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NYSERDA announces winners of clean energy challenge to modernize New York’s electric grid

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) last week announced that five teams have won awards under the first two rounds of the Future Grid Challenge aimed at developing solutions to integrate clean and renewable energy into the electric grid.

The project teams will help New York’s utilities such as Central Hudson Gas & Electric, Consolidated Edison, National Grid, and Orange & Rockland improve efficiency and reliability to advance renewable energy integration. 

The following winning teams were selected:

  • ConnectDER, UL/AWS Truepower and Itron will deploy a low-cost monitoring technology and develop a new communication system to integrate aggregated solar data directly into Con Edison’s existing Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI).
  • Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Integrated Analytics and Clean Power Research will utilize real-time data collection to forecast DER generation to improve operations and planning at Con Edison.
  • Smarter Grid Solutions, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Borrego Solar will test smart inverter integration with Orange & Rockland’s Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) to develop a better understanding of smart inverter functions, control and communications capabilities and how they impact grid stability, voltage regulation, and system losses. 
  • EPRI, Schneider Electric, General Electric and Smarter Grid Solutions will help Central Hudson Gas & Electric develop and demonstrate a scalable system that can integrate large amounts of renewable energy resources for transmission and distribution systems.
  • Utilidata, National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), Standard Solar and Chint Power Systems will work with National Grid to evaluate how to integrate solar power into utility operations to provide a seamless and full integration of renewable energy using smart inverters to maintain system reliability and how smart inverters can further enhance voltage optimization.

These public-private partnership projects support New York’s mandate for a carbon-free electric grid by 2040 and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Green New Deal, the nation-leading clean energy and climate agenda that has set the State on path to economy-wide carbon-neutrality.
 
Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA said, “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, NYSERDA is proud to support projects critical to advancing a carbon-free electricity grid. The teams selected show how expertise, experience and innovation are coming together to advance forward thinking solutions that can meet the State’s future energy needs to enhance grid reliability and the integrity of renewables while decreasing harmful emissions, reducing energy use and lowering costs for all New Yorkers.”  

NYSERDA worked with utility companies across New York State to identify challenges for its Future Grid Challenge. The Challenge is part of The Clean Energy Fund Grid Modernization Investment Plan providing a total of $110 million through 2022 to help modernize New York’s electric grid and combat climate change.


Grid Modernization Technologies is an educational track at DISTRIBUTECH International 2021, which takes place next February 9-11, 2021 in San Diego, California.