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COMMUNITY MICROGRIDS AS A RESILIENCE SOLUTION FOR CITIES
Dr. Frank Wasko and Malini Kannan, Clean Coalition
From 2017 to 2018, the U.S. experienced 30 weather- and climate-related events that cost $1 billion or more and collectively caused damage totaling a record-breaking $404 billion, not including the loss of human life. The Clean Coalition is staging Community Microgrids to provide resilience in the face of these disasters. Municipalities and their constituents are
interested in building resilient communities, and Community Microgrids provide a solution that combines solar generation with energy storage and other distributed energy resources (DER) to provide indefinite renewables-driven backup power for critical loads. Many public agencies are taking a serious look at solar+storage to offset increasing utility costs, and to help achieve their climate goals. Adding microgrid-specific equipment like switches and monitoring, communications, and control equipment allows critical facilities to island during grid outages, providing business continuity and resilience with renewables-driven backup power.
This webinar will explore:
- Economic, environmental, and resilience benefits of Community Microgrids
- The Value of Resilience (VOR)
- System design: DER and microgrid-specific equipment
- Regulatory and economic barriers to widespread adoption
- How cities can help make Community Microgrids a reality
About the Presenters
Dr. Frank Wasko
Frank serves as the Managing Director for the Clean Coalition and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization, with direct oversight of the Programs and Policy departments. Frank brings to the Clean Coalition 30 years of service and experience from Southern California Edison (SCE) across a variety of functions, including field project management and field construction. In his last position at SCE, Frank served as Region Manager for government affairs. Frank also has a strong background in municipalization, infrastructure upgrade and improvement programs, rate optimization, and third-party interconnection. Frank graduated from Pepperdine University Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Business Communications, and went on to receive his master’s degree and Ph.D in Public Policy, Planning, and Development from the University of Southern California.
Malini is a Program Engineer with the Clean Coalition and leads the technical activities of the organization’s Community Microgrid Initiative. She has helped communities across California, the New York metropolitan area, and Puerto Rico design and develop Community Microgrids through scoping, planning, and engineering design and analysis work. Previously, as a Research Engineer at the Schatz Energy Research Center, Malini tested and analyzed performance data from small-scale solar, battery, and LED consumer electronics as a consultant to the World Bank. She also helped scope, design, and build electric vehicle charging stations on California’s North Coast. Malini also has previous experience at Bloom Energy, where she resolved design and quality issues with fuel cells. Malini received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, San Diego.
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