February 15, 2023, 1–2 p.m. ET


Level: Introductory

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) is helping agencies build awareness and expand existing knowledge of microgrids and their role in maintaining facility operations during power interruptions and providing the foundation for microgrid procurement. This training will include a discussion on the early phases of microgrid implementation, and introduce introductory microgrid concepts.

This webinar is the first in a series of four describing how to implement microgrids in the federal sector. See upcoming trainings in this series:

Learning Objectives

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

  • Define the term microgrid (the U.S. Department of Energy's definition)
  • Recognize the benefits of microgrids (e.g., priority missions and loads during an outage, risks and threats, economics, power quality)
  • Identify the key components of a microgrid (e.g., generators, loads, infrastructure, controls, data communication)
  • Describe high-level options for microgrid procurement and implementation/deployment.


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

Bharat Solanki has nine years of experience working in microgrid research and deployment. He has worked on several microgrid projects from the concept level to complete operating microgrid systems. He was previously a microgrid technical lead for Siemens Canada.

About FEMP Training

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) provides live and on-demand training to foster and maintain a high-performance workforce that constructs, operates, and maintains energy-efficient and cost-effective federal facilities. Choose from over 120 free courses spanning topics like project financing, facility and fleet optimization, fleet management, resilience, sustainable product procurement, and more.

FEMP is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and awards IACET continuing education units (CEUs) upon the successful completion of select courses. FEMP training is provided through the National Institute of Building Sciences' Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) learning management system.