The Electric Power Transmission and Distribution High Performing Grid Program, funded through the Clean Energy Fund and authorized by the Public Service Commission, will make investments in research and development that accelerate the realization of an advanced, digitally enhanced and dynamically managed electric grid. Such a system will result in more efficient asset utilization (e.g., reduced operating margins, reduced power demands, reduced energy losses) and improved reliability, and resiliency. Such investments are also expected to build the capacity to integrate and expand the use of clean distributed energy resources, accommodate increased customer engagement in energy markets on a customer-by-customer basis, as well as enable the development of community-based energy systems. The attributes of an advanced, dynamically managed electric grid are essential components of any comprehensive strategy to achieve the goals of the New York State Energy Plan, the Clean Energy Standard, and the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative.
This Electric Power Transmission and Distribution High Performing Grid Program solicitation is issued for specific technology areas including, but not limited to: transmission and distribution automation and management; distributed and renewable energy integration; advanced monitoring and controls; advanced sensors, devices and systems, advanced materials, cabling and conductors, and advanced system modeling and applications. Activities include demonstration projects, product development and studies that improve grid resiliency, reliability, efficiency, quality, and performance as the electric power delivery network accommodates clean energy technologies such as renewable power generation, electric vehicles, and efficient distributed generation systems. Projects that promote high performing smart grid technologies, components and/or systems both within and outside of the New York regulated electric service territories (Consolidated Edison, Orange and Rockland, New York State Electric and Gas, Rochester Gas and Electric, Central Hudson Gas and Electric, and National Grid) and meet the program requirements are eligible for funding under this solicitation. All projects must demonstrate broad public benefit.
Concept Papers and Proposals will be evaluated in select categories and scored on criteria listed in the solicitation. All of the submissions will be reviewed by a scoring committee which may consist of both internal NYSERDA staff and outside experts. All concept papers and proposals will be evaluated according to the quality and level of detail provided and must include substantive documentation addressing all scoring criteria items. Proposers may be asked to present their proposal to NYSERDA.