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Microgrid Summit in Pittsburgh Brings Together Pennsylvania Leaders, Focuses on Achieving More Resilient Power

By Microgrid Resources Coalition posted 10-12-2018 12:27


Featured Member: Eaton


Rob Thornton moderates the Finance & Development panel discussion
at Eaton's Microgrid Summit. Photo provided by Eaton.

Power management company Eaton hosted the Pennsylvania Resiliency through Microgrid Summit last month in Pittsburgh. The event focused on how microgrids can provide a customized approach to support community or organizational energy needs for more resilient, sustainable and affordable power.

The summit brought together civil, industry and business leaders – including Robert Thornton, IDEA, President & CEO. With rich natural gas resources, renewable energy options, innovative manufacturers focused on driving microgrid innovation and an intelligent energy approach, Pennsylvania is leading energy innovation and policy.

The event at Eaton addressed the role of microgrids in supporting community and business energy needs and covered:

  • Why microgrids are being implemented
  • How Pennsylvania-based technology leaders are supporting microgrids
  • Funding and ownership structures enabling the development of microgrids
  • Government perspective on energy policy and incentives

Eaton provides customized microgrids that use electricity with greater efficiency and build dependable power. By utilizing its microgrid control system, Eaton’s connected devices and monitoring tools can help organizations achieve optimize where, when and how electricity is consumed.

The event on September 19 was hosted at Eaton’s Experience Center in Pittsburgh, which includes a full-scale operational microgrid powering the lighting, HVAC and facility loads. The microgrid is used to intelligently manage multiple sources, including solar, energy storage, generation and the utility supply to ensure power continuity for short and long-term utility interruptions. 

Eaton has developed microgrid systems for utility, government, commercial and community customers – and recently completed a microgrid project in Puerto Rico at a large pharmaceutical company to support critical power requirements. Learn more about Eaton microgrid projects and expertise.

Eaton is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.

Eaton is a power management company with 2017 sales of $20.4 billion. We provide energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton has approximately 96,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit