Cuomo launches microgrid competition
Feb 12, 2015 12:03 am
Matthew Hamilton is reporting at Capitol Confidential Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wed., Feb. 11, the state has launched a $40 million New York Prize competition aimed at creating microgrids to help with energy needs during major storm events. The governor's office defines microgrids as local energy networks that are able to separate from the larger electric grid during extreme weather events or emergencies, and provide power to the grid when needed. The technology can combine solar, wind, hydro or combined heat and power systems. The competition is open to local governments, community organizations, non-profits and for-profits. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will run the competition. It is currently seeking applications for the first phase, which will provide up to $100,000 to as many as 25 to 30 communities to study the feasibility of microgrids in their locations. Read the full post at Capitol Confidential, a Times Union blog.