The Long Island, New York, town of Huntington has experienced power outages during severe storms for several years, including an eight-day blackout following Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. So when NYSERDA established the NY Prize competition—which awards communities funding to develop community microgrids—the town of Huntington took this opportunity to improve its local power resilience and reliability, reduce costs, and promote clean energy.
TRC is partnering with the Town of Huntington, the New York Power Authority (NYPA), and utilities PSEG Long Island and National Grid to develop a local microgrid. To-date, the team has been funded through NY Prize phases 1 and 2, with TRC providing engineering and business case analysis services:
The microgrid system is designed to interconnect with the traditional grid, and also be able to “island” or separate from the grid during severe weather. The system provides power and heat to critical facilities in the community (e.g., Town Hall, Hospital, Waste Water Treatmeent Plant, Senior Center, etc.). Key components of the microgrid include solar PV, energy storage, combined heat and power, fuel cells, energy efficiency measures, and traditional power sources.
In the event of severe weather, Huntingon’s microgrid can provide the community with power and heat at municipal facilities and designated emergency shelters. The microgrid energy efficiency and renewable energy components also contribute to state and local climate change goals—and positions Huntington as a sustainability leader.
Finally, the Huntington microgrid serves as an excellent model for other agencies and utilities across the U.S. to use to inform their own system resiliency and efficiency plans.