An ad hoc committee will convene a 2-day public workshop to look at the challenges and opportunities for lowering end-use electricity use, reducing electricity-related GHG emissions and improving electricity resiliency in rural communities, isolated/islanded locations, and large users that can operate as microgrids (military installations, other large federal facilities, hospitals/universities, other unified demand centers). The objective is to help the Quadrennial Energy Review’s public outreach by focusing on communities that have unique challenges and focusing on electricity end use, edge of grid, and the distribution network. The NRC will appoint a workshop planning committee of 3-6 people to develop a proposed agenda and invitees. The discussion would focus on improving electricity efficiency and resiliency and the technologies, strategies, and policies that offer opportunities for addressing these for rural and islanded communities.
Though the planning committee will be responsible for setting the goals of the workshop, major themes likely to be considered include:
- Attributes of electricity use and distribution systems associated with rural electricity users, islanded residents, and isolated demand centers;
- Challenges and opportunities for increasing efficiency, reducing emissions and costs, or improving resiliency in such locations;
- Innovative clean energy strategies being undertaken in such locations.