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How Micro Grids Can Help Your Campus Disaster Preparedness Plans & Maximize Energy Management Opportunities

Millions of East Coastresidents experienced power loss in late October when Superstorm Sandy ripped through New Jersey and New York City and left more than 8.5 million customers in multiple states without electricity. Micro Grid experts agree that although natural disasters are inevitable, power outages can be mitigated if the nation’s electrical infrastructure were smart.The economic impact to a campus can be significant with lost research and the ability to attract top researchers.   Is your campus ready? We will discuss Energy Reliability and how solutions such as a Micro Grid will lessen the impact of future blackouts.

Micro Grids and Energy Reliability are an emerging topic for campuses across North America. A Micro Grid is a defined area with grouping of localized loads, load controls and on-site electric generation (including renewable and storage capabilities) that is normally supported by the grid. In order to take advantage of these capabilities, a Micro Grid separates from the grid during abnormal conditions to run autonomously, or in ‘island mode’ to have power security from the outside world. Our panel will include Pete Strazdas from Western Michigan University, Lowell Rasmussen from the University of Minnesota-Morris and Honeywell.  The panel will share their thoughts on this important subject and encourage input from the audience.  Not all schools are in the same position which should make this an interesting discussion.  In this discussion we will discuss the emerging global trends in and why it is an important consideration for Campuses.  One Campus Micro Grid example we will share is the Food and Drug Administration campus in White Oak MD.  The White Oak FDA campus has survived two major hurricanes (Sandy and Irene) with no power interruptions. Many Campuses are gearing up to avoid potential catastrophes when power is out and Honeywell has excellent examples to share that we hope will be of interest to the selection committee. In addition, our Headquarters are in Minneapolis and would be able to staff this panel (Honeywell participant) with a world class Smart Grid/Micro Grid expert.

1. Participants will learn how Micro Grid allows a facility to run autonomously when the utility grid fails.
2. Participants will learn how to evaluate the viability of a Micro Grid.
3. Participants will learn how to leverage your university’s sustainability efforts to attract students and retain faculty.

Peter Strazdas, Western Michigan University; Lowell Rasmussen, University of Minnesota/Morris; Datta Godbole, Honeywell Building Solutions; Kent Anson, Honeywell Building Solutions