August 26, 2009
Smart Grid Consortium Ramps Up in New York
By Kelly McGuire, TMCnet Editor
With a statewide renewable energy target of 25 percent by 2013, New York has become one of the leading players in the use of clean energy, especially with the recent advancement in smart grid technology.
On Aug. 25, New Y ork Gov. David A. Paterson announced the commencement of the New York State Smart Grid Consortium to reduce the large U.S. city’s electricity costs and create jobs. Comprised of government, utility companies and universities, the consortium will focus on developing a plan to deploy the most energy efficient smart grid technologies in New York.
The smart grid development plan will be implemented through the selection of smart grid project proposals set to be submitted and demonstrated this month by the New York Power Authority, the Long Island Power Authority, the New York Independent System Operator, and other private entities. These investor-owned and private utilities will fund over $1 billion in proposals through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
“Together, [the collaboration] will develop and implement a smart grid strategy that will create jobs, improve service and lower electric bills for New Yorkers,” Paterson said.
To date, Governor Paterson has approved the Smart Grid Demonstration Program for the “10 Percent Innovation Economy Matching Grants Program.” Through this program, every stimulus dollar the federal government awards through competitive grants for future smart grid technologies in New York, will be matched 10 percent through the program, with expectations to leverage $1 billion in federal research funding.
Jon Arnold (News - Alert), principal of J Arnold & Associates, told TMCnet that smart grid is a matter of when, not if.
“Much of the activity around stimulus funding and green policy has been around modernizing the grid infrastructure, or T & D – transmission and distribution,” said Arnold, who goes on to state that a key element of smart grid is the ability to support two-way, real time communication with subscribers.”
“For the first time, utilities can have not just meaningful dialog with consumers or businesses about their services, but intelligent communication with premises-based systems to better manage energy usage,” Arnold continued. “In short, utilities can have both person-to-person and machine-to-machine communication.”
That seems to be the idea for New York.
One of the goals of the consortium is to facilitate strong public-private partnerships that will maximize New York’s economic development and create an estimated 3,200 jobs in the state starting in 2010.
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Kelly McGuire is a TMCnet Editor.
Edited by Michael Dinan