While the concept of microgrids and their attributes continue to generate hype, there are few guidelines on microgrid best planning and implementation practices. Microgrids must be able to function on their own (in islanded mode), integrate intermittent generation (such as solar or wind) with baseload generation, and balance overall generation with internal loads. Additionally, interconnection practices with the local utility grid are evolving for behind-the-meter installations. There are real safety concerns, such as prevention of back-feeding onto the grid, and benefits, offering power during outages as well as grid support. This session will dive into what it’s like to plan, propose, design, and build microgrids without glossing over the nitty-gritty details of how microgrids actually work. Speakers will discuss microgrids that support multi-family buildings in New York City and the Massachusetts communities who are creating microgrids with the help of thestate’s Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative.
1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.