Microgrids Working Group

Our Work

As a part of the transition to a smart energy economy, SEPA’s Microgrid Working Group was formed in 2016 to provide forum for member discussion on the emerging and evolving topic. The working group seeks to advise staff on content designed to serve the needs of SEPA members through the following activities:

  • Monthly calls and meetings
  • Providing input on relevant research reports and other outputs
  • Assisting in webinar, conference session, and workshop development
  • Sharing of industry perspectives and insights
  • Group Mission Statement

SEPA’s Microgrid Working Group is addressing the changing functions of Microgrids that are employing “smart” technologies to further accelerate the market penetration of solar energy and distributed energy resources within an integrated grid. Using advanced information, communications and control technologies, these “dynamic” Microgrids can provide a resource-efficient “systems” approach for managing and optimizing local energy across end user sectors – combining onsite solar technology with end user efficiency, demand reduction, “smart grid” and energy storage capabilities. Through building creative stakeholder partnerships, this Working Group seeks to contribute to shaping new business models and regulatory and financial innovations that can help the utility industry and communities achieve integrated energy solutions, using intelligent energy management, in developing the energy infrastructure and built-environment for the 21st century.

Get Involved

Member Chair: Gary Brinkworth, (Tennessee Valley Authority)
Member Vice Chair: Larisa Dobriansky (General Microgrids)
Staff Lead: Ryan Edge (SEPA)
The Microgrids Working Group meets monthly via a conference call on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 2:00pm ET.
For information, contact Ryan Edge at redge@sepapower.org.
To join the Microgrids Working Group, please visit the group’s community site, login to your SEPA member account, and click the “Get Involved” button on the right.