- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

POTSDAM, N.Y. (AP) - General Electric Co. is getting involved in a project to keep the power supply reliable in the northern New York village of Potsdam even when storms strike.

GE says Wednesday it will develop a system to manage an underground “microgrid” for Potsdam in partnership with federal energy officials, Clarkson University and National Grid.

The Potsdam microgrid will operate as a sort of electrical island independent of the main power grid. It is being designed to keep power flowing to hospitals and other crucial locations during outages and it will be able to switch to renewable energy sources.

GE is developing a control system for the grid with help from a $1.3 million, two-year federal energy grant.

Clarkson is in Potsdam, near the Canadian border.

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