On October 13th, Mike Hightower of Sandia National Laboratories led two webinars on microgrids and energy assurance as part of Energy Action Month. Mike along with other Sandia engineers and scientists have been researching energy assurance for critical infrastructures at Sandia for the past 20 years. The webinar contains material from Sandia’s training course titled the “Fundamentals of Advanced Microgrid Evaluation, Analysis, and Conceptual Design.”  Topics include emerging design and operations drivers, threats, security, and resiliency needs.  There’s a discussion of the changing metrics seen in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) strategic plans, energy improvement options, and the use of microgrids at military installations, contingency bases, and expeditionary operations. The webinar was presented in cooperation with the DoD Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy and the DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. Both the 9:00AM and 3:00PM webinar recordings are now available.

A follow-on, 2-day “Energy Assurance and Advanced Microgrid Conceptual Design Course” will be held at the Pentagon in Washington DC on March 13-14, 2017. If you would like to attend or have any questions, please email osd.pentagon.ousd-atl.mbx.operational-energy@mail.mil.