Eaton to Discuss the Role of Microgrid Energy Systems in Power Reliability Planning for U.S. Colleges and Universities

Date: February 10, 2017

PITTSBURGH, PA — Power management company Eaton will highlight the role microgrid systems have in supporting power resiliency and the effectiveness of distributed energy generation at the 2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit on February 13 at the Tempe Mission Palms in Tempe, Arizona. Eaton will moderate and participate in a discussion that aims to help university and college leadership understand the feasibility and financial factors behind microgrid development at the event, which is hosted by Second Nature

“Microgrids are a natural extension of the energy resiliency initiatives that colleges and universities have already embarked on and the typical characteristics of their campuses can accommodate a microgrid system to power critical functions, even when the grid is off,” said Justin Carron, global segment manager, Eaton. “There is a tremendous opportunity to help educational facilities take control of their power system, reduce energy consumption and support the expectations of the communities they serve to provide safe, reliable power, even when the electrical grid is off. At the conference, Eaton will discuss how educational institutions can address critical power management challenges.”

Carron will moderate a session on “Maximizing the Effectiveness of Distributed Generation with Microgrid Energy Systems. The session will take place on Monday, February 13 from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Session participants include:


  • Gabe Paoletti, applications engineering manager, Electrical Engineering Services and Systems Division at Eaton
  • Graham Richard, chief executive officer at the Advanced Energy Economy
  • Katrina Kelly, research associate, Swanson School of Engineering; Strategy and Business Development, Pitt Center for Energy, University of Pittsburgh


The session is designed to help participants address the unique requirements of any size educational facility in developing distributed generation or microgrid systems, identify power system design considerations and analyze the components of a fully functioning independent power generation and distribution system. 

The 2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit is run by Second Nature, a Boston-based national nonprofit that proactively builds a sustainable and positive global future through initiating bold commitments, scaling successful actions, and accelerating innovative solutions among leadership networks in higher education. Eaton is a Leader-level sponsor of Second Nature, highlighting its commitment to working with educational institutions to improve sustainability. 

Learn more about Eaton’s solutions for educational facilities here

Eaton’s electrical business 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 2016 sales of $19.7 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 95,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit

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