Microgrids and the Future of Power

Best practices for building a positive business case
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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by Kohler
Presented by Shay Bahramirad, PhD, and David South

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize what microgrid portfolios, business structures, asset services, and use cases are most viable.
  2. Identify best practices for building a positive business case.
  3. Examine cost benefits of microgrids.
  4. Apply lessons learned from past and current projects.


1 AIA LU/Elective
1 PDH*
This test is no longer available for credit

Microgrids hold significant potential to increase reliability and resiliency of critical government, military, security, health care, and other assets. But not all applications result in a positive business case or value proposition. Further, while microgrids can provide valuable reliability and resiliency benefits to critical assets, it is not always at a cost less than utility grid services tailored to serve those assets. This WebEx will address lessons learned from the projects that have a positive business case, off-take contract/revenue structures, community/asset engagement, and locational values.


Shay Bahramirad

Dr. Shay Bahramirad serves as a strategic business leader in Commonwealth Edison, the electric utility serving Northern Illinois including Chicago, working on the 21st century power grid transformation and the new energy economy. She holds executive responsibility for ComEd’s vision of the grid of the future, ComEd system reliability, engineering, and planning, as well as developing frameworks for emerging technology roadmaps and investment strategies. Bahramirad is an Editorial Board Member of Electricity Journal, an Adjunct Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and the IEEE/PES Vice President of New Initiatives and Outreach, overseeing the organization’s engagement with policy makers globally, and developing strategies for next generation of standards and frameworks, including Smart Cities.

David South

David South is a senior principal with West Monroe Partners and leader of the firm’s Sustainability practice. He has more than 30 years of energy and environmental experience that blends technology, market, policy, and regulatory skills in the utility, industrial and transportation sectors..


Kohler A global force in power solutions since 1920, Kohler is committed to reliable, intelligent products, purposeful engineering and responsive after-sale support. The company manufactures complete power systems, including generators (portable, residential, industrial, and marine), automatic transfer switches, switchgear, monitoring controls, and accessories for emergency, prime power and energy-management applications worldwide. For more details, please visit www.KohlerPower.com.