- Associated Press - Friday, July 10, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Eighty-three organizations in New York state have won state funding for the development of small, independent power grids called microgrids designed to keep the electricity on during power outages.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the winners this week. They include local governments, non-profit organizations, private businesses and utilities. Each organization will receive about $100,000, part of a larger effort by the state to support new energy projects around New York.

Microgrids are small power systems for hospitals, schools, water plants or other facilities when the main electrical grid isn’t working. They rely on local electrical generation, including wind and solar power.

The money will fund feasibility studies so communities can better understand the challenges and costs of installing a microgrid system.

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