New York State Invests In Grid
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- April 19, 2019
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Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the latest phase of New York’s ambitious clean energy initiative. The state has opened up $30 million in funding for projects to modernize the grid. Universities, utilities, grid technology companies, and researchers are all invited to submit proposals to the New York State Energy Reachsearch and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The selection process will span over two seperate sections: First, applicants must send in concept papers that will be rigorously reviewed by NYSERDA. Then, a number of the applicants will be invited to submit comprehensive proposals.
This latest development is just a small part of the state’s big push to have 70% of its electricity come from renewables by 2030. NYSERDA has already awarded 34 grid modernization contracts since 2016, amounting to about $17 million. Proposals cover a wide range technologies, from things like data analytics and forecasting tools to cybersecurity systems and micro-grids. Notably, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) was given the green light to facilitate the connection of clean energies to NY’s current grid. There have also been various projects related to solar interconnections and energy storage methods. Although carbon cutting is the ultimate goal, proposals are also evaluated on how they reduce costs, improve performance, boost security and offer greater resiliency.
It seems New York is set on adopting renewables in a measured, educated fashion. As many early adopters have learned in recent years, clean energy production means little without and adequate grid to distribute it correctly. In Germany, the world’s most foremost renewable trailblazer, congestion management costs have been astronomical the past few years. With solar and wind advances coming along nicely on their own, New York will hopefully be able to avoid such problems by continuing to invest in a smarter grid.