Mayor Says New System Will ‘Keep Everyone Safer Through Next Storm’
Hoboken makes partnership to develop smart grid system official. (Credit: Handout/Hoboken Mayor’s Office)
HOBOKEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Officials are hoping to reduce power outages during future storms in Hoboken by designing a “smart grid” system using military-inspired technology.
The Hudson River came pouring into the streets of Hoboken when Superstorm Sandy struck cutting off road access, putting the hospital out of commission, stranding residents in elevators, disabling sewer pumps and knocking out power for days.
“Unfortunately, when heavy rains and high tide come at the same time, we get flooded, including our PSE&G substations,” Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer said.
Now, Hoboken is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Energy, N.J. Board of Public Utilities, Sandia National Laboratories, and PSE&G to develop a resilient electric grid.
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