Pam Radtke Russell, Engineering News-Record
A microgrid in Puerto Rico installed by Louis Berger for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Photo by Pamela Radtke Russell for ENR
Jack Griffin, a vice president at one of Veolia North America’s energy services units, has more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry with a current focus on distributed generation, including combined heat and power and microgrids. Griffin is an engineer and expert in energy systems development and application. He recently spoke with ENR's Pamela Radtke Russell about the role of microgrids in an age of climate change, who should use a microgrid and the role or architects and engineers.
ENR: What is the current state of the microgrid industry?
Griffin: There’s a lot of excitement in the microgrid sector right now. I’m seeing a real momentum change over the last 18 months. I think the realization of the hurricanes from the previous year raised awareness of microgrids. There are more mainstream organizations looking at how to control their own energy destiny. In particular states in the middle of America, like Illinois, are getting involved, which tells me that microgrids are gaining momentum and credence.