Grid Energy has supported a three year medium voltage campus grid modernization effort on Georgetown University’s historic campus in Washington, DC. As part of this effort, Grid Energy assisted the University in evaluating different ways to reconfigure existing infrastructure to improve resilience and serve electrical and thermal load growth expected from a $400 million capital expansion initiative.

Grid Energy led a team that included civil works and construction management partner Bond Brothers, engineering firm RMF, and emissions modeling firm ERG. Grid Energy conducted electrical and natural gas load analysis, financial modeling, fault modeling, laser scanning, clash detection, manufacturer and equipment selection, maintenance and operation protocol development, emissions modeling, emission application protocol development, engineering layout, utility engagement and interconnection application development, and internal and external stake holder engagement concept development.

Grid Energy supported University leadership in minimizing environmental and aesthetic impact for the community, to include various stack configurations, demand response emissions reduction modeling, and architectural features.

The effort proposed a variety of different ways in which the University could use different sized combustion turbines with automated switching and control systems to optimize across a number of different scenarios, to include economic benefit, sustainability plan objectives, islanding and resilience, commodity hedging, distribution system support functions, and wholesale market operations.

As part of this initiative, Grid Energy led an engagement strategy with the District of Columbia Public Service Commission inside its Case 1130 MEDSIS Grid Modernization program, positioning the University as a stakeholder contributing to modernization objectives and eligible for grant co-financing.

Grid Energy additionally developed third party financing options for build/transfer, acquire/operate, and build/own/operate turnkey solutions for the University to evaluate ways to reduce balance sheet impact and operational risk and responsibility, as well as leverage capital markets to avoid IRR hurdles and reduce opportunity cost for other internal investment strategies.

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