Lisa Cohn, Microgrid Knowledge
New Jersey expects to begin accepting applications in November for its second round of microgrid funding, part of a program that already has 13 towns studying the feasibility of microgrids.
As a precursor, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities plans to seek comments next month on a draft proposal for the second round of the New Jersey Township Microgrid Program. The “straw proposal” is designed to generate discussion and lead to the development of a “more informed” proposal, said Peter Peretzman, public information officer for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.
The board isn’t expected to make a funding decision before the end of 2019, he said.
Investigating microgrid funding from the DOE
Right now, the state clean energy budget includes $4 million for the microgrid program. “Separately, board staff is working under a grant from the US Department of Energy to develop a funding mechanism for the development and construction of microgrids,” he said.
There is no way of knowing how many projects will receive the microgrid funding, he said.
Feasability studies for 13 New Jersey town microgrids propose a range of distributed energy resources, hailing microgrids as the solution to the outages, flooding, sewage overflows, river pollution and other challenges that the towns experienced during Superstorm Sandy.
“The perfect energy resilient infrastructure option that should be considered in Atlantic City is the development of a microgrid,” said Atlantic City’s study.