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Andres Ayala, Jr.

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July 24, 2013

Ayala: Emergency Preparedness Enhancements to Keep the Lights On in Bridgeport During Extreme Weather

Grant announced today will allow the installation of gas microturbines at critical locations in Bridgeport

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BRIDGEPORT, CT—Senator Andres Ayala joined Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Mayor Bill Finch, and other local leaders today for the announcement of a microgrid funding grant coming to Bridgeport. The grant is part of a statewide investment in emergency preparedness that comes as the result of Public Act 12-148, An Act Enhancing Emergency Preparedness and Response, which Senator Ayala voted for in 2012 while he served in the Connecticut House of Representatives. Bridgeport will now be able to install three natural gas microturbines to ensure that power remains uninterrupted at the police station, government center, and a local senior center in the event of a major storm.

“The people of Bridgeport have stood resilient in the face of extreme weather events over the past few years, but thanks to this funding, we will be even more prepared for future storms,” said Senator Ayala. “I thank Governor Malloy for his support of this important investment in Bridgeport. These new power generators will ensure that critical city infrastructure remains operational during a storm, allowing services to remain interrupted even if the power goes out.”

“I’d like to applaud Governor Malloy for taking this bold step to initiate the Microgrid Pilot Program,” said Mayor Bill Finch. “This microgrid project will work to prevent critical infrastructure —City Hall, Police Headquarters and our Senior Center from going offline during major weather events, which as a result of climate change, are occurring more frequently. This is another innovative step taken by Governor Malloy to make Connecticut a leader in energy policy. Most recently, the Governor and I celebrated the groundbreaking of the largest fuel cell project in North America, which will be located in Bridgeport. Thank you to Senator Ayala, the Bridgeport delegation and Senator Bob Duff for shepherding this legislation through the General Assembly.”

Bridgeport will receive $2.97 million to purchase three 600 kW natural gas microturbines. It was announced today that 9 projects in 8 municipalities will be funded with a combined total of $18 million that was recommended by Governor Malloy and authorized by the General Assembly. Bridgeport is one of eight municipalities that will receive funding for microgrid projects designed to provide power for government services and businesses that are critical during extreme weather events.

“Microgrids play a major role in our efforts to modernize and harden our infrastructure to withstand severe weather,” said Governor Malloy. “These projects will help protect residents and vital public services even when the power goes out, and in doing so allow us to provide critical services during times of emergency. Over the next two years, I’ve recommended an additional $30 million in funding for the state’s microgrid program to strengthen more Connecticut communities.”

A final total of 9 microgrid projects are being funded out of the 36 that were originally requested. Projects not funded in this pilot round may receive funding in future rounds. Final authorization of the investment will come from the State Bond Commission, which is expected to take up the issue this fall.


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