How Microgrids & Distributed Generation are Changing Critical Power Planning

Critical Power North America – Thursday, August 4th

How Microgrids & Distributed Generation are Changing Critical Power Planning

Ben Edgar, Business Development Manager for Microgrids and Distributed Generation, Black & Veatch

Microgrid & Distributed Generation (MG/DG) technology change how end-users plan to meet their critical power needs and how they finance it. Equipment that was formerly considered a cost of reliability can now be paired with controls and generation equipment to generate savings and a return on investment (value). MG/DG value captures the interest of third party developers and utilities. Entities with critical power have more options in how to meet their needs: power purchase agreements, energy savings performance contracts, or self-performing and owning MG/DG projects. This presentation will explore MG/DG, what they provide and how facilities attract 3rd party investment.

Ben Edgar is the Business Development Manager for Microgrids and Distributed Generation (MG/DG) for Black & Veatch. The Distributed Generation Service Area focuses on all phases development, design, construction and monitoring of Microgrids and Distributed Generation Assets for utilities, developers and end users. Prior to joining Black & Veatch, Ben founded and ran a SDVOB, a DG development company which focused on helping end users meet their electrical and thermal energy needs through DG projects. Ben spent another 10 years with separate consulting engineering firm in the utility, industrial and complex process industry. Prior to joining the energy industry, Ben served in the United States Army as a Field Artillery Officer.

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