Reimagining Buildings: The Benefits of Microgrids — Tuesday 30 November 2021 - Clean Coalition
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Reimagining Buildings: The Benefits of Microgrids — Tuesday 30 November 2021

The Clean Coalition’s Executive Director, Craig Lewis, presented at this webinar, which took place on 30 November 2021.

This free webinar, which took place on 30 November 2021 at 9am PT, was part of Canada’s Climate Change Progress Series presented by the Collective for Advancement of Connected Buildings. 

This session will address the following topics:

  • The critical role grid-enabled buildings play in decarbonization
  • How connected-communities can unlock value and economies of scale for the client and the utility providers versus taking a building-by-building approach
  • The resiliency and electrification benefits associated with microgrids in urban and remote communities
  • How the building and PropTech sector are contributing innovative solutions to the energy problem

During this event, the Clean Coalition’s Executive Director, Craig Lewis presented on Community Microgrid and Solar Microgrids in California. 

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About this event

Driven by four major forces, the energy industry is currently undergoing a fundamental shift due to:

  1. Decarbonization – increased need to reduce GHG emissions
  2. Digitalization – increased adoption of data rich systems
  3. Decentralization – increased prominence of distributed energy resources
  4. Democratization – end consumers are becoming prosumers, no only buying and using energy, but also producing it

Fueled by these driving forces, the increased adoption of microgrids is serving an important foundation to building the vision of a smart, two-way energy grid which can interact with intelligent, responsive buildings.

Enabling a two-way energy delivery approach is also known as a “grid-enabled building” or “grid-enabled community”, and such an approach addresses and translates all four of these driving forces into an integrated solution which could unlock value for end customers, utilities, electricity grid operators and energy regulators.

While only a few grid-enabled demonstration projects are available in Canada, a lot of their benefits can be derived from the proven capabilities of microgrids, which will be explored in detail in this session.

In collaboration with Proptech Collective, the Collective for Advancement of Connected Buildings (CACB) is putting on the second webinar part of its Climate Change Progress series focused on reimagining buildings by exploring the Benefits of Microgrids.


Aleksey Toporkov, President at ARDA Power

Craig Lewis, Founder & Executive Director at Clean Coalition

Steve Schaefer, Executive Vice President at Amp Energy


Sharmila Ravula, VP Sales and Marketing at Peak Power


Julia Chelaru, Co-Founder at Proptech Collective