Energy as a Human Right: Virtual Microgrids in Low-Income Communities

What was once a vision by the Green Justice Coalition (GJC) to support environmental justice communities by making them resilient and removing fossil fuels in their neighborhoods is becoming reality. The goal is simple: How can you provide a decarbonized heating and cooling system on a resilient virtual microgrid without taxing the residents? Chinatown Power Inc., along with the GJC are set to make that vision a reality.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

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Marina 3-4

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BOC: 1 credit hour
MA CSL: 1 credit hour (Energy)
NAHB: 1 credit hour
NARI: 1 credit hour
PHI: Credit offered for full conference attendance
Phius: Credit offered for each full conference day
RESNET: Credit offered for each full conference day

Learning Objectives:

  • Define virtual microgrids, and describe their impact on environmental justice communities and implementation challenges.
  • Analyze the role and importance of stakeholder engagement and buy-in in planning, developing, and implementing these projects.
  • Discuss the challenges to financing these projects.
  • Advocate for the policy and regulatory changes needed to accelerate decarbonization projects in environmental justice communities.

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