Full Title: West Virginia Regional Microgrids for Resilience Study
Author(s): Jared Leader, Mac Keller, Carolyn Dougherty, Weston Dengler, Ellie Hannum
Publisher(s): Smart Electric Power Alliance, West Virginia Office of Energy
Publication Date: September 15, 2022
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Microgrids allow customers and communities to minimize impacts of power outages by incorporating local power generation and energy storage to supplement the traditional power grid. Microgrids are one approach to bolster resilience of communities affected by power outages due to a natural disaster or extreme weather event.
The report identifies opportunities for deploying microgrids to increase the resilience for the state of West Virginia. It includes results from SEPA’s three-phased approach with key stakeholders in West Virginia to prioritize and evaluate potential microgrids for resilience. As part of this project, SEPA collected data to develop two mapping resources that stakeholders can leverage to identify resilience needs and microgrid deployment strategies across West Virginia.