“Building on MassCEC’s Community Microgrids program, this program is focused on assisting communities with resilient design studies while at the same time generating a toolkit and certification for all Massachusetts’ communities to reference in the future,” said MassCEC CEO Stephen Pike. “We are excited by both the awarded communities and the technical consultants who will be leading this effort and defining how Massachusetts buildings and communities should pursue resiliency efforts moving forward.”
The CLEAR project team will leverage its mission-focused resilience approach and XENDEE’s energy resilience analysis platform to determine how the town of West Tisbury and Brigham and Women’s Hospital can strengthen their energy infrastructure against extreme weather and grid interruptions to ensure that their lifeline facilities and emergency services are positioned to serve their communities when they are most in need.
“MassCEC’s investments in the CLEAR program reflect the growing recognition among policymakers that building societal resilience has to be done from the bottom-up, one community at a time,” said Benjamin Preston, Senior Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation. “We are quite excited about this opportunity to work collaboratively with Massachusetts communities, MassCEC, electrical utilities and a talented group of technical experts to facilitate a transition to a more resilient energy future.”
“The lifeline systems that we rely on for electricity, heat, and other critical services are under threat from extreme weather and determined adversaries. Massachusetts is looking to its technology innovators to help keep the lights on when the power goes out utilizing clean energy technologies like solar and storage,” said Wilson Rickerson, Principal of Converge Strategies, LLC.
“With experience in Department of Defense projects, the XENDEE team understands the importance of climate-resilient energy infrastructure. Our platform delivers the decision support technology necessary for community planners to transition toward implementation of renewable energy Fight-Through™ resilient community Microgrids, cost-effectively and at scale,” said Adib Naslé, CEO of XENDEE Corporation.
“We are thrilled to be able to provide field support for the Town of West Tisbury and Brigham and Women’s Hospital,” said David Korn, Vice President and Co-Founder of Ridgeline Energy Analytics. “As a Massachusetts-based company, we are committed to local energy efficiency and understand the importance of local communities building resilient energy infrastructure.”
MassCEC is currently soliciting Expressions of Interest from communities interested in participating in the CLEAR Program. For information on how to apply, visit Community Clean Energy and Resiliency Program – Expression of Interest.
XENDEE develops world-class Microgrid decision support software that helps designers and investors optimize and certify the Fight-Through™ resilience and financial performance of projects with confidence. The XENDEE Microgrid platform enables a broad audience; from business decision makers to scientists, with the objective of supporting investments in Microgrids and maintaining electric power reliability when integrating sources of renewable generation.
About the RAND Corporation
The RAND Corporation is a research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous.
About Converge Strategies, LLC
Converge Strategies, LLC is a consulting company focused on the intersection of clean energy, resilience, and national security. We work to build partnerships between the military, private companies, and governments to accelerate resilience and security in the clean energy transformation.
Ridgeline Energy Analytics is a consulting firm that provides energy data analysis and energy efficiency and renewable energy services to public and private clients across the United States. Ridgeline Energy Analytics is registered provider for North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) and is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) and certified Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB).
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