Good evening and thank you for coming out to this exciting Clean Energy Fair. Thank you to Mayor Oglesbsy of the City of Seaside for the introduction and the use of this facility. Thank you to the various support agencies and especially to Monterey Bay Community Power for the logistical and technical support that they have provided. I would like to thank the City of Salinas Council Member Steve McShane for including me in this exciting energy presentation. And I would like to thank all of you for coming to learn and participate in this fair.
I will be talking about two subjects Micro-Grids and Electrification of housing and buildings. These two go together, they are tied together at the hip both technically and in their applicability to assist in the fight against climate change. Also micro-grids have the capability to provide the business community with the ability to provide backup power for their operations when the grid goes down or is unavailable. First the definition of a Micro-grid is on the first slide
In English this means a facility or group of facilities, whose electrical load or demand is tied together and capable of being powered by several other sources of power. Some examples are solar, wind, back-up batteries or other back-up sources, such as generators. This enables a facility to be disconnected from the grid and operate independently from the above power sources.
Slide Two - Monterey Bay Community Power
Monterey Bay Community Power, of which I and Steve McShane are members of the Board of Directors, is willing to partner with businesses in the area to help develop individual micro-grids for their facilities.
Slide Three - Tesla Power Wall or another competitive brand
At the residential level a power wall or battery backup acts like a very small micro-grid. The battery backup can operate the home for a period of time while the grid is disconnected or unavailable. This makes the home independent of the grid so when public utilities shut off the power for safety reasons the home's utilities can still be operable.
Slide Four - Commercial Storage Batteries.
This slide shows how the concept is implemented in a commercial or industrial sized facility. Notice large batteries in protective enclosures.
Slide five – Economic Reasons to install Energy Storage systems for commercial facilities
Slide Seven – Building Electrification
Slide Eight – Examples of Replacing Gas Appliances with Electric Appliances.
1. Gas Ranges vs. Modern Electric Induction Ranges.
Slide Nine - Examples cont.
1. Gas Heaters vs. Electric Heat Pumps
Slide Ten- Examples cont.
1. Gas Water Heaters vs. Tank less Electric Water Heater
Slide Eleven – Other Advantages of Electrification of Houses.
Thank you for the opportunity to shed a little light on these relatively new concepts in California's quest to mitigate climate change. It is my feeling that the State of California has been very successful in hitting its targets in the control Climate Change. No matter how big or how small your carbon foot print or business is, together that we can accomplish the goal of saving our environment from drastic and life threatening changes, while showing the rest of the nation and the world that it is possible to do this without slowing down the economy. In fact, we are stronger because we will be prepared, hopefully spending less money in the long run to control the existential problem of our time.
Next up, I am pleased to introduce our congressman, Representative Jimmy Panetta of the 20th Congressional District, representing this tri-county area.
Given at a Clean Energy Fair in Seaside, CA on September 30, 2019.
Microgrids can and often do run from many sources of sustainable energy. An example of a microgrid in the Parkville Section of Hartford Conneticut. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aQiAWznaOc