New York marks $5 million to support power grid modernization

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that $5 million is available for projects that will help New York integrate renewable energy resources in ways that will improve the resiliency of the electric grid. 

Project proposals will be evaluated based on how they improve overall grid performance, reduce energy costs and support the state’s clean energy goals to combat climate change. 

This announcement supports Cuomo’s Green New Deal proposal to achieve 70 percent renewable energy by 2030 and transition the state to a carbon-free power grid by 2040.

“These smart investments in New York’s electric grid will enable the integration of renewable resources that improve resiliency, ensuring a secure, reliable system for years to come,” Cuomo said.

This funding focuses on developing and enhancing technologies that will successfully integrate and connect renewable resources, such as wind and solar, to New York’s electric grid. 

This program complements the $30 million announced last month by Cuomo to support the development and improvement of technologies, including automation and transmission renewable energy resources.

Funding is being offered through NYSERDA’s Smart Grid and Distributed Energy Resource Integration Program and is available for entrepreneurs, clean energy companies and researchers with solutions to connect and integrate renewable resources faster and more effectively. 

This funding supports product development, demonstration and commercialization of innovative technologies that lower costs and increase speed for connected renewable generation to the electric grid. 

Proposals should focus on low cost monitoring and control, preventing back-feed from storage systems, and smart inverter functions. All proposals must be received by NYSERDA no later than August 15, 2019.

Proposals will be accepted in three project categories: engineering studies, product development projects and demonstration projects. The proposals will undergo a rigorous evaluation process that will be scored, ranked and awarded based on evaluation criteria.

Concept papers for these High Performing Grid proposals focus on efficiently moving clean energy through the grid by developing innovative data analytics; advanced planning, operations, and forecasting tools; and development of cybersecurity solutions for the modern grid.

Since 2016, NYSERDA has awarded nearly $25 million through 55 contracts focused on advancing New York’s electric grid. 

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