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New York governor announces $40 million resiliency and clean energy competition


From the September 2, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published September 2, 2014

By Jeannine Anderson
News Editor
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Aug. 26 announced a first-of-its-kind competition launching this fall to support resiliency and clean energy projects in the state. The $40 million NY Prize Competition "aims to inspire a new generation of local power by challenging New York businesses, entrepreneurs, and electric utilities to design and implement community-based microgrids, which offer energy independence as well as local power generation and distribution," the governor's office said in a press release. 

"Adjusting to the new reality of extreme weather means making our communities as resilient as possible – and that is especially important when it comes to our local electrical grids," the governor said. "This competition will encourage individuals and organizations across the state to come up with plans for protecting and strengthening their electrical system in the face of major storms. That will mean safer communities for New Yorkers, and I encourage businesses and utilities to put their best ideas forward this fall."

The competition will be administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

"Local energy issues require local energy solutions," said NYSERDA President and CEO John B. Rhodes. The prize competition "will reshape how New York approaches its energy system's resiliency and reliability needs, using community resources to address a statewide challenge," he said.

Microgrids are local energy networks that are able to fully separate from the larger electrical grid during extreme weather events and emergencies, providing vital public services and power to residential customers and critical operators such as hospitals, first responders, and water treatment facilities. 

Details about the competition can be found at the NY Prize website
 

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