DEEP: DEEP Announces First Round Results of Nation’s First Statewide Microgrid Grant and Loan Pilot Program

February 27, 2013
DEEP Announces First Round Results of Nation’s First Statewide Microgrid Grant and Loan Pilot Program
27 of 36 project applications move to final funding round
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that 27 microgrid projects are moving on to a final round of evaluation for funding under an innovative grant program designed to keep the lights on in critical facilities and town centers even when the electric grid is down.
These projects were among 36 submitted in response to a request for microgrid concepts under Connecticut’s Microgrid Grant and Loan Pilot Program.  A feasibility analysis was conducted on all the responses by DEEP in coordination with an expert technical consultant and the state’s two major electric utilities.
“We are encouraged to see so many high-quality projects competing in the final round of the nation’s first statewide microgrid program,” said DEEP Commissioner Daniel C. Esty. “Governor Malloy made clear that we would not take a business-as-usual approach to responding to the catastrophic storms we have experienced in recent years – and the microgrid program is evidence of his leadership on this issue.” 
Under the program, DEEP will provide funding to cover preliminary design and engineering costs that will be incurred by the 27 participants invited to participate in the final round of the program –  up to $1.5 million spread across all participants.  Based on the responses submitted to the Request for Proposals to be issued in the coming weeks, DEEP will award $13.5 million in additional funding to the projects that best meet the criteria put forward in the Request for Proposals. This funding will be used to cover costs associated with completing a microgrid project such final engineering, interconnection, and design work.
The projects that have been selected to move to the final round include municipal and private projects at critical facilities such as police stations, fire stations, emergency shelters, hospitals, town halls, water pollution control facilities, commercial buildings, emergency operations centers, Department of Public Works facilities, armories, communications facilities, senior centers, and other essential facilities.
The microgrid pilot program is funded with $15 million recommended by Governor Malloy and approved by the General Assembly and the state Bond Commission last year.   In his budget proposal for the next two fiscal years, the Governor recommended an additional $30 million in funding for the program.
 The Microgrid Grant and Loan Pilot Program was created under Public Act 12-148 to increase the safety and quality of life to Connecticut residents during electric grid outage situations.   Microgrids will provide electricity to critical facilities and town centers on a 24/7 daily basis.  They will also include a system of “trips” and “transfers” to isolate the microgrid and provide power within its network even when there is a large-scale outage.