Microgrid 2022 Day 1 Keynote: Jeffrey Schlegelmilch

June 20, 2022
Jeffrey Schlegelmilch delivers the keynote address on the 1st day of Microgrid 2022 by exploring how microgrids can help with disaster preparedness.

On the first day of Microgrid 2022, our keynote address was delivered by Jeffrey Schlegelmilch, Director for the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia Climate School, Columbia University and author of Rethinking Readiness: A Brief Guide to Twenty-First-Century Megadisasters.

Schlegelmilch shares insights around disaster science, grid modernization, resilience and how outages impact people differently – based on the community’s capacity to cope. He explains how places like Puerto Rico are illustrating the potential of widespread microgrid adoption, while also serving as a cautionary tale. He outlines some challenges that the microgrid industry is facing in terms of equity, scale and business models as it works to adapt this promising technology to existing socio-economic ecosystems.

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This video was recorded during Microgrid 2022: Microgrids as Climate Heroes. The two-day event was designed to bring together industry leaders, visionaries, and those curious about microgrids. Held in June of 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the editors at Microgrid Knowledge gathered microgrid leaders for two days of interactive sessions designed to help innovators, developers, utilities, and technology and engineering firms exploring the microgrid space.

The event featured more than 100 speakers across thirty sessions. Panel discussions covered big picture ideas around macro economic influences on the microgrid market, how microgrids can be a building block of US infrastructure and climate goals, why microgrids are becoming important to military missions and the challenges with supporting an electrified economy. The event also included multiple breakout sessions where panelists presented real-world case studies. Each session allowed audience members to ask questions of the panelists.

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