The Summit will focus on the technical capabilities and innovations that are allowing for advanced microgrid projects and increased penetration of renewables and DERS into the grid. Equally, it will also serve as a conduit for developing the strategic business models and use cases while discussing the current regulatory and market landscape.

       “We push the speakers and attendees hard on dialogue and debate, wanting everyone to walk away with actionable outcomes,” stated Monica Mckenzie, Managing Partner, Roosevelt Strategic Council.

       “After a successful east coast iteration this past September, we decided to bring the discussion to the west coast. We find that great outcomes can occur when we put folks in a room together for two days that don’t necessarily talk to each other on a day to day basis and come from varying sector expertise. They discover how there are areas for collaboration and teaming, or they gain a perspective or insight from someone else that helps them do their job better,” Ms. Mckenzie further stated.

      Roughly 40% of the attendees will be energy customers or stakeholders from the municipal, city, state and federal governments, 30% will come from the utility sector and 30% from industry.Top level leaders and innovators that will be speaking at the forum include:

      Mr. Mark Kneidinger, SES, Deputy Director, The National Risk Management Center, DHS

      COL John Hurley, Commander, U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville

      Col Patrick Miller, USAF, Vice Commander, Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center

      Mr. Jonathan Adelman, Vice President, Strategic Resources and Business Planning, Xcel Energy

      Dr. Thomas Bialek, Chief Engineer, SDG&E

      Mr. Andy Butcher Chief Operating Officer, Platte River Power Authority

      Ms. Shelee Kimura, SVP, Business Development and Strategy, HECO

      Mr. Louis Ting, Director of Power Planning Development & Engineering, LADWP

      Mr. Branden Sudduth, Vice President of Reliability Planning and Performance Analysis, WEC

      Mr. Drew Bohan, Executive Director, California Energy Commission

      “We are excited to offer the energy sector the chance to convene in our forum, and look forward to fostering collaborative efforts and partnerships for the community that will gather while providing them an in depth interchange of knowledge towards DERS integration and advanced microgrids,” further stated Ms. Mckenzie.

      Registration details and the agenda can be found at:


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