For many years, we at Clean Energy Group (CEG) have been advocating for the deployment of clean, distributed energy technologies that can support critical infrastructure, such as hospitals, public shelters, fueling and communications centers and the like, when the grid goes down due to a storm or other natural disaster. In the wake of SuperStorm Sandy, CEG started the Resilient Power Project to support state and municipal efforts to deploy clean-energy, resilient power installations (see www.resilient-power.org), and a number of states began designing programs to allocate public funds to this purpose. Connecticut was first out of the gate with its microgrids pilot program (see http://www.cleanegroup.org/assets/Uploads/2013-Files/Reports/CT-Microgrids-project-summary-Sept2013.pdf) for details). Now the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the Patrick administration have awarded $7.4 million to six municipal-led resilient power projects that will support critical infr... Read the Full Post »