Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE: BAH), Siemens (NYSE: SI) and Power Analytics will study the technical and economic feasibility of installing microgrids in 16 cities across New York. These communities were each awarded $100,000 in initial microgrid funding through New York State’s NY Prize competition which evaluates how microgrids can expand customer choice, ensure power reliability, improve resiliency and preserve the environment. Sponsored by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), NY Prize supports Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative to encourage more resilient and more affordable energy system for New York.
The three companies worked with the following communities to secure the grants: Carthage, Chateaugay, Clarkstown, Cortlandt, Elmira, Florida, Kingston, Liberty, Mamaroneck, Monticello, Moreau, Mt. Kisco, New Rochelle, Sherburne, Somers and Watervliet.
Booz Allen will serve as project lead and will coordinate with community stakeholders and utility representatives to complete 16 microgrid feasibility studies for the NY Prize Phase I initiative. The studies will include technical assessments of energy generation assets, power flows, costs, benefits and required infrastructure.
Power Analytics will bring its EnergyNet product, including global real-time grid level communications and financial settlement capabilities.
Siemens will provide the technical architecture of the proposed electrical and thermal systems and ensure that community-specific operating requirements are incorporated into the microgrid control solutions. Additionally, Siemens will evaluate and identify the microgrid control, generation and grid infrastructure components.
All studies are expected to be complete within the first quarter of 2016.
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