During the State of the State speech on Thursday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his energy plans for the state. On Wednesday, Gov. Cuomo and Vice President Joe Biden announced plans to advance community-based micro-grid solutions during the Reimagining New York for a New Reality campaign.
The community-based micro-grid approach will address challenges and developments facing New York’s infrastructure. Gov. Cuomo hopes that his plans will result in an increase in reliability, additional control over local energy systems, and wide-spread adoption of clean and efficient distributed sources.
In response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s efforts, the New York State Smart Grid Consortium (NYSSGC) and the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) have shown their support:
“Governor Cuomo is providing a sustained focus on the need for investment in the energy infrastructure of New York State. The governor’s New York Energy Highway Initiative provides the leadership necessary to enhance the reliability, resilience and efficiency of the transmission system. The result will improve competition across New York while enhancing the ability of renewable resources to help meet the downstate energy demands,” Stephen G. Whitley, president and CEO of the NYISO, said. “Streamlining the regulatory review process for transmission projects is a natural extension of the power plant siting reforms approved in 2011. Open, competitive wholesale electricity markets, combined with regulatory certainty, will help drive investment in energy projects within New York. Since 2000, when New York faced a serious need for new power resources, there has been investment estimated to exceed $10 billion with the addition of more than 10,000 megawatts of generating capacity. Streamlining the transmission approval process for projects that will utilize existing rights of way is a sensible way to promote the investments that are necessary to address the need to replace and upgrade our aging transmission infrastructure.”
“Community grids protect people, businesses and infrastructure from the devastation of extreme weather and from extended power outages as were experienced following Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee,” said James T. Gallagher, NYSSGC Executive Director, said.
Robert B. Catell, NYSSGC Chairman, added “The leadership of the Governor and his Chairman of Energy and Finance, Richard Kauffman, have been essential in developing a coherent pathway to efficiently and effectively build a 21st century smart electric grid from which all New Yorkers can reap the benefits.”
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