Distributed Energy/Energy Storage

Purpose: The M-WERC Distributed Energy and Energy Storage Working Group is tasked with expanding the focus on market and industry development efforts in the interrelated fields of Distributed Energy Resources and Systems (DERS) and Energy Storage Systems (ESS). Since being formed, the working group has also taken on the growth and technology aspects of Microgrids.

 As three very critical and high-potential technology growth sectors in the energy, power, and controls (EPC) sectors, M-WERC members and partners who are actively engaged in these areas will be provided a forum to collaborate, advance, and track activities in these technology areas. M-WERC members will be able to proactively advance the market and industry development for DERS and ESS, leverage M-WERC industry roadmaps, and influence new opportunities in both Technology Innovation and Market and Industry Expansion areas.

Scope of Work:

The Working Group has created an action plan to guide group efforts. These efforts include determining activities to inform and educate M-WERC members on the latest strategies and technology advancement in these areas, as well as identifying areas where other M-WERC resources can be utilized to address issue of interest to the Working Group.

The Working Group has formed three subgroups to focus on specific area of focus, including:

  1. Energy Storage
    1. This sub-committee will initially focus on creating a series of “Energy Storage Case Studies”, for the benefit of M-WERC members and partners.
    2. The Energy Storage sub-committee will produce webinars on Energy Storage topics.
    3. The sub-committee will hold a 2nd Annual M-WERC Energy Storage technical conference in February 2018.
  2. Education and Outreach
    1. Another group of working group members will be focusing on completing a “White Paper” on Distributed Energy, Energy Storage, and Microgrids. David Haas from MSOE will be the role of lead author for the white paper.
    2. The group will hold the 2nd Annual M-WERC Microgrids Conference in October 2017.
  3. Microgrids
    1. The primary focus of the Microgrids sub-committee is to focus on the new Project Plan for the Century City Microgrid (CCMG) Project to address concerns raised about the project and to focus on a new smaller-grid initial phase of the project.

The working group will also coordinate with other M-WERC committees and working groups as appropriate.

Leadership: The Distributed Energy and Energy Storage Working Group is led by two co-chairs from M-WERC member companies, and facilitated and organization by M-WERC Staff.

            Current Co-Chairs:

  • Paul Poblocki, Johnson Controls
  • Adel Nasiri, UWM

            M-WERC Staff:        

  • Jeff Anthony
  • John Bobrowich

Regular Meetings:

The M-WERC Distributed Energy/Energy Storage Working Group meets the third Thursday of every month, either at an in-person meeting or a conference call. If interested in learning more about the Working Group or contact us at: membership@m-werc.org

How to Get Involved:

The M-WERC Distributed Energy/Energy Storage Working Group is open to members of the Midwest Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) as well as partner organizations of M-WERC.  Membership options exist for companies large and small, academic organizations, non-profits / NGOs, as well as individuals and entrepreneurial start-ups.  If interested in learning more about M-WERC membership or specific questions on the Distributed Energy/Energy Storage Working Group, please contact us at:  membership@m-werc.org.


M-WERC Member Distributed Energy/Energy Storage Content

M-WERC DE/ES – members-only documents (COMING SOON)

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