Alternative Energy Generation Opportunities in Critical Infrastructure: New Jersey

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


Following Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (OEM) requested letters of intent (LOI) from communities across the state impacted by the hurricane and seeking funding through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), which provides funding for public buildings. Nearly 640 of the LOIs submitted requested backup energy generation systems, indicating a need for more resilient energy systems. As a result, a cross-agency effort was initiated to identify critical infrastructure in New Jersey and opportunities for more resilient distributed generation systems. The NJ OEM, Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, Department of Environmental Protection, the Governor's Office of Recovery and Rebuilding (GORR), and the NJ Board of Public Utilities (BPU) have been working collaboratively with the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to identify energy needs of critical infrastructure and life-safety facilities across the state to ensure continuous operation through future disaster events. The following report describes the findings from the critical infrastructure energy questionnaire and site visits, resilient DG technology and policy opportunities, and the financial assessment of resilient DG systems.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages54
StatePublished - 2013

Bibliographical note

Produced under direction of U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) under Interagency Agreement IAG-13-1902 and Task No. WFU11000

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-7A40-60631


  • alternative energy
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • FEMA
  • Hurricane Sandy
  • microgrids
  • New Jersey


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