The New York State Smart Grid Consortium (NYSSGC) is a unique public-private partnership that promotes broad, statewide implementation of a safe, secure, and reliable smart grid.The New York State Smart Grid Consortium (NYSSGC) was formed in 2008, when the state’s energy leaders determined that meaningful progress toward a modernized and more resilient grid would require a broad range of stakeholders working toward a common vision. The Consortium provides the perfect convening point for collaboration around smart and sustainable energy solutions.
The only organization of its type in the U.S., the Consortium represents the broadest range of stakeholders involved in grid modernization, including utilities, market operators, technology companies, energy service providers, government, academia, and consumers. NYSSGC brings together the world’s leading energy experts to identify opportunities showing the most promise for broader smart grid technology deployment.
Membership in NYSSGC is based on a commitment to collectively focus on the sustainable execution and progression of a NYS smart grid strategy that includes:
- Integrating and leveraging the resources of all Consortium members to ensure the open and effective development of shared institutional knowledge;
- Accelerating the advancement of technical change within existing institutions;
- Creating a transparent process to ensure the progression and long-term achievement of grid modernization to foster economic development and environmental and consumer benefits.
Incorporated on July 22, 2009, the Consortium is a not-for-profit 501(c) 6 corporation.
QualificationsWith a broad network of working relationships at all levels of the investor owned utilities within the State, as well as with key industry and technology leaders, the Consortium is a unique organization that brings together the key government, power industry, technology developers and research organizations from across New York (and the world) to promote safe, secure and reliable modernization of the grid. The Consortium member organizations are located throughout the state and the Consortium has offices in New York City and Saratoga Springs. The organization’s ability to call on a diverse group of statewide entities, including national labs, universities, government agencies and authorities, utilities, and private companies, is unparalleled. The Consortium has extensive working relationships at all levels of the IOUs within the State, as well as with key government, academic, industry, and technology leaders.
The Consortium can effectively harness the unique set of academic, industrial and commercial resources needed to understand and address the challenges at the focal point of the New York energy sector, while soliciting feedback and buy in from the right stakeholders. Coordinating these resources in a manner that satisfies critical policy goals for sustainability, reliability, and affordability has been a key objective for the Consortium since its inception. This collaborative structure represents a unique and innovative approach that yields better and more innovative results than would otherwise be achieved by individual company and organization efforts.
The Consortium brings together the world’s leading utilities, technology providers, policy makers, and research institutions to identify opportunities that show the most promise for broader smart grid technology deployment. The Consortium provides the perfect convening point to develop, test, and implement the best solutions and a way to work with policy makers to identify needed regulatory developments. In addition to serving as an advocate for the best technology and policies, the Consortium serves as a resource and a collection of experts when it comes to the future of New York State’s grid.
MissionThe primary mission of the NYSSGC is to continuously advocate for smart grid implementation by both the public and private sector. While agnostic with respect to specific technologies, the Consortium is committed to educating the public and assisting regulators, policy makers, and investors in assessing the potential benefits of technology and the appropriate extent of the commitment by New York’s utilities, technology providers, educational institutions, research laboratories and public agencies to the deployment of advanced energy technology.
As part of this mission, the Consortium will:
- Identify aggregate needs of member organizations and communicate them to policy makers, the public and key stakeholders.
- Maintain a vision for what the grid of the future will look like and the benefits it will provide to both those producing and delivering the power and those consuming it.
- Focus on implementing initiatives in the short-term that meet member and stakeholder needs and tangibly demonstrate the potential capabilities of the smart grid.