$4.3mn for smart grids in New York

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In his ongoing commitment to the development of smart grids in New York, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has awarded $4.3 million to researchers seeking to develop or research new techniques that add resiliency and efficiency to the state’s electric grid.

The awards, which are funded from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) Electric Power Transmission and Distribution Smart Grid Program, are:

  • In Capital Region: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute plans to study the use of phasor measurement units to improve the power system state estimation, with focus on methods to improve accuracy of this measured data to improve grid operations and controls ($150,000).
  • In Central New York/North Country: Georgia Tech Research Corp. in collaboration with Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), NYPA and General Electric, will demonstrate the use of a “setting-less” protection system at two major upstate power substations ($900,000).
  • On Long Island: Brookhaven National Laboratory, in collaboration with EPRI and the Long Island Power Authority, will launch a study to characterize the grid impacts of utility-scale photovoltaic systems installed on transmission or sub-transmission networks simultaneously with other renewable generation on neighboring distribution networks ($280,000).
  • In Mid-Hudson: NYPA, working with Hydro-Quebec, will study the use of grid control devices based on phasor and other advanced measurement and control technologies to improve grid management and reliability ($500,000).
  • In New York City: Con Edison, working with NYU-Poly, Smarter Grid Solutions Inc. and NYU-Center for Urban Science and Progress, will investigate a number of techniques and technologies to develop microgrid applications in the New York metro area ($663,000).
  • In North Country: NYPA, working with EPRI, National Grid and the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST), will evaluate and install an advanced energy storage system at SUNY Canton to moderate and balance the shifts in power from a utility scale wind turbine on the SUNY campus ($425,000).
  • In Southern Tier: Bigwood Systems Inc, working with New York State Electric and Gas, is developing a software tool to be used by utilities to reduce the time and cost of interconnection studies necessary to connect new distributed energy resources, such as solar power, to the electrical grid ($90,000).
  • In Western New York: EPRI, working with National Grid, the University of Buffalo and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, will study the feasibility of a microgrid system in that city ($335,000).
  • Statewide: In addition funding was provided to EPRI, Georgia Tech Research Corp. and EnerNex LLC for multiple projects ($1 million). EPRI will also work with NYPA, Con Edison, and Clarkson University to test a new class of power line coating to reduce ice and storm related damage. Georgia Tech will develop techniques for measuring grid resiliency during severe weather. EnerNex will work with the New York State Reliability Council and the New York State Independent System Operator to utilize newly installed phasor measurement units.

“The major storms over the past few years taught us the importance of improving the performance of utilities and strengthening the resiliency of our electric grid for the future,” said Governor Cuomo. “As part of our efforts to reimagine the state’s vital infrastructure for a changing climate, we are investing in smart grid projects to advance new and emerging technologies that will help make New York’s electric grid more resilient and efficient.”

To date, NYSERDA’s Smart Grid program has provided $24 million in awards for research, product development and demonstration projects, leveraging $31 million in private sector funding and $59 million in federal funding.