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April 2-4 | Detroit, MI

A conference for grid-edge pioneers.

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Welcome to HubSummit 2024

HubSummit is EnergyHub’s annual conference. Taking place April 2-4, 2024 in Detroit, HubSummit brings together utility and distributed energy resource (DER) leaders to improve and innovate connected device programs. With a focus on candor and insights, HubSummit sessions are not only meant to educate attendees but inspire ideas that participants can take back to their teams and put into action.


HubSummit 2024 will take place in Detroit, as a testament to the Motor City’s innovative past and future. Once the beating heart of the automotive industry, Detroit is once again gaining momentum as a leader in transportation electrification (it’s also a central location for folks traveling from different parts of the country).

HubSummit 2024 highlights

There’s no cost to attend HubSummit, and all meals and activities are paid for by EnergyHub. You’ll just need to cover travel and lodging. Continue down the page to the agenda section for the full HubSummit 2024 experience.

  • New! Date moved to early April to work better with travel budgets
  • Choose from EV and virtual power plant (VPP) tracks
  • Hear utility success stories from all program types
  • Learn best practices for EV and multi-DER VPP management
  • Map learnings from HubSummit to current and future utility goals


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The Shinola Hotel

We're looking forward to gathering at one of Detroit's most unique venues, the Shinola Hotel Detroit, for two days of collaboration and connection with the country’s top utility and distributed energy resource industry leaders.


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2024 Agenda

Tuesday, April 2nd

7:00-9:00 PM | Shinola Hotel | Birdy Room

Evening open house reception

Join us Tuesday evening to kick off HubSummit with cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres.

Wednesday, April 3rd

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Shinola Hotel | 2nd floor event foyer

HubSummit registration

Drop by to pick up your badge and welcome pack.

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM | Depart from Shinola Hotel Lobby

Ford Rouge Factory Tour (optional)

Join us for an optional private group tour of Ford's Dearborn Truck Plant. See where this industry Goliath got its start and learn how the company is tackling transportation electrification. Transportation provided from the Shinola, returning in time for lunch. Please bring your own snacks and water.

12:00 - 1:00 PM | The Brakeman

Welcome lunch

1:00 - 1:10 PM | Bixby Hall

Welcome to HubSummit

1:10 - 1:40 PM | Bixby Hall

State of the grid edge

This year's record-breaking temperatures were matched by record-breaking performance from virtual power plants (VPPs). As the scale of these resources grow, so do the possibilities. Join EnergyHub CEO Seth Frader-Thompson for an expansive look at how we're leveraging our multi-DER platform to deliver advanced grid services and provide a reliable, lower-carbon grid.

1:40 - 2:10 PM | Bixby Hall

The future of VPPS: Multi-DER strategy

Utilities across the country are increasingly turning to DER resources to address advanced grid needs. In this session, we’ll explore why utilities should consider a multi-DER strategy to address grid needs, and take a data-driven look at the future of flexibility.

2:10 - 2:30 PM | Bixby Hall

Keynote Q&A

Seth Frader-Thompson, President and Paul Hines, VP, Power Systems will be on hand to answer your questions on the future of the industry.

2:30 - 2:45 PM | Foyer

Refreshment break

2:45 - 3:30 PM | Bixby Hall

VPP track - Unlocking the future: Case studies in utility transformation from DRMS to DERMS

As the need for behind the meter flexible resources grow, utilities are moving from traditional demand response management systems to a more flexible distributed energy resource management system. But what is a DERMS and why do you need one? Learn firsthand from utilities why they made the switch, followed by a panel discussion about their strategies for establishing a successful transition.



  • Moderator: Erika Diamond, SVP - Customer Solutions, EnergyHub
  • Kerri Carnes, Director, Customer to Grid Solutions, APS
  • Derek Kirchner, Senior Consultant, TRC Companies

2:45 - 3:30 PM | Birdy Room

EV track - Program Design Best Practices

Electric vehicle sales have doubled in the past year.  At the same time, several utilities are exploring the potential of adding additional EV programs to balance rising electricity demand. Join us for a deep dive into EV program design best practices and initial findings from our load-limiting pilot, investigating the impacts of managed charging at the local level.


Speakers: Kevin Schwain, Senior Director - EV Strategy, EnergyHub

3:45 - 4:45 PM | Bixby Hall

Utility highlights

Hear insights and success stories directly from utility professionals managing and growing a variety of utility programs across the country.



  • Moderator: Dana Dohse, VP of Marketing, EnergyHub
  • Alexis Fuller, Associate Business Analyst, FirstEnergy Potomac
  • Amy Findlay, Manager, Demand Response & Managed Charging, Eversource
  • Mike Ursem, Solutions Development, Duke Energy
  • Tam Wagner, Director, Demand Side Management, Ontario IESO

4:45 - 5:00 PM | Bixby Hall

HubSummit Day 1 closing remarks


6:30 - 9:00 PM | Cliff Bell's

Dinner at Cliff Bell's, 2030 Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Connect with colleagues and new friends at this swanky, restored art deco club serving eclectic fare with live jazz.

9:00 - late | Sid Gold's Request Room

Afterparty at Sid Gold's, 1511 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

Did someone say open bar, piano karaoke, and late-night snacks?

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Thursday, April 4th

8:00-9:00 AM | The Brakeman


9:00 - 9:45 AM | Bixby Hall

Product vision and roadmap

This year, EnergyHub helped our clients surpass one million DERs under management and call more than 1,800 events (shifting more than 68GWh of load out of peak times!) in response to record-busting temps — and we’re just getting started. Join us for a review of the milestones our clients hit in 2023, plus a preview at what’s in store for 2024 and 2025.

9:45 - 10:30 AM | Birdy Room

VPP track - Unlocking grid service potential: A Look at VPPs' role beyond DER programs

VPPs helped EnergyHub clients shift 68 GWh of load out of peak times this summer. But they’re also delivering more advanced grid services for clients across North America. Particularly as EVs and renewable generation take off, it’s time for utilities to take a year-round approach to assessing VPP cost-effectiveness. In this session, we’ll address what you can do now, and how we are partnering with ADMS/grid analytics platform companies to enable more complex control room integrations, unlocking increased value from grid-edge programs.

9:45 - 10:30 AM | Bixby Hall

EV track - Measuring EV flexibility

While our current measurement and evaluation methods for traditional demand response have proven effective, the expansion of managed charging programs requires a reassessment to ensure we are accurately capturing the full value of flexibility. Join us as a panel of expert evaluators will delve into their views around effective strategies for evaluating managed charging, particularly when the resulting value streams surpass those of conventional TOU and DR programs.



  • Moderator: Sarah Howerter, Engineering Manager - Data Analytics, EnergyHub
  • Amy Martin, VP - Consulting, Frontier Energy
  • Hilary Polis, Director - Transportation Electrification, Opinion Dynamics
  • Michael Colby, Principal, Energy and Utilities Transportation, Cadmus
  • Chelsea Liddell, Sr. Data Scientist, DNV

10:30 - 10:45 AM | Foyer

Refreshment break

10:45 - 11:15 PM | Bixby Hall

A conversation with Tesla: The future value of DERs

Doug Middleton, Utility and VPP Business Development expert at Tesla, will join us for a conversation with Erika Diamond, SVP of Customer Solutions at EnergyHub. Together, they'll delve into the evolution of DERs and their expanding role as distribution-level assets. Doug will offer insights into Tesla's perspective on the potential of VPP resources, exploring how they can go beyond traditional demand response programs to deliver resiliency to the grid.



  • Doug Middleton, Utility and VPP Business Development, Tesla
  • Erika Diamond, SVP - Customer Solutions, EnergyHub

11:15 - 12:30 PM | Bixby Hall and Birdy Room

Utility collaboration workshop (utilities only, please)

End your HubSummit experience by participating in an engaging and interactive workshop designed to foster collaboration among utility attendees. Join your peers in meaningful dialogue, idea sharing, and collective problem-solving to address program challenges commonly faced by utilities.

12:30 - 12:45 PM | Bixby Hall

HubSummit closing remarks


12:45 - 1:45 PM | The Brakeman

Closing lunch


1:30 - 6:00 PM | The Foundry Room

Client Advisory Council meeting


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