Join the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) for a two-day virtual workshop to learn how solar energy and distributed energy resources (DERs) can contribute to resilient communities and discuss key areas for future research and development.

Registrations for this workshop are limited in number and spots will be assigned on a first-come basis in the following sectors:

  • Local government and community leaders
  • Utilities
  • Regulators
  • Market innovators
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • DER developers (photovoltaics, energy storage, demand-side management)
  • Resilient system designers (system integration, communication, software, etc.)

If you are not a part of one of these sectors and you would like to participate, please reach out to for more information.


Day 1: Defining and Valuing Resilience

April 7, 2021, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET

Day 2: Planning and Working Together Towards Resilience

April 8, 2021, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET



This workshop will include presentations and breakout discussions on research in resilient electricity systems in the areas of valuing resilience, scalable community microgrids with DERs, technical analysis to inform investment decisions, and stakeholder collaboration for equity. If attending, participation is expected for both days of the workshop and includes multiple breakout and working sessions where feedback will be requested.


DAY ONE: APRIL 7, 2021

Time (ET) Session Presenters
12:00-1:00 p.m.

Introductions & Overview

Overview of Workshop Objectives, Agenda, and Conferencing Tools

Introduction to DOE, SETO, and Office of Electricity (OE) Resilience Efforts 

SETO Management Team | Becca Jones-Albertus, Guohui Yuan, & Michele Boyd

OE Management Team | Stephen Walls

1:15-1:30 p.m. Break
1:30-2:30 p.m.

Panel & Q&A: Valuing Resilience

Teams from a variety of DOE-SETO funded resilience projects will walk through their research on how DERs such as solar can contribute to the development of a resilient electric grid

Bobby Jeffers | Sandia National Laboratory

Kiera Zitelman & Wilson Rickerson | National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners & Converge Strategies

Michael Kintner-Meyer | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

2:30-3:45 p.m.

Interactive Breakout Sessions: Valuing Resilience

Teams broken out by sector will discuss how stakeholders value resilience, what tools are still needed to enable greater resiliency, and what gaps exist in the DOE's research

SETO Moderators | Strategic Analysis and Institutional Support (SAIS) & Systems Integration (SI) Team Members
3:45-4:00 p.m. Break
4:00-4:45 p.m.

Presentation Series

Attendees will be able to choose to attend one of two featured presentations on different aspects of resilience, followed by an extended Q&A session

Michele Moore | Groundswell

Fei Ding | National Renewable Energy Laboratory

4:45-5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks  SETO Moderators | SAIS & SI Team Members


DAY TWO: APRIL 8, 2021

12:00-12:30 p.m.

Introductions & Overview

Summary of Day One Accomplishments

Overview of Day Two Agenda

SETO Moderators | SAIS & SI Team Members
12:30-1:00 p.m.

Keynote Speech

Presentation on the intersection of SETO’s resilience research efforts and the Buildings Technologies Office

Erika Gupta | DOE – Buildings Technologies Office
1:00- 1:15 p.m. Break
1:15-2:15 p.m.

Panel & Q&A: Planning & Coordination

Teams from a variety of DOE-SETO funded resilience projects will walk through their research on how to successfully plan and coordinate DERs to provide system resilience during emergency conditions

Brian Seal | Electric Power Research Institute

Badrul Chowdhury | University of North Carolina Charlotte

Alison Holm | National Renewable Energy Laboratory

2:15-4:00 p.m.

Interactive Breakout Sessions: Planning & Coordination and Building Roadmaps to Resilience

Teams broken out across sectors will discuss their current planning and coordination efforts to address system resilience as well as what guidance is still needed from SETO to ensure their success. Then, using everything they’ve learned over the course of the workshop, these teams will leverage their unique perspectives to determine what barriers to resilience may develop as we move towards a 100% renewably-sourced, electrified community. 

SETO Moderators | SAIS & SI Team Members
4:00-4:15 p.m. Break
4:15-4:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Overview of initial workshop findings, upcoming SETO events, and feedback survey

SETO Moderators | SAIS & SI Team Members

SETO Management Team | Guohui Yuan & Michele Boyd

4:30-5:00 p.m. Overflow Buffer Time