New York State Smart Grid Consortium formally kicked off


David A. Paterson,
Governor of New York
New York, NY, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — August 27, 2009 – New York Governor David A. Paterson yesterday announced the kick-off of the New York State Smart Grid Consortium to foster the development and deployment of the state’s smart grid.

The Consortium will be comprised of leaders from government, utility companies and universities, as well as consumers, and will develop a strategic vision on how best to deploy secure, efficient and reliable smart grid technologies in New York.

“The creation of the New York State Smart Grid Consortium positions New York to lead the nation in developing innovative smart grid technologies while fostering significant growth in clean energy jobs,” said Governor Paterson. “This unique collaborative brings together all facets of the electric power sector. Together, they will develop and implement a smart grid strategy that will create jobs, improve service and lower electric bills for New Yorkers.”

The Consortium has released a draft Strategic Smart Grid Vision and Technical Plan, which sets out its vision to “facilitate a comprehensive, coordinated and collaborative approach that ensures an efficient, effective and secure smart grid implementation to meet the sustainable energy needs of all electric customers in the state.” (see The New York smart grid vision)

This month, New York’s investor-owned utilities, the New York Power Authority and the Long Island Power Authority, the New York Independent System Operator, and other private entities are delivering more than $1.2 billion in smart grid project proposals for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Smart Grid Investment and Smart Grid Demonstration programs. These proposals, many of which have been approved subject to the awarding of the funding, include smart meter demonstration projects for locations throughout the State, including LIPA’s Route 110 Corridor Project and ConEdison’s Long Island City service area.

One of the goals of the Consortium is to facilitate public-private partnerships that will maximize mutually beneficial economic development opportunities throughout the State.

Founding members include the chairman of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center and former chairman of National Grid U.S., Robert Catell, who will act as chairman, the president and COO of Consolidated Edison, Louis Rana, and the dean of engineering at SUNY Stony Brook, Yacov Shamash.