Microgrids for Resilience

Microgrids for Resilience

February 16-17, 2022 | Online :: Central Time

The need to increase reliability and resiliency and integrate sustainable energy resources has continued to grow and result into an explosion of microgrid development.   Microgrids are a fundamental tool in enabling today’s grid modernization by addressing growing demand, distributed generation, resiliency, while also resulting in potential customer cost savings.  

Microgrids offer new technology and service choices for customers and can be designed and operated to meet the needs of specific customers in contrast to the utility grid, which is designed to deliver a generic service to all customers. They allow communities to tap into local energy resources to achieve many benefits, such as better resilience, greater use of local renewable energy, and retaining dollars in the local economy, while reducing exposure to threats such as storms and wildfires. Accordingly, microgrids can help mitigate grid disturbances by maintaining energy supplies for critical facilities and services.

This conference will bring together some leading professionals to share their experiences, case studies, applications for microgrids, monetizing microgrids, regulatory changes impacting microgrids, and a focus on microgrids for improving resiliency.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss PSE&G’s view of the smart microgrid and what they mean for the future
  • Review what Kentucky learned from their Kentucky Regional Microgrids for Resilience Study done with SEPA
  • Share what Xcel Energy is doing with their innovative model of deploying microgrids to provide grid benefits while offering greater resilience to their customers
  • Expand on what Baltimore Gas & Electric learned as best practices on inventorying costs and benefits of a microgrid project and engaging stakeholders to educate the public
  • Discover opportunities and practices for monetizing microgrid applications
  • Engage in a panel discussion on regulatory changes impacting overall grid resiliency with microgrid integration
  • Highlight the reasons for and planning of microgrids to improve resilience for two critical manufacturing sites
  • Discuss IIT’s latest innovations in microgrid operation learned from the past decade

 

Agenda

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 : Central Time

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:30 – 1:20 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:15 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Conference Timing

 

9:15 – 9:25 a.m. :: Welcome and Introductions

9:25 – 10:25 a.m. :: Smarter Microgrid and the 2030+ Microgrid

  • Characteristics of the smart microgrid
  • Future threats
  • Need for an accurate weather & load forecast
  • Energy storage critical role and the impact of natural gas moratorium
  • Building electrification impact
  • Smart microgrid scoring
  • Major obstacles

Ahmed Mousa, Manager -Utility of the Future, PSE&G 

10:25 – 10:50 a.m. :: Break

10:50 – 11:40 a.m. :: Conducting State-Wide Microgrids for Resilience Studies with SEPA and Kentucky

To help communities achieve energy resilience and to support emergency planning strategies, SEPA, in partnership with the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Office of Energy Policy, developed the “The Kentucky Regional Microgrids for Resilience Study.” Microgrids are just one tool in the energy planning and hazard mitigation toolbox and through collaboration with utilities, local emergency management authorities, and other key stakeholders, the Commonwealth is taking important steps to protect Kentucky’s critical infrastructure and bolster state-wide resilience against natural threats.  Learn from representatives from SEPA and Kentucky about the microgrid strategy recommendations and the data which powered them in this session.

Kenya Stump, Executive Director – Office of Energy Policy, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet

Amanda LeMaster, Energy Assurance Coordinator – Office of Energy Policy, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet

Jared Leader, Senior Manager – Research and Industry Strategy, Smart Electric Power Alliance

11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Creating Utility and Customer Benefits from Microgrid Deployments

Battery energy storage plus solar microgrids have demonstrated their benefits to both utilities and their customers.  This presentation will discuss Xcel Energy’s innovative model of deploying microgrids to provide grid benefits while offering greater resilience to their customers.

André Gouin, Business Technology Consultant, Xcel Energy

12:30 – 1:20 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:20 – 2:10 p.m. :: The Microgrid Journey is the Destination: Navigating Microgrid Feasibility with SEPA and BG&E

To help utilities and their customers achieve cost savings, sustainability, and resiliency, SEPA, in partnership with Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE), conducted a 12-month long feasibility study of a Low-Income Redevelopment project in Annapolis, Maryland.  Funded by the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA), SEPA conducted a detailed feasibility study that included stakeholder working groups, design analysis, and financial analysis.  Learn from representatives from SEPA and BGE about how a grant opportunity turned into a jumping off point for BGE to test the microgrid waters.  The audience will learn best practices on inventorying costs and benefits of a microgrid project and engaging stakeholders to educate the public.  The session will also provide lessons learned from a utility in the microgrid development process and the challenges that were encountered along the way.

Justin Felt, Manager of Strategic Planning, Baltimore Gas and Electric

Jared Leader, Senior Manager – Research and Industry Strategy, Smart Electric Power Alliance

2:10 – 3:00 p.m. :: Monetizing Microgrid Technology During Normal Operations

This presentation will discuss the opportunities and practices for creating value in monetizing microgrid applications and the benefits in doing so. Examples will be reviewed.

Dave Turner, Chief Operating Officer, Tangent Energy Solutions

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. :: Break

3:15 – 4:30 p.m. :: Regulatory Changes Impacting Overall Grid Resiliency: Microgrid and DER Integration Changes

This panel discussion will start with slides shared by each of the panelists highlighting what the challenges and changes are, which will frame the Q&A discussion portion of the panel.

Mohammad Shahidehpour, Bodine Chair Professor and Director – Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation, Illinois Institute of Technology

Ahmed Mousa, Manager -Utility of the Future, PSE&G

Eddie S. Dehdashti, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Power Applications and Research Systems, Inc. (PARS)

David W. South, Senior Principal – Energy & Utilities Practice, West Monroe

 

Thursday, February 17, 2022 : Central Time

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Log In

9:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Conference Timing

 

9:15 – 9:20 a.m. :: Welcome

9:20 – 10:10 a.m. :: Industrial Microgrid Case Study: Bolstering Operational Resilience at Manufacturing Sites

A manufacturer is developing microgrids in collaboration with Enel X to improve resilience for two critical manufacturing sites in Puerto Rico.  Achieving a more resilient energy infrastructure with microgrids requires balancing business goals to provide support for critical operations, minimizing carbon emissions and reducing energy costs.  This case study will include:

  • Overview of our Puerto Rico microgrid projects currently in development including key business drivers and expected outcomes
  • Highlight the business challenges to microgrid adoption in similar industrial applications

Greta Foster, Distributed Energy Resources Product Line Manager, Eaton

10:10 – 10:30 a.m. :: Break

10:30 – 11:45 a.m. :: IIT Microgrid – A Decade Later

This presentation will discuss the latest innovations in microgrid operation and control, additions of nanogrids, and progress in making the microgrid more resilient. A live demonstration of the operation of the microgrid will be part of this presentation as well. IIT’s Perfect Power System consists of:

  • Self-sustaining electricity infrastructure
  • An intelligent distribution system and system controllers
  • Onsite electricity production
  • Demand-response capability
  • Sustainable energy systems and green buildings/complexes
  • Technology-ready infrastructure

Mohammad Shahidehpour, Bodine Chair Professor and Director – Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation, Illinois Institute of Technology

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Conference Wrap-Up

Speakers

  • Eddie S. Dehdashti, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Power Applications and Research Systems, Inc. (PARS)

  • Justin Felt, Manager of Strategic Planning, Baltimore Gas and Electric

  • Greta Foster, Distributed Energy Resources Product Line Manager, Eaton

  • André Gouin, Business Technology Consultant, Xcel Energy

  • Jared Leader, Senior Manager – Research and Industry Strategy, Smart Electric Power Alliance

  • Amanda LeMaster, Energy Assurance Coordinator – Office of Energy Policy, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet

  • Ahmed Mousa, Manager -Utility of the Future, PSE&G

  • Mohammad Shahidehpour, Bodine Chair Professor and Director – Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation, Illinois Institute of Technology

  • David W. South, Senior Principal – Energy & Utilities Practice, West Monroe

  • Kenya Stump, Executive Director – Office of Energy Policy, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet

  • Dave Turner, Chief Operating Officer, Tangent Energy Solutions

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.

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Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, and group discussion will be used in this event.


Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 9.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Delivery Method: Group-Live presented online due to COVID-19
Advanced Preperation: None

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