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Gov. Cuomo announces funding for Smart Grid projects

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Governor Cuomo announced $4.3 million in awards to researchers seeking to develop or research new techniques that add resiliency and efficiency to the state's electric grid.

These "Smart Grid" technologies will help re-engineer the State's electric grid by providing innovative methods to add clean energy to the grid, enhance grid performance, reduce environmental impacts and energy consumption, and lower costs of transporting power to customers.

"The major storms over the past few years taught us the importance of improving the performance of utilities and strengthening the resiliency of our electric grid for the future," Governor Cuomo said.

The projects were awarded funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's Electric Power Transmission and Distribution Smart Grid Program.

In order to qualify for funding, recipients had to propose projects that improve the reliability, efficiency, quality, and overall performance of the electric power delivery system in New York State. Proposals were required to demonstrate significant statewide public benefit and quantify all energy, environmental and economic impacts.

Projects in our area include:

Capital Region
Recognizing the value of using phasor measurement units to improve grid performance, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute plans to study methods to improve the power system state estimation, with focus on methods to improve accuracy of this measured data, to improve grid operations and controls.

Phasor measurement units are devices to study detection and mitigation measures for improving the reliability of the state's power grid. Funding: $150,000.

Central New York/North Country
In collaboration with Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), NYPA and General Electric, Georgia Tech Research Corp. will demonstrate the use of a "setting-less" protection system at two major upstate power substations. Funding: $900,000

Mid-Hudson
NYPA, working with Hydro-Quebec, will study the use of grid control devices based on phasor and other advanced measurement and control technologies to improve grid management and reliability. Funding: $500,000

North Country
NYPA, working with EPRI, National Grid and the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST), will evaluate and install an advanced energy storage system at SUNY Canton to moderate and balance the shifts in power from a utility scale wind turbine on the SUNY campus, reducing the impact of power fluctuations on the local distribution network.

This project will demonstrate new and innovative technology and will generate valuable learning and experience in the application of energy storage systems to support the integration of renewables into the New York State distribution grid. Funding: $425,000

Statewide
Additional funding was provided to EPRI, Georgia Tech Research Corp. and EnerNex LLC for multiple projects around the state. EPRI will also work with NYPA, Con Edison, and Clarkson University to test a new class of power line coating to reduce ice- and storm-related damage.

Georgia Tech will develop techniques for measuring grid resiliency during severe weather. EnerNex will work with the New York State Reliability Council and the New York State Independent System Operator to utilize newly installed phasor measurement units. Total funding: $1 million.

To date, NYSERDA's Smart Grid program has provided $24 million in awards for research, product development and demonstration projects, leveraging $31 million in private sector funding and $59 million in federal funding. For more information on NYSERDA's smart grid program, visit nyserda.ny.gov/smartgrid.

For more information on the Energy Highway Blueprint, visit www.nyenergyhighway.com.

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