After storms last fall resulted in widespread power outages in Connecticut, policymakers explored ways to reduce the impact of similar events in the future. Recently enacted legislation, “An Act Enhancing Emergency Preparedness and Response,” is designed to help accomplish that goal.

The law focuses primarily on emergency preparedness and the importance of restoring electricity service to utility customers. As a result, the act includes a provision establishing funding opportunities for “microgrids,” a term that may be unfamiliar even to some in the energy industry, and completely new to many of those who could benefit from the funding opportunity.

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