The Department of Energy (DOE) will designate $8 million for seven microgrid projects to help cities and towns better prepare for extreme weather events and other power disruptions.

The funding will help develop advanced microgrid controllers and system designs for microgrids of less than 10 MW. Each projects includes a company cost-share, ranging from 20% to about 50%.

The DOE will invest about $1.2 million in each of the seven projects. Awardees include ALSTOM Grid, Burr Energy, Commonwealth Edison Co., Electric Power Research Institute, General Electric, TDX Power, and the University of California, Irvine.

Sonal Patel, associate editor (@POWERmagazine, @sonalcpatel)