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    New York Allocates $3.3 Million to Improve Grid Resiliency and Efficiency

    Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that $3.3 million has been awarded to seven research teams to develop technologies that add resiliency and efficiency to New York State's electric grid.

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    Governor Cuomo Announces NY Prize Resiliency Competition
    To Launch This Fall

    $40 Million Competition to Reduce Costs, Promote Clean Energy, Reliability and Resiliency

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    Welcome to the NYS SmartGrid Consortium

    The purpose of the Consortium is to collectively harness the unique resources of New York State to help define and achieve its strategic Smart Grid vision; facilitate and enable timely, efficient, cost-effective Smart Grid developments; and serve as a model for the nation.

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    Governor Cuomo Announces Winners
    of PowerbridgeNY Contest to
    Drive Development of Clean Energy Products

    Joint Columbia University/NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering Center Funds Projects to Turn Cleantech Ideas into Businesses and Grow New York's Economy. Click here to read the press release.

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    RISE : NYC

    RISE : NYC is a competition designed to identify and deploy creative new technologies and solutions to make New York City businesses more resilient to the impacts of future storms, sea level rise and other effects of climate change.

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    NY State Public Service Commission (PSC) – Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) Initiative

    The energy industry is in transition. Technological innovation and increasing competitiveness of renewable energy resources, combined with aging infrastructure, extreme weather events, and system security and resiliency needs, are all leading to significant changes in how electric energy is produced, managed and consumed. New York State must lead the way to ensure these trends benefit the State’s citizens, whose lives are so directly affected by how electric energy is manufactured, distributed, and managed.

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    Priority Initiatives

    The long-term goal of modernizing New York’s electrical grid to improve reliability and resiliency,
    lower long-term costs, and identify best practices to meet the evolving energy service needs of
    consumers, will only be achieved through a collaboration of many different stakeholders who are
    each responsible for different parts of the solution.

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    News & Events

    For the latest News and Events for New York State Smart Grid Consortium
    as well as Industry ad Global Smart Grid news please click above.


Latest News & Events

Reforming the Energy Vision Overview of Straw Proposal and Next Steps Webinar Presentation Video

The New York State Smart Grid Consortium and AGRION jointly hosted a webinar on Thursday, September 11th at 10:00am with staff from the New York [...]

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New York Says It’s Time To Flip The Switch On Its Power Grid

In a recent interview conducted by NPR with Audrey Zibelman and Stu Nachmias of Con Edison, there was discussion about the new proposed “distributed grid” [...]

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Feds to Fund $8 Million in Microgrid Projects

Recently, the U.S. Energy Department provided $8 million to fund seven microgrid projects over the country. Each recipient will received about $1.2 million and will [...]

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NYS Smart Grid Consortium Newsletter – Issue #2

September 2014 | Issue 2 Executive Director’s Update Greetings, We have a lot of news to share with our members.  In this edition of our [...]

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Webinar Invitation: Reforming the Energy Vision – Overview of Straw Proposal & Next Steps

Thursday, September 11, 2014 10:00am – 11:00am EDT CLICK HERE TO REGISTER The New York State Smart Grid Consortium and AGRION will jointly host a [...]

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5 Key Proposals for New York’s Grid Transformation

With the release of the Reforming the Energy Vision report late last month, details of how it plans to transform the state’s electric grid and [...]

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New Jersey Makes Energy Resiliency a Top Priority

As states and localities in the Northeast continue to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy, many communities are finding out the challenges of rebuilding are difficult with [...]

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International Expertise on Smart Grids Workshop by EURELECTRIC Smart Grid Projects Academy @ EURELECTRIC Meeting Centr
Sep 24 all-day



About the academy

EURELECTRIC’s Smart Grid Projects Academy is a unique opportunity for experts working in the area of smart grids to benefit from detailed and targeted insights into latest smart grid developments and deployments – and to gain a deeper understanding of the smart grid reality beyond the headlines.

The Academy will consist of a series of content-oriented workshops each of them focusing on concrete results and developments in a specific functional area.

For each of these areas, the Academy brings together an exclusive set of experts to reflect on a handful of selected projects and discuss the policy needs for further smart grid development. After each workshop, we produce a four-pages summary report. The reports will be bundled into a final Smart Grid Projects Academy paper, outlining the innovative actions taking place in distribution networks today. All papers are publicly available to the external smart grid community: policymakers, DSOs, project promoters, and universities.

WORKSHOP AGENDA: http://www.eurelectric.org/media/150809/ws6_agenda.pdf

James Gallagher, Executive Director of the New York State Smart Grid will be an online presenter during Session 1 – Investments in Smart grid Projects Around the Globe – State of Play


Who should attend and why?

The Academy is of value for smart grid project promoters, researchers, DSO experts, manufacturers and European institution representatives who have built up advanced expertise in the field of smart grids.

Together, participants will explore RD&D results of smart grid projects on the ground. They will have the opportunity to discuss lessons learned, to better understand the critical decisions required when implementing certain technologies, and to further deepen their knowledge about latest cutting-edge industry developments.

Each workshop consists of a limited number of project presentations, followed by a roundtable discussion with all participants.


For more information about the Smart Grid Projects Academy and this workshop, please click here or visit http://www.eurelectric.org/smartgridprojectsacademy/

EUCI Conference: Microgrids and Smart Communities @ Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley
Sep 29 – Sep 30 all-day

Given the proliferation of Distributed Energy Resources (DER), market viability of renewable energy, and a need to increase local electricity reliability and ensure outage resilience, microgrids have emerged as an appropriate solution for incorporating customer-side generation, and an enabler for islanding of local electricity delivery resources. Over the next five to eight years, the market for vendors of microgrid-related products and services is estimated to reach around $40 billion.

This conference will address microgrid drivers and initiatives at the national, state, and utility levels; regulatory and policy initiatives that encourage micro grid development; financing opportunities and challenges, and technical aspects. Further, we will introduce the concept of the “Smart Community” and address what the role of a microgrid is within this concept. Case studies, presentations, and panel discussions all will be implemented in communicating this information.

Download Event Brochure and Registration Form:  http://www.euci.com/pdf/0914-microgrids.pdf

View the Conference Agenda:  http://www.euci.com/events/all_agenda.php?ci=2398&p=7523

SXSW Eco Conference 2014 @ Austin Convention Center
Oct 6 – Oct 8 all-day


SXSW Eco attracts a global community to explore, engage and co-create solutions for a sustainable world. A uniquely inclusive platform for professionals, SXSW Eco examines the critical challenges of our times through a kaleidoscopic lens of design innovation, policy tipping points, technological breakthroughs, conservation practice, entrepreneurial spirit and a culture of creativity to transform inspiration into action.

3 Days of Speakers, Sessions, Workshops, Networking Opportunities with Experts and Industry Leaders, Film Screenings, Receptions, SXSW Eco Awards Ceremony, Closing Party, Mentor Sessions, Exhibition, Meet Ups, Startup Central and more!

A registration badge is required for admission to SXSW Eco 2014 and any related activities. Register now online at the current fee.  Your email confirmation will include instructions for picking up your badge onsite at the Austin Convention Center. For more information, read the Registration FAQ or email reg@sxsweco.com.

To see the current list of speakers, please visit http://schedule.sxsweco.com/speakers

For additional information on registration or participation, please visit the conference website at http://sxsweco.com/attend

RISE : NYC Technology Demo Night @ The New York Academy of Sciences
Oct 7 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


RISE : NYC Technology Demo Night: finalist teams competing in the $30M RISE : NYC competition will present their projects at a public demo night on October 7th.  This event is an exciting opportunity to meet the finalists and learn about their innovative resiliency technologies and approaches to strengthening communities and small businesses against the impacts of future storms, sea level rise and other effects of climate change.  If you are interested in attending this free event, please register here.

The Resilient Smart Grid Workshop @ Brookhaven National Laboratory
Oct 16 – Oct 17 all-day


The Resilient Smart Grid Workshop

Workshop Registration (Deadline: October 14, 2014 12:00 AM)

Additional BNL Guest Registration (Deadline: October 1, 2014 12:00 AM)


This workshop will build on the previous workshop in April 2014, the Resilient Smart Grid Customer. This workshop will discuss challenges in climate change, various threats of the grid, along with ways the grid can be resilient. Weather is just one of the many threats to grid resiliency. Resiliency is building stronger utilities, making the whole system and the process resilient, and enabling critical customers to “sustain their critical operations.” Various challenges will have to be overcome in order to harden the grid. This workshop will address some of those problems and possible solutions.

Topics to include the following:

  • Weather Challenges
  • Organizational Challenges
  • Aging Infrastructure
  • Operational Awareness of the Grid Infrastructure
  • Energy Assurance
  • Implementing SmartGrid


To view more information about this event and for registration, please click here or visit http://www.bnl.gov/rsg2014/index.php.

Download the Event Flyer:  http://www.bnl.gov/rsg2014/files/flyerPoster/flyerPoster.pdf

Workshop Registrationhttps://www.bnl.gov/rsg2014/reg/step1.php

The Smart Grid Experience: Applying Results, Reaching Beyond @ EPRI - Charlotte Office (Building 3)
Oct 17 @ 12:00 pm – Oct 19 @ 5:00 pm

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are teaming up to bring you insights from the unprecedented investments in smart grid deployments. This final conference for the EPRI program, is titled “The Smart Grid Experience: Applying Results, Reaching Beyond”. It will bring together the collective learnings from both the EPRI Smart Grid Demonstration Initiative and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Smart Grid Programs. While covering a large variety of smart grid projects, the focus of this conference will be on smart grid successes, surprises and challenges.  Utility presentation and panel discussions will highlight results of smart grid projects and discuss a variety of topics such as technology readiness and future phases of grid modernization.

The agenda will include presentations or discussions on:

  • Realization of the Smarter Grid
  • Transforming the Grid Through Integration
  • Volt/var optimization (VVO) and Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR)
  • Systems Driving the Integrated Grid – including DMS, DA, DRMS
  • Communications and Cyber Security – Foundations of the Modern Grid
  • AMI: Beyond Meter Reading
  • Enabling the Smarter Consumer – Customer facing programs & technology
  • Reaching Beyond the Smart Grid


EPRI – Charlotte Office (Building 3)
1300 West WT Harris Blvd.
Room 741 B,C,E,F
Charlotte, North Carolina 28262

Monday, October 27, 2014 – Wednesday, October 29, 2014
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

AGENDAClick here to view and download the draft agenda

Smart Grid Demonstration Initiative Members Attendance Fee: Complimentary
Non-members not of the EPRI Smart Grid Demonstration Initiative: $300.00

REGISTRATION:  http://www.cvent.com/events/the-smart-grid-experience-applying-results-reaching-beyond/fees-669fadfd629e4d7ab7b863376e373b0c.aspx

CFES Webinar – Microgrid Fundamentals and Control @ Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Oct 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: A technical seminar focusing on the fundamentals of microgrids. We will take a close look at circuit and control theories applied to both dc and ac microgrids. We will examine the stability and power quality issues of microgrids, and discuss analysis and simulation tools for local and system control design. Attendees will learn about:

  • Sharing of Power Among Multiple Sources Connected in Parallel
  • Pros and Cons of Droop Control vs. Master-Slave Control
  • Differences between DC and AC Microgrid Control
  • Microgrid Stability and Power Quality Issues
  • Microgrid Control Development Tools



Dr. Jian Sun

Professor, Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering

Director, Center for Future Energy Systems

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Dr. Sun is an expert in power electronics and power systems. His research covers power conversion and control for renewable energy, energy storage, efficient energy utilization, and advanced grid systems including microgrids, mobile power systems, and high-voltage dc transmission. He received his PhD from the University of Paderborn in Germany. Prior to joining RPI in 2002, he spent five years at the Advanced Technology Center of Rockwell Collins as an R&D engineer, and was a Post-Doc Fellow at Georgia Tech from 1996 to 1997. He was the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Power Electronics Letters from 2008 to January 2014, and is currently the Treasurer of the IEEE Power Electronics Society. He is also a member of Administrative Committee of both the IEEE Power Electronics Society and the IEEE Systems Council. He received IEEE Power Electronics Society Modeling and Control Technical Achievements Award in 2013 for contribution to averaged modeling and ac power electronic system stability. He can be reached at jsun@rpi.edu for technical questions related to the webinar.


Registration is required for attending the webinar. To register, fill out the online registration form at Webinar Registration. The webinar will be presented in WebEx, and an invitation to join will be sent shortly after the registration closing date. The number of attendees is capped at 100 by WebEx. Registration will close by noon on October 6 or sooner if the cap has been reached.


For other questions, please contact Lisa Valenti at (518) 276-6754, valenl@rpi.edu.

International Energy and Sustainability Conference 2014 @ Farmingdale State College
Oct 24 @ 7:30 am – 1:30 pm


The International Energy and Sustainability Conference 2014 (IESC 2014) combines a comprehensive, high-quality conference with first class exhibition and incomparable networking opportunities. Centrally located on the campus of Farmingdale State College, IESC 2014 will offer industry participants the opportunity to connect with customers, exhibitors, and other researchers locally and globally. The conference will provide a premier venue for showcasing new technologies, concepts and research in the fields of sustainability and renewable energy. The industry’s brightest minds will meet and exchange the latest knowledge, forge meaningful business relationships and create connections with influential people all around the world.

National Summit on Smart Grid & Climate Change
Dec 2 – Dec 3 all-day

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Save the Date!

National Summit on Smart Grid & Climate Change

December 2-3, 2014 

Washington, DC


I am writing to let you know of an important new event that will happen in Washington, DC on December 2-3 – The National Summit on Smart Grid & Climate Change.

If you are involved or interested in learning how smart grid technology and practices, such as demand response, can reduce carbon emissions and help in compliance planning for EPA Section 111(d) regulations, this event is for you as it will feature case study presentations and workshops on how to include smart grid in such plans.

If you are involved or interested in how smart grid can help in climate preparedness and adaptation, and introducing more resiliency into the electricity system, this event is for you.

The Summit will aim to “connect the dots” between smart grid and climate change, and establish an understanding that smart grid can be an essential part of any climate action planning, whether in response to government emission restrictions (e.g. EPA’s Regulations under 111 (d) of the Clean Air Act), or in preparation for various climate change events and scenarios (e.g. severe weather events like Superstorm Sandy).

The Summit will be designed and implemented in the style of the National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid, and feature roundtable discussion sessions with top business and government leaders, who will discuss these issues with each other and with the audience. It will also include in-depth breakout sessions in two tracks: one on Smart Grid & Mitigation and one on Smart Grid & Adaptation.

You should consider attending this event if you:

  • Work in a State Utility Commission, State Air Agency, or Governor’s Office;
  • Have responsibility in a utility for demand response, smart grid, distribution management or risk management;
  • Are a company who provides smart grid and demand response technologies and services;
  • Are in a federal agency dealing with energy, environment, commerce, trade, or emergency preparedness and management;
  • Are a policymaker with responsibility for smart grid and/or climate change policy;
  • Are a researcher or consultant that advises other parties on smart grid and climate change;
  • Or are a member of the overall energy and environmental communities that wants to understand the important new nexus of smart grid and climate change.

Topics covered will include:

  • How DR and smart grid can be part of a 111(d) State Implementation Plans
  • Case studies on emission reduction using demand response and smart grid technologies
  • How a smart grid can help integrate renewable energy
  • Intelligent, dynamic efficiency in grids and buildings
  • Dynamic management of storage for resiliency purposes
  • Microgrids and grid resiliency
  • Using smart networks for outage management and restoration
  • Grid infrastructure risks under climate scenarios and how to manage them
  • Balancing grid hardening with grid “smartening”

Smart Grid Modernization Activities Underway In NY State

There are a variety of key activities now underway in New York State that are relevant to grid modernization.
Learn more about these activities by clicking here to read more about NY State Smart Grid Modernization.

  • Con Edison Modernized Distribution System Demonstration
  • Con Edison Secure Interoperable Open Smart Grid Demonstration Project
  • Con Edison CoolNYC Program
  • Orange and Rockland Smart Grid Deployment Project
  • LIPA 110 Corridor Demonstration Project
  • NYISO Phasor Measurement Unit Network for New York
  • NYPA Evaluation of Instrumentation and Dynamic Thermal Ratings for Overhead Lines
  • New NYISO Control Center
  • NYSEG Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage Plant
  • National Grid – Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Partnership
  • AES Energy Storage 8MW Battery-based Storage System

Contact NYS Smart Grid Consortium


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