NJ Transit Plans New Micro-Grid to Keep System Up When Grid Goes Down

September 04, 2013 at 3:45 pm

With the governor and the Energy Secretary on hand, NJ Transit announced that it is taking the first steps to plan for the construction of NJ TransitGrid, a so-called micro-grid that would allow the transit system to operate independently of the main grid in case of an emergency, like Sandy.

“This storm and its aftermath will be a wasted opportunity if we don’t learn from what failed during that period of time and then try to use the technology and the intellect that is both in our state and in our country to try to come up with a better way to do things,” said Gov. Chris Christie at a press conference announcing the plan in Secaucus.

The idea is to keep the system up and running so commuters can get to and from work when the power goes down as it did for weeks in some parts of the state last year. It would be built by Sandia National Laboratories, which has built several similar systems for the military and is also studying the possibility of a micro-grid in Hoboken. A Sandia Labs rep says a new micro-grid would also lay the groundwork for the use of alternative energy sources.

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