Microgrid competition announced
The Energy Department's Microgrid 2014 MVP Challenge is a competition to recognize local organizations that have adopted successful grid strategies to continue providing vital public services during power disruptions.
The Energy Department's Microgrid 2014 MVP Challenge is a competition to support resiliency and adaptation in communities across the United States. The challenge will recognize local organizations that have adopted successful grid strategies to continue providing vital public services during power disruptions caused by severe weather and other events. Microgrids are localized electricity grids that can disconnect from the traditional grid and to help mitigate grid disturbances during emergencies.
Backed by the Department's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, the challenge encourages organizations with operational microgrids, including hospitals and water treatment plants, to submit their microgrid designs and operational data, such as when and how long the microgrid was disconnected from the traditional grid. The operational data will help the Department learn more about microgrid performance and capture practical information that can be shared about how microgrids make communities more resilient. Entries will be judged according to four criteria: resiliency, clean energy system, efficiency, and cost effectiveness.
The Energy Department plans on handing out an award in each of the following six categories: commercial, government, healthcare, industrial, municipal, and commercial facilities; and emergency shelters.
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