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  • Advanced Energy 2014 Announces Session Chairs
    March 5, 2014 – This years’ session Chairpersons have been selected for subject matter expertise, national peer recognition and a track record of foundation accomplishments. Energy experts covering a diverse field of subjects are converging in Albany to transfer knowledge at the 2014 Advanced Energy Conference. Recruited from a wide range of disciplines and industry segments, these prominent professionals and thought leaders are putting together a broad-ranging conference program that will be both comprehensive and challenging.
  • Energy Department Announces Funding to Provide Better Visibility into the Health of the Nation’s Electric Grid September 26, 2013 – As part of the Administration’s commitment to improve the reliability and resiliency of the Nation’s electric grid, the Energy Department today announced up to $9 million in funding to facilitate rapid response to abnormal grid conditions. As a result, utilities will be able to better detect and head off potential blackouts, while improving day-to-day grid reliability and helping with the integration of clean renewable sources of energy onto the grid.
  • 2013 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard September 17, 2013 – The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released a new report ranking America’s 34 largest cities on what they are doing to save energy and costs in five key areas (local government, community, buildings, utilities, and transportation). New York City ranked third. The complete list and scorecard summary can be found on the ACEEE website.
  • Governor Cuomo Announces Opening of Buffalo State’s New Technology Building September 12, 2013 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that SUNY Buffalo State will open its new state- of-the-art, 87,000 square foot Technology Building. The facility supports the Governor’s innovation agenda through its smart-grid laboratories with cutting-edge equipment.
    Office of the Governor of NYS
  • E&E ClimateWire: Microgrids become reality as Superstorm Sandy’s anniversary nears September 11, 2013 – E&E reporter Julia Pyper interviews NYSSGC Executive Director James Gallagher and several members for an in-depth story on smart grid developments and progress as Superstorm Sandy’s one-year anniversary nears. In the article, Gallagher underscores the urgency to build a more robust grid post-Sandy, while also advancing innovative microgrid technologies in the region.
    E&E ClimateWire (Reproduced with permission. Copyright 2013, E&E Publishing, LLC. www.ClimateWire.net)
  • Governor Cuomo Launches New York Green Bank Initiative to Transform the State’s Clean Energy Economy September 10, 2013 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched the first step of his $1 billion New York Green Bank initiative through a petition to use approximately $165 million in uncommitted funds for the Green Bank’s initial capitalization. The petition was filed by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to the Public Service Commission (PSC). This initial funding, once approved by the PSC, will permit the Green Bank to leverage private sector financing for clean energy projects that create jobs and help make New York’s communities more sustainable.
    Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
  • Solar Carport Unveiled at Farmingdale State College September 10, 2013 – Farmingdale State College today unveiled a carport/charging station that is a major component of the $24 million Long Island Smart Energy Corridor funded by $12 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, with institutional commitments matching that amount.
  • Columbia, NYU-Poly Power $15M Clean-tech Plan September 4, 2013 – A new state program that will provide $15 million to jump-start the clean-tech industry in New York is set to launch in the city this month out of Columbia University and the Polytechnic Institute of NYU. Organizers expect dozens of applicants to receive as much as $150,000 apiece through the program, which is an unusual collaboration between normally competitive institutions.
  • New York State Cultivates Hub for Smart City Tech August 30, 2013 – A 113-year-old building in Albany, N.Y., is being transformed into a smart city research hub. What once served as the city’s center for train transportation soon will house companies that are developing technologies for cities in the future.
  • College Commits to Renewable Electricity August 27, 2013 – This fall, SUNY Cortland will become the first institution in the 64-campus SUNY system to operate all of its facilities – classrooms, residence halls, dining areas, sports facilities … everything – using 100 percent renewable electrical energy.
    SUNY Cortland

August 19, 2013 – President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force today released a rebuilding strategy to serve as a model for communities across the nation facing greater risks from extreme weather and to continue helping the Sandy-affected region rebuild. Click here for a Fact Sheet on Progress to date Click here for a copy of the Report

The White House Blog
  • O&R Smart Grid to Improve Rockland’s Electric Service August 13, 2013 – O&R has begun a three-year, $7.3 million Smart Grid pilot program that will install new high-tech, computerized, operating equipment designed to improve overall electric system reliability for more than 25,000 O&R customers in 14 communities across Rockland from Suffern to Nyack.
    Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.

August 12, 2013 – Nearly 10 years ago, on Aug. 14, 2003, the electricity grid in the U.S. Northeast was stressed close to the limit. This wasn’t unusual; summer is a period of high demand in the Northeast, as air conditioners run overtime to compensate for the heat, and a number of older power plants were already offline for maintenance.

TIME Magazine

August 9, 2013 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a $19 million New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program to encourage the purchase of battery-electric commercial trucks as well as other energy-efficient transportation, including hybrid and compressed natural gas trucks.


August 8, 2013 – The Center for Evaluation of Clean Energy Technology (CECET) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) joined Clarkson University in announcing the grand opening of a new Blade Test Facility that will test the strength and rigidity of small- and medium-scale wind turbine blades.


August 6, 2013 – UEP, NYSERDA and CUNY announced today the grand opening of a new energy storage research and manufacturing facility in West Harlem for advanced zinc anode rechargeable battery systems. The project is part of the Manhattanville Factory District redevelopment effort and is expected to create 64 new jobs.


August 2, 2013 – The participating planning authorities of the Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative: ISO New England, NYISO, Ontario’s Independent Electric System Operator, Midcontinent ISO, PJM Interconnection, and the Tennessee Valley Authority, are issuing an RFP to conduct a Gas-Electric System Interface Study covering their combined footprints. A major initiative, the Gas-Electric System Interface Study will analyze the natural gas infrastructure serving a large portion of the Eastern Interconnection. The study will be funded under an existing U.S. DOE grant. Click here for Resolution of Stakeholder Comments on SOW Click here for SOW EIPC Gas-Electric System Interface Study (08/02/2013)

Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative

August 1, 2013 – A bipartisan coalition of New Jersey’s congressional delegation is introducing a bill to promote smart grids — an effort they say would limit damage storms like Hurricane Sandy can wreak on the state’s energy system. Sponsors say the study is the first step toward upgrading the county’s electric grid, making it smarter and more able to adapt to threats.


July 29, 2013 – SUNY and NYSERDA today announced that SUNY will save more than $1.2 million annually in energy costs throughout its 64 campuses by incorporating energy-efficient information technology and related facility improvements. The energy-saving projects, which are expected to be completed in 2014, support Governor Cuomo’s Build Smart NY initiative, which aims to increase energy efficiency in state buildings by 20 percent in seven years.


July 26, 2013 – he heat wave that rolled across the U.S. last week highlighted the need for utilities to keep energy use under control at peak hours — as well as the effectiveness of programs already in place. Energy providers have adopted a number of tactics to help residential and commercial customers to reduce energy, including general energy conservation advice, demand response systems and incentives for installing solar power. Here are five major tactics and how some utilities approach them.


July 23, 2013 – Governor Cuomo today announced that the Eastman Business Park in Rochester will host a new $23 million Battery and Energy Storage Technology Testing and Commercialization Center. DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability is partnering with NY-BEST to relocate an existing energy storage testing operation from DNV KEMA’s laboratory facility in Pennsylvania to the new center in Rochester.

Office of the NYS Governor

July 22, 2013 – After six days of sweltering heat throughout the Northeast, New York state successfully met a new record peak demand for electricity of 33,956 megawatts (MW) on July 19, thanks to excellent performance by market participants’ generation and transmission assets, demand response programs, inter-regional coordination and a large supply of available wind power, according to the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO).


July 22, 2013 – This effort will advance the goals of the SBC programs by targeting energy efficiency, renewable energy and advanced technology in all sectors. The goal is to provide statewide training initiatives that respond to industry demand and to create a workforce equipped with the necessary skills to succeed in the clean energy economy.Total funding currently available for this solicitation is $3,850,000. Additional funds may be provided if available. It is estimated that NYSERDA will fund approximately 10 to 15 proposals with maximum awards not to exceed $300,000. A minimum cost share of 25% is required.


July 19, 2013 – — Breaking a record set in 2006, the sixth day of a persistent heat wave produced record demand for electricity across New York on Friday, the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) announced today. “Due to the superb teamwork and coordination of New York’s transmission owning utilities, electric generating companies, demand response resources, energy services providers and government agencies, we have successfully met record-high electric demand with sustained reliable operation of the bulk electric system,” said NYISO President and CEO Stephen G. Whitley


July 18, 2013 – Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation retains its position in the top quartile of the nation’s public and private utilities in support of solar energy. The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) ranks Central Hudson 45th out of 265 nationally participating utilities in cumulative capacity of customer-installed solar electric system in their 2012 Utility Solar Rankings report. SEPA, an educational and non-profit association that helps utilities integrate solar power into their energy portfolios, has named Central Hudson among the top utilities nationally since 2007.

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation

July 12, 2013 – The Department of Energy issued a report yesterday definitively linking certain energy infrastructure disruptions like power plant shutdowns, blackouts and transmission interruptions to the changing climate, projecting that these threats may get worse and create cascading impacts. E&E reporter Umair Irfan interviews NYSSGC Executive Director Jim Gallagher for his perspective on how New York is implementing lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy.

E&E ClimateWire (Reproduced with permission. Copyright 2013, E&E Publishing, LLC. www.ClimateWire.net)

July 11, 2013 – The U.S. Department of Energy released a new report which assesses how America’s critical energy and electricity infrastructure is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.


July 11, 2013 – China and the U.S. have agreed on five areas in which the two countries can address climate change, according to the U.S. Department of State. The climate initiatives include carbon capture and storage, boosting energy efficiency in buildings, deploying renewable energy and investing in smart grid technologies.

Electric Power & Light

July 9, 2013 – Watch a video to learn about the great ideas presented at the Data Jam that was held as part of New York Energy Week.


July 9, 2013 – Con Edison has contracted Ambient to provide application development and communications equipment to replace discontinued technology for commercial and industrial metering. Following a year of testing and a successful pilot, this contract award signals the acceptance of the Ambient solution for a roll-out to further locations across the New York City area.

Wall Street Journal

July 8, 2013 – NYSERDA awarded $200,000 to Solid Cell of Rochester to help the company move its solid-oxide fuel cell from prototype to an affordable, easy-to-manufacture product for residential, commercial, industrial and military uses. Solid Cell will contribute another $200,000 in matching funds, with help from partners RocCera, a Rochesterbased company specializing in advanced ceramic component manufacturing, Alfred University and the NanoMaterials Innovation Center at Alfred.


July 3, 2013 – NYPA announced that it received an award for a joint project with the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) for the installation of photovoltaic (PV) systems at eight municipal facilities in the city. NYPA, jointly with DCAS, received the Renewable Project of the Year Award from the New York Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers at the annual dinner of the association last month in New York City.

New York Power Authority (NYPA)

June 25, 2013 – New York smart grid group director explains outreach strategy; showing public, utilities what smart grid can do takes projects.

Smart Grid Today

June 14, 2013 – Con Edison Using Smart Grid Technology, Tougher Equipment To Reduce Outages & Speed Restorations.

Con Edison

June 10, 2013 – Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today presented “A Stronger, More Resilient New York,” the comprehensive and ambitious report that analyzes the city’s climate risks and outlines recommendations to protect neighborhoods and infrastructure from future climate events. Click here for the NYS Smart Grid Consortium Response Click here for Responses from Key NYS Leaders and Environmental Experts Click here for Mayor Bloomberg’s Presentation Click here for information and and the Complete Report

Office of the Mayor of NYC

June 10, 2013 – The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has awarded $887,000 to Intrinsiq Materials Inc., a nanotechnology leader in printable electronic ink, to help the company develop and commercialize an innovative method of using copper in solar power cells.


June 10, 2013 – The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announces the availability of up to $10 million in funds to support research and engineering studies, product development and demonstration projects that improve the reliability, efficiency, quality, and overall performance of the electric power delivery system in New York State. Click here for information on the NYSERDA website


June 7, 2013 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $10 million is available to promote new “Smart Grid” technologies that will help re-engineer New York State’s electric grid to accommodate a diverse supply of power generation sources, including more clean energy, Office of The NYS Governor Press Release

June 5, 2013 – National Grid US President Tom King today joined the American Gas Association in praising a new report issued jointly by the Center for Climate Change and Energy Solutions and The University of Texas. The report, Leveraging Natural Gas to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, found that the expanded use of natural gas offers significant opportunities to help address climate change. Click here for a Summary of the Report Click here for the Complete Report

National Grid

June 4, 2013 – Fresh on the heels of Hurricane Sandy’s destruction last year, East Coast utilities are girding their grids for future storms, including a 2013 hurricane season that’s shaping up to be a tough one, according to the latest forecasts. That spending includes billions of dollars for concrete, steel and other hard asset repairs and retrofits, like waterproofing substations.

Green Tech Grid

June 4, 2013 – A new seven-mile electric transmission line, from Bergen County, N.J., to the West Side of Manhattan, enabled by a purchase agreement with the New York Power Authority (NYPA), entered its second day of commercial operation on Tuesday, in advance of the heightened power demands of summer. The 345-kilovolt line, completed 42 days ahead of schedule, provides an additional conduit for transmitting lower cost electricity into New York City to reduce electricity bills for homes and businesses.


June 5, 2013 – National Grid US President Tom King today joined the American Gas Association in praising a new report issued jointly by the Center for Climate Change and Energy Solutions and The University of Texas. The report, Leveraging Natural Gas to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, found that the expanded use of natural gas offers significant opportunities to help address climate change. Click here for a Summary of the Report Click here for the Complete Report

National Grid

June 4, 2013 – A new highly efficient, low-cost commercial battery technology for the smart power grid is currently being powered up as a 100kW sub-system on the campus of the City College of New York. This is the first stage of a 100kW/200kWh system to be completed by the end of July 2013.


June 2, 2013 – A reliable and resilient electric grid is essential to meeting the rapidly-evolving needs of an increasingly digital society, enabling the integration of clean, renewable energy sources like wind and solar and paving the way to greater energy independence.

The Huffington Post

June 1, 2013 – June 1 will begin the 2013 hurricane season, and according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) it is going to be a busy one. NOAA predicts a 70% chance of 14-20 named storms (winds of 39mph or higher); 7 to 11 storms could reach hurricane force (74mph winds or higher), and potentially 3 to 6 major hurricanes (111mph winds or higher; category 3-5) in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Energy Collective

May 30, 2013 – The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) today issued its annual review of the forces and factors affecting New York state’s electric system, “Power Trends 2013: Alternating Currents.”

NYISO Press Release

May 28, 2013 – Con Edison Flood-Proofing Substations, Using Smart Grid Technology, Installing Stronger Equipment to Reduce Storm Outages & Speed Restoration; $1.2 Billion Investments for Summer Reliability.

Con Edison Press Release

May 24, 2013 – The New York Power Authority (NYPA) today announced that the NYPA Board of Trustees has authorized $31 million in funding to help upgrade NYPA’s transmission system in Central and Northern New York.

NYPA Press Release

May 24, 2013 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a top-to-bottom review of the State’s electric regulations and policies to support the expansion of New York’s market for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. This immediate review and the removal of regulatory barriers supports the Governor’s Charge NY initiative to create a statewide network of up to 3,000 public and workplace charging stations over the next five years and to put up to 40,000 plug-in vehicles on the road by 2018 and one million in 2025.

Office of The NYS Governor Press Release

May 23, 2013 – The New York PSC has opened a proceeding to review policies that may impact consumer acceptance and use of plug-in electric vehicles and to further develop the Commission’s policies regarding electric vehicles and the services and infrastructure that they require.


May 23, 2013 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced three New York state firms were approved to receive nearly 6,000 kilowatts (kW) of low-cost hydr-opower in support of nearly $55 million in capital investments and the creation of 136 jobs.

Office of The NYS Governor Press Release

May 22, 2013 – To support consumer acceptance and use of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), the Commission seeks to ensure that its regulations and policies promote the continuing evolution of the market for PEVs and for supporting services, while maintaining the safety and reliability of New York’s electric grid.

NYS Public Service Commission

May 22, 2013 – ChargePoint and National Grid today unveiled the first of what will be many electric vehicle charging stations funded through a $1 million award from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

NYSERDA Press Release

May 22, 2013 – The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) reported today that electricity supplies in New York state are expected be adequate to meet forecasted demand this summer. “The outlook for the supply of electricity is positive, given forecasts for electricity demand this summer,” said NYISO President and CEO Stephen G. Whitley.

NYISO Press Release

May 19, 2013 – Stimulus funds for smart grid projects are coming to a close, and industry experts are questioning whether electric grid enhancements will continue. The answer is a resounding yes.


May 16, 2013 – National Grid today unveiled plans for the future home of its Sustainability Hub, a 2,200 square-foot facility centrally located within the company’s smart grid pilot area in Worcester, MA. The space has been donated by Clark University and will connect the community and customers under one roof to provide interactive education about energy efficiency and emerging technologies.

National Grid

May 14, 2013 – The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced $1.8 million in funding to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for critical upgrades to the electrical and mechanical infrastructure of the university’s supercomputing center, the Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations (CCNI).


May 13, 2013 – The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council (LIREDC) today announced the United Way of Long Island (UWLI) is moving forward with its building-science lab house project on the strength of a $250,000 award through the second round of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Council Initiative.


May 10, 2013 – The New York Power Authority, along with the other top state energy, economic development and environmental agencies and authorities, have been carrying out the New York Energy Highway–a major initiative of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo–to revitalize and rejuvenate New York State’s electric power system and to make sure it’s able to meet the needs of a 21st- century economy and society for decades to come. The following is the text of President Quiniones’ remarks as delivered at The Westin Waterfront in Boston, Massachusetts this morning:


May 8, 2013 – Today, the President, joined by senior members of his response team, attended a meeting with electric utility executives and trade association representatives at the Department of Energy to discuss lessons learned during the response to Hurricane Sandy, as well as discuss ongoing preparations for the 2013 hurricane season which begins June 1st.

Office of the Press Secretary for the White House

May 2, 2013 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $40 million in funding for projects that use environmentally clean and efficient Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems to generate on-site energy during power outages, in support of recommendations made by the NYS 2100 Commission following the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.


May 1, 2013 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of a project to install two new emergency diesel generators at New York City’s Grand Central Terminal to help power emergency safety systems in the event of a blackout.

Office of The NYS Governor Press Release

April 2013 – It has become a truism of modern management that “if you don’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” Managing the modern electric grid requires tools that can effectively measure system conditions across wide areas and in real time.

IEEE Smart Grid

April 30, 2013 – Consolidated Edison Inc. (ED), owner of the utility that supplies power to New York City, next year will test a battery system from Eos Energy Storage LLC as part of a state-funded research program.


April 30, 2013 – The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) awarded a total of $1.4 million to six companies engaged in researching and developing energy storage systems. Funding recipients are all members of the NY Battery and Energy Storage Technology (NY BEST) Consortium.


April 30, 2013 – The NY Energy Highway Task Force announced the availability of a progress report—the New York Energy Highway Blueprint Update—affirming that all of the actions called for in the comprehensive Blueprint plan to upgrade and modernize the state’s energy infrastructure are under way and moving forward on or ahead of the aggressive schedules set for them. Click here for a copy of the NY Energy Highway Blueprint Update


April 29, 2013 – The Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative (EIPC) today announced it has completed the transmission analyses as part of an electric system transmission planning effort funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

NYISO Press Release

April 22, 2013 – “Today is Earth Day – a day we stop to appreciate the great natural wonders around us and consider the world we will leave behind for future generations. At this time of year, we are often reminded of nature’s beauty in this great state, but this week we are also reminded of the fury and devastation Mother Nature can bring at a moment’s notice…”

Office of The NYS Governor Press Release

April 22, 2013 – Dozens of cutting edge technology energy entrepreneurs from across New York State and the country have the unique opportunity to be mentored, learn about development opportunities and pitch their business plan to venture capitalists, business leaders, “angel” investors, and legal and financial advisors when they convene at Advanced Energy 2013 April 30 to May 1 in New York City. Advanced Energy Center press release as appeared in Wall Street Journal

April 18, 2013 – The New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) today took action on several major items highlighted in Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Energy Highway Blueprint issued by the Energy Highway Task Force in October. State of New York Public Service Commission

April 11, 2013 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that more than 360 electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in hybrid charging stations will be installed across the state in support of his Charge NY initiative. Office of The NYS Governor Press Release

April 2, 2013 – Six months after Hurricane Sandy devastated the Eastern Seaboard and its energy grids, hundreds of the nation’s foremost experts from academia and industry, as well as a number of prominent elected officials and government policy makers, will convene for Advanced Energy 2013 April 30 to May 1 in New York City.

AERTC Press Release

March 28, 2013 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $46 million has been awarded under his NY-Sun initiative for large-scale solar energy projects that will add 52 megawatts to the state’s solar capacity. Today’s announcement follows a year of unprecedented growth for solar installations in the state as a result of the NY-Sun initiative.

Office of The NYS Governor Press Release

March 24, 2013 – Utility companies aren’t usually a favorite among consumers. Utilities and their customers hardly even communicate — unless the power goes out. And when that happens, customers generally don’t have a lot of nice things to say. National Grid, which distributes power to most of Central Massachusetts, is trying to change this.


March 17, 2013 – In the basement of the L.C. Smith College of Engineering, $400,000 of equipment is currently working to provide students training for the future of power grid technology.

The Daily Orange

March 15, 2013 – ChargePoint Inc. announced the first of more than 80 electric vehicle charging stations it will install in New York, through a $1 million incentive from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

Environmental Leader

March 8, 2013 – The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced two energy efficiency projects at the State University of New York at Potsdam that are projected to save the college $130,000 annually and result in the avoidance of more than 692 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.


March 6, 2013 – Three years ago Syracuse University and five other New York State schools received a total of $2.5 million in federal stimulus money to develop “smart grid” college programs for future utility workers and engineers. Monday…faculty and students…showed off what the U.S. Department of Energy money brought them.


February 28, 2013 – Collaborative efforts build consensus across the energy value chain. For the most part, the U.S. electric grid has had the same infrastructure in place for the last 50 years.

Transmission & Distribution World

February 28, 2013 – Eight Con Edison researchers have won prestigious industry awards for their work on projects to make the delivery of electricity safer and more reliable. The researchers each received the Technology Transfer Award from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), a national energy research organization.

Con Edison

February 27, 2013 – The National Science Foundation has given Wu a $400,000 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for “Smart Grid” research.

Clarkson University

February 23, 2013 – The notion of a “science of cities” seems contradictory. Science is a realm of grand theory and precise measurement, while cities are messy agglomerations of people and human foible. But science is precisely the ambition of New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress.

New York Times

February 1, 2013 – New York State is well on its way to demonstrating smart grid technology research and implementation leadership, New York State Smart Grid Consortium Executive Director David Manning told us yesterday.

Smart Grid Today

February 7, 2013 – The U.S. electric power sector faces a significant transition over the next decade, with implications for the cost, reliability, and environmental impacts of the electricity supply.

Bipartisan Policy Center

January 28, 2013 – Extreme storms such as Hurricane Sandy have pushed the U.S. electrical grid to its breaking point. The technology exists to keep the lights on—we just need to implement it.

Popular Science

January 10, 2013 – In his newly released 2013 state agenda, Governor Andrew Cuomo,D-N.Y., calls for clean energy initiatives, grid modernization and the privatization of the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), among other goals.

Renew Grid

January 7, 2013 – A new commission formed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, charged with figuring out how New York should adapt in the long term to cope with worsening storms amid climate change and population growth, has recommended an extensive menu of programs. Click here for copy of report

New York Times

January 10, 2013 – National Grid today announced that it has assembled a team of the best and brightest technology and business solutions companies from across the U.S. to help test and deliver the energy system of the future for more than 15,000 customers in Worcester, Mass.


November 7, 2012 – As utilities face calls to storm‐proof electric systems following mass outages from Sandy, some power companies are exploring an alternative approach: investing in technology to get the lights back on faster.

Wall Street Journal

October 29, 2012 – Could National Grid’s relative early-mover status in the smart electricity grid arena turn into an economic advantage for Worcester? Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), a global real estate services firm, seems to think so. JLL released an analysis this month that found a correlation between public investments in smart grid technology and economic performance in a number of cities.

Worcester Business Journal

April 27, 2012 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that projects completed by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) in 2011 saved New York taxpayers $9 million and created more than 3,000 jobs across New York State.

Office of the Governor of NYS


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