The Future Microgrid and Distributed Generation Summit 4 is an eagerly anticipated event set to take place, bringing together experts, thought leaders, and innovators in the field of microgrids and distributed generation. With a rich history of successful past editions, this summit promises to be a dynamic and insightful gathering, focusing on the latest advancements and trends in the energy industry. Attendees can expect a comprehensive program featuring a diverse array of topics and discussions aimed at addressing the challenges and opportunities presented by microgrids and distributed generation. These topics will cover everything from cutting-edge technologies to regulatory developments and practical case studies. The summit's agenda will encompass sessions on optimizing energy efficiency in commercial buildings, exploring sustainable energy solutions, and the integration of renewable resources into microgrid systems. Additionally, participants will gain valuable insights into the financial aspects of microgrid investments, unlocking potential cost savings, and navigating regulatory landscapes effectively.

Keynote Speakers

  • Steven Driver, Global Energy Program Director

    Steven’s presentation will familiarize the audience with different financial techniques required to sell energy projects or an entire program to senior management. The overall process from setting the environmental/financial goal, to creating an energy baseline and preforming the critical energy audit is reviewed. Tracking performance is also discussed along with how to make a program sustainable over time.

  • Ron Frantzen, Executive Director Facility Management

    Ron will present on the need for energy efficiency at the work place. He will discuss methods for identifying these options which include: water conservation measures from sinks to toilets, lighting upgrades verses total fixture replacement, how parking lot LED lighting reduces electrical utilization and Facility Automation with Digital Direct Controllers for your Heating cooling systems that will saves thousands of expense dollars annually. 

  • Mandy La Brier , Director of Energy Management

    Mandy will be presenting about the city’s goals and initiatives to power buildings with 100% renewable energy by 2025 and the opportunities and challenges of public sector facilities renewable energy transition; as well as recent procurement to advance the solar industry through community-solar projects on City owned vacant land.

  • Jim Davoux, Director, Global Energy Management and Environmental Sustainability

    Jim’s presentation title is “Laboratory Lighting and HVAC Savings” which will explain how AbbVie installed LED lighting along with a next generation lighting control system to reduce the electricity spend in one of their large laboratory buildings in the Chicago area.  Then leveraged the new lighting control system and the existing building automation system to drive further HVAC energy savings. This presentation will give an overview of the project and highlight the opportunities and challenges.

  • Karen York, Chief Sustainability Officer

    Liz, appointed as the first CSO for CDC in 2008, establishes sustainability in CDC policy and operations, implements healthy and sustainable work environments, and facilitates staff involvement in sustainability efforts. She has received two White House awards for Sustainability and is an acclaimed Fellow of the American Institute of Architects for her work building healthy environments.

  • Nate Verhanovitz, Engineering Director

    Michigan State University has constructed the largest non-utility Carport Solar Array in North America. It consists of five commuter parking lots on MSU’s main campus including 5,000 parking spots and 45 acres. This renewable energy has been successfully integrated into the campus Microgrid together with traditional gas-fired electric generation assets in a central plant. This case study covers the operational details and lessons learned at the central plant from solar operations.

  • Ruby Cruz & Marcus Lewis, Corporate Energy Manager

    Ruby and Marcus will give you a comprehensive look at the impact that energy efficiency strategies especially NYC H + H’s Energy Management Model has on energy and greenhouse gas reduction efforts at the largest public health system in the country.

  • Julie Paquette, Director of Energy Management

    Julie is the Director of Energy Management within the Office of Facilities. In this role, she leads a broad portfolio of initiatives in support of the University’s energy and sustainability goals. Julie has extensive technical experience with high performance building and campus energy systems, and is personally and professionally committed to sustainability innovation, education, and advocacy.

  • John Gioioso, Senior Director, Corporate Building Services & Real Estate

    John has dedicated his career to the Facilities/Real Estate industry. He oversees the functions of real estate, design, construction, FF&E, corporate services, and facilities. He holds a BSBA in management from Suffolk University and Masters in Facilities from Cambridge College. In addition, two designations. Certified facilities manager (CFM) and Masters of Corporate Real Estate (MCR).

  • Stephanie Benfield, Sustainable Director

    Stephanie, a long time environmental advocate and a former state representative from DeKalb County, most recently had been serving as the executive director of Green Law, an environmentally-oriented law firm.  She is now the new Director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, where she will continue to manage, implement and further develop Mayor Reed’s sustainability plan, as well as support existing projects related to sustainability for the City of Atlanta.

  • Joseph K Han, Associate Vice President of Facilities

    Joseph Han has served 26 years in private and public universities. Currently the associate vice president of administration and operations for Cleveland State University, Joseph provides leadership for the University Architect’s Office, Capital Planning & Real Estate, Facility Management & Services, Environmental Health & Safety, Campus Safety, University Police, and Information Services &Technology.

  • Jedd Winkler, Energy Program Manager

    In 2008 Aurora Health Care, a healthcare provider in Wisconsin initiated an energy management program for their hospital portfolio to reduce operational costs. This presentation reviews how healthcare providers can internally implement an effective energy program in a changing financial environment with limited capital resources. Building blocks will be shown including gaining management support, policy development, tracking tools, structure, best practice sharing. Case studies at select sites that attained $7MUSD savings will be presented.


Microgrids in the 21st Century

  • Advanced control systems for microgrids and distributed generation
  • New storage technologies, including batteries and hydrogen storage
  • Grid-interactive buildings and how they can be used to support microgrids
  • Transitioning to a more sustainable and resilient energy system
  • Generation & Distribution Systems

Successful Projects

  • Examples including healthcare, education, and manufacturing
  • Lessons learned from these projects, including best practices and challenges encountered
  • Case studies that focus on the integration of renewable energy sources into microgrids
  • Increase Energy Security for Critical Facilities

Policy and Regulatory

  • Net metering policies and their impact on the deployment of distributed energy resources
  • Incentives and other policy mechanisms to support the development of microgrids and distributed generation
  • How utilities are adapting to the deployment of microgrids and distributed generation, including the impact on the grid and business models

Cybersecurity and Data Management

  • Best practices for securing microgrids and distributed generation systems against cyber threats
  • Managing the large amounts of data generated by microgrids and distributed generation systems
  • The impact of data management and cybersecurity on the reliability and resilience of microgrids and distributed generation systems

Integrating Renewable Energy

  • Integrating Renewable Energy into Microgrids and Distributed Generation Systems
  • Challenges and opportunities associated with integrating solar, wind, and other renewable energy sources into microgrids
  • The role of energy storage in enabling greater penetration of renewables into microgrids
  • Case studies of successful projects that have integrated renewable energy into microgrids and distributed generation systems


  • Economics: Costs, Benefits, Financing, and Business Models
  • Financing options for microgrids and distributed generation systems, including public-private partnerships and innovative financing models
  • Business models for microgrid and distributed generation deployment, including ownership and operation models

Smart Grid

  • More Efficient Transmission Of Electricity
  • Quicker Restoration Of Electricity After Power Disturbances
  • Reduced Operations & Management Costs For Utilities, And Ultimately Lower Power Costs For Consumers
  • Reduced Peak Demand, Which Will Also Help Lower Electricity Rates
  • Increased Integration Of Large-Scale Renewable Energy Systems
  • Better Integration Of Customer-Owner Power Generation Systems, Including Renewable Energy Systems
  • Improved Security

Iot-Driven Grid Management Systems

  • Optimizing Line Voltage To Minimize Energy Losses And Line Damage
  • Locating The Source Of Sags, Surges & Outages
  • Improving Load Balancing, Restoring Services Faster & Making Safer Override Decisions
  • Identifying The Source Of Technical & Nontechnical Losses In The System
  • Reducing The Costs Of Service
  • Lowering Outage Investigation Times By Isolating Fault Locations

Anchor Generation for Microgrids

  • 24 X 7 Uninterruptible Power
  • Avoided T&D Investments
  • Improved Power Quality
  • Energy Security & Resilience Under Threats
  • Air Pollutant Reduction
  • Reduced Water Usage
  • IPower Factor & Voltage Profile Improvement

Electrification of Transportation

  • Microgrids and Distributed Generation for Electrification of Transportation: Challenges and Opportunities
  • The impact of electrification of transportation on the grid and the role of microgrids and distributed generation in managing this impact
  • Examples of successful projects that have deployed microgrids and distributed generation to support EV charging infrastructure
  • The future of microgrids and distributed generation in supporting the growth of electric vehicles and other forms of electrified transportation

Remote and Off-Grid Locations

  • Microgrids and Distributed Generation for Remote and Off-Grid Locations
  • Examples of successful microgrid and distributed generation projects in remote and off-grid locations, including mining, agriculture, and remote communities
  • Challenges and opportunities associated with deploying microgrids and distributed generation systems in remote and off-grid locations
  • The role of microgrids and distributed generation systems in enabling greater access to energy in underserved areas

Disaster Resilience

  • Lessons Learned and Best Practices
  • Case studies of microgrids and distributed generation systems used for disaster resilience, including examples of projects that have withstood extreme weather events
  • Best practices for designing and operating microgrids and distributed generation systems for disaster resilience
  • The role of microgrids and distributed generation systems in improving community resilience to natural disasters


  • 3M
  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Amazon
  • Amgen Inc.
  • Apple
  • AT&T Inc.
  • Bank of America
  • Boeing
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Caterpillar
  • Cisco Systems
  • Coca-Cola
  • Comcast Corporation
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Delta Air Lines, Inc.
  • DuPont Inc.
  • ExxonMobil
  • FedEx
  • Ford
  • General Dynamics
  • General Electric
  • General Mills
  • General Motors
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Honeywell
  • Intel
  • IBM
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Lowe's Companies
  • Macy's
  • McDonald’s
  • Mondelez
  • Morgan Stanley
  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Ohio State University
  • Pfizer
  • Philip Morris
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Publix Super Markets
  • Rite Aid
  • Ross Stores
  • Stanford Health Care
  • Coca-Cola
  • Dow Chemical
  • Home Depot
  • Kroger
  • PepsiCo
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Walt Disney
  • TJX Companies
  • United Parcel Service
  • United Technologies Corporation
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • Walgreens Boots Alliance
  • Walmart
  • 7-Eleven
  • Aldi
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Best Buy
  • Costco Wholesale
  • CVS Health
  • Dollar General
  • Dollar Tree
  • Kohl's Corp.
  • Lowe's
  • Macy's
  • Nordstrom
  • Publix Super Markets
  • Rite Aid
  • Ross Stores
  • TJX Companies
  • Florida International University
  • New York University
  • Ohio State University
  • Stanford Health Care-Stanford Hospital
  • University of Central Florida
  • Baptist Memorial Hospital
  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Barnstable County
  • City of Boston
  • City of Chicago
  • City of Miami

Schedule & Venue

Hotel Info

Venue: Eaglewood Golf Resort & Spa



future facilities summit location

Time Wednesday
May 22, 2024
May 23, 2024
May 24, 2024
7:00am Round-Table Networking Breakfast Round-Table Networking Breakfast
8:00am - 10:00am Presentation Presentation
10:00am Networking Coffee Break Networking Coffee Break
11:00am Presentations Presentations
12:00pm Round-Table Networking Lunch Round-Table Networking Lunch
1:00pm Presentations Golf Tournament
2:00pm Exhibitor Setup/Registration Presentations Golf Tournament
3:00pm Exhibitor Setup/Registration Networking Coffee Break Golf Tournament
3:30pm Exhibitor Setup/Registration Presentations Golf Tournament
5:00pm - 7:00pm Networking Reception Networking Reception & Dinner

What Our Delegates Have to Say

    • Principia College
    • Energy Ambassador
    • “Great conference, was able to talk one on one with a lot of vendors. A lot of deep meaningful conversations”.
    • Estee Lauder
    • VP Global Facilities
    • “The format is very well structured. The speakers are really really good. And I would recommend it to anybody in this field.”
    • General Motors
    • Global Energy Manager
    • “What I really like about FMA Summits is the quick twenty minute presentations because you are able to cover a wide variety of topics”.