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Wesleyan Finishes Upgrades To Microgrid, First In State Power Reliability Program

March 12, 2014

Hartford Courant

Paul R. Michaud, Murtha Cullina attorney and Executive Director of the Renewable Energy & Efficiency Business Association(REEBA), comments on the first round of microgrids in Connecticut.

Wesleyan Finishes Upgrades To Microgrid, First In State Power Reliability Program
By Brian Dowling
Hartford Courant

The head of Wesleyan University's physical plant on Tuesday walked into the small electrical switching station that links a more than a quarter of the campus's buildings to the electric grid.

"If I flip this switch it goes dark," said Alan Rubacha, his hand almost touching a nearby breaker panel.

In October 2011, he did hit the switch, when a massive snowstorm knocked out power for hundreds of thousands of people in Connecticut, including those in Middletown and at Wesleyan. The simple move cut the campus from the power grid and turned the university over to an on-site gas generator for electricity.

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