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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).

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.

NYSERDA

 

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

NYISO

 

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

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.

Energy.gov

 

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.

Energy.gov

 

July 9, 2013 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $54 million has been awarded under his NY-Sun initiative for 79 large-scale solar energy projects across the state. The new projects will add 64 megawatts to the state’s solar capacity.

NYSERDA

 

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.

NYSERDA

 

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.

NYSERDA

 

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

NYSERDA

 

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.

NYPA

 

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.

AltEnergyMag.com

 

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.

EnergyChoiceMatters.com

 

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.

Energybiz.com

 

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 Press Release

 

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).

NYSERDA Press Release

 

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.

NYSERDA Press Release

 

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:

NYPA Press Release

 

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.

NYSERDA Press Release

 

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.

Bloomberg.com

 

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.

NYSERDA Press Release

 

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

NYSERDA Press Release

 

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.

Telegram.com

 

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.

NYSERDA

 

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.

Syracuse.com

 

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.

BusinessWire

 

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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