The N.J. Board of Public Utilities announced Wednesday it is seeking applications for feasibility studies to  develop microgrids in town centers, which would provide power to critical facilities during a widespread electric grid outage.

The board established a $1 million budget to incentivize the preparation of feasibility studies, which is expected to fund five to 12 studies. Applicants whose feasibility studies are successful will move to the detailed engineering design phase.

The applicants must be local government or state agencies that own own or manage critical facilities.

To view the full BPU's full microgrid report, visit