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Energy Resiliency Conversation Still Going Strong

18 Dec 2014 3:08 PM | Anonymous
The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) recently co-hosted a successful first-of-its-kind Resilience Finance Symposium in New Jersey, attended by about 120 participants from a wide spectrum of public and private entities in the state, region, and country.

Held on November 12 with Governor Christie’s Administration and the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture + Design, the all-day Resilience Finance Symposium: Building Resilient and Sustainable Energy Solutions for New Jersey’s Key Infrastructure featured a series of panels on solutions that help keep the lights and heat on during critical times, like microgrids and energy storage, as well as innovative ways of financing resilient energy systems.

A main topic of discussion was the impressive progress New Jersey has made toward making the state’s energy infrastructure more resilient in the two years since Superstorm Sandy caused a massive weeks-long power outage. Panelists pointed to Sandy success stories – those instances when power stayed on even when the grid went down – and discussed the need to make these kinds of successes the norm rather than the exception.

One shining example was Princeton University’s microgrid, which was able to ‘island’ itself from the main grid and provide much-needed power to 12,000 people. Princeton University Energy Plant Manager, Ted Borer, was on hand to explain how the microgrid, fueled by a gas-turbine generator and solar power, was an effective low-carbon solution that can be replicated across the state.

Full story can be found at the link below:

http://blogs.edf.org/energyexchange/2014/11/17/two-years-after-sandy-the-conversation-around-energy-resiliency-still-going-strong/


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