Energy Assurance/Microgrid Project Services for the City of Berkeley

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The City of Berkeley is committed to increase resource efficiency, reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and advance community resilience. Thus, URS/AECOM and the microgrid team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are supporting the City of Berkeley on technical and research services for a project that advances Berkeley’s energy assurance through implementation of clean energy microgrid systems in Berkeley. The City is pursuing clean energy microgrids as a solution because they have the potential to create several co-benefits, including increased energy reliability for critical facilities, such as the Public Safety Building and emergency care and shelter sites, reduced reliance on fossil fuel-sourced back-up power through the use of renewable energy sources, and reduced energy costs through demand management. Clean energy microgrids also have the potential to advance collaboration with many important stakeholders, including local businesses and residents, private technical services providers, the energy utility, and other levels of government. In short, clean energy microgrids are a potential multi-benefit and multi-stakeholder solution.

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California Energy Commission

City of Berkeley