North America Smart Energy Week


September 11-14, 2023
The Venetian Convention and Expo Center Las Vegas, NV

The Electric Avenue Webinar Series

Feeding an Electricity Hungry Future: The Evolving Grid-of-Grids

These live webinars present opportunities for interaction with thoughts leaders shaping the energy landscape, and how distributed energy resources and microgrids integrate with that planning.

Produced by EMerge Alliance

Up next:

November 8, 2022

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm ET

Food and Supply-side Energy Assurance:
Microgrids for Commercial, Industrial, & Agricultural Applications

January 17, 2023

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm ET

In the Interest of National Security:
Microgrids for Military and DHS Operations

January 31, 2023

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm ET

A Grid's Best Friend:
Microgrids for Utility Scale

February 14, 2023

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm ET

Critical Power for Essential Services:
Microgrids for Remote & Rural Access to Electricity

March 14, 2023

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm ET

Critical Power for Essential Services:
Microgrids for Health, Emergency, and Municipal Services

March 28, 2023

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm ET

Power to the People:
Microgrids for Neighborhood and Community Applications

April 11, 2023

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm ET

Cyber Surety and Security:
Microgrids for Information and Communications Applications

Past Webinars:

July 12, 2022

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm ET

The Grid-of-Grids

The growing desire to transition to a cleaner, more electricity centric energy economy is forcing the issue of grid adequacy. One answer is the greater use of distributed energy resources, primarily incorporated into distributed microgrids that can bi-directionally exchange power in an increasingly transactive mesh network of grids. The advantages of moving in this direction are becoming increasingly apparent, but so are  the challenges to do so. This webinar will discuss the basic configuration options included in the Grid-of-Grids solution to provide more and cleaner power at the grid edge. A part of this discussion will include the increasing use of direct current and hybrid AC/DC microgrid architectures.  Interconnection challenges faced by operators on both sides of the meter will be reviewed, including the notion of a semi-autonomous balancing authority which can manage “Ask/Offer” arbitration, virtual and physical firewalling of control and power flow in a zero-trust cyber environment, physical power flow safety, and metering and revenue management. Test, pilot and real time commercial examples of power systems that are addressing and resolving these issues will be reviewed and discussed.


Moderator: Brian Patterson, Co-founder and Chairman, EMerge Alliance

Gary Oppedahl, VP Emera Technologies
David Lawrence, Technology Manager, Duke Energy Emerging Technology and Innovation Center
John Reynolds, CEO, Agile Fractal Grid

July 26, 2022

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm ET

Personal Power - Microgrids for Residential Applications

The increasing desire for home owners to use Electric Vehicles, Electric Heat Pumps, and an increasing thirst for smart home electric appliances and home entertainment are putting a premium of the supply of electricity.  One obvious solution is for consumers to move from being part of the ‘problem’ to become part of the solution by installing home embedded microgrids.  The evolution from home solar generation, to solar storage systems to full-blown home microgrids is beginning to take shape.  But the variety of choices facing buyers can be daunting.  This webinar will discuss the merits of various system topologies, and relate the experience of the panelists regarding actual tested, piloted and installed systems.  Projects covers will include, the Purdue DC Home, the TECO deployed Emera Residential Development Microgrid platform, and the Kirtland AFB Housing Microgrid Network.


Brian Patterson, Co-founder and Chairman, EMerge Alliance

Dusan Brhlik, Co-founder and CEO, Direct Energy Partners
Phil Teague, Co-founder and CEO, Rectify Solar
David Lawrence, Technology Manager, Duke Energy Emerging Technology and Innovation Center
Gary Oppedahl, VP Emera Technologies

August 16, 2022

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm ET

A Sneak Preview of The Live Microgrid Demonstration at RE+ Anaheim

Join RE+ Infrastructure Partner EMerge Alliance’s Chairman, Brian T. Patterson, and the participating company representatives for a sneak-preview of this year's "live" microgrid demonstration in the Infrastructure section at the RE+ Anaheim Conference and Exhibition in September.   Dive into "Digital Fault Managed Power (FMP)," Hybrid AC/DC Microgrid powered homes with both AC and DC powered appliances, HVAC systems and EV charging, residential development peer-to-peer microgrid networks, and in general, how the future of smart electricity is evolving as technology continues to innovate the solar industry. Don't miss out of this exclusive look behind the scenes of the world's biggest and best microgrid demonstration on a tradeshow floor.


Moderator: Brian Patterson, Co-founder and Chairman, EMerge Alliance

Gary Oppedahl, VP Emera Technologies
Phil Teague, Co-founder and CEO, Rectify Solar

October 4, 2022

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm ET

Electrified Transportation:
Microgrid EV Charging Infrastructure

This Electric Avenue segment will focus on how to:

  • Eliminate the use of fossil fuel combustion electricity generation
  • Best facilitate all forms of clean EV transportation, personal, fleet, car, truck, bus, service (forklifts, special lifts), etc.
  • Lower the cost and increase the convenience of EV driving
  • Increase generation/supply of electricity for EV’s
  • Network power in resilient local microgrid mesh to handle charging peak loads

Some architectural and interconnection considerations include:

  • Why storage is significant
  • DC fast charge capability
  • DC coupled bi-directional power flow
  • Grid and local virtual power network combination
  • Include mixed use service center loads
  • H2 fuel cells for large capacity
  • High instantaneous load profile challenges

And while this market segment is just beginning to implement relatively basic microgrids in their infrastructure topologies, what future advanced considerations are already in the works, including:

  • Autonomous EV charging capable
  • Wireless charge points
  • Bi-directional capability
  • EV-Pass – no-stop charging
  • H2 distribution points
  • Virtual PP networks


Brian T. Patterson, Co-Founder & Chairman, EMerge Alliance

John Reynolds, President, Agile Fractal Grid
Dan Nordloh, Senior VP/GM, EdTech Solutions/Faith Technologies Inc.
Gary Oppedahl, VP Business Development, Emera Technologies/Block Energy

About Emerge Alliance

For providers and users involved in distributed generation, EMerge Alliance promotes better and more practical ways of getting the most out of direct current and the combination of both AC and DC power technologies.

We are a nonprofit, open industry association established to promote the adoption of safe, pure DC and hybrid AC/DC microgrid systems that involve on-site power generation, integration and distribution.

EMerge Alliance develops and maintains open standards that integrate
renewable and non-renewable power sources, wiring infrastructures, controls and a wide variety of loads, from lighting, appliances, desktop and plug loads all the way up to building and campus level HVAC and other support equipment including the array of connected Internet of Things. We support a common platform that adds flexibility, resiliency, safety and sustainability to new and existing renovation projects.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Position your company as a subject matter expert and gain recognition within your field by sponsoring one or more webinar in the Electric Avenue series!