Backing Up the Grid
11:00am - 1:00pm
2750 Monroe Boulevard Audobon, PA 19403 (map)
Today’s energy supply is subject to a number of threats that can disrupt our businesses and our lives. In the wake of hurricane Sandy, where entire towns lost power for weeks or months, it has become clear that we need to have a plan to maintain our business operations and way of life when the grid is no longer available due to increasingly stronger storms, cyber attacks on central control systems for our energy grid (hundreds of attempts are made every day), lack of generation or transmission capacity to meet demand, and actual breakdown of aging infrastructure.
Is your business prepared for short term or medium term losses of electric power? Join us for a high-level conversation on grid resiliency, backup strategies, combined heat and power (CHP) solutions, as well as the markets and incentives that make them attractive for many businesses and institutions. You will have the opportunity to see how you can reduce your current energy cost while making your business more resilient.
Patrick Looney, PhD – Assistant Director
Brookhaven National Lab
Pat’s primary focus at Brookhaven is on commercialization of technologies that can be employed in the near term to improve energy resiliency for businesses, institutions, and municipalities/communities, through methods such as microgrids, renewable energy, storage, and other distributed generation strategies. He is responsible for managing multiple pilot programs and installations throughout New York, and he will discuss the best options that they have found to date for protecting businesses and communities from the impact of long-term power outages, and additional strategies that are still being studied.
Thomas Walker – Assistant Director
New Jersey Energy Resilience Bank
The state if New Jersey has funded an Energy Resilience Bank through charges on customer utility bills, to support the financing of energy resilience projects. Tom will discuss why NJ is devoting resources to the program, results from initial projects funded, and what they hope to accomplish in the short and long term through their program.
Gearoid Foley – Senior Technical Advisor
Mid-Atlantic CHP Technical Assistance Partnership
Gearoid will discuss the benefits that they have seen for manufacturers and other commercial businesses of having their own on site distributed energy generation such as Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and solar at their facilities. He may be joined by a facility owner that was recently supported through their programs to do a CHP installation.
Discussion to be moderated by Paul Spiegel, President of Practical Energy Solutions and Vice Chair of the Smart Energy Initiative.