With extreme weather and power outages now part of our country’s DNA, there has been a shift in thinking from “the cost of power” to “the cost of not having power.” More private companies and public sector organizations across the country are designing microgrids to keep their operations running and create “safe havens” for employees and residents. From June through December of 2019, Navigant Research identified 500 new microgrid projects that were planned or installed. Stop & Shop, a neighborhood grocer, has served its communities in the Northeast for more than 100 years. In 2020, the company is implementing fuel cell powered microgrids at 40 of its stores. Whether customers need to stock up on food, batteries, flashlights, other emergency items, or even their prescription medications, Stop & Shop leadership recognizes the stores’ vital role during severe weather or other unforeseen events. The microgrids will help accomplish another strategic goal too -- lowering the company’s environmental impact, including an expected reduction of carbon emissions by over 15,000 metric tons per year – the equivalent of removing about 3,200 cars from the road. The speaker will describe this and other novel microgrid implementations being driven by climate change and extreme weather.
Senior Manager, Microgrids
Chris Ball is a Senior Manager with Bloom Energy, focused on microgrids. Chris works closely with both product management and sales teams to increase customer value, and is intimately involved in identifying and meeting customer needs and requirements. Earlier in his career, he developed commercial and utility scale solar projects. Chris holds a BSBA from Georgetown University.