There has been substantial discussion of the use of microgrids as a result of the recent wildfires and Public Safety Power Shutoffs. The ability of microgrids to be considered for these applications now, is in part a result of over a decade of research funded through the California Energy Commission's R&D programs. To date the CEC has issued over $100M in grants that have funded over 30 microgrids. These microgrids support a variety of applications, with a diversity of ownership models. This presentation will provide an overview of the microgrid research being funded by the CEC and future research areas of interest.
David Erne has over 30 years of experience in leading innovative programs to develop and implement sustainability-related strategies and initiatives. He has led multiple strategic planning efforts for Department of Energy (DOE) programs to improve energy efficiency in commercial and residential buildings. Supported regional transportation agencies and a fortune 500 firm to establish sustainability strategies. Served as program manager for dozens of high-profile engagements in the federal, state and local sectors. Managed numerous multimillion-dollar task-order contracts across the federal government. Formerly a commissioned officer in the U.S. Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.