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Woodbridge, Conn. Set To Construct ‘Micro Grid’ For Outage Protection
cbsnewyork ^ | Jluy 27, 2013 | Fran Schneidau

Posted on 07/28/2013 7:05:21 AM PDT by BenLurkin

WOODBRIDGE, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — The town of Woodbridge, Conn., is one of several that has received state grants for a “micro grid” to maintain power to crucial utilities in the event of a storm blackout.

As WCBS 880’s reported, restoring power often takes time when outages hit Woodbridge. The rural community is filled with trees and wires.

First Selectwoman Ellen Scalettar said having an energy source to provide power to critical town buildings and services will provide the town’s 10,000 residents with a sense of security – knowing that no matter how fierce the storm, central power will be up.

“In Woodbridge, many people have well water and septic systems, so in a bad storm when we lose electricity, we lose water and septic and we have to be able to get to shelters and places of common accommodation for basic services,” Scalettar said.

Woodbridge town officials are hoping the new micro grid will be up and running within a year or so.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Weather
KEYWORDS: generators; microgrid; poweroutage

1 posted on 07/28/2013 7:05:21 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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How a Microgrid Works
by Robert Lamb

http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/energy/microgrid.htm


2 posted on 07/28/2013 7:06:39 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Might be cheaper to buy a few Generators.


3 posted on 07/28/2013 7:11:13 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: BenLurkin
The rural community is filled with trees and wires.

Wouldn't be simpler to trim the trees?

4 posted on 07/28/2013 7:11:57 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Venturer
Knowing how my local government operates, I have my own generator, thankyouverymuch.

/johnny

5 posted on 07/28/2013 7:13:20 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: BenLurkin

“The rural community is filled with trees and wires. “

How about cutting some trees down?

When I worked for a local utility and we attempted preventative trimming, we had a woman bolt out of her house and call us ‘murderers” at the top of her lungs.

These are the same people that scream the loudest when their power doesn’t get restored immediately after a storm.

I watched the same scenario be replayed over and over for years.

When you suggested that some trimming was necessary to cut down on outages you would swear you were asking to kill one of their puppies.


6 posted on 07/28/2013 7:18:30 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: DuncanWaring

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElJFYwRtrH4


7 posted on 07/28/2013 7:18:36 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: EEGator

I’ve seen that video several times. Each time I see it, I won’t some sense knocked into those enviro-idiots.


8 posted on 07/28/2013 7:28:29 AM PDT by vladimir998
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To: BenLurkin

Woodbridge is a wealthy suburb of New Haven where doctors, lawyers, and Yale professors like to live.

They like the trees because it makes them feel like they have privacy.

Most are lacking in common sense, but that should have been obvious from my first sentence.


9 posted on 07/28/2013 7:53:23 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Me too. In fact I have two of them. Both are pretty small and I use them to power my power tools at times, but they keep the lights on and power the furnace and the water pump.


10 posted on 07/28/2013 8:09:46 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: BenLurkin
So this community is now supposedly more "self-sufficient"? They were only able to cobble together this "micro-grid" from state funding ... which I'm sure has absolutely no conditions attached to it (/sarc).

This whole micro-grid thing sounds suspect. How can it be more efficient to generate electricity from thousands of local power stations than a few centrally located ones? Sure there are losses in transmissions, but what losses are there in building thousands of power plants?

The article seems to assume that sometime next week we'll have developed much better solar, wind, and fuel cell technology, and that somehow these systems will require no energy to build.

Also the only way that solar and wind can make any sense at all because of the large swings in the amount of power they generate, is if their outputs are mixed in with a huge quantity of power that can absorb and distribute those waves (or more like ripples) of power to the places that need it.

If a small micro-grid depended primarily on solar and wind power they would have to build some sort of huge storage system (batteries, flywheels, dams to hold water pumped up hill, etc.) to manage the swings.

And where are these solar panels, windmills, fuel cells, etc. manufactured for these small micro-grids? Are they cobbled together in the garages of town residents? Do old ladies get together in "knitting circles" to create solar quilts?

This is all such infuriating nonsense.

11 posted on 07/28/2013 8:16:23 AM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: BenLurkin

That article is a bunch of green Agenda 21 BS.


12 posted on 07/28/2013 8:22:42 AM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
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To: BenLurkin

So the police state . . . of the art surveillance equipment will continue to work even if there’s a blackout?


13 posted on 07/28/2013 8:27:22 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again,")
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To: BenLurkin

Assume those making fun of the microgrid also make fun of preppers. Or maybe they just trust big brother to take care of us, come what may, and that the cellphone, power, and interwebs run by majik.

Having redundant power and local peaker or muni generating capacity is a plus when it comes to securing employers who have data centers.


14 posted on 07/28/2013 8:50:45 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: BenLurkin

“in a bad storm when we lose electricity, we lose water and septic”

“The rural community is filled with trees and wires.”

The selectwoman does not appear to be very bright...

A septic tank functions just fine without electricity-pour a bucket of water into the toilet bowl to flush if the pump isn’t running because the power is out...

And the tree limbs near the wires-which are located in the utility easement-are trimmed each winter by a professional service here-doesn’t every rural county do that?

Is there really anyone outside of a major city who does not keep at least 50 gallons of water on hand for washing and toilet flushing, plus enough bottled drinking water for a week? Anyone who does not have at least the most primitive of rain-capture systems-a couple of clean, large garbage cans under a roof overhang or gutter?


15 posted on 07/28/2013 9:20:32 AM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Texan5

The point is that people don’t want to constantly be collecting and storing water for a power outage. They want to be able to take regular showers. And really, in CT, as significant as the question of water is the question of heat.


16 posted on 07/28/2013 9:29:16 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker

I can only look at it from the viewpoint of a country-raised Texan in a rural area-but if you want total convenience all the time, you buy a generator, as some of the posters suggested, or live in a city or town of good size. CT just doesn’t sound like the kind of “rural living” I’m used to. It sounds more like a city person’s idea of “roughing it”.

I didn’t see heat mentioned, but in an area of snowy winters, that is a real concern. Winter is mild here compared to CT, but everyone I know has at least one woodstove or fireplace, and buys a cord of firewood each Fall or gets permission to cut storm downed-or-dead trees on someone’s ranch.

There was no furnace in our ranch house, but there were a couple of fireplaces and a woodstove, and a space heater in the bathroom.

I’ll be building my next home to be off-grid-with solar power, and all of that stuff-not something I imagine would go over well in CT.


17 posted on 07/28/2013 10:00:33 AM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Texan5

Yep, not much actually “rural rural” in CT at all. It is overwhelmingly suburban with different degrees of rural-to-urban feel.

Many comfortably-off house owners have got generators here over the past several years, as the frequency of outages seems to have gone up throughout New England. Others simply check into a hotel when there’s a storm coming.

Power companies will say it has to do with local limits on their chopping down or severely trimming trees; residents, on the utilities scrimping on repairs.

The idea of solar would be popular in purple-to-blue state CT, but the days of full sun here are limited.


18 posted on 07/28/2013 10:06:43 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: BenLurkin
First Selectwoman Ellen Scalettar said having an energy source to provide power to critical town buildings ...

Yeah us peons will feel oh so much safer knowing that the First Select Woman will have power in her powder room while we all shiver in the dark.

Of course we could spend the money putting in buried power lines so everyone would have power, but then what good would it be to be a First select person if everyone has power?

19 posted on 07/28/2013 10:34:53 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: BenLurkin

She does not want to put in Generators, she wants to put in the infrastructure so she can tap everyone else’s generators. Think of it as a direct energy tax to keep the lights and heat on in city hall.


20 posted on 07/28/2013 10:36:53 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: 9YearLurker

The solar is sensible in rural Texas-we have plenty of sun year-round, and the panels are not so expensive any more-so the rural co-op here is encouraging it. About 35% of the co-op’s power is wind generated, from the wind farms in West Texas, and that increases every year.

If the Obama stranglehold on our drilling is broken, the overall cost will go down by using oil, wind and some solar to good advantage. I pray every day that will happen soon...

How did local limits on the trees in rural areas there come about? Since the 1980’s, when rural land is platted here, whether it is a subdivision of acreage lots or just two or three small ranches, the trees have been measured and counted for soil conservation and animal habitat, and no “clear cutting” is allowed-if you go there, each tree is charged for by the inches of diameter-this is a heavily wooded area-several smartass developers from out of state have been ruined by that tree ordinance...

There is a county easement of 20-30 feet from the road, where utility wires and poles are located, and the trees are trimmed there every Winter to keep limbs out of the lines, forget any squalling. If our utility company even thought of scrimping on repairs, they would be hanged-this is a co-op-the subscribers/users own it...


21 posted on 07/28/2013 10:42:13 AM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: BenLurkin

Even if you put in a micro grid, (which is basicly putting line interactive inverters on every power source in the county), in storm conditions you have to feed the grid with backup generators. Micro Grids are like the economy, they stall out if there are more takers than makers. Micro Grids are a wonderful idea, on paper. But in the case of a storm where wind power is shut down and solar is not working, micro grids are useless.

So this “First Select Person” is as usual a blithering idiot spending money buying the most expensive wrong solution for a problem that only makes it worse.

Buy a generator for city hall and the Millions of tax dollars you save could pay for the fuel for a decade.

That would work. But to be realistic, City hall is not open in a storm anyway. Bleeping loony’s run the funny farm now.


22 posted on 07/28/2013 10:45:13 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Texan5

Ha ha. It’s probably easier to mess around with CT residents, owners or not, than with Texans.

This state generally has trees right up to the road (and near the passenger train tracks), so though they trim limbs here and there through the year, there are somehow always more trees to come down across some lines.


23 posted on 07/28/2013 10:52:33 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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