Among the 55 or so buildings that would remain powered up by a “microgrid” are senior homes, the hospital, the police station, supermarkets and pharmacies.
Microgrids are a means of providing power when storms knock out electricity to entire communities. Microgrids are fueled by natural gas and will provide hubs of power where they’re built.
Christie says the NJ Transitgrid would be the first microgrid built for a non-military use. It would supply highly reliable power when the regular power sources fail.
A microgrid will be set up in the Parkville section of Hartford.
The microgrids – small versions of electricity systems that generate, distribute and regulate the flow of electricity – were among numerous recommendations to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy from a committee looking into the impacts of lengthy power outages after Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011 and a freak snowstorm two months later.