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NJ Grant Will Help Montclair Develop Electricity 'Microgrid'

Patch Summary The NJ Board of Public Utilities (BPU) Office of Clean Energy announced last week that Montclair has been awarded a $679,500 grant for the township's Town Center Distributed Energy Resource (TCDER) microgrid program. The grant will go toward commissioning a consulting...


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Planning board continues review of a proposed geo-exchange facility for Princeton University

Centraljersey.com Summary The topic of noise and sound was the main focus of residential concerns during the public portion of the Princeton Planning Board’s continued hearing for Princeton University’s proposed one-story geo-exchange facility known as “TIGER,” which would also be a building...


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Investment venture buys Dover natural gas plant

Delaware Business Times Summary A partnership of an out-of-state equity investor and energy operator has acquired the natural gas-fired power plant that also powers Kraft Heinz’s food products plant and Proctor & Gamble’s wipes manufacturing facility. The partners, New Jersey-based...


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New Jersey BPU Outlines Significant Energy Efficiency Goals

Daily Energy Insider Summary The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) this week approved aggressive Energy Efficiency and Peak Demand Reduction programs that underscore the state’s clean energy priorities. The BPU set five-year targets for energy reduction at 2.15 percent for...


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New Jersey Seeks Feedback this Week on Town Center Microgrid Funding

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary New Jersey regulators seek feedback by Dec. 13, 2019 on the second phase of the town center microgrid program, which will allot $4 million for project design. Two years ago, in the program’s first phase, the Board of Public Utilities distributed...


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Will New Jersey Lawmakers Step Up for Microgrids Before the Next Disaster?

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary As New Jersey prepares for a second round of funding for town center microgrids, some worry that the microgrids may never see the light of day. The problem? The projects need an infusion of private money to go forward. But state rules make it...


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Bipartisan Duo Proposes Constitutional Ban on Fossil Fuel Power Plants

Matt Friedman, Politico Pro Summary As environmentalists, utilities and business groups debate the future of energy production in New Jersey, a bipartisan duo of state senators wants to put a far-reaching decision directly to voters. On Tuesday, Senate Environment and Energy Committee...


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New Jersey Prepares for Second Round of Microgrid Funding

Lisa Cohn, Microgrid Knowledge Summary 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...


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When Your Campus Microgrid Works So Well No One Notices

Lisa Cohn, Microgrid Knowledge Summary You know you’ve done something right when your new campus microgrid islands so seamlessly that you don’t even know it happened. That’s what occurred in February, in response to a communications glitch, at Montclair State University (MSU) , the...


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An Island Forms in New Jersey

Montclair State University Summary As the new school year approaches, Montclair State University students will experience a powerful new addition. Montclair State is the first university in New Jersey with an innovative Microgrid that can function independently and generate its own power,...