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This section describes key activities now underway in New York State that are relevant to grid modernization. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list, but to summarize major illustrative programs.

Con Edison Modernized Distribution System Demonstration

In this distribution system project, Con Edison is deploying smart grid components and systems to improve distribution system operations and planning. The goals of the project are to improve distribution system reliability, power quality, and efficiency.
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Con Edison Secure Interoperable Open Smart Grid Demonstration Project

This project will demonstrate advanced metering infrastructures, home area networks, distributed storage, photovoltaics, and electric vehicle charging.
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Con Edison CoolNYC Program

This project involves working with building owners and tenants in large apartment buildings throughout New York City to install smart air conditioning controls. The goal of the program is to help residential customers use less energy for air conditioning and provide Con Edison a resource to help maintain high reliability during peak load periods.
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Orange and Rockland Smart Grid Deployment Project

Orange and Rockland Utilities (O&R), a subsidiary of Con Edison, is currently involved in three smart grid-related projects. One project is funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), which is creating the prototype for O&R’s smart grid concept.
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LIPA 110 Corridor Demonstration Project

The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), Farmingdale State College, and Stony Brook University are working together on a better path for Long Island’s energy future. Our Smart Energy Corridor Project will study how new technology can improve service, save energy, control costs, and support new jobs.
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NYISO Phasor Measurement Unit Network for New York

The NYISO is leading a $74 million federally funded project to install capacitor banks and phasor measurement units (PMUs) on the bulk transmission system throughout the state. PMUs provide near instantaneous measurement and observation of bulk power system voltage and current phase angles and magnitudes.
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NYPA Evaluation of Instrumentation and Dynamic Thermal Ratings for Overhead Lines

Funded in part from a U.S. Department of Energy ARRA grant, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and EPRI will demonstrate the effects that Dynamic Thermal Circuit Ratings (DTCR) technology can have on areas of the New York State transmission system where there is abundant wind generation potential, including Massena (St. Lawrence County) and Chateaugay (Franklin County).
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New NYISO Control Center

NYISO is building a new primary control center adjacent to its Krey Boulevard headquarters in Rensselaer County, near Albany. The $35.5 million control center will replace the existing 42-year old Carman Road facility.
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NYSEG Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage Plant

The New York State Electric & Gas Corporation (NYSEG) received an ARRA award of $29,561,142 to demonstrate an advanced 150-MW Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) facility that utilizes an underground salt cavern to store compressed air.
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National Grid - Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Partnership

The National Grid partnership with the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus will define and implement the global standard for an efficient, modern, high-quality, and customer-driven energy platform. National Grid will provide a world class customer experience while enabling the plans of the BNMC and surrounding neighborhoods for economic growth and innovation both on the campus and in the broader Buffalo-Niagara region.
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AES Energy Storage 8MW Battery-based Storage System

Commercial operation of an 8MW battery-based storage system located in Johnson City, New York. The first of its kind in the United States, the project is designed to deliver instantaneous response to grid operator requests for power, helping to level the variability of generation and demand on the grid in the New York power market.
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Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy

The New York State Smart Grid Consortium is part of a team that was awarded $3 million overall from Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to develop a Distribution System Operator Simulation Studio.

This award is one of the $125 million awarded by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) ARPA-E for cutting-edge energy technologies. These new projects are funded under ARPA-E’s OPEN 2015 program which serves as an open call to scientists and engineers for transformational technologies that display technical promise and commercial impact but are too early for private-sector investment.

The team, lead by ProsumerGrid, will develop a highly specialized and interactive software tool capable of simulating the operation of emerging Distribution System Operators (DSOs) at the physical, information, and market levels. The system will provide a number of urgently needed by currently unavailable simulation capabilities.

The Consortium will facilitate the involvement of key New York stakeholders in the development and early testing of this tool, and work closely with our counterparts in California as the project advances.

For more information on DOE’s full announcement, please click here. The full list of award recipients is available here.


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