The increasing cost of electricity and of grid disruptions after events like Hurricane Sandy are fueling an emerging industry around microgrids. Based on individual power grids with local generation and load shifting from alternative sources (PV solar, generators, storage and fuel cells), microgrids can be tailored to meet the specified power needs of buildings and clusters of buildings. Find out what facility managers and building owners need to know about microgrids and “islanding” capability and how to prepare for the future.
- Understand the components of microgrids and islanding capability.
- Learn how buildings can become grid service providers.
- Understand how microgrids can improve sustainability.
- Recognize the potential benefits of integrating microgrid features into mixed-use and other commercial buildings.
John F. Kelly
Perfect Power Institute
Over the past three years, Mr. Kelly led an industry team in the development a LEED type design and rating system for microgrids. Mr. Kelly authored numerous research papers on electricity reliability, markets, and pricing, as well as, smart grid cost/benefit and best practices for electricity policy reform.
Mr. Kelly has provided consulting services to the electric and natural gas industries for 30 years, focusing for the past decade on developing innovative sustainable energy plans and designs for cities, large multi-use developments, and commercial buildings.
Mr. Kelly holds a B.S. in energy engineering and certificate in environmental engineering. He is one of the founders and a past treasurer of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (www.mwalliance.org).