DCO Energy, a company controlled by the Jingoli family, won a six-month contract to report on the feasibility of establishing a “microgrid” to support Atlantic City facilities in the event of a regional electrical grid failure. The study will look into adding new facilities to the city’s Midtown Thermal Control Center, which is owned and operated by a DCO Energy unit.
Atlantic City’s council awarded the contract last week. The study will be paid for with $175,000 in grant funding from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. There were two other bidders for the contract, according to city documents.
The feasibility study will consider adding additional power capacity at the Midtown Thermal Control Center to support critical facilities that include the Atlanticare Regional Medical Center, Boardwalk Hall, and some hotels and casinos.
The Jingoli family is a significant investor in the Hard Rock Atlantic City casino project that is set to open next year. Joseph Jingoli’s construction company Jingoli & Son is also building Stockton University’s new Atlantic City campus. The family’s Mays Landing-based company DCO Energy has previously designed and engineered other local projects and it was the contractor and operator of the power plant at the Revel casino.