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New York State Invests In Grid

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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.

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Bob Meinetz on Apr 19, 2019 8:53 pm GMT

Andrew Cuomo is modernizing New York's grid? That's a laugh.

The latest phase of his "ambitious energy initiative" is to distract from Holtec, Inc.'s purchase of Indian Point (IP). Holtec's closure of IP will replace its carbon-free electricity, which supplies 25% of New York City and Westchester County, with that from a plant using 19th-century fossil fuel technology. U.S. attorney Preet Bharara:

"Based on my review of publicly available documents and my interviews of witnesses," wrote the US attorney, "including employees of [Competitive Power Ventures], the importance of the [CPV Valley Energy Center] to the State depended at least in part, on whether [Indian Point] was going to be shut down.

As early as 2010, [former Gov. Andrew Cuomo aide Todd R.] Howe began to seek [Cuomo aide Joseph] Percoco's assistance in influencing the Former State Operations Director with respect to the Power Plant, most specifically by asking Percoco to advise the Former State Operations Director that the Power Plant was supported by labor unions and to advocate for the closing of [Indian Point]."

In 2010, Cuomo accepted a minimum of $140,000 in donations from energy companies — likely a fraction of what he received from associated law firms and engineering firms with an interest in his energy decisions.

Working for Natural Gas Interests, Former Cuomo Aides Lobbied to Kill Indian Point Nuclear Plant

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