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    Grid Related Research at New York State’s Universities: Final Report January 2015

    The immediate goal of this project is to identify research capabilities related to grid modernization at universities throughout the state. This effort is part of a larger initiative to organize and promote statewide smart grid-related research. The final version is now available for viewing, click above to learn more.

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    Utilities: The Future’s Distribution System Platform

    The New York State Public Service Commission (NYS PSC) took the bold step of launching the “Reforming the Energy Vision” (REV) proceeding in April 2014. They mapped an ambitious vision of the future for the state’s electricity system, giving more than 200 stakeholders the opportunity to participate in a collaborative process charting the “rules of the road” for the path forward.

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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

NY and CA Smart Grid Development: Common Drivers, Varied Approaches

Noting that New York and California are “leading the charge on how to integrate significantly higher amounts of distributed energy resources (DERs) onto a grid [...]

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Webinar: NY Prize Community Microgrid Competition & Critical Facility Resiliency Study

Jim Gallagher, Executive Director of the New York State Smart Grid Consortium will be moderating a webinar to discuss details around the NY Prize competition [...]

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Governor Cuomo Announces NY Prize RFP for Community Grid Competition

Governor Cuomo announced that NY Prize is accepting proposals for microgrids that meet energy and resiliency needs of local communities. Applicants, which may include local [...]

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Tapping into the Power of Data Analytics

A new Gigaom Research report explores how using data analytics to leverage the huge amounts of data generated by the smart grid, as well as [...]

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Upcoming Events

Microgrid Development for Public & Private Sectors East Coast
Mar 3 – Mar 5 all-day

Join New York State Smart Grid Consortium, Princeton University, New York Power Authority, Con Edison and Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation at the Microgrid Development for Public & Private Sectors East Coast meeting taking place this March 2015 in New York.


Key Topics:

  • Strengthen the relationship between utilities and microgrids by identifying the potential business opportunity with NYPA
  • Develop microgrid advancement strategies to strengthen overall grid resiliency and reliability with The Navy Yard Management and Development
  • Enhance islanding capabilities through Princeton University’s story of success during Hurricane Sandy
  • Explore new research on microgrid formats and designs with Con Edison


Key Speakers:

James Gallagher
Executive Director
New York State Smart Grid Consortium

Will Agate, LEED AP
Senior Vice President
Navy Yard Management & Development Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC)

Charles A. Freni, Jr.
Senior Vice President
Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation

Edward Borer, PE, CEM, LEED AP
Energy Plant Manager
Princeton University

What is the Future of the Grid?
Mar 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Early bird registration discount ends Feb. 18th

A 90-minute live webinar presented by Utility Markets Today, March 4, 2015, 2-3:30 PM Eastern US Time


Audrey Zibelman, chair, New York State Public Service Commission

Sergej Mahnovski, director of utility of the future, Con Edison

William Zarakas, economist and COO, The Brattle Group

The industry and regulators have been focused on the future of big, centralized plants lately as older units retire in the face of EPA regulations and cheap natural gas.

But at the same time, the electric industry is fighting against the way decentralized generation – especially solar – is paid. But it is not just solar – microgrids, combined heat and power, plug-in electric cars, individualized natural gas generators, aggregated water heaters, demand response (supply and demand side) and many other technologies are changing the way consumers interact with the grid.

The argument that the electric industry is undergoing major changes has become a cliché.

Still, big centralized generators provide most of the power to consumers and they have the benefit of economies of scale. The shift has started to happen, faster in some areas, but the extent of its impact in the future is still unclear. California’s pro-renewable and anti-global warming policies have pushed huge growth in distributed solar there.

New York is looking at major changes to its rules so the distribution system acts as dynamically as the transmission system and can integrate all kinds of distributed generation. Solar is poised to make a major push in Texas. Distributed generation is even making waves in states that have avoided any kind of restructuring.

But when will the future get here? Some have argued that we will need central station power plants for decades, but others think a major change will happen quicker than anybody thinks.

Get expert insight on what the future of the grid could be, get updates on the latest rulemakings in this area and hear from major players in New York’s REV process by registering for Utility Markets Today’s webinar titled “What is the Future of the Grid?” on Wednesday, March 4 from 2-3:30 PM US Eastern Time. Call +1-301-769-6812 (1-888-637-7776 toll-free in the US and Canada) or click here to register now.


  • What is the future of the grid?
  • When will distributed generation reach grid parity?
  • Will we always need centralized generation and the grid?
  • How do you get the economics of distributed generation and demand response right?
  • Do the distribution system and resources on it need to work like the transmission grid and central station generation do now?
  • How do we get there?


  • A site license to attend the conference (invite as many people as you can fit around your speakerphone at no extra charge).
  • PowerPoint presentations from our speakers.
  • The opportunity to connect directly with our speakers during the audience Q&A session.


Audrey Zibelman was confirmed as a commissioner of the New York State Public Service Commission (NY PSC) on June 19, 2013 and was named chair on September 3, 2013. Her term runs through February 1, 2018. Zibelman has extensive experience in the public, private and not-for-profit energy and electricity sectors. She is a recognized national and international expert in energy policy, markets and smart grid innovation. As PSC chair, she sits on the State Energy Planning Board. She is also chair of the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment. She sits on the board of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), New York State Disaster Preparedness Commission and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Task Force. Zibelman was appointed to the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Board of Directors and is a member of NARUC Committee on Electricity She is also a member of the US Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee. Zibelman is a founder and past president and CEO of Viridity Energy, which she formed after more than 25 years of electric utility industry leadership experience in both the public and private sectors. Zibelman received her bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and her juris doctor from Hamline University School of Law.

Sergej Mahnovski is director of the utility of the future team at Con Edison. He formerly served as director of the Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability for NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg where he managed citywide energy and sustainability policy. Mahnovski has served as chairman of the New York City Energy Policy Task Force, chairman of the New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation and board member of the New York State Smart Grid Consortium. He is currently an assistant adjunct professor at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. Previously, Mahnovski was director in the global power group at IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates, a doctoral fellow at RAND Corporation and engineer at Exponent. He is a graduate of Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Bachelor of Arts in History. He received his Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a Doctor of Philosophy in Policy Analysis from the RAND Graduate School.

William Zarakas is an economist and COO for The Brattle Group. He is an expert in economic, financial, strategic and regulatory analyses as applied to the utility, telecommunications and media industries. Zarakas has worked extensively with utilities in modeling cost, rate and financial impacts used in strategic and regulatory analyses. Most recently, Zarakas has spent considerable time working matters concerning the convergence of energy and communications, including utility deployment of broadband and the analysis of smart grid applications. He has worked extensively with electric utilities, incumbent and competitive telecommunications carriers, industry associations, regulatory commissions, law firms, corporate entities and governmental bodies. He has testified before state and federal regulatory commissions and authored reports submitted to governments, regulatory commissions, the US Securities and Exchange Commission and to courts as part of commercial litigation. Zarakas holds a master’s degree in economics from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the State University of New York.

Early bird registration discount ends Feb 18th Click here or call 1-888-637-7776 to register.

The Resilient Smart Grid Workshop – Spring 2015 @ Brookhaven National Laboratory
Apr 16 – Apr 17 all-day


We are pleased to invite you to a workshop entitled “The Resilient Smart Grid, Spring 2015” hosted by Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL).  This workshop will be held at BNL located in Upton, New York (Long Island) on April 16 and 17, 2015 (see attached flyer).  The following link can be used to access the website where you may register and obtain additional information:  http://www.bnl.gov/rsgworkshop/

If you are NOT a U.S. citizen and would like to attend this workshop, you will also need to register in BNL’s Guest Information System (GIS).  This needs to be completed no later than March 16, 2015 in order to be granted access to BNL for the workshop.  The link for the Guest Information System can be found on the BNL website at http://www.bnl.gov/guv/gis.asp.  When registering please see the attached information sheet with the necessary answers to pertinent questions.

National Town Meeting on Demand Response & Smart Grid @ Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
May 26 – May 28 all-day
DER-On-The-GridRegistration is now open for the 12th Annual National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid! Sign up today and take part in the premier demand response and smart grid event in the US.


2015 National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid

May 26-28, 2015 

Washington, DC
This year the National Town Meeting on DR and Smart Grid will continue to focus on how to integrate DR and other Distributed Energy Resources (DER) on the modern grid.

Integration is the word that keeps coming up in the conversations taking place within the DR and smart grid community. The question on everyone’s mind is “how are all of the new technologies that are bursting onto the electricity scene going to be planned, deployed, and operated in a way that takes advantage of what they offer while keeping the electricity system reliable and economical?” We are talking not just about integrating DR, but other DER like DG, storage, EVs, microgrids, distribution automation systems, etc.

But wait…there’s more! What about transactive energy and the expected rise of the “prosumer?”

In planning this year’s Town Meeting, we are building an agenda which will give you a deep dive into some of these areas, and give you enough of a taste of each one so that you get an integrated picture of how everything is going to fit together. Joining with ADS will be a number of different interest groups representing these different DER areas, and they will help ensure a robust, substantive set of sessions that will expand your awareness and understanding of all the things you need to know as a member of the DR & smart grid community.

Register today to reserve your seat at what is shaping up to be an exciting, innovative, and informative event!


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

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