New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced an available $5 million for projects that will help New York integrate renewable energy resources in ways that will improve the resiliency of the electric grid. Project proposals will be evaluated based on how they improve overall grid performance, reduce energy costs, and support the state’s nation-leading clean energy goals to combat climate change.
This funding focuses on developing and enhancing technologies that will successfully integrate and connect renewable resources, such as wind and solar, to New York’s electric grid. This program 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.
“New York is leading by example in the fight against climate change, and modernizing our electric grid is a critical component of our path to clean energy and carbon neutrality,” Governor Cuomo said. “These smart investments in New York’s electric grid will enable the integration of renewable resources that improve resiliency, ensuring a secure, reliable system for years to come.”
The announcement supports Gov. Cuomo’s Green New Deal proposal to achieve 70% renewable energy by 2030 and transition the state to a carbon-free power grid by 2040.
“Clean distributed energy resources such as wind, solar and storage are critical to achieving a cleaner and more efficient electric grid,” said Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA. “Governor Cuomo’s ambitious energy goals emphasize the critical need for innovative technologies that allow for the integration of renewables into our electric system so we can continue building the grid of the future.”
Funding is being offered through NYSERDA’s Smart Grid and Distributed Energy Resource Integration Program and is available for entrepreneurs, clean energy companies and researchers with solutions to connect and integrate renewable resources faster and more effectively.
Proposals should focus on low-cost monitoring and control, preventing back-feed from storage systems, and smart inverter functions. They will be accepted in three project categories: engineering studies, product development projects and demonstration projects. The proposals will undergo a rigorous evaluation process that will be scored, ranked and awarded based on evaluation criteria.
Concept papers for these High Performing Grid proposals focus on efficiently moving clean energy through the grid by developing innovative data analytics; advanced planning, operations, and forecasting tools; and development of cybersecurity solutions for the modern grid.
All proposals must be received by NYSERDA no later than August 15, 2019.