New York State has awarded seven research teams $3.3 million to develop smart grid technologies that use innovative methods to “enhance grid performance, reduce the risk of power outages, and lessen environmental impacts and energy consumption, all while reducing the cost of power delivery.”
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo explains, “As we continue to witness the impacts of extreme weather, it is more important than ever to invest in making our energy infrastructure stronger and smarter. These projects will improve grid resiliency, strengthen utility performance and make the delivery of energy more efficient. By investing in these seven smart grids, we are further readying the State for the new reality of severe weather, and ensuring that the work we do today will mean fewer power outages and more deliberate energy consumption in the future.”
To qualify for funding, award recipients proposed projects design to improve the reliability, efficiency, quality and overall performance of the electric power delivery system in New York State. According to the Governor’s office, “Proposals were required to demonstrate significant statewide public benefit and quantify all energy, environmental and economic impacts. Developing smart grids is part of the New York State Public Service Commission’s Renewable Energy Vision (REV), which calls for identifying smart grid technologies to facilitate increased distributed power generation to promote electricity load management and greater system efficiency.”
Projects receiving money include Brookhaven National Laboratory, Long Island ($250,000), which plans to create a program that can enhance storm model predictions and the expected responses.
Clarkson University will receive $381,000 to help design a resilient underground microgrid. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is partnering with Clarkson University, National Grid, General Electric, SUNY Potsdam and other local businesses to plan and design a large microgrid system to generate electricity for a number of entities in the Village of Potsdam. The power system would supply electricity to Clarkson and SUNY Potsdam, along with Canton-Potsdam Hospital and National Grid’s Potsdam Service Center.
NYSERDA president and chief executive officer John B. Rhodes adds: “These innovative approaches to smart grids are important steps forward in making our electric grid more efficient, reliable, resilient and clean. They are also powerful examples of New York State’s drive under Governor Cuomo’s leadership to transform the way electricity is valued, generated, distributed and consumed in New York State, and a key building block for the State’s Reforming Energy Vision for the State’s electric system.”