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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, D-N.Y., has announced $4.3 million in awards to researchers seeking to develop or research new techniques that add resiliency and efficiency to New York's electric grid.

According to the governor, these smart grid technologies will help re-engineer the state's electric grid by providing methods to add clean energy to the grid, enhance grid performance, reduce environmental impacts and energy consumption, and lower costs of transporting power to customers.

The projects were awarded funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's Electric Power Transmission and Distribution Smart Grid Program.

"The major storms over the past few years taught us the importance of improving the performance of utilities and strengthening the resiliency of our electric grid for the future," comments Cuomo. "As part of our efforts to reimagine the state's vital infrastructure for a changing climate, we are investing in smart grid projects to advance new and emerging technologies that will help make New York's electric grid more resilient and efficient."

Some of the projects across the state include the following:

- Recognizing the value of using phasor measurement units to improve grid performance, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute plans to study methods to improve the power system state estimation. Funding: $150,000

- In collaboration with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), New York Power Authority (NYPA) and General Electric, Georgia Tech Research Corp. will demonstrate the use of a "setting-less" protection system at two major upstate power substations. Funding: $900,000

- NYPA, working with Canadian utility Hydro-Quebec, will study the use of grid control devices based on phasor and other advanced measurement and control technologies to improve grid management and reliability. Funding: $500,000

- Utility Con Edison, working with NYU-Poly, Smarter Grid Solutions Inc. and NYU-Center for Urban Science and Progress, will investigate a number of techniques and technologies to develop microgrid applications in the New York metro area that can operate in parallel with the electric grid or independent of the grid. Funding: $663,000

- NYPA, working with EPRI, utility National Grid, and the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium, will evaluate and install an advanced energy storage system at college SUNY Canton to moderate and balance the shifts in power from a utility-scale wind turbine on the SUNY campus. Funding: $425,000

- EPRI, working with National Grid, the University of Buffalo and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, will study the feasibility of a microgrid system in Buffalo. Funding: $335,000


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