Hosted by TISED's Scholar-in-Residence, Chris Marnay, this event has multiple speakers with interesting perspectives!
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Microgrids are locally controlled power systems, usually grid connected, but able to operate as electrical islands. The northeastern U.S. and Japan have embraced them following the twin disasters of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Hurricane Sandy. Not only have microgrids and their perceived benefits shifted beyond economic and environmental goals towards resilience, but they’ve begun to find a natural place in the policy arena. Quebec, whose energy situation appears blessed in many ways, does not seem to offer at first glance, a fertile landscape for microgrids. With abundant cheap carbon-free electricity, relatively undeveloped electricity markets, and faded memories of the 1998 ice storm, the province looks distinct from its neighbors to the south. Join us with multi-disciplinary experts as we visit microgrid technology, policy, and our economic context, in an effort to assess microgrids’ potential contribution to our energy future! Topic overview and speaker list here
What are the opportunities and challenges for microgrids? The working group will produce a white paper published on TISED's website and thoughtful written comments will be included and will contribute to our April 25th event! Your input will make a difference! If you'd like, re-read the topic overview first, then submit your comments here (anonymously if you'd like), or tised [at] mcgill.ca (subject: My%20comments%20for%20the%20Microgrid%20Working%20Group) (email them directly to TISED).