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Is there a role for microgrids in the energy future of Quebec and Canada?
Tue, 25 April 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Hosted by TISED's Scholar-in-Residence, Chris Marnay, this event is free and open to the public but your RSVP is required - seating is limited.
Speakers include: Chris Marnay (TISED), Gretchen Bakke (McGill Anthropology), François Bouffard (McGill Electrical Engineering), Peter Lilienthal (HOMER Energy), Pierre-Olivier Pineau (HEC Montréal), Saad Sayeef (CSIRO), and Angelo Giumento (Hydro Québec)!
Microgrids are locally controlled power systems, such as university campuses, usually grid connected, but able to operate as electrical islands. They have become an increasingly familiar power sector feature in recent years, representing one of the three legs of the smart grid “stool”, together with enhanced megagrid operations and grid-customer interaction. Notably, the northeastern U.S. and Japan have embraced microgrids following the twin disasters of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Hurricane Sandy. These traumatic events represented a turning point - not only have microgrids and their perceived benefits shifted beyond economic and environmental goals towards resilience, but they have also begun to find a natural place in the regulatory and 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.
This event provides an overview of microgrid technology, policy, and economic context in an effort to assess their potential contribution to Quebec’s, and Canada’s, energy future.
The Microgrid Working Group want your constructive comments, suggestions, and your questions!
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 the design of this event! Submit your comments here (anonymously if you'd like).