Last August, Middletown Township was awarded a $150,000 grant from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to hire experts to conduct an initial study to determine a cost-effective configuration that will allow the Township to use local resources to power critical facilities, especially during times of emergency.
The Distributed Energy Resource (DER) microgrid would reinforce the Township’s power supply. The microgrid would prevent prolonged power outages such as the one we experienced during Superstorm Sandy, and also help insulate Naval Weapons Station Earle, multiple fire departments, schools, and other critical facilities. A microgrid can remain connected to the wider electric grid, but can also function independently during an emergency situation.
The first Public Information Session was held on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the Poricy Park Nature Center. Highly-qualified experts, including engineers and designers, presented their ideas and approach for a DER microgrid solution in the Bayshore area. Click HERE to view the presentation and learn more about the intent of the microgrid, the objectives and drivers, the critical facilities this energy resource would help protect should power fail, and other municipalities where this has been successful.
The next Public Information Session, which will reveal the results of the study, will be scheduled for sometime in September of this year. More information will be provided as the date approaches.