NYSERDA boosts DER integration with $3.5m grant

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will provide $3.5m in funding to ensure grid stability through increased integration of clean energy sources.

In a press statement, the energy research and development corporation said it will use the clean energy funding to purchase and deploy smart energy technologies with the ability to simplify connection of distributed energy resources including solar and wind onto grid networks.

The authority said the solutions will be purchased from the private sector.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)  said it seeks to employ solutions able to reduce the time and cost of integrating clean energy sources with the grid.

The clean energy funding is part of a $140 million grid modernisation initiative, which New York will leverage over the next ten years to modernise its grid network and make it more efficient and sustainable.

The initiative is expected to help the state meet its target of generating 50% of its energy from clean energy sources by 2030.

John B. Rhodes, CEO of NYSERDA, said: “A critical part of modernizing our grid is to make it easier for renewable energy systems to integrate into it, especially as Governor Cuomo’s REV strategy encourages more of them to come online.”

[quote] The announcement of the funding follows the implementation of various measures by the state in ensuring it increases its energy capacity generated from clean sources. [New York governor announces $10m in clean energy funding].

The state government established the Interconnection Technical Working Group, a consortium of organisations in the renewable energy sector, responsible for developing technologies and ideas to increase connection of distributed resources with grid networks.

Audrey Zibelman, CEO of the New York State Department of Public Service, added: “As more consumers look to distributed energy resources to meet their energy needs, it will be critical to ensure that we maintain the safety and reliability of the grid as help customers take advantage of new, money-saving products and services.”

Clean energy funding

In related news, in early August, the Riverside Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California secured a grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to develop smart grid technology.

The $1.2 million clean energy technology grant is part of the CEC’s motives to ensure grid reliability and at the same time lowering the state’s carbon emissions. California state is aiming to integrate 20GW of renewable energy into the grid by 2020 and lower its carbon emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.

The CEC said it plans to use the integrated distributed energy resources management system (IDERMs) technology to be developed, to increase the state’s renewable energy portfolio.

The three year grant will be used to develop the technology to provide a two-way communication between customers and utilities to ensure reduced power outages and that consumers are supplied with real-time insights of their grid and power consumption data.

The IDERM will allow for real-time monitoring and management of distributed energy resources.


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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.