Con Edison issues new request for smart grid stimulus funding


New York, NY, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — September 1, 2009 – Consolidated Edison, Inc. in conjunction with energy experts and researchers from the public and private sectors has filed a request for approximately $46 million in stimulus funding for smart grid demonstration projects for customers served by Consolidated Edison Company of New York Inc. and Orange & Rockland Utilities Inc.

Earlier this month, the company applied for $172 million in federal funding for smart grid projects. The stimulus money would help fund an overall $435 million smart grid program.

This latest filing will involve working with several parties to test various types of innovative smart grid technologies in a large-scale demonstration project. One of the elements will involve working with the New York City Economic Development Corporation and Viridity Energy to optimize advanced building technologies and solar generation from City owned properties, such as the Brooklyn Army Terminal, into clean, virtual power generation.

Another will involve with The Boeing Company to create a comprehensive middleware communications and cyber security network that will serve as the common operating environment and command and control network of an enhanced Con Edison smart grid.

Con Edison also proposes to work with Columbia University, The Prosser Group and CALM Energy on technology that allows a smart grid to increase use of renewable energy, provides intelligent energy storage, and incorporates preventive maintenance and self healing capabilities to avoid system failures.

In addition Con Edison will work with Rudin Management Company Inc. customers to demonstrate emergency response and energy efficiency improvements.

Con Edison said in a statement that the objective is to build a smart grid prototype that would enable the company to demonstrate many high-tech and intelligent components, including two-way communication, and to enable new technologies that can increase reliability, adaptability and efficiency in grid operation.

The project also would show how new technologies can lower costs for consumers in the most complex energy market in America, while lowering carbon dioxide and other greenhouse emissions. With one of the highest load densities in the world, New York City, its suburbs, and New Jersey represent a complex and diverse test bed for urban and suburban smart grid performance.

Under this second funding opportunity $615 million is available for smart grid demonstration projects.