"It was only for a few hours during Tropical Storm Irene, but the William W. Backus Hospital here still got a hard lesson on what losing power in the heat of summer meant.
While the hospital has emergency generators, "they're not large enough to power everything," said Keith Fontaine, vice president and chief administrative officer. "There are red outlets all over the hospital that are for emergencies. All the operating rooms and inpatient units automatically switch over, but not everything --including air conditioning."
That's right, no AC plus the windows don't open.
So when the idea of microgrids was authorized for a pilot project as part of emergency preparedness legislation passed in the last legislative session, Backus Hospital jumped."