2020 - OSIsoft PI World San Francisco - Transmission and Distribution
High-Performance Microgrids, DERMS, and the Changing Future of Grid Controls
The recent natural disasters have created a demand for the integration of microgrids and more distributed energy into the power distribution system. Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC), part of the Sonoma County Junior College District, was severely impacted by the October 2017 wildfires. In 2018, the 100+ acre SRJC campus was the selected site for a microgrid demonstration project that will integrate three types of Distributed Energy Resource (DER) elements: PV generation, electrical energy storage, and load reduction and load control systems, all managed by a single microgrid controller. This high-performance microgrid is furthering technological advancement and innovation for the campus, uncovering hidden value opportunities in the power system by optimizing generation and load flexibility, enhancing power quality of the surrounding grid using renewable resources, and demonstrating utility and campus collaboration for successful integration.
- Facilities & Data Centers
- Transmission & Distribution
PXiSE Energy Solutions
Patrick Lee founded and leads PXiSE Energy Solutions, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy with an investment by Mitsui & Co., Ltd., as Chief Executive Officer.
Lee is a proven executive with a successful track record. He completed a $1.8B, infrastructure project with 19 awards and has led numerous business operations with significant financial outcomes. He has over 30 years of energy industry experience in electric system planning, design, construction, operations, energy markets, renewables, and technology RD&D.
Lee graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from San Diego State University and holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from California State University, Sacramento. He is also a registered professional electrical engineer in California. Lee is an emeritus council of advisors for the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego, a volunteer and ex officio steering committee for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a distinguished expert for the California Council for Science and Technology, as well as an advisory trustee for the California State Parks Foundation.
Santa Rosa Junior College
David Liebman, Energy and Sustainability Manager at SRJC, will lead the conversation to describe the college’s microgrid roadmap and how public entities (such as municipalities, universities, hospitals, and schools) can be leaders in DER integration. David will describe SRJC’s project drivers and constraints, project phasing and long-term scalability goals, the benefits of incorporating renewable energy resources with storage, and the high-performance capabilities enabled by having a centralized, real-time controller manage the microgrid and other campus DERs.