(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.
Program Manager (Smart Grid R&D), Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability
U.S. Department of Energy
CEO, Youngblood Capital Group
Shalom Flank, Ph.D.
Chief Technology Officer and Microgrid Architect, Pareto Energy
Independent Environmental and Energy Consultant
Larisa Dobriansky, Esq.
Senior Vice President of Regulatory and Energy Policy, General Microgrids