Smart Grid DEEP: a pathway to North Carolina’s Clean Power Plan, Thursday August 20, 2:00 – 3:30 PM (EST) webinar

Let’s talk about real options for Asheville and North Carolina’s energy future. Please signup to RSVP for the Smart Grid DEEP: a pathway to the North Carolina Clean Power Plan Thursday August 20, 2:00 – 3:30 PM EST webinar event and for further collaboration. Join the Smart Grid DEEP consortium.

Developing the NC CPP can mean going beyond what EPA requests and competing better on sustainability indicators here in North Carolina. Each part of the world needs to compete on improving local conditions. That’s a big part of the Smart Grid DEEP / Smart Cities and Towns message. Please join us for one of these webinar dates.

Smart Grid DEEP (Smart Grid, Distributed Energy, and Efficiency Program) is the platform North Carolina is missing in terms of connecting our municipalities around the benefits of clean power and Smart City planning. North Carolina lacks the competitive CleanTech strategy of states like California, New York, and Connecticut. We can’t afford to stay ten years behind in this case.

Smart Grid DEEP introductory webinar signup

Future Smart Grid DEEP webinars will occur every second Monday and third Thursday of each month. The next webinars following the 8/20 event will be Monday 9/14 at 2:00 pm EST and Thursday 9/17 at 2:00 pm EST.

Special request Smart Grid DEEP webinars can be organized. Contact Grant Millin, InnovoGraph at 828.423.2266 or email. Please RSVP using the following links:

Smart Grid DEEP 9/14 webinar:

Smart Grid DEEP 9/17 webinar:

Smart Grid DEEP for North Carolina is a community strategy initially developed by my firm, InnovoGraph, in 2006. Smart Grid DEEP is part of the pathway to the North Carolina Clean Power Plan (NC CPP). Human collaboration and a group ethic focused on North Carolina taking responsibility for its carbon budget is part of the key to developing the NC CPP.

The Smart Grid DEEP audience are scholars, elected and appointed public officials, investors, knowledgeable professionals and concerned citizens ready to start the NC CPP, despite current obstacles. It is almost certain the State of North Carolina will not take action on the EPA Clean Power Plan opportunity until political change occurs after November 2016. Rather than focusing on the political dimension, Smart Grid DEEP will develop the NC CPP on paper and search for both examples as well as seed targets for initial programming.

The new CleanTech market offers and corresponding strategy go well beyond straight renewables, efficiency measures, and batteries as the Sierra Club proposes on its NC CPP web pages… or as proposed by other Sierra Club affiliates. North Carolina deserves a compressive, agile alternative to the ‘no action’ choice and incomplete approaches. Note: Grant Millin, owner of InnovoGraph, is also a Sierra Club member. There is no consensus electrical grid or local power model for municipalities from the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, International Energy Agency, or any other recognized source showing variable renewable energy, basic efficiency, and the emerging grid battery market powering our economy alone. Of course these measures have a role and InnovoGraph recommends as many of these measures as possible be deployed. While Burlington, VT is heavily powered by straight renewables, Burlington is not 100 percent powered only by renewables. Also, VT’s wood waste supply that is burned to help power Burlington is not an electrical grid solution that can be replicated widely across the US.

Obviously early responsible action by the governor’s office, state executive branch, and the general assembly in supporting Smart Grid DEEP and the NC CPP is preferable.

Here are some things to keep in mind in advance of the Smart Grid DEEP webinar:

– While there are a range of CleanTech programs tied to North Carolina, few if any use a carbon budget as a central strategic activity and few are directed at preparing citizens and decision makers in our state who presently have few tools and little in the way of current data to make educated choices. Choice necessitates a certain amount of freedom, but lack awareness and action on strategic coordination as well as policy triggers for proper economics at the state and Federal levels place North Carolina at a disadvantage. Responsible energy innovation is less of a risk today and much more of an opportunity, though ISOs like Duke Energy can expect business model changes.

– Smart Grid DEEP offers individuals and communities a coordinated path to the NC CPP and its benefits. Along with not taking responsibility for our carbon budget, no action means a less resilient economy and quality of life. This has to be a process where North Carolinians agree to work with evidence-based policy.

– While other content is included, stationary fuel cells and Demand Response will be emphasized during the Smart Grid DEEP webinar because these are examples of key clean power plan menu items seemingly absent in North Carolina CleanTech policy discussions and in media coverage of CleanTech matters.

– Keep in mind during the Smart Grid DEEP webinar that ‘energy storage’ in terms of stationary batteries is an emerging market. The stationary fuel cell market is significantly more mature than grid batteries are.

– H2NC (Hydrogen Power for North Carolina) will be introduced during the webinar. Since stationary fuel cells are covered, a few slides about H2NC, fuel cell vehicles, and hydrogen production are part of the Smart Grid DEEP webinar. Webinar attendees will be surprised to learn the Toyota Hino fuel cell bus can do double duty as a power source for the built environment during continuity of operations events (i.e. natural disasters). Expect an InnovoGraph webinar on H2NC soon.

Smart Grid DEEP rationale

Duke Energy is proposing a 650 megawatt combined cycle natural gas plant for Asheville transmitting excess Metro Asheville capacity to the Eastern Grid. The transmission and distribution (T & D) aspect is meeting resistance in South Carolina in the form of lawsuits. In Asheville a related Duke Energy substation planned to site next to a new LEED certified elementary school was postponed do to school community resistance.

Municipal officials in North Carolina are significantly handicapped as options like stationary fuel cell microgrids are not part of common parlance when it comes to energy issues. Yet straight renewables, general efficiency, and the limited applications for batteries deserve a modern treatment. This includes wrapping in the municipal system level Smart City strategy as seen with Envision Charlotte.

The NC CPP is a major step in modernizing our state economy in addition to tying success to sustainability, especially by loading in our carbon budget and the risks of human-caused climate change. The philosophy that humanity can’t alter climate through economic activity is a holdout of a past era. Anthropocene science is unavoidably one of the next new arenas of discovery and its findings are already central to policy and economics. This will only continue to be the case with even greater future widespread adoption. Attempts to keep North Carolinians free of these complex matters will only support failure.

The point is North Carolina needs an essential risk management approach to climate change. Those of the political party who can do this with the greatest expertise will be the future’s relevant leaders.

The NC CPP focuses on making the electrical grid more efficient and cleaner. However the context of the grid is about powering civilization. Civilization can be made more efficient and cleaner. So really the NC CPP is one element of a more efficient, sustainable, and thus more modern North Carolina. Sustainability innovation isn’t about fear. It’s about being smart and responsible.

There are already reports with concise options for CPP development and the International Organization for Standardization has a framework for Smart Cities seeking genuine sustainability innovation. InnovoGraph’s capabilities in research, discovery, and strategy design have acquired these items. InnovoGraph can load such data into a database with social business (social media + basic program management) functionality at modest costs. This Open Strategic Innovation for Communities platform is far more than a Dropbox or Google Drive inventory of files.

Dr. Johan Enslin EPIC Microgrids, Demand Response, and Energy Efficiency for Smarter Cities, 6.6.15 presentation

Dr. Enslin is the Director of UNC Charlotte’s Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) and Duke Energy Distinguished Chair, Power System Engineering at UNC Charlotte, and on the board of Envision Charlotte. Envision Charlotte is the Smart City program for Charlotte, NC.

This presentation was part of the first of the Smart Grid DEEP/NC Clean Power Plan R&D phase webinars in June of 2015. Smart Grid DEEP emphasizes working with quality subject matter expertise, whether in academia, the private sector, and in collaboration with government and the National Laboratories.

Please keep in mind that when Dr. Enslin mentions microgrids aren’t always clean, this is in reference to technologies like diesel generators used in the Borrego Springs, CA microgrid. Borrego Springs microgrid includes solar and batteries. The difference between solar and batteries and solar and fuel cells is that fuel cells are the only cleaner 24/7, all-weather prime mover electrical power system after combined cycle natural gas plants. Batteries are fundamentally different in that a battery does not generate electricity on its own, batteries only store energy. Hydrogen for a fuel cell can also be stored.

More about this Smart Grid DEEP webinar and InnovoGraph

Technologies presented so far in the Smart Grid DEEP education process like stationary fuel cells and service models like Demand Response are samples of what the NC CPP could encompass. But these are key solutions poorly covered in North Carolina’s  climate change innovation and economic development strategy options menu. Demand Response pays participants. North Carolina municipalities can be home to CleanTech supply chain businesses. Smart Grid DEEP allows for assessing and monitoring our climate change risks, but in context to the serious benefits the International Energy Agency describes when they recently calculated a global $115 trillion energy savings associated with avoiding a 3.6 F average global temperature increase. North Carolina can and must participate in these solutions and resulting benefits at a greater level.

Join us on this Smart Grid DEEP webinar Tuesday August 11, 2015 at 2 PM. Contact Grant Millin, InnovoGraph owner and innovation strategist for webinar access: InnovoGraph is donating a limited amount of preliminary development time to these efforts NC CPP.

Grant has a Master of Project Management and Master of Entrepreneurship degree including studies for an MBA with Western Carolina University. He has a BA Interdisciplinary Studies, Independent Degree in Sustainability and Security Studies from UNC Asheville. He is a GroWNC consortium member, City of Asheville Community Energy Plan task force member, as well as a Leadership Asheville.

Along with InnovoGraph’s capabilities, Grant has expertise in fuel cell marketing. Grant was the North Carolina project manager for the historic Hydrogen Road Tour. He produced and served as panelist on the Forum on Smart Grid and Hydrogen Economies at Duke University. Grant is running for Asheville city council.

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