US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced a study on ways to make the power grid more resilient during storms and other natural disasters while visiting New Jersey recently.
Standing in the Secaucus Junction train station with Gov. Chris Christie, they announced a partnership to design a new electrical microgrid — the first non-military microgrid of its kind — to keep commuters moving if the larger electrical grid fails.
The Department of Energy has pledged $1 million to the study.
Hurricane Sandy caused widespread outages to New Jersey’s electric grid, leaving about two-thirds of the state without power.
In the aftermath of the devastating storm, Hurricane Sandy, there is a great learning opportunity and a push to find a better solution for the resiliency of the power grid.
Read more about New Jersey’s power grid test here.