Sandia National Laboratories is involved in organizing the 7th International Conference on Integration of Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources (IRED). This year, the IRED conference will take place in Niagara Falls, Canada, October 24-28, 2016, and will be hosted by EPRI and Natural Resources Canada. This bi-annual event gathers leading practitioners and researchers from around the world to share the latest developments related to integration of renewable energy (RE) and distributed energy resources (DER). The growth of decentralized generation, liberalized markets, modern power electronics, and the introduction of advanced integrated circuit technologies are leading to a dramatic change in the management and operation of electricity grids worldwide. The weeklong conference will focus on the technical, market, and regulatory issues that challenge the integration of these sources into the grid.