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NYSSGC report calls for "coordinated" smart grid effort

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With extreme weather events occurring more frequently, New York's electric infrastructure needs to become more resilient.

The New York State Smart Grid Consortium (NYSSGC) has issued a report containing the long-range objectives for grid modernization in New York State, including three key goals: Enhance the situational awareness and control of the grid; improve the grid's 'self-healing' capability; and provide more information and tools that help the consumer better manage their electricity usage.

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the report calls for a coordinated effort to harden the state's infrastructure and modernize the power system, which in turn will support the recommendations offered by the New York State 2100 Commission.

"As Hurricane Sandy has shown us, there has never been a stronger incentive to invest in hardening our energy infrastructure and deploy innovative smart grid technologies that will make New York's energy system more robust, resilient and adaptable," said Robert B. Catell, Chairman of the NYSSGC.

He added that, "Our findings both reflect and support Governor Cuomo's priorities for an innovative electric vehicle infrastructure, the expanded integration of renewable energy into the state's energy system, and a coordinated effort to modernize the state's aging infrastructure to meet evolving consumer demands for increased reliability."

Some of New York's current smart grid efforts include projects that analyze conditions in real-time and self-heal in the event of a system disturbance. By enhancing situational awareness operators can better anticipate and recover from severe storms, and the grid has the capability to automatically detect, isolate and respond to disturbances so power to consumers is consistent and reliable.

For more:
- see the report

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