The New York State Smart Grid Consortium (NYSSGC), a public-private partnership devoted to statewide implementation of the smart grid, today praised Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his vision to rebuild and modernize New York City's infrastructure as outlined by the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR).
With New York City's track record as a leader in sustainability and technological development, SIRR calls for comprehensive collaboration with the state's utilities to improve city-wide building infrastructure and develop a smart grid that can monitor the system before, during and after major weather events.
"We applaud Mayor Bloomberg for his leadership and imagination in devising solutions that will address broad infrastructure issues that impact the lives of all New Yorkers," said James T. Gallagher, Executive Director, New York State Smart Grid Consortium. "As a diverse coalition of utilities, technology providers, policy makers and universities, we will work closely with the task force to support the Mayor's vision by facilitating innovative smart grid projects that leverage the latest cutting-edge technologies."
As New York continues to recover from Sandy, innovative solutions and the use of the latest smart grid technologies will play a critical role in modernizing New York's energy infrastructure and to bring tangible benefits to ratepayers. As noted in the utilities section of the SIRR report, the NYSSGC will partner with the City and task force on several major initiatives, including:
Improve Situational Awareness — The NYSSGC leadership will work with its members on the development, testing and deployment of sensors and other new technologies to improve system monitoring and situational awareness before, during and after major weather events or other disturbances.
Innovative Microgrid Projects — The consortium will collaborate with its membership broadly, including the utilities, technology providers, building owners, universities, and state and local governments, to identify and facilitate microgrid projects intended to improve system reliability and resiliency.