DURHAM – This week’s upcoming Grid Edge East forum is a chance for clean energy execs, researchers and analysts to convene and discuss topics impacting the market.

The event is hosted by Boston-based Greentech Media, a subsidiary of research consultancy Wood Mackenzie that provides B2B news and analysis covering the cleantech industry.

GTM hosts several summits across the U.S. throughout the year. Grid Edge East is a spinoff of GTM’s flagship Grid Edge Innovation Summit, slated for San Diego in June.

Grid Edge East comes to Durham this Wednesday, April 3, at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business

Speakers hail from top energy firms like Duke Energy, Dominion Energy, National Grid, Con Edison and ABB. Southern Company and subsidiary PowerSecure are also featured in the lineup.

Representatives from nonprofits including Smart Electric Power Alliance and Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative, and co-ops such as EnergyUnited and North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives will also be present.

Researchers from Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables (formerly named GTM Research) will present insights on data and distribution in the utilities market.

Some more highlights of the agenda include:

  • A keynote panel on how to implement AI, data analytics and other emerging technologies in utilities. The speakers include Melissa Dykes of JEA, Michael Quinn of Oncor Electric Delivery, Gina Garner of Landis+Gyr and Lee Ragsdale of North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives.
  • A series of case studies will be presented highlighting the latest innovations from Duke Energy, PowerSecure and Entergy.
  • The program also includes “emerging speed tech pitches,” where companies present their technologies in short, 10-minute sessions.
  • A panel about automated distribution and predictive intelligence with Tim Driscoll of Itron, Howard Smith of Southern Company, Warren Westrup of Sierra Wireless and Thomas Golden of EnergyUnited.
  • A panel on integrating distributed energy resources into existing systems, featuring Eduardo Guerra of Con Edison, Samuel Delay of Tennessee Valley Authority and Sharon Allan of Smart Electric Power Alliance.
  • A panel on the future of EV technology and adoption, featuring Joe Woomer of Dominion, Gary Rackliffe of ABB, Sherry Login of Con Edison and Timothy Johnson of Duke University.
  • A fireside chat with Rishi Sondhi, emerging products manager of National Grid’s innovation division.

Tickets to Grid Edge East are priced at $695 through April 2 (available here), or $795 on-site.


In timing with Grid Edge East, Greentech Media is also hosting a free roundtable event at Duke’s Gross Hall for Interdisciplinary Innovation tomorrow night, April 2.

Presented in partnership with the Duke University Energy Initiative, the panel will discuss the opportunities and considerations introduced with the Green New Deal.

The panelists include EQ Research CEO Miriam Makhyoun, Sunrise Durham Hub Coordinator Shaina Nanavati, ScottMadden Clean Tech Manager Paul Quinlan and Lightsource BP CCO Katherine Ryzhaya.

Tickets to the rountable are free, but registration is required: