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The New York state government has issued $5 million in funding to improve the resiliency of its grid network.

The aim is to further modernise the grid and expand the amount of distributed energy resources such as wind and solar integrated with the main system.

Projects which will benefit from the funding will be judged according to how they improve overall grid performance, reduce energy costs and how they can contribute to helping the state to achieve its 70% renewable energy goal by 2030 and transition the state to a carbon-free power grid by 2040.

Proposals should focus on low cost monitoring and control of distributed renewable energy resources, preventing back-feed from storage systems, and smart inverter functions.

All proposals must be received by NYSERDA no later than August 15, 2019.

The funding is being issued through NYSERDA’s Smart Grid and Distributed Energy Resource Integration Programme and will support technology development, demonstration and commercialisation

The funding complements the $30 million announced last month by Governor Cuomo to support the development and improvement of technologies, including automation and transmission renewable energy resources.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “We want to ensure that our power system is smarter and more resilient so we are prepared when extreme weather strikes. Modernizing our infrastructure and electric grid further advances our aggressive efforts to reach our clean energy goals for a cleaner and safer environment.”
 
Since 2016, NYSERDA has awarded approximately $25 million through 55 contracts focused on advancing New York’s electric grid.