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Woodbridge, Conn. Set To Construct ‘Micro Grid’ For Outage Protection

Currently, Outages In Town Of 10,000 Can Be Devastating
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WOODBRIDGE, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — The town of Woodbridge, Conn., is one of several that has received state grants for a “micro grid” to maintain power to crucial utilities in the event of a storm blackout.

As WCBS 880’s Fran Schneidau reported, restoring power often takes time when outages hit Woodbridge. The rural community is filled with trees and wires.

First Selectwoman Ellen Scalettar said having an energy source to provide power to critical town buildings and services will provide the town’s 10,000 residents with a sense of security – knowing that no matter how fierce the storm, central power will be up.

“In Woodbridge, many people have well water and septic systems, so in a bad storm when we lose electricity, we lose water and septic and we have to be able to get to shelters and places of common accommodation for basic services,” Scalettar said.

Woodbridge town officials are hoping the new micro grid will be up and running within a year or so.

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