New Jersey "storm czar" promises microgrids, combined heat and power


By: SGN Staff

Quick Take: A few years back, the smart grid sector received a positive jolt from the injection of stimulus funds via the U.S. federal government. Today, the Northeast portion of the United States is getting another influx of funds, this time earmarked for restoration and reconstruction after a series of large storms.


It is a huge pot of money, somewhere north of $50 billion. (By comparison, the federal stimulus legislation put less than $5 billion towards the smart grid, and the money was spread across the entire United States.) A certain percentage is finding its way into smart grid projects with the potential to improve resiliency against storms. The story below is one excellent example. If you are anywhere in the Northeast of the United States, you should be investigating whether your utility can tap into this source as well. - By Jesse Berst


In a talk at the New York University School of Law, the Secretary of the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development emphasized that that the Obama administration is working closely with New Jersey to improve the resiliency of the power grid. Secretary Shaun Donovan reminded the audience that more than 7 million people in New Jersey were left without power following Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.


Donovan said the administration is talking about developing a microgrid plan for Hoboken, as one example. It is also looking into combined heat and power (CHP). He reported that CHP plants were successful in keeping the electricity flowing at places like Princeton University and the College of New Jersey during the super storm.

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