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"Chris Varrone worked well with the BWP team to add critical detail and broad business insight to
our product cost model. His focused,
pragmatic leadership on this project was excellent."
- Sandy Butterfield
CEO, Boulder Wind Power
and former Chief Engineer, NREL
Industry Update: Department of Defense Study on Microgrids Friday, December 14th, 2012

Part Two of our series on options for backbone generation assets for microgrids will be posted next week. In the meantime, we thought readers might be interested in an excellent report from the Department of Defense titled “Microgrid Study: Energy Security for DoD Installations.” You can access the report by following this link: http://serdp-estcp.org/content/download/15304/175087/version/3/file/MIT+LL+DoD+Microgrid+Study+TR-1164+18Jun12.pdf

Although the title might make the report sound very specific to the military, the report actually provides an excellent overview of different types of microgrids and offers plenty of real-life examples of microgrids currently in operation at military bases across the country. I found the report to be a great primer as I dive deeper into research on microgrids. One of the main points I took away from this report is that every microgrid is a bit different. Each individual situation must be assessed for its particular energy needs and reliability requirements. Maybe as the microgrid market matures, microgrid developers will be able to offer more standardized options, which could potentially help lower the overall cost of a given microgrid installation. Overall, the report highlighted the potential value of continuing to develop microgrids in military settings both for cost and security reasons.

Have a good weekend and stay tuned for Part 2 of our microgrid series next week.

-JJ and the Riverview Consulting Team