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State Looks to Energy Storage to Make Critical Facilities More Resilient

The state yesterday began mapping out strategies to promote energy storage, a technology it hopes will make critical facilities like hospitals and water treatment plants more resilient if widespread outages occur again as they did with Hurricane Sandy.

State Looks to Energy Storage to Make Critical Facilities More Resilient

The state yesterday began mapping out strategies to promote energy storage, a technology it hopes will make critical facilities like hospitals and water treatment plants more resilient if widespread outages occur again as they did with Hurricane Sandy.

It is a modest effort with only $2.5 million from New Jersey’s Clean Energy Fund targeted for the current fiscal year. But state official believe will jumpstart innovation in the sector and eventually lead to a sustainable industry -- one that ultimately will not be reliant on ratepayer subsidies.

“The funds are designed to be incremental,’’ said Scott Hunter, renewable energy administrator of the Office of Clean Energy within the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. “We don’t want to make people rich with the first project and not come back for more funding.’’

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