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About the Research Project

This section of presents the results of a multi-year research project that explored the range of critical challenges currently facing the successful procurement and financing of local government microgrids. The project was undertaken by the N.J. Board of Public Utilities with financial support from the United States Department of Energy.

The project resulted in a comprehensive Final Report, together with a series of short Fact Sheets and accompanying Webinars focused on eight key categories of challenges impacting the development of successful local government microgrids. The Fact Sheet/Webinar topics include the following:

  • Current Status & Challenges
  • Procurement Challenges
  • Financing Challenges
  • Public Policy Challenges
  • EDC Challenges
  • Technology Challenges
  • Other Challenges
  • Moving Beyond the Challenges

The project also developed a comprehensive collection of Resources, organized into a series of 15 issues relevant to the development of local government microgrids: DER, Financing, Market, Ownership, Planning, Policy, Procurement, Rulemaking, Services, Software, State Programs, Technology, Type, Use Case, and Utility.

About the Research Project Team

The research project discussed in this section of was undertaken by a multi-disciplinary team led by the New Jersey Board of Utilities and supported by the Centers for Building Knowledge and Resilient Design at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and by the Bloustein Local Government Research Center at Rutgers University.

Project Team Members

New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Kevin Dillon: Clean Energy Specialist, Project Manager
James Ferris: Bureau Chief of New Technology, Clean Energy Division

NJIT Centers for Building Knowledge and Resilient Design
Terra Meierdierck-Miller, MAT; Project Manager
Victoria Dollon, J.D.: Project Assistant
Deane Evans, FAIA: Executive Director, Program Director

Bloustein Local Government Research Center, Rutgers University
Marc Pfeiffer, Senior Policy Fellow and Assistant Director, Program Director

Student Assistants:
Nilay Panchal, B.E. Mechanical Engineering, M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Newark
College of Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Prixy Manocha, B.S. Bioenvironmental Engineering
Graduate Student, Master of Business and Science, Sustainability; School of
Graduate Studies, Rutgers University is an information resource for planning and developing local government microgrids. is currently maintained and updated by the Center for Building Knowledge at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.



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