Who We Are
Microgrid Institute is a collaborative organization supporting development of microgrids and distributed energy assets around the world. Our efforts address market development and analysis, regulatory and financial analysis, and microgrid feasibility, development, and deployment initiatives. We apply a multidisciplinary approach that supports thorough and objective analysis and execution. Our mission focuses on supporting sustainable and resilient local energy development; addressing key issues that affect microgrids and community energy projects; and contributing knowledge and insight to local resiliency and sustainability initiatives, as well as stakeholder engagement and public policy processes.
We provide services either on a bilateral basis with private and public clients, or as part of multi-stakeholder partnerships and project initiatives. Frequently we serve in such roles as prime contractor, project manager, grantwriter, and grants manager. We are vendor and partner “agnostic,” and we work with foremost experts in their fields, including technology leaders, legal and policy analysts, financial professionals, and researchers at leading institutions.
Our mission seeks to support public education and social development; technology innovation and commercialization; economic development; and a sustainable transition from energy poverty and environmental injustice to prosperity worldwide
Professionals on our staff and in our networks bring a broad range of experience in the utility, independent power, industrial cogeneration, and distributed energy industries.
Staff members and collaborators on the Microgrid Institute team combine expertise in:
What We Do
A microgrid is a small energy system capable of balancing captive supply and demand resources to maintain stable service within a defined boundary.
Microgrids combine various distributed energy resources (DER) to form a whole system that's greater than its parts.
Most microgrids can be further described by one of four categories:
Microgrids combine local energy assets, resources, and technologies into a system that's designed to satisfy the host's requirements -- which can include factors as basic as electrification, and as complex as integrating variable DERs in a balanced net-zero system. READ MORE
What Sustainability Executives Need to Know about Microgrids
Hitachi Microgrids | Microgrid Institute | GreenBiz Webinar (Dec. 13, 2016)
This one-hour webinar provides a primer on microgrids for sustainability executives — at companies, hospitals, universities, municipalities, etc. — focusing on the tools and knowledge to assess when a microgrid is the right solution for an organization. WATCH VIDEO
Nov. 30, 2016, New Paltz, N.Y.: New Paltz Community Energy (NPCE) launched a public website (www.newpaltzenergy.org) today to provide information about NPCE initiatives and facilitate engagement with New Paltz community members and stakeholders.
New Paltz Community Energy is a working group that includes the Town and Village of New Paltz, New Paltz Central School District, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and local businesses including Woodland Pond at New Paltz and Tops Friendly Markets. The working group is led by Microgrid Institute, with support from the Institute for Building Technology and Safety. READ MORE
Microgrid Institute team begins Stage II development
Aug. 24, 2016, New Paltz, N.Y.: The final summary report on the New Paltz Community Microgrid feasibility assessment has been accepted by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), signaling the successful completion of its NY Prize Stage I project. The project’s final Stage I report is available at the NYSERDA website here:
In August 2015, NYSERDA selected a public-private partnership led by Burr Energy LLC (dba Microgrid Institute) to assess the feasibility of developing a community microgrid in New Paltz. The project team includes the Town and Village of New Paltz, State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz, the New Paltz Central School District, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and utility partner Central Hudson Gas & Electric. Microgrid Institute led the Stage I study as prime contractor and principal investigator, with technical partners Hitachi Consulting, Green Energy Corp., and TeMIX Inc. READ MORE
July 21, 2016: Microgrid Institute Director Michael Burr provides an overview of community microgrids for clean-energy stakeholders on the Olympic Peninsula, in Jefferson County, Washington. WATCH VIDEO
Regulatory and Business Models for Community Microgrids
Establishing an economic foundation for consumer energy resilience
July 28, 2015: IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting, microgrid panel moderated by Washington State University Associate Professor Anurag Srivastava. Program included presentations from Microgrid Institute, U.S. Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and National Technical University of Athens.
Program included presentations from Microgrid Institute and the New York State Smart Grid Consortium (NYSSG) addressing evolution in electricity distribution services and microgrids.
Distributed Systems for Local Resilience
At the PJM Interconnect's General Session on May 20, Microgrid Institute Director Michael Burr delivered a presentation on nested microgrids for community resilience, and led a discussion among panelists representing Alstom, Duke Energy, NYSERDA, and Princeton University. MORE
Resilience through Microgrids
Trends and Opportunities for States and Communities
Presentation: NASEO 2015 Energy Policy Outlook Conference (Feb. 4, 2015)
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