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Friday, October 16, 2009

NYS SmartGrid Consortium draft plan just released

The blueprint for the future has arrived.  You can read it in the draft technical report just released by the NYS Smart Grid Consortium.  Read it here. 

The NYS Smart Grid Consortium was recently incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  It includes major electric energy research facilities (academic, industrial and government), along with utilities in New York who are providing the intellectual and financial capital to lead national development of the Smart Grid.

New York is the home of five DOE Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Columbia, Cornell, GE Global Research and SUNY Stony Brook.  Both GE and IBM have R&D facilities headquartered in the State and are currently working on intelligent systems research, including the Smart Grid.   NYS RGGI funding will be utilized for targeted R&D technology centers that will focus New York State’s research talent and resources on four areas:  power electronics, advanced materials, energy storage and systems integration, where New York is positioned to be a national R&D leader. 

The plan not only outlines the roadmap for the Smart Grid,  but contains a list of funded and planned Smart Grid implementation projects.

The NYS SmartGrid Consortium is the only organization of its scale in the country that includes all major contributors across the energy value chain from utilities, markets, operators, industry, academia, government and end-users.

The NYS SmartGrid Consortium also just announced its board of directors.  Read the release here.