Long Island in microgrid proposals for NY prize

The southern Long Island village of Freeport, in the US state of New York, is seeking design and engineering services for a microgrid proposal that will compete in a $40 million prize.

Freeport, which has a population of about 40,000, already operates its own distribution system along with two power plants that are interconnected with the Long Island Power Authority’s transmission system. Now the town wants to build a microgrid to help secure power supply should another disaster hit like Superstorm Sandy.

Freeport plans to be among the municipal governments vying for up to $5 million in feasibility funds offered in the first phase of the NY Prize competition.

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