Keith Waters

Track G: Decarbonization
Thu/AM 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Manager, Industry Standards
Schneider Electric
United States
Microgrids in Health Care

This presentation will provide details on where Microgrids can be used to support resiliency for health care facilities. The concerns around the intermittent power for health care will be addressed along with how you can support normal and essential electrical sources. New building codes that allow for microgrids to be utilized in these applications will be explained. The key requirements from the National Electrical Code, NFPA 99 for Health Care Facilities, and IEEE 1547 for Distributed Energy Resources will be outlined. How these codes and standards work together to improve the resilience of these facilities especially during natural disasters provides a very good overview of why expansion of microgrids is essential in North America.

Keith is an Industry Standards Manager for Schneider Electric USA and is based in Lexington, Kentucky. He is responsible for overcurrent protective device and automation/control product standards, installation codes, enforcement, and holds BSEE degree from the University of Kentucky. Keith is also engaged in applying codes and standards addressing cybersecurity, energy efficiency & sustainability. He also participates in the Power & Energy Institute of Kentucky’s Industry Advisory Council. Keith is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Certified Energy Manager. Keith has been an employee of Schneider Electric for 36 years serving in engineering, external affairs, marketing, and business development roles including Global Strategic Account Management as well as managing several strategic segment engineering teams. Keith frequently speaks on various energy efficiency, sustainability, product application, and code compliance topics. He is actively involved with the IEEE Standards Association’s Standards Board and Industry Application Society’s Executive Board and Industrial & Commercial Power Systems leadership. Keith maintains leadership position within several NEMA product sections. He is also member of numerous other industry standards technical committees. Keith is a representative to NEC Code Making Panels 3 and 11; and the NFPA 79 technical committee. Keith has published articles on circuit protection, energy management, electrical controls, and smart manufacturing.

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