August sizzle: Today’s POWERGEN+ webcasts hot on decentralized energy, microgrids, renewables

The POWERGEN+ online series on Decentralization & the New Energy Mix this week will feature such utilities and industry operators as Duke, FirstEnergy, PJM Interconnection, Southern Co., Electric Power Research Institute, CPower Energy Management and Stanley Consultants. Click here to register for free.

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August is often seen as the end of something, whether it’s winter in the southern hemisphere or summer in the north. It’s the return to school for some and last call for vacation to others.

August, author Sue Monk Kidd wrote, is the “griddle where days just lay there and sizzle.” Hot, hot, hot.

The Clarion Energy series is trying to keep the griddle going this coming month with several key and informative industry webcast presentations. From T&D to on-site power and distributed energy, the webcasts takes the temperature of the state of power transmission and generation at its most advanced stages.

The August POWERGEN+ series also resumes in late in the month with a focus on Decentralization and the New Energy Mix. Sessions on FERC Order 2222 regarding the market value of distributed energy, new microgrid projects, power reliability for data centers, trends in renewable energy build-out, behind-the-meter innovations and clean energy alternatives including solar and wind and beyond.

POWERGEN+ August kicks off 11:30 EDT Wednesday, Aug. 25 with a sponsored session on “The What, Why and How of Distributed Modular Generation.” The 45-minute session will expand on the vast knowledge of Mathew Roling, power generation practice leader at Stanley Consultants, and Jessie Marshall, senior project manager at Colorado Springs Utilities.

The panelists will review how Utilities started the transformation of installing modular generation to replace its coal-fired facility on a quick project timeline.

Solar Modules

Immediately following Stanley Consultants will be the editorial opener of POWERGEN+ on “The Electric Industry’s Challenges to FERC Order 2222” beginning 12:30 p.m. EDT on Aug. 25. Daniel Brooks, vice president of integrated grid and energy systems at the Electric Power Research Institute, will be joined by Lisa Rouse, head of outage management for FirstEnergy and Danielle Croop, senior engineer at PJM Interconnection, to discuss the opportunities and challenges of adding distributed energy resource aggregation to the mix.

At 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, engineering, procurement and construction giant Black & Veatch will lead a session on “Microgrids and Distributed Energy,” focusing on in-depth looks and lessons learned at the some of the major on-site projects the EPC firm has overseen and completed. The speakers will be Rob Wilhite, senior vice president and managing for Global Distributed Energy at Black & Veatch, and Abbey Roy, managing director for new ventures at utility leader Southern Co.

CPower Energy Management starts off the 11:30 a.m. EDT Thursday, Aug. 26 sponsored schedule of POWERGEN+ with a paramount question about the Clean Energy Future: How will you respond? Navigating to the intersection of the four Ds–decarbonization, decentralization, digitization and distributed energy–will be key for utilities and other businesses in the near and long term.

Mathew Sachs, CPower’s senior vice president of strategy, will provide a framework for how businesses can create value by tapping behind-the-meter innovations while also achieving sustainability goals. He will be joined fellow panelists Vic Shao, AMPLY Power’s CEO/Co-founder, and Duncan Campbell, vice president and a founding part of Scale Microgrids. CPower and Scale have worked together on several projects, including a hybrid solar-storage-gas gen-set microgrid powering Fifth Season’s indoor farming operation in Pennsylvania.

Meanwhile, one of the largest consumers for both on-site power and distributed energy resources are data centers. Dan Barbersek, director of power generation for Waukesha-Pearce Industries and a POWERGEN contributor, will detail fuel reliability issues and successes for diesel gen-sets both in data center use and for C&I facilities industry-wide. He will be joined by Zach Dean, Rolls Royce Solutions Americas, who will talk about their projects supporting generation at data centers and other mission-critical sites. “Data Centers and 100 Percent Reliability” will run from 12:30-1:15 p.m. EDT Aug. 26.

The POWERGEN+ August finale maintains the sizzle one last time with “The Wide World of Renewable Energy” beginning 3:30 p.m. EDT on Aug. 26. Jay Dauenhauer, host of the Energy Cast podcast and also a POWERGEN regular contributor, will moderate a panel looking at the entire scope of renewable energy resources, from renewable natural gas, biomass, solar, wind and more. Representatives from divisions of Dominion and Duke Energy also will be participating.

All of these POWERGEN+ webcasts are free and available on demand beyond the live sessions.


  • Rod Walton is content director for Power Engineering, POWERGEN International and the online POWERGEN+ series. He is a 13-year veteran of covering the energy industry both as a newspaper journalist and trade publication editor. He can be reached at 918-831-9177 and

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