July 30, 2013/Energy, Environment, News

Connecticut’s Microgrid Pilot Program

Topline Governor Malloy announced a first-in-the-nation pilot program designed to develop innovative ways to keep critical buildings powered during electric grid outages.
Nine microgrid projects awarded with a total of $18 million in funding, primarily through the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Microgrid Pilot Program.
Microgrids will do the following:
  • Modernize and strengthen infrastructure to withstand severe weather.
  • Protect residents and vital public services when power is lost.
  • Provide critical services without interruption during times of emergency.
  • Provide electricity to critical facilities and town centers on a 24/7 basis.
  • Include an isolation system to maintain power even during large-scale outages.
Examples of critical government services and businesses to be covered:
  • Police, Fire & Emergency Response teams
  • Hospitals and health care facilities
  • State and town emergency response centers
  • Grocery stores
  • Gas stations
Governor Malloy is recommending an additional $30 million in funding over the next two years to strengthen more Connecticut communities.Program is another example of how Connecticut has become a national leader in energy policy under Governor Malloy.Projects awarded in Bridgeport, Fairfield, Groton, Hartford, Middletown, Storrs, Windham, and Woodbridge.