Proposed $100M Cleveland microgrid would make downtown power-secure

Two university energy centers have proposed a $100-million microgrid that could protect downtown Cleveland businesses from power failures and cyber attacks on the grid, Cleveland.com reports. The proposal, which Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University prepared for the Cleveland Foundation, said commercial customers “would have clean power delivered in a cyber-secure system designed to be operational 99.999 percent” of the time, translating to “less than 6 minutes of power loss per year,” the article reports. The grid “would be designed to ‘island’ itself from the larger grid if needed” to insulate customers from regional or national blackouts. An economic impact study “predicts the project by 2026 would create as many as 2,264 jobs with annual earnings of nearly $162 million.” For more, read the full article

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