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Multimedia | Microgrids: A Smart Solution for Energy Efficiency and Resiliency

Apr, 23 2013

Are microgrids the solution to many of our current energy challenges? 

Our panel of private-sector experts, policymakers and academic thought leaders discussed microgrid technology and its potential for growth in application in the United States.  What are microgrids?  What are the benefits of adopting microgrid technology and what are the hurdles to adoption? How are microgrids an example of clean technology and how can they be tied to renewable energy and the concept of smart grids?  The panelists discuseds how microgrids are being applied in the United States in both the public and private sectors.  The panel also discussed how this growth can be fostered using a combination of public policy, creative financing, and new technology adoption.

Panelists

Steven Cohen, Executive Director, The Earth Institute
Matthew Fairy, Vice President, Marketing, Pareto Energy
Joshua Milberg, Vice President, Business & Operations; Director, Smart Grid, Willdan Energy Solutions;
Vijay Modi, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University
Mohammad Shahidehpour, Bodine Chair Professor and Director, Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation, Illinois Institute of Technology.