The state’s progress to mitigate the impact of climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions was the topic at a press conference in Hartford, CT on Wednesday (Aug. 14), hosted by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and other state and local officials.
Connecticut has taken a leadership role in creating a clean-energy economy, they said, via initiatives that will:
- “harden” energy infrastructure and modernize the state’s electric grid,
- reduce harmful carbon emissions through investments in transportation,
- promote renewable energy projects,
- and support energy efficiency.
Gov. Malloy said, “We know from first-hand experience that we must make our energy grid stronger, smarter, and more secure… As we see increasingly severe weather and other impacts of climate change, it becomes even more important to harden our infrastructure as we make investments to reduce global warming emissions.”
The press conference took place at the future site of the Parkville Neighborhood Microgrid, one of nine microgrid projects in the state awarded a total of $18 million in funding primarily through the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) Microgrid Pilot Program.
The program, designed to find innovative ways to keep facilities such as such as police, fire, emergency response, medical centers, gas stations, and other critical services powered during electric grid outages, will increase safety and quality of life for Connecticut residents during extreme weather events.
The Microgrid Grant and Loan Pilot Program was created under Public Act 12-148. Microgrids will provide electricity to critical facilities and town centers on a 24/7 daily basis. They will also include a system of “trips” and “transfers” to isolate the microgrid and provide power within its network even when there is a large-scale outage.
To read more about funded projects, including those at the University of Connecticut and in Windham, click here http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?Q=528784&A=4380
White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley said, “As climate change increases the frequency of extreme weather and its public health risks, it is more important than ever we take common-sense steps to modernize our infrastructure to reduce the frequency of power outages and ensure reliable energy for American households and businesses.”
She added, “President Obama has laid out his comprehensive plan to reduce carbon pollution, move our economy towards American-made clean energy sources, and prepare communities like Hartford for the impacts of climate change, and I am proud to see the State of Connecticut is also leading the way to a cleaner, more reliable energy future.”
DEEP Commissioner Dan Esty said, “This event with the White House spotlights Connecticut’s model for cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy… The governor’s microgrids initiative is one of the many steps that we are taking as a state to deliver an energy future that is on the cutting edge of the national energy agenda.”
Funding for the Microgrid Pilot Program was authorized in Gov. Malloy’s storm bill, Public Act 12-148.
The governor has also recommended an additional $30 million in funding to continue the microgrid work in more Connecticut communities.
Posted August 15, 2013, based on a press release as edited, and with links added by, HTNP News Editor Brenda Sullivan
“DEEP announces first round results of Nation’s first statewide Microgrid Grant and Loan Pilot Program” http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?Q=519792&A=4380
“Are microgrids the future for smart grid?” http://www.energyacuity.com/blog/bid/221159/Are-Microgrids-the-Future-for-Smart-Grid
“UConn microgrid to provide power in storm-related outages” http://today.uconn.edu/blog/2013/08/new-uconn-microgrid-to-provide-power-in-storm-related-outages/
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