In a combined statement, Navigant announced that it partnered with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to implement authority’s newly launched smart grid innovation programme REV Connect.
REV Connect is designed to speed up design and implementation of smart grid innovation projects to help New York state meet its targets for clean energy adoption and grid reliability set under the Reforming the Energy Vision.
The REV Connect initiative will provide smart grid companies with guidance on research and development of smart grid innovation
The programme will be responsible for implementation of new ideas on smart grid technologies under pilot projects.
Navigant partnered with research agency Zpryme, energy storage stakeholder’s consortium NY-BEST and utility consulting firm Modern Grid Partners to implement REV Connect.
The four parties will market the programme to increase participation of developers of smart grid solutions in the project.
Under the programme, Navigant will design an online platform to increase interaction between New York state’s energy stakeholders.
The partnership will also create a plan for continued operation of REV Connect beyond the term of its contract.
John B. Rhodes, CEO of NYSERDA, said: “… REV Connect will help enable energy market participants to develop and roll out cutting-edge solutions, find project partners and learn from each other’s experiences.”
Smart grid innovation and energy storage targets
In related news, in late September, Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York city set electricity storage and solar capacity targets including 100Mwh of energy storage by 2020.
In regards to solar generation, the city is aiming to install 1GW of solar capacity by 2030.
The city will issue permits for more than 3,000 solar panel installations until the end of 2016 in a bid to increase installations and meet its solar capacity targets. [New York Power Authority extends EV programme]
The approval of 3,000 solar installation permits will bring the total certificates issued through out 2016 to over 8,000.
Image credit: www.revconnect.com.