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The Potential of Microgrids

(Panel co-sponsored by Sierra Club DC Energy Committee)

A microgrid is a smaller power grid that can operate either by itself or connected to a larger utility grid. Microgrids can serve a few houses, a college campus, a hospital and complex of federal buildings or large military installations. Homes and other buildings that are a part of a microgrid benefit from continued power even during power outages. In this era of climate change in which severe weather events have had devastating impacts on our already aged energy grid infrastructure, it will be important for citizens, government officials and business leaders to explore ways to modernize our grid so that it is resilient, reliable and carbon-neutral. This panel will serve as an introduction to microgrids as an important element of facilitating the process of modernizing our grid infrastructure in the District of Columbia and beyond.


Dan Ton
Program Manager (Smart Grid R&D), Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability
U.S. Department of Energy

Hugh Youngblood
CEO, Youngblood Capital Group

Shalom Flank, Ph.D.
Chief Technology Officer and Microgrid Architect, Pareto Energy

Nina Dodge
Independent Environmental and Energy Consultant

Larisa Dobriansky, Esq.
Senior Vice President of Regulatory and Energy Policy, General Microgrids

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  • Peter B.

    Awesome, timely and extremely impressive. I would like a recording.

    February 21, 2013

  • Nevin H.

    Great topic - Small is Beautiful once again

    February 21, 2013

  • Derek M.

    Had a conflict come up... still interested in learning more about this.

    February 10, 2013

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