Following severe storm events that swept through the east coast in the last ten years, there has been an increased focus on developing resilient electrical systems that can continue to provide power, heat, and cooling to critical facilities grid-scale during power outages. New York State has supported the development of these microgrids through the NY Prize program, with a focus on generating exportable knowledge for other communities interested in developing their own microgrid.
What empowers communities to develop microgrids? What are the key partnerships communities rely on to bring in expertise to successfully realize these projects? What physical and regulatory barriers dictate project success?
In collaboration with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), our team hopes to develop a better understanding of the successes and challenges faced by on-going microgrid development in New York State. We aim to develop a set of scalable tools to provide communities a first-level indication of the feasibility of community microgrids and guidance on best practice community engagement.
Pace Energy and Climate Center “Community Microgrids: Smarter, Cleaner, Greener”