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March 18, 2015

Globalcon: Why I Want a MicroGrid
March 18, 2015
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Globalcon: Why I Want a MicroGrid

Why I want a microgrid for my community, university, or transit system?

A panel made up of municipalities, universities, commercial/industrial, and transit authorities to give different perspectives on why they are either operating or developing microgrids.

Will Agate – The Navy Yard

Will Agate is PIDC’s Senior Vice President, Navy Yard Management and Development.  He serves on Penn State’s Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI, formerly EEB Hub) Operating Committee as well as a number of civic boards in the Greater Philadelphia region.

The Navy Yard is a dynamic and modern 1,200-acre business campus with more than 11,500 employees and 145 companies occupying more than 7.0 million SF. It is currently undergoing the implementation of its comprehensive Energy Master Plan that deploys various smart grid technologies and distributed energy resources to establish its own operating microgrid.

Kurt Bresser – Temple University

Kurt Bresser is Temple University’s Energy Manager. He is responsible for managing the utility cost and consumption at all Temple University and Health System facilities on the Main, Health Sciences Center, Ambler, Podiatric and Center City campuses.

Temple University main campus is comprised of two utility services, 16MW generation plant, and a medium voltage electrical distribution system that serves over 30MW of campus loads. The university utilizes their plant to reduce external peaks, saving on demand charges and adding revenues through PJM markets.  It has also made the system much more resilient giving the campus the ability to serve critical loads and keep their students and faculty on campus during a significant utility outage. 

Caleb Stratton – City of Hoboken

Caleb Stratton is a Principal Planner and Resiliency Task Force Coordinator for the City of Hoboken, NJ. His work focuses on projects associated with long range planning, climate adaptation and hazard mitigation. He holds a Master of Science in Sustainability, with a concentration in Architecture from the Bernard & Anne Spitzer School at the City College of New York.

The City of Hoboken was hit hard during Superstorm Sandy and is investigating how microgrids may improve their community’s energy resilience. The City of Hoboken will designate critical community facilities to deliver un-interrupted electrical service during disaster events, black-outs and brown-outs on a community microgrid.

John Geitner – New Jersey Transit

Mr. Geitner has been involved in environmental management and energy programs for over 15 years. At NJ Transit, Mr. Geitner is responsible for all environmental compliance and permitting programs, NJ Transit’s Energy Management programs as well as NJ Transit’s sustainable practices and sustainability reporting programs.

New Jersey Transit is looking to establish its own microgrid to make its transit systems more resilient.   The proposed microgrid system would include a natural gas powered electric generating plant, with supporting solar photovoltaic and combined heat and power generation, that would allow NJ Transit the ability to operate independently during widespread or extended outages.

Registration Details:

1) Go To: Globalcon Registration,

2) Click the provided link under "Special Events" to register for the event.

3) Create a User Name and Password

4) Select the AEE Greater Philadelphia Chapter Luncheon

5) Make payments as necessary

If you are interested in joining this event, you also have the option to pay $20 cash at the door.

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