March 29, 2023, 1–2 p.m. ET


Level: Introductory

This webinar is the last in a series of four describing how to implement microgrids in the federal sector. It explains the microgrid planning process.

Microgrids are complex systems that integrate with a site's existing infrastructure. Planning a microgrid includes understanding the site's power reliability, identifying procurement options and funding sources, codes standards and regulatory requirements, and operation and maintenance of the microgrid.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Collect history of power outages and future threats
  • Identify procurement options
  • Identify project funding sources
  • Identify codes, standards, and regulatory requirements
  • Determine microgrid O&M needs.


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 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.

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