Microgrid Procurement Considerations  

Education Type: 
Live Online
1.5 hours
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM (ET)
0.2 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

This webinar will help agencies understand the challenges, considerations, and best practices surrounding federal procurement of microgrid systems. This training will provide attendees with an overview of the common procurement approaches used to acquire microgrids in the federal sector, challenges to financing microgrids, and lessons learned from prior projects.


Doug Gagne, MBA, Project Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Doug Gagne is a project analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He currently provides early-stage federal project development support for renewable energy and resilience projects, including techno-economic analyses to identify what mix of generation technologies will most cost-effectively meet a site's power needs. He also supports early-stage resilience project development and brings extensive federal procurement expertise.

Chuck Kurnik, Senior Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Chuck Kurnik has broad engineering experience in energy; remote power, communications, and instrumentation; and manufacturing. He manages the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's support of microgrid implementation at three U.S. Marine Corps bases. He also manages the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Uniform Methods Project and DOE's Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals. In addition, he served as the site operations manager for DOE's Solar Decathlon.

Nick Grue, Project Manager, Energy Security and Resilience, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Nick Grue is a Researcher and Project Manager with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Energy Resilience and Security Center. Nick leads resilience assessments for public and private organizations focusing on identifying hazards and threats, characterizing vulnerabilities, and determining mitigation solutions to improve the resilience postures of sites and assets. Prior to joining NREL, Nick served as a tactical vehicle commander in the U.S. Marine Corps and conducted combat operations in Iraq in 2007 and 2008. Nick holds a B.A. in Geography and Environmental Science and a M.S. in Global Energy Management from the University of Colorado.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify common challenges associated with microgrid development
  • Identify sites with promising load and utility rate characteristics for microgrids
  • Apply procurement strategies to implement microgrid projects
  • Leverage available FEMP and other resources to help agencies implement successful on-site projects
Federal Agencies and Facility Criteria: