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Connecticut Launches Nine Microgrid Projects

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Superstorm Sandy and Tropical Storm Irene has promoted state officials and utility companies to come up with ways to minimize massive power outages.

This week, United Illuminating announced upgrades and retrofits to its elictric substations. Yesterday, Gov. Dannel Malloy and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel Esty announced funding for nine microgrid projects. 

The projects will allow cities and towns to keep critical services going in the event of another super storm.

"For those that have microgrids, they obviously will have the benefit of the power on an ongoing basis. It should chip away at the town's utility bills. And ensure again that there is an ongoing source of power supply in a crisis," Esty said.

Esty talks to Ray about the projects.