New York smart grid requirements set out


Robert B. Catell,
Chairman, New York
State Smart Grid
New York, NY, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — February 4, 2013 – The long range objectives for the modernization of New York State’s grid have been set out in a new white paper from the New York State Smart Grid Consortium (NYSSGC).

Completed in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the white paper seeks not only to address the environmental challenges of reducing CO2 emissions and increasing the supply of renewable energy generation, but also to make the grid more resilient to such extreme events.

“As Hurricane Sandy has shown us, there has never been a stronger incentive to invest in hardening our energy infrastructure and deploy innovative smart grid technologies that will make New York’s energy system more robust, resilient and adaptable,” said Robert B. Catell, chairman of the New York State Smart Grid Consortium. “Our findings both reflect and support priorities for an innovative electric vehicle infrastructure, the expanded integration of renewable energy into the state’s energy system, and a coordinated effort to modernize the state’s aging infrastructure to meet evolving consumer demands for increased reliability.”

The white paper identifies three key capabilities for New York’s grid modernization:

  • Enhancing the situational awareness and control of the grid, through the deployment of phasor measurement units, remote sensors, advanced meters, etc.
  • Improving the grid’s “self healing” capability, through the development of advanced SCADA
  • Providing more information and tools that help consumers better manage their electricity usage.

Some of the technology needed to provide these new or enhanced capabilities is available, and several major initiatives are under way at New York utilities, the white paper notes.However, many technologies have never been deployed on a large scale.

The white paper also identifies research and development priorities, based on interviews with the utilities in the state. These include a cost and benefit analysis methodology, data analytic tools, sensor technology, energy storage, grid modeling, better understanding of consumer behavior, interoperability, and cyber security.