The Future Grid Challenge is a funding opportunity from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)—in collaboration with AVANGRID subsidiaries, New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG), and Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E)—offering a total of $6.3 million for innovative solutions that help to solve technical challenges with energy transmission and distribution when integrating renewable energy resources into New York's electric grid.
The challenge areas where these innovative solutions are sought are defined by members of the Joint Utilities of New York and NYSERDA. Full details of these challenge areas, along with more information about the Challenge and the solicitation process in general, can be found on this page. Those seeking further information can contact NYSERDA staff by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Future Grid Challenge: Round One
For the first round of funding of the Future Grid Challenge, NYSERDA and the associated entities named above are offering $3 million. Round One is seeking a solution provider, or team of providers, to forecast and assess the system impacts of both electric vehicles (EVs) and distributed energy resources (DERs) in the Southern Tier service areas of utilities NYSEG & RG&E. This includes a particular focus on the cities of Binghamton and Ithaca.
For Round One, NYSERDA is seeking to understand the net impact of increasing the use of low carbon technologies such as EVs and heat pumps, alongside solar-generated energy, on electricity networks. Proposals delivered via this solicitation process should assess the impact of increased electrification and distributed solar on the electric grid through 2030. This assessment will inform regulators and policymakers as to how they can develop an efficient, coordinated approach to system forecasting and planning, while also assessing equipment and infrastructure requirements.
Round 1 Proposals are due on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, by 3:00 p.m. ET, and further information is available here, on NYSERDA’s Smart Grid Program webpage.
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