Building on last year’s success, Greentech Media’s Grid Edge World Forum 2017 returns as the only conference and exhibition focused exclusively on tomorrow’s distributed energy system. We’ll discuss and debate the latest issues and opportunities impacting tomorrow’s distributed energy system, and examine the trends and innovation happening at the grid edge.



Join us for 3 days of high-quality content, unparalleled business networking opportunities and dedicated exhibition time to experience the latest innovations at the grid edge. Hear from the industry experts shaping the next generation electricity system with exclusive keynotes, fireside chats and deep-dive knowledge sessions. Compare different perspectives from utilities and regulators from around the globe in dedicated regional spotlights.


Andrew Bennett
Senior Vice President, IoT Evangelist, North America Operations, Schneider Electric

A large portion of Mr. Bennett’s professional experience has been shaped by leading teams that are focused on the integration of software and hardware, often described as IT/OT convergence.  From a grid perspective, a great deal of that time has been spent on large-scale Smart Grid projects.  Essentially, connecting field devices with SCADA and DMS software.  More recently, much of his time has been devoted to driving growth through the combination of Process Automation and Electrification for customers in multiple energy-intensive segments.

Today, Mr. Bennett’s primary focus is on broadening the foundation of Schneider Electric’s, EcoStruxure platform. EcoStruxure is an IoT-enabled open and interoperable system architecture designed to deliver enhanced value around safety, reliability, efficiency, sustainability and connectivity for customers.

In Andy’s previous role of SVP of Strategic Accounts and Solutions, he had responsibility for driving growth in focused accounts for Schneider Electric’s major segments including O&G, Utilities, Data Centers, Health Care, WWW, Food & Beverage, Automotive, as well as North American Microgrid activity.  Those accounts represent approximately 1.5Billion in annual turnover.  Additionally, Andy held the responsibility for the North American Solution and Execution Centers where Schneider Electric’s complex engineering is executed. 

Prior to that role, Andy had responsibility for the US Energy Business that was focused on medium voltage offers.  Before taking on these roles for Schneider Electric, Andy oversaw the management of Telvent Miner & Miner, as well as the Telvent Electric Utility Group, which includes the SCADA, RTU, and Smart Grid initiatives.  In 2011, Telvent was acquired by Schneider Electric.

Andy holds a BS in Hydrogeology from Lehigh University as well as a MS in Chemistry from Stonybrook.

Boris von Bormann
Boris von Bormann
CEO, Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, LLC
J. Andrew (Drew) Murphy
Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, Edison International

Drew Murphy is senior vice president of strategic planning for Edison International. He is responsible for strategic planning for Edison International and its subsidiaries, advancing strategic initiatives that are key to achieving business growth and long-term shareholder value for the company. He also oversees the analysis of emerging trends in the industry, including distributed renewable generation, commercial and industrial energy services, and competitive transmission. Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest utilities, and Edison Energy Group, a subsidiary composed of variety of non-regulated businesses in the energy sector.

Prior to joining Edison International, Murphy was senior managing director of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, where he headed the utilities, energy and power team. His team was responsible for identifying new investment opportunities and the management of existing investments in regulated utility, power generation and midstream energy industries.

Previously, Murphy served in a number of senior executive positions at NRG Energy, Inc., including executive vice president, Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions, executive vice president and president, Northeast Region, and executive vice president and general counsel.

Murphy has also served as a partner at the law firm of Hunton & Williams LLP, where he worked in the New York, London and Washington, D.C offices leading the global energy, infrastructure and project finance practice.

Murphy earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College in 1983 and a juris doctorate degree from George Washington University in 1987, where he was a member of the George Washington Law Review.

Sonja Glavaski
Program Director, ARPA-E, U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Sonja Glavaski is a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) overseeing  portfolio of projects developing innovative and disruptive technologies that would facilitate cost-effective building energy audits, more efficient renewable energy generation, and enable electricity grid to be more responsive and resilient. Her technical focus area is data analytics, and distributed control  of complex, cyber-physical systems with emphasis on operations and security of energy systems.  Dr. Sonja Glavaski spearheaded development and is currently helming ARPA-E Network Optimized Distributed Energy Systems (NODES) Program that aims to develop transformational grid management and control methods to create a virtual energy storage system based on use of flexible loads and distributed energy resources (DERs).

Prior to joining ARPA-E, Dr. Glavaski served as Control Systems Group Leader at United Technologies Research Center advancing knowledge and technology in the area of control & intelligent systems. Before being at UTRC, Dr. Glavaski led key programs at Eaton Innovation Center and Honeywell Labs. During her 20-plus-year career, Dr. Glavaski has contributed significantly to technical advancements in numerous product areas, including energy systems, hybrid vehicles, energy efficient building HVAC/R systems, and aircraft systems. Dr. Glavaski received Ph.D. and MS in Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology, and Dipl. Ing and MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Belgrade.

Jigar Shah
President & Co-Founder, Generate Capital

Jigar Shah is the President and Co-Founder of Generate Capital. Jigar was the founder and CEO of SunEdison (NASDAQ: SUNE, TERP), where he pioneered “no money down solar” and unlocked a multi-billion-dollar solar market, creating the largest solar services company worldwide. He is the author of Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy. After SunEdison, Jigar served as the founding CEO of the Carbon War Room, a global non-profit founded by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Unite to help entrepreneurs address climate change. Generate Capital, the Carbon War Room and SunEdison all follow from Jigar’s vision that business model innovation will unlock the largest wealth creation opportunity – resource efficiency. Jigar is committed to helping entrepreneurs and large companies alike implement resource efficiency solutions using “pay as you save” project finance models. Jigar holds an MBA from The University of Maryland and BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He sits on the boards of sPower and the Rocky Mountain Institute.  Jigar lives in New York City and is trying to find the perfect cocktail.

Caroline Choi
Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison

Caroline Choi is the Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs for Southern California Edison (SCE). She is responsible for analysis of federal and state energy and environmental policies; analysis and development of a long-term environmental, energy and technology strategy for SCE; and directing case management for key regulatory filings. Prior to joining SCE in 2012, Choi was executive director of Environmental Services & Strategy at Progress Energy, where she was responsible for leading environmental permitting, compliance and policy. She served the company in various roles, including director, Energy Policy & Strategy, and manager, Federal Public Affairs. Choi has served on various non-profit boards and is a board member of the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, the National Forest Foundation and the California Advisory Board of The Trust for Public Lands. Choi has a bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth College.

Adam Gromis
Adam Gromis
Public Policy Manager, Sustainability & Environmental Impact, Uber
Iain Campbell
Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute

Iain Campbell is a Managing Director at RMI, where he leads the Institute’s Buildings practice. He is a global executive with over 30 years of experience in the building systems and services industry. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, as well as leading and growing businesses of diverse scale and maturity.

Prior to joining RMI, Iain held various positions with Johnson Controls; most notably he was responsible for the Global Energy Solutions and the Global Workplace Solutions businesses within the Building Efficiency division. These businesses generated revenues in excess of $5.5 billion and were amongst the fastest growing businesses within the Building Efficiency division over this time period. In addition to the organic growth achieved, Iain led acquisitions in the areas of building services, lighting, demand response, energy management, and carbon reporting.

Previously Iain served as the President of York International, Americas where he was responsible for the commercial and industrial HVAC and refrigeration businesses covering product development, engineering, manufacturing, sales, and service within the Americas region. This business generated revenues in excess of $1.8 billion.

Iain commenced his career in 1983 with York International in the U.K.; Johnson Controls acquired York International in 2005. Iain retired from Johnson Controls in 2014 to pursue his dream to qualify and compete at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii and continue his passion for energy and the environment at RMI.

agenda 2017 Conference Themes
  • Innovation in Grid Infrastructure
  • The Evolving Role of the Electric Utility
  • A Customer-Driven Grid
  • Buildings as Energy Assets
  • New Market Development & Global Trends
  • Financing Grid Edge Deployments
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highlights from last year

  • Over 30% Utility attendance
  • Over 1,000 Attendees
  • 96% Of Attendees would recommend Grid Edge World Forum


San Jose Convention Center
San Jose Convention Center
408 Almaden Blvd
San Jose, California, 95110