Distributed Energy Resources

NYPA, Austin Energy earn grid innovation awards

The New York Power Authority and Texas-based Austin Energy have earned 2018 Grid Edge Innovation Awards from Greentech Media.

NYPA was recognized for its New York Energy Manager, the Power Authority’s advanced, secure energy management center, headquartered in Albany. It provides public and private facility operators across New York State with timely data on energy use.

“NYPA is incredibly honored to be a recipient of this year’s Grid Edge Innovation Award,” Gil Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO, said. “We are putting a tremendous effort into transforming NYPA into the country’s first end-to-end digital utility and we are proud of the recognition that highlights the significant progress being made.”

NYPA recently selected C3 IoT to provide a software platform to help the Power Authority and the state implement and meet its energy efficiency targets. Under a multi-year, software-as-a-service agreement, NYPA will deploy C3 Energy Management, C3 IoT’s, artificial intelligence-based application, as part of New York Energy Manager.

NYPA also received a Grid Edge Award in 2016.

Meanwhile, Austin Energy was recognized for its work in the area of integrating energy storage and solar PV. Specifically, Greentech Media highlighted Austin Energy’s activities tied to a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar Photovoltaics, or SHINES, program.

“Austin Energy’s long list of SHINES project partners have put together a smorgasbord of DERs, including two utility-scale energy storage systems, multiple customer-sited energy storage systems, rooftop solar systems at residential and commercial properties, smart inverters, forecasting tools, market signals, and advanced communications,” a Greentech Media article about the awards said.

“Austin SHINES lets us discover multiple use cases and value streams for residential, commercial, and grid-scale applications for integrating distributed energy resources in a holistic way,” stated Karl Popham, Manager of Electric Vehicles & Emerging Technologies at Austin Energy.

“The ultimate goal is to leverage emerging technologies to enable a renewable energy future while addressing affordability and making the grid more resilient.”

Younicos, a smart energy and grid solutions company, in May 2017 said that it had signed an agreement to deliver a megawatt-scale battery storage system to Austin Energy as part of the SHINES program. Younicos said it will collaborate with Doosan GridTech to install the 1.75 MW/3.2 MWh system using Younicos Y.Cube systems.

The following month, Austin Energy said it had partnered with Stem Inc. on an aggregated energy storage project. The project is one phase of a larger Austin Energy grant from the SHINES program.

For additional details on the Austin Energy and NYPA efforts that were recognized by Greentech Media, as well as other projects that received awards, read the related Greentech Media article.