Community Resilience Microgrids

Reshaping the Utility-Customer Relationship

The market for community resilience microgrids enjoys strong political support in the United States, the world’s leading market for small grids.  These localized systems offer unique advantages in integrating renewable resources and surviving natural disasters and other outage events.  But they also face critical questions: What unique regulatory hurdles do these systems face?  Will utilities dominate this market, or can private developers offer a better route to market?  Can we develop new utility business models that help create a more resilient power grid?

Featuring Peter Asmus, principal research analyst with Navigant Research, along with Kenneth Horne, associate director with Navigant, and Audrey Zibelman, chair of the New York State Public Service Commission, this webinar examines how a handful of states in the United States are addressing long-standing utility franchise rules that may thwart efforts to develop smaller and more resilient grids.  The webinar also includes case studies from around the world, along with capacity and revenue forecasts for three different kinds of community resilience microgrids.

Key Topics:
  •  The need for more resilient grids
  •   Critical facilities from a community perspective
  •   Key regulatory issues facing community resilience microgrids
  •   Case studies of community resilience microgrids
  •   Drivers of and barriers to community resilience microgrids
  •  Emerging business models for community resilience microgrids
What does this webinar answer?
  • What qualifies a microgrid as a “community resilience” microgrid, and what distinguishes it from a utility distribution microgrid?
  • What are the key external and internal drivers for this market segment?
  • How are community resilience microgrids pushing the envelope when it comes to utility regulatory reforms?
  • Who will be in the driver’s seat for the community resilience microgrid segment – utilities or third parties?
  • Which regions will lead this market segment in the coming years?
  • Who are the key players in this sector?
Who needs to attend?
  •  Electric and natural gas utilities
  •  Microgrid developers
  •  Microgrid controls vendors
  •  Renewable/distributed energy technology providers
  •  Energy storage technology providers
  •  Regulators and policy makers

 

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Webinar Details

Date:

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Time:

2:00 pm EDT

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Speaker Details

Peter Asmus

Principal Research Analyst

Navigant Research

Kenneth Horne

Associate Director

Navigant

Audrey Zibelman

Chair

New York State Public Service Commission


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