The City of Hoboken will hold a microgrid symposium at the Stevens Institute of Technology on November 5 to generate stakeholder interest in the technical, financial, and regulatory aspects of its microgrid project.
The city of about 50,000 people was hard hit by Superstorm Sandy and vowed to build a more resilient electric grid. Hoboken then partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy and Sandia National Laboratories to come up with a design that would ensure power to critical facilities if another Sandy-type storm hit.
Sandia National Lab will share the new design at the symposium. As proposed, the microgrid will use advanced, smart grid technologies and distributed and renewable generation as a way to improve the reliability, security, and resiliency of the city’s electric grid.
The design also identifies and evaluates potential system improvements, including infrastructure changes, equipment improvements, and storage resources.
The symposium will feature several nationally-known expert speakers as well as two panel discussions focusing on such topics as: financing, legislative and policy barriers, technical implementation, ownership & stakeholder engagement as they relate to microgrids.
Speakers will include Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Ross Guttromson of Sandia National Labs, Board of Public Utilities Commissioner Upendra Chivukula, and several others. The panel discussions will be moderated by the City’s energy consultant, Adam Zellner of Greener by Design. Representatives of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, the DOE, PSE&G and local stakeholders, legislators, industry leaders and others are expected to participate in the symposium.
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