New Jersey State Investing In Storage For Renewables
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities will be awarding nearly $3million to 13 projects across the state to develop and demonstrate energy storage for existing solar and wind energy systems.
This comes about as state officials recognize the critical importance of keeping essential facilities operating even in extreme storms when large parts of the power grid are down, a response to superstorm Sandy.
The state’s goal is to have 22.5% of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020, but others are looking at 80% instead.
Most of the grants were awarded to schools and facilities like wastewater treatment plants that were crippled under Hurricane Sandy.
Richard Dovey, executive director of the Atlantic County Utilities Authority, notes that energy storage is the “next important phase of renewable-energy development…we have to demonstrate these batteries work together with renewable energy.”
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