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USDN Multi-User Microgrids & District Energy
USDN, City of Boston (host), Pace University, Harvard Law School, IDEA
Following on the heels of a successful series of Boston-based Microgrid workshops in 2014, the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) provided the City of Boston and its partners - Raab Associates, Pace University, Harvard Law School, IDEA, and the Green Building Council - a grant to design and run a larger project on Microgrids and District Energy. The project brought together four cities in Massachusetts (Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Northampton), along with New York City and Washington D.C. (as well as three Tier 2 cities), key regulators and utilities from the three jurisdictions, and key district energy/microgrid developers. The purpose was to learn together about emerging best practices related to forging multi-user agreements that create value, and are legally and technically sound. The project consisted of a cities-only web-assisted conference call; a white paper with case studies capturing lessons learned and emerging best practices; a legal and value-stream analyses of microgrid issues in the three jurisdictions; a straw proposal for multi-user microgrids; a face-to-face multi-stakeholder/multi-jurisdictional workshop (held on June 29th in conjunction with the International District Energy Association (IDEA) 2015 conference in Boston); and a final report which will serve as a primer for other cities considering microgrids and district energy. Materials from the June 29th workshop are posted below. Stay tuned for final report and revised straw proposal. See also Boston Microgrid Workshops

 Hoedl (Harvard) Legal Analysis (4,690k)
 Kelly (GBCI) Value Stream Analysis (12,021k)
 PACE/IDEA Microgrid Scoping Paper - Supplemental Case Studies (958k)
 PACE/IDEA Microgrid Scoping Paper (slides) (977k)
 Microgrid Multi-User Straw Proposal (paper) (242k)
 Sheehan Microgrid Multi-User Straw Proposal (slides) (156k)
 Agenda 6-29-15 Workshop (119k)
 PACE/IDEA Microgrid Scoping Paper & Case Studies (Report) (833k)
 USDN Final Report (4,903k)
 USDN Multi-Stakeholder Microgrid Workshop (119k)
 Microgrids & District Energy: Pathways to Sustainable Urban Development (833k)
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