Integrating Distributed Generation and Cybersecurity to Ensure Resilient Critical Load Support

Critical Power North America – Thursday, August 4th

Integrating Distributed Generation and Cybersecurity to Ensure Resilient Critical Load Support

John Carroll, Director of Business Development, IPERC

Microgrids provide a distinct opportunity to bring new capabilities, energy cost reduction, enhanced reliability & resiliency to the grid through distributed generation, intelligence and autonomy. An integral aspect of successful microgrids is providing the user the ability to easily access, monitor, and adjust the system as needed. Microgrids need the ability to integrate multiple types and sizes of generation sources & energy storage and may provide for prioritized load shedding. Generation sources include both existing infrastructure & new expansion such as diesel generators, solar PV, wind, fuel cell or energy storage. This presentation will compare the features and benefits of centralized versus distributed control philosophies, as well as the challenges with integrating various forms of distributed generation into a microgrid. Discussion topics will include the various forms of DG and proper integration techniques, municipal and military microgrid comparisons, specific architecture recommendations for various application types, feature-benefit-value representations teaming considerations and specific case studies. In addition, the presentation will also address the need for a cybersecurity component to all microgrid work. Discussion topics include equipment challenges, enterprise-wide considerations, the Risk Management Framework and DIACAP certification processes, as well as a discussion on achieving type accreditation on industrial control systems. Expected learning objectives include: differentiating centralized versus distributed architectures including features-benefits; understanding the nuances of cybersecurity and how to most effective protect energy systems; understand the challenges of integrating various forms of DG and renewables into a microgrid; define the differences when considering a military microgrid versus a municipal or commercial microgrid deployment.

John-MJohn is a veteran of the power and renewable energy industry and brings over 25 years of experience in senior sales & marketing roles working for both large public companies and small start-up ventures. In his present role as VP of Business Development with IPERC, John is responsible for leading a worldwide sales & marketing team focused on commercial and government microgrid deployments. By leveraging their enormous success as the microgrid provider for the Department of Energys SPIDERS program, IPERC has expanded considerably into commercial and municipal microgrid projects.

Immediately prior to joining IPERC, John was the Government Systems Business Unit Director for Petra Solar, a well-funded solar energy start-up focused on US Government and major utility renewable energy systems. John is a well-respected speaker at various industry specific conferences and was a co-author of the US Navys power system purchasing policy, entitled NAVSO P-3641A.

John is also a Retired U.S. Navy Captain and a distinguished veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He holds a B.E. Electrical Engineering from NY Maritime College, an MBA from Adelphi University, and is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Command & Staff College and the National Defense University.

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