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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced it will partner with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, City of Hoboken and Public Service Electric & Gas Co. (PSE&G) to help assess and develop strategies for improving the reliability and resiliency of Hoboken's grid in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Under the terms of the memorandum of understanding, the DOE will assist the City of Hoboken and PSE&G with implementing the Energy Surety Design Methodology (ESDM), marking the first non-military application of the ESDM for an entire community.

Developed at Sandia National Laboratories, the ESDM is a quantitative risk-based assessment tool that allows communities to evaluate their regional energy needs, identify advanced solutions to improve the reliability and resiliency of their electric grids, and understand the most cost-effective strategies for system upgrades, according to the DOE.

At the core of this methodology is the use of advanced smart grid technologies and the integration of distributed energy resources such as backup generators, solar photovoltaics and storage.

“With natural disasters causing major power outages and weather events projected to increase in intensity and frequency, rebuilding smarter is a wise investment and vital to improving the reliability and resiliency of critical infrastructure,” said Assistant Secretary for the DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Patricia Hoffman.

“Lessons learned from this pilot effort will be critical in helping Hoboken and other communities become more adaptive and better prepared to minimize the consequences of such events in the future.” 


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