Rahway Awarded Funds From State’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

Samson Steinman

Samson Steinman

RAHWAY – The City of Rahway was awarded over $400,000 from the State of NJ as part of a Hazard Mitigation Grant Program – Energy Allocation Initiative. The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) is intended to support efforts to encourage enhanced energy resilience for critical assets and facilities. The program will allow the city officials to pursue alternatives to enhance energy resilience. 

Mayor Samson Steinman says, “We plan to pursue energy resilience projects at the Maple Avenue and Main Street Fire Station, City Hall, and four pump stations that were severely affected by Superstorm Sandy, as well as at other locations of critical importance to the operations of the city during a State of Emergency. We will continue to explore all available avenues and resources to help strengthen our critical infrastructure.”

This program is part of an on-going effort to rebuild stronger after Superstorm Sandy, and is targeted at critical facilities such as police and fire stations, pump stations, emergency operations centers, and wastewater treatment plants, among others. The grant allocations can be used to support a variety of alternative energy solutions — including micro-grids, solar power with battery back-up, and natural gas-powered emergency generators — technologies that will allow critical facilities to operate even if the power grid fails. 

Several key areas were identified on a local facility level to improve energy resilience. These include such opportunities as retrofitting existing solar panel systems to provide continuous power during a disaster, exploring fuel cells, and combined heat and power, or other resilient technology that could also result in a monthly energy savings.

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