Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Howard Beach) recently participated in a joint legislative hearing to address the seemingly slow emergency storm response and customer communication practices by utility companies located across the state.
Pheffer Amato specifically questioned PSEG officials about its response and about the possible usage of microgrids in the future. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a microgrid is a local energy grid with control capability, which means it can disconnect from the traditional grid and operate autonomously—in cases of catastrophic storms, flooding, fires, etc.
“With the increased frequency of extreme weather due to intensifying climate change, utility companies must be prepared to be readily and effectively respond to emergencies,” Pheffer Amato said. “I look forward to working with these companies to evaluate the feasibility of microgrids in my district so that our communities—especially those that are most vulnerable on the coast like South Queens and Rockaway—are protected from future storms.”
Photo Courtesy of Assemblywoman Pheffer Amato’s Office