NYSERDA announces up to $30 million in funding for the third round of the Future Grid Challenge to identify solutions to the technical challenges of integrating renewable energy

Up to $3 million per project now available to study, develop or demonstrate new technologies that support transmission and distribution

August 17, 2022

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced that up to $30 million in funding is being made available through the third round of the Future Grid Challenge for projects that identify solutions to challenges techniques for the integration of renewable resources into the electricity network . Up to $3 million per project is available for individual or team vendors offering to investigate, develop, or demonstrate innovative technologies that support modern transmission and distribution. These efforts support the national goal of New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act) to achieve 70% renewable electricity by 2030.

Doreen M. Harris, President and CEO, NYSERDA, said: “With the release of this latest round of the Future Grid Challenge, we are looking to support critical technology solutions that will enable the power grid to continue to handle increasing amounts of renewable energy. Investments in innovation are investments in a network of the future that integrates clean energy and enables dynamic management and operation to ensure resilient and reliable transmission and distribution, even taking into account the impacts of climate change.

With today’s announcement, NYSERDA is seeking proposals that support the implementation of advanced technologies that can play a vital role in ensuring transmission and distribution system reliability, reducing costs and enabling faster integration. renewable energy, while helping the state achieve its ambitious climate goals. . This challenge aims to address high-priority network technologies, including:

  1. Power flow control devices
  2. Energy storage for transmission and distribution services
  3. Tools to improve operator situational awareness
  4. Transformer monitoring
  5. Advanced high temperature, low sag conductors
  6. Compact tower design
  7. Distribution Energy Management Systems (DERMS)
  8. Offshore Wind Interconnector Grid Impacts

Solicitation proposals are due by 3:00 p.m. on November 2, 2022. For more details and related materials, visit NYSERDA’s website.

Rory M. Christian, CEO of the Department of Public Service, said: “Supporting the development of new technologies is critically important as we aggressively address the need to create a clean energy grid. The new technology that will be created will help ensure the reliability of the transmission and distribution system, while accelerating the integration of renewable energy that will help New York State achieve its key national climate goals.

The Future Grid Challenge is part of NYSERDA’s Smart Grid program included in the state’s Clean Energy Fund (CEF) grid modernization program, which provides a total of $110 million through 2026 to continue researching, developing, and financing innovative solutions that support the advancement of a smart, modernized electricity grid, remove barriers, and enable the investments in utilities needed to fully deploy advanced grid technologies at scale electric. Since 2016, NYSERDA’s Smart Grid program has awarded approximately $57 million across 100 contracts to grid technology companies and research organizations for projects that include low-cost, high-accuracy grid sensors , modeling and simulation tools, and advanced engineering solutions for more efficient renewable energy integration. energy resources. Learn more on the NYSERDA website.

Administered by NYSERDA, the Future Grid Challenge provides funding to grid technology companies and research institutes that address challenges ranging from the need for more real-time system data to the integration of smart and energy storage technologies. in the planning and operation of the electrical network. Challenges are developed in partnership with members of the Joint Utilities of New York Con Edison, Central Hudson Gas & Electric, National Grid, New York State Electric and Gas, Rochester Gas & Electric, and Orange & Rockland to fit sources of renewable energies and understand their impact on transmission and distribution networks. Together, these utilities provide electric service to more than 13 million homes, businesses and government facilities across the state.

Country-leading climate plan

New York State’s premier climate program is the nation’s most aggressive climate and clean energy initiative, calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues to drive a healthy economy. green as New York State recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Enshrined in law by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, New York is on track to achieve its mandated goal of a zero-emission electricity sector by 2040, including 70% power generation renewable energy by 2030, and achieve economy-wide carbon neutrality. It builds on New York’s unprecedented investments to develop clean energy, including more than $35 billion in 120 large-scale renewable energy and transmission projects across the state, $6.8 billion in dollars to reduce emissions from buildings, $1.8 billion to expand solar power, more than $1 billion for clean transportation initiatives, and more than $1.6 billion in NY Green Bank commitments . Together, these investments support nearly 158,000 jobs in New York’s clean energy sector in 2020, 2,100% growth in the distributed solar sector since 2011, and a commitment to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind power from ‘by 2035. Under the Climate Act, New York will build on that progress and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, while ensuring ensuring that at least 35%, with a target of 40%, of the benefits of clean energy investments are directed to disadvantaged communities, and advancing progress towards the state 2025 energy efficiency target of reducing 185 trillion BTUs of on-site energy consumption in end-use energy savings.


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