Summer has only just begun, but we’re already looking forward to fall . In four months we’ll convene at POWER magazine’s first  Distributed Energy Conference  (DEC), joining industry executives from  Siemens Emerson ABB , and other wind, solar, and microgrid experts at the Denver West Marriott in Golden, Colorado, near the foothills west of Denver.

Make sure you have a spot at this important event by  registering now  for the DEC, scheduled October 15-17. I am particularly looking forward to hearing from Cris Eugster, chief operating officer of  CPS Energy , the municipal utility for San Antonio, Texas; Roy Palk, president of  New Horizons Consulting  and former assistant general manager of the  National Rural Electric Cooperative Association ; and Dan Juhl, the CEO of  Juhl Energy , a leader in windpower technology.

The conference begins Monday, October 15, with a  workshop , Distributed Energy: Building a Foundation of Knowledge, where we’ll hear from experts on wind integration, energy storage, and other distributed energy technologies. The participants include J.W. Postal, the founder and CEO of  Nikola Power , a company using patented algorithms to change the way storage technology is utilized in the renewable energy industry.

Tuesday’s conference sessions begin with a  keynote address  from Cris Eugster on meeting the challenges and capturing the value of distributed generation. The rise of renewables has disrupted the traditional utility business model, but that challenge brings with it new opportunities for power generators in the evolving energy landscape. The day also brings an opportunity to hear about a  Colorado State University  case study on rural microgrids overseas, and a  Baker Tilly  case study on the formation of tribal electric utility authorities for Native American communities.

Roy Palk will lead off Wednesday’s  sessions  as he discusses how member-owned cooperatives and large utilities must look at their business models in a new light, focusing on the benefits of leveraging the trend toward distributed generation. The day also will include presentations on evolving utility business models, with insight from National Grid; a discussion of issues surrounding distributed generation in the commercial and industrial sectors, featuring executives from  X UTILITY  and  American Microgrid Solutions ; and case studies about successful distributed energy projects from  Capstone Concentric Power , and others.

I hope you plan to join our outstanding group of industry insiders and me at the Denver West Marriott. I can provide you a discount of $100; just use the code EGSA18 during  online registration .

All the best, and I’ll see you in Colorado in October!

Darrell Proctor
Associate Editor
POWER magazine

P.S. - The conference concludes with a  tour  of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s world-class Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) on the NREL campus in Golden, a short distance from the conference site. The tour is limited to the first 25 registrants, and is filling up fast, so make sure you secure your spot during registration today!
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