Microgrids hold the promise of providing resilient energy systems that can integrate and optimize multiple distributed energy resources. However, resilient energy systems can come at a premium and cost more to develop and potentially impact the financial return on investment in a negative manner. This presentation will evaluate various efforts to develop economically viable microgrids and how microgrids can be leveraged to support economic development & grid resiliency.


Eliot Assimakopoulos is the Microgrid Sales Leader at GE Grid Solutions. In this role he is responsible for driving the market development activities for microgrids, Grid Resilience, and the value of GE Solutions. Additionally, Eliot is frequently a public speaker advocating transformative models for energy & smart-grid and has appeared on media productions such as PBS’ Fred Friendly Seminar & has co-authored several publications related to alternative energy & grid integration.

Eliot has more than 25 years of experience in the construction, energy, and high technology industries. For the past several years he has led efforts within GE Digital Energy, GE Global Research, and GE Energy Services to advance technology and market development for smart grid and renewable energy. Additionally, he framed several strategic partnerships with state, federal, and international government organizations to achieve sustainability objectives. He was also a member of the study team that helped structure what eventually became GE’s ecomagination initiative.

Prior to joining GE, Eliot was Executive Vice President for MetroNexus, a $1.2B global technology asset company that he started-up with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. He has also worked with other technology focused companies including Teleglobe International and MCI Communications.

Eliot was a Captain in the United States Marine Corps and a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute. He also holds an MBA from American Intercontinental University.