Detailed PlugFest Agenda

Tracks:  Technical​​ | M​ulti-Purpose​

Days:Monday​ | Tuesday​ | Wednesday​ | Thursday​ 

Monday, October 3​

​​Technical Track​:​ ​Demo Preparation (optional)

Start/End Topic Location
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Optional Access to Technical Environment (Setup/Testing for Plugfest Participants in Demo) Duke Energy Mount Holly Innovation Center
  • This activity is intended for vendors who have products involved in the Tuesday AM demo.
  • Please contact Dwayne Bradley at Duke Energy (dwayne.bradley@duke-energy.com) if you plan to attend this pre-meeting technical setup.
  • Gateway need to be connected and tested with the HIL environment no later than Monday to participate in the demo Tuesday AM.



Tuesday, October 4 (AM)​

Technical Track: OpenFMB Plugfest Demo & Microgrid Tour

​​ Start/End Topic​​ Location
8:00 AM to 9:00 AMArrival and registration/SetupDuke Energy Mount Holly Innovation Center
9:00 AM to 11:00 AMMulti-Vendor Interoperability Demo (HIL/closed-loop)Duke Energy Mount Holly Innovation Center
​11:00 AM to 12:00 PM​Distrubute Intelligence SHowcae on the Mt. Holly MicrogridDuke Energy Mount Holly Innovation Center


  • Vendors: Recommend preparing at least 1 month before (routers with access are being set up)
  • A test harness to evaluate individual devices ahead of time will be used to help determine readiness for this demo. Testing will commence 2 weeks before PlugFest.
  • A site tour of the Mt. Holly facility will be offered at some point in the morning for those who are interested.



Tuesday, October 4 (PM)

Multi-Purpose Track​: State of Industry, UCA OpenFMB User Group Updates

​​Start/End Topic Speaker
12:00 PM to 1:00 PMTravel from Mt Holly/Lunch
1:00 PM to 1:15 PMAgenda/IntroStuart Laval, Eaton
1:15 PM to 30 PMWelcome MessageTBD, Duke Energy Executive
1:30 PM to 2:15 PMKeynote SpeakerJoe Zhou, Black & Veatch
2:15 PM to 3:00 PMGrid Architectural Requirements - Dynamic Distributed Energy Resources Require Distributed ControlJed Bartlett, SEL
3:00 PM to 3:15 PMBreak
3:15 PM to 3:45 PMTesting & Certification UpdatesCuong Nguyen, NIST
Larry Marshall, BIC​
3:15 PM to 4:30 PMOpenFMB Program Updates + Q&AStuart Laval, Eaton
Mike Burck, Open Energy Solutions
Shawn Hu, Xtensible Solutions
4:30 PM to 5:00 PMDay 1 wrap-up


  • We encourage everyone attending PlugFest to participate in these activities.
  • Program Updates to include a review of accomplishments to date, next steps, etc.​


Wednesday, October 5 (AM)​

Multi-Purpose Track: ​Utility Industry Case Studies

Start/End Topic Speaker
7:30 AM to 8:00 AMBreakfast and Greetings
8:00 AM to 8:30 AMAPS’s DERMS Journey and ConsiderationsMichael McMaster, APS
8:30 AM to 9:00 AMVision for a Single Utility AssetCurt Kirkeby, Avista
9:00 AM to 9:30 AMConsumers Energy Grid Edge Interoperability InitiativesRose Kallio, Consumers Energy​
9:30 AM to 10:00 AMDTE Energy: EV & Smart Charge ManagementSteve Brehmer, DTE Energy
10:00 AM to 10:15 AMBreak
10:15 AM to 10:45 AMZero-Trust Application GridDavid Lawrence, Duke Energy
10:45 AM to 11:10 AMNetworked Microgrids to Support Decarbonized and Resilient OperationsKevin Schneider, PNNL
11:10 AM to 11:35 AMCOMMANDER multi-microgrid testbedBen Ollis, ORNL
11:35 AM to 12:00 PMRemote Hardware-in-the-Loop setup to evaluate OpenFMB-enabled FLISRKumar Prabakar, NREL
12:00 PM to 12:15 PMUtility/Lab Presentation Wrap-upMike Burck, OES​


  • Case Studies includes Projects, Roadblocks, Challenges, Goals, Roadmaps



Wednesday, October 5 (PM)

Multi-Purpose Track: Vendor Adopter Presentations

Start/End Topic Speaker
12:15 PM to 1:00 PMLunch TechWorks Gaston
1:00 PM to 1:30 PMSecure Application Hosting on Cisco Industrial Network Devices​Dan Madey, Cisco
1:30 PM to 2:00 PMDistributed Grid-code Compliant DER Controller PlatformFares Al Jajeh, Eaton
Émile Grégoire, Eaton
2:00 PM to 2:30 PMExtending OpenFMB to the EV Charging EcosystemDuncan Woodbury, Liberas
2:30 PM to 3:00 PMThe OpenFMB Deployment JourneyMike Burck, OES
3:00 PM to 3:15 PMBreak​
3:15 PM to 3:45 PMOpenFMB - Rites of Passage; Scaling for Commercial AdoptionJoe Stanley, SEL
3:45 PM to 4:15 PM​Sierra Wireless: Flexible Edge Networking SolutionsGreg Dunn, Sierra Wireless
4:15 PM to 4:45 PM​Building the utility network today for the grid of the futureDiana Tatem, Verizon Wireless
4:45 PM to 5:00 PM​Vendor Presentation wrap-upDwayne Bradley, Duke Energy


  • ​Case Studies includes Projects, Roadblocks, Challenges, Goals, Roadmaps


Thursday, October 6 (AM)​

Multi-Purpose Track: Stakeholder Collaboration, Closing

​​ Start/End Topic Moderators
7:30 AM to 8:00 AMBreakfast and greetings
8:00 AM to 8:45 AMTechnology Breakout Session 1 (15 minutes)
  1. New Use-Cases
  2. Adapter Priorities
Discuss Topic #1 (15 minutes)
Discuss Topic #2 (15 minutes)
8:45 AM to 9:30 AMTechnology Breakout Session 2 (15 minutes)
  1. ​Circuit Segment Service
  2. Limitations / Gaps
Discuss Topic #3 (15 minutes)
Discuss Topic #4​ (15 minutes)
9:30 AM to 9:45 AMBreak
9:45 AM to 10:30 AMIndustry Engagement Breakout Session 1 (15 minutes)
  1. International Standards
  2. Adoption / Awareness
Discuss Topic #5 (15 minutes)
Discuss Topic #6 (15 minutes)​
10:30 AM to 11:15 AMIndustry Engagement Breakout Session 2 (15 minutes)
  1. Next Steps for OpenFMB
  2. TBD
Discuss Topic #7 (15 minutes)
Discuss Topic #8 (15 minutes)
11:15 AM to 11:30 AMUsers Group Feedback​Mike Burck
11:30 AM to 11:45 AMThursday wrap-upMike Burck
11:45 AM to 12:00 PMPlugFest wrap-upStuart Laval
12:00 PM to 1:00 PMLunch / DepartGrab and Go Boxes


  • Breakouts will have questions and or problem statements and encourage groups to discuss
  • Groups will present their recommendations with collaboration from the larger group
  • At the end, a moderator will attempt to create a narrative of the entire discussion.
  • ​Requires some logistical planning with supplies, instructions, etc.