Working Group Focus: Distributed Energy/Energy Storage

M-WERC’s unique working group structure has been designed to provide market insights that benefit members. This month we are featuring the Distributed Energy/Energy Storage working group which was formed to expand and focus market and industry development efforts.

This working group brings together M-WERC members and partners in the interrelated fields of Distributed Energy Resources and Systems, Energy Storage Systems and Microgrids to proactively advance market and industry analysis on technologies and projects within these fields.

The working group creates a platform to leverage M-WERC’s industry roadmaps and influence new opportunities in both technology innovation and market and industry expansion.

Some of the highlights and outcomes of this group include:

  • The Distributed Energy, Energy Storage, and Microgrids white paper

  • Hosting the annual Energy Storage Conference

  • Hosting the annual Microgrids conference

With wins like those in the books, this working group is primed to leverage continued expertise around a new set of goals including the creation of a techno-economic analysis of the previous energy storage industry roadmap.

This analysis will answer critical questions M-WERC members will face as these technologies become more prevalent and are pushed towards implementation.

The group is also poised to take a deeper dive of distributed energy, energy storage and microgrid systems by developing new case studies of member projects which can then be used by members looking to implement these technologies in future projects. 

The full group met most on March 5 and introduced their new co-chair Chris Hayton from Clarke Energy.  Chris joins Tim Baye of UW-Extension as the leadership for this working group.

The next full group meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 7. For information on how to get involved and what this working group is doing, please visit our website at or contact Nate Conroy by email at

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