ConEd and DHS partner for NYC grid continuity
| 05.22.2007 | 09:07:46 | Views: 2861 | ID:
May 22 '07: Consolidated Edison Inc. and the Department of Homeland Security will partner in a $39.3 million federally funded project dubbed "Project Hydra" to increase the resiliency of New York City's electric grid by installing new superconducter power lines to help prevent blackouts caused by power surges, the Associated Press reported.
The agreement's focus is on maintaining Wall Street's operations during an emergency.According to the AP story, via the Connecticut Post Online, the "'secure super grids' use high-temperature superconductor wires and power cables to increase power while maintaining the ability to suppress surges." Jay Cohen, the department's undersecretary for science and technology told the AP, "This is about Wall Street, this is about making the electric grid for the financial capital of the world ... more defensible against potential problems." If the program were to be successful, officials working in the project said they would use the model for implementation in other cities around the U.S. The program is also an extension of ConEd's grid overhaul and upgrade after last year's power outages in Queens in which more than 175,000 people were without power for up to a week. DHS has earmarked $5 million for the project with an additional $20 million over the next three years, the AP reported.
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