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New York Launches Renewables & Electric Grid Modernization

Power News - Published on Tue, 16 Jul 2019

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New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the first round of funding for the USD 15 million Future Grid Challenge a program to help solve technical challenges utilities face with energy transmission and distribution when integrating renewables into New York’s electric grid. Governor Cuomo said that “New York is leading the fight against climate change and prioritizing more resiliency and reliability during extreme weather events.”

Up to USD 3 million is available per challenge area in New York for technologies that are able to help utilities overcome electric grid transmission and distribution challenges.

He added that “These investments will add renewables such as wind and solar to create a grid of the future that serves the needs of communities across the state and drives us toward a clean, fully carbon-free power grid.”

Modernizing the grid supports the Governor’s nation-leading mandate for 70% renewable electricity by 2030 and a carbon-free power grid by 2040 as included in the historic climate legislation that was just passed by the legislature, the New York State Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said that “Using the latest technological advances, New York will continue advancing our clean energy and climate goals by integrating renewables, driving down carbon emissions, and safeguarding our natural resources for future generations. This announcement shows our commitment to developing and maintaining the infrastructure needed to build the grid of the future and advance cleaner, greener energy across the state.”

Administered by the New York State Energy Research Development Authority, the Future Grid Challenge will offer funding to grid technology companies and research institutions that will address challenges ranging from the need for greater real-time system data to incorporating smart technologies and energy storage into power grid planning and operations. This initiative will have two rounds with each round addressing different challenge areas.

In this first round of funding, up to USD 6 million is available for projects that partner with Con Edison and Orange & Rockland utilities with up to USD 3 million available per utility challenge to support development of technical solutions.

Proposals should focus on:
Helping Con Ed advance Distributed Energy Resource monitoring, control, data analytics, and advanced forecasting
Assisting Orange and Rockland with improving smart inverter functionality to provide seamless integration of distributed resources, improve grid stability, and reduce system losses

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Tue, 16 Jul 2019
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