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SEEC Virtual Forum - Webinar 13: Local Governments Leading the Way through Resilient Microgrids
Wildfires, power shut-offs, and other climate effects are driving the critical need for energy resiliency across California communities. Local government and institutions are taking the lead on microgrids in many areas to ensure their residents continue to receive critical services and back-up power. Given the technical complexity and range of possible microgrid models, local governments can best benefit by learning from one another and working together to implement a sustainable future for us all.

The confirmed speakers below will feature diverse local experts, each with a unique perspective on developing innovative, resilient microgrid solutions across the state:

• Moderator: Katie Wilson, TRC
• Mike Grim, City of Carlsbad – Feature project: Carlsbad microgrid
• Craig Lewis, Clean Coalition (non-profit) – Feature projects: City of Camarillo solar microgrid and City of Santa Barbara community microgrid
• Jim Zoellick, Humboldt State University – Feature project: Redwood Coast Energy Authority and Pacific Gas & Electric community microgrid

Presenters will discuss the goals and multiple benefits their microgrid projects address – from resiliency to carbon reduction, reliability, and government operations. They will explore the process and funding sources they have leveraged to develop studies and designs. And they will highlight the stakeholders and partnerships behind many of their microgrid projects which have been critical to their success. Finally, presenters will share important lessons learned and recommendations from their experiences for other communities eager to explore similar opportunities.

Sep 29, 2020 01:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Craig Lewis
Founder and Executive Director @Clean Coalition
Craig Lewis has over 30 years of experience in the renewables, wireless, semiconductor, and banking industries. Previously VP of Government Relations at GreenVolts, he was the first to successfully navigate a solar project through California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard solicitation process. Craig was energy policy lead on Steve Westly’s 2006 California gubernatorial campaign. His resume includes senior government relations, corporate development, and marketing positions at leading wireless, semiconductor, and banking companies such as Qualcomm, Ericsson, and Barclays Bank. Craig received an MBA and MSEE from the University of Southern California and a BSEE from the University of California, Berkeley.
Jim Zoellick
Principal Engineer @Humboldt State University, Schatz Energy Research Center
Jim is a Principal Engineer at the Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University with 25 years of dedication. His work involves planning, analysis, project development and implementation, with a special focus on tribal and public sector projects in rural northern California. Most recently he has worked to develop, deploy and evaluate cutting edge microgrid technology. He has managed or co-managed two microgrid projects at the Blue Lake Rancheria, including the 2018 DistribuTECH Project of the Year for DER Integration. Currently he is co-managing the Redwood Coast Airport Microgrid Project; this will be the first front-of-the-meter, multi-customer microgrid on Pacific Gas and Electric’s distribution system.
Mike Grim
Sr. Programs Manager @City of Carlsbad
Mike Grim has over 25 years of local government experience including land use planning, housing policy, airport compatibility planning, CEQA processing, habitat conservation, and climate planning. He currently administers the city’s Climate Action Plan, coordinating both climate change mitigation and adaptation programs and projects. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, a network of cities and public agencies that work together to advance climate planning and solutions for the San Diego region.