Maryland Energy Administration’s Microgrid Grant Recipient is Promoting a New Clean Energy Workforce and Resilience

Source: RL Martin

On July 25, 2022, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) announced Frostburg State University (FSU) as the state’s first grant recipient of the Fiscal Year 22 Resilient Maryland Capital Development (RMCD) Pilot Program. FSU was awarded $750,000 to establish a clean energy microgrid that will provide power to an emergency shelter for students, staff, and the surrounding community during a disaster, boosting the resiliency of critical infrastructure in the event of power interruptions. In addition to providing clean and reliable energy through solar energy, a fuel cell, thermal storage, and advanced heat exchange systems, the microgrid project promotes economic growth and the energy workforce within the state. FSU students participated in an internship contributing to the project’s preconstruction planning activities funded by MEA’s Resilient Maryland Planning program. A renewable energy training certification and degree programs are now available at FSU for students to develop critical skills for the energy workforce. FSU’s microgrid project has inspired other higher education institutions within Maryland to examine similar opportunities. “We are excited for Maryland institutions like Frostburg that see the benefits of expanding resiliency in their power systems through this program,” said Dr. Mary Tung, Director of MEA. “In times of much needed emergency operation, it’s vital to ensure our communities protect our most at-risk citizens with necessary energy resources.” More information about the Resilient Maryland program can be found here.