Kentucky has suffered through several natural disasters in recent months so the state has announced a new tool to prepare for potential energy disruptions that can significantly impact critical services, such as hospitals, fire stations, water treatment plants, and grocery stores.
Maintaining electrical power adds to the community’s resilience, but it requires research and comprehensive planning among utilities, governments and other organizations.
To help communities achieve energy resilience and to support emergency planning strategies, the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Office of Energy Policy, in partnership with the Smart Electric Power Alliance, or SEPA, has released the “The Kentucky Regional Microgrids for Resilience Study.”
This study researched microgrids, self-sufficient energy systems that serve a discrete geographic footprint, such as a college campus, hospital complex, business center, or neighborhoods. Within microgrids are one or more kinds of distributed energy resources (solar panels, energy efficiency, storage, combined heat & power, generators) that are connected to maintain essential functions.
“The Kentucky Regional Microgrids for Resilience Study responds to our mission to protect and improve Kentucky’s environment and quality of life,” said Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman. “The study is just one example of how public and private partnerships examine new opportunities for energy users and address the energy needs brought on by the effects of manmade and natural disaster.”