NJIT developed an online training tool called the New Jersey Community Microgrids Planning Academy which assists localities with the planning and feasibility analysis of microgrid development and implementation.  A microgrid is a small-scale power grid that can operate independently or in conjunction with the area’s main electrical grid.  Microgrids enable critical infrastructure, such as pumping stations and emergency operations, to function when the main grid experiences a power outage.  This web-based tool guides users through the assessment of resources, logistics and opportunities necessary to determine potential for developing a microgrid.  The Academy also provides information needed to apply, with a high chance of success, for further funding under the BPU Town Center Distributed Energy Resource Microgrid Feasibility Study Incentive Program.