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August 15, 2013

Fonfara: New Parkville Microgrid Will Make Power More Reliable at Key Locations

Investments in hardening electric infrastructure critical to mitigate the impact of climate change

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On Wednesday State Senator John Fonfara joined Governor Dannel P. Malloy, White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley and other state and local officials in Hartford to highlight the planned construction of the Parkville Neighborhood Microgrid, one of nine microgrid projects in the state awarded a total of $18 million in funding primarily through the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) Microgrid Pilot Program.

The program, designed to find innovative ways to keep facilities such as such as police, fire, emergency response, medical centers, gas stations, and other critical services powered during electric grid outages, will increase safety and quality of life for Connecticut residents during extreme weather events.

“When the last two big storms hit Connecticut, we saw widespread power outages not only in peoples’ homes, but also at key locations around town. As people began to move about, they found the supermarket closed and gas stations without power. Community centers like schools and senior centers remained shut when people needed them most. As Chairman of the Energy Committee, I worked to ensure that microgrid areas like this one would provide power to these key locations. Connecticut has become a leader in developing these microgrids, and I thank Governor Malloy for making it a priority,” said Senator Fonfara.

Senator Fonfara added, “Microgrids not only help in the aftermath of storms, they can also be used to relieve pressure on the electric grid at times of peak demand, avoiding the need to run dirty ‘peaking’ plants. This helps to make our energy system not only more reliable, but cleaner as well.”

Connecticut’s work to harden energy infrastructure and modernize its electric grid, as well as the state’s progress in reducing harmful carbon emissions through investments in transportation, renewable energy projects, and energy efficiency initiatives position the state as a leader in the clean energy economy.

“We know from first-hand experience that we must make our energy grid stronger, smarter, and more secure,” said Governor Malloy. “As we see increasingly severe weather and other impacts of climate change, it becomes even more important to harden our infrastructure as we make investments to reduce global warming emissions. This Parkville microgrid project will help Hartford provide services the community urgently needs during widespread power outages.”

“As climate change increases the frequency of extreme weather and its public health risks, it is more important than ever we take common-sense steps to modernize our infrastructure to reduce the frequency of power outages and ensure reliable energy for American households and businesses,” said White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Sutley. “President Obama has laid out his comprehensive plan to reduce carbon pollution, move our economy towards American-made clean energy sources, and prepare communities like Hartford for the impacts of climate change, and I am proud to see the State of Connecticut is also leading the way to a cleaner, more reliable energy future.”

“This event with the White House spotlights Connecticut’s model for cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy,” DEEP Commissioner Dan Esty said. “The Governor’s microgrids initiative is one of the many steps that we are taking as a state to deliver an energy future that is on the cutting edge of the national energy agenda.”

Funding for the Microgrid Pilot Program was authorized in Governor Malloy’s storm bill, Public Act 12-148. The Governor has also recommended an additional $30 million in funding to continue the microgrid work in more Connecticut communities.



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