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MicrogridKnowledge.com releases guide on community microgrids

Darek Letkiewicz, PE, LEED AP

MicrogridKnowledge.com has released a guide, created with OBG and the International District Energy Association, to assist mayors and other city leaders who are exploring development of community microgrids as a way to gain more local control over their energy supply. The report, “Community Microgrids: A Guide for Mayors and City Leaders Seeking Clean, Reliable and Locally Controlled Energy,” provides big-picture insight into the community microgrid trend, as well as specific advice to help municipalities that are considering microgrid development.

The report also features insights from Darek Letkiewicz, OBG energy expert, and highlights some of our current microgrid projects – such as the development of a first-of-its-kind energy project to design and construct a community-based microgrid to improve service reliability for the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities in Western New York.

“Jamestown has a municipal utility with a long history of employing local energy. By intelligently leveraging these assets—both power and thermal energy—the city is now just a few short steps away from establishing a community microgrid. We have seen many concepts, but this community is within striking distance,” said Darek Letkiewicz of OBG, whose engineering team assisted the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (JBPU) in applying for NY Prize funds to develop the project.