New York State governor Andrew Cuomo announced $15 million in first-round funding for the Future Grid Challenge programme.
The programme will help utilities to address technical challenges associated with integrating distributed energy resources with energy distribution and transmission networks.
The initiative will be administered by NYSERDA to provide smart grid technology and research companies with funding to conduct research and development initiatives.
Benefiting institutions will conduct pilot projects with Con Edison and Orange & Rockland utilities.
Those working with Con Edison will work to advance the utility’s distributed energy resource monitoring, control, data analytics and advanced forecasting, whilst those working Orange and Rockland will work to improve smart inverter functionality, for seamless integration of distributed resources to achieve grid stability and reduce system losses.
The project is expected to help the state to achieve its goals of generating 70% of total energy from renewables by 2030, and becoming emission-free by 2040 in line with the New York State Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.
"New York is leading the fight against climate change and prioritizing more resiliency and reliability during extreme weather events," Governor Cuomo said.
"These investments will add renewables such as wind and solar to create a grid of the future that serves the needs of communities across the state and drives us toward a clean, fully carbon-free power grid."
Proposals are due by October 9, 2019. The remaining funds will be made available through the second round of the program later in 2019 with new challenges and utilities identified and included.
The Future Grid Challenge funding complements other NYSERDA smart grid funding announced previously, including the $30 million announced to support projects that develop or improve electric grid products or technologies, as well as the $5 million made available to enhance and support the connection of renewable resources to the grid.