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Awards of $100,000 for 83 communities in New York for microgrid projects

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Awards of approximately $100,000 each will be given to 83 communities across New York State to support innovative microgrid projects.

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These awards were granted as part of the NY Prize microgrid competition to support a new generation of community-based power under Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy.

The 83 communities will study the feasibility of installing a community microgrid—a standalone energy system that can operate independently of the main grid in the event of a power outage.

Such systems would integrate renewable power with other advanced energy technologies to create a cleaner, more affordable and more resilient localized energy grid for a limited number of users.

Announced by Governor Anderw M. Cuomo last August and administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the NY Prize microgrid competition generated unprecedented interest from communities across the state, with more than 130 cities, villages, towns and municipalities submitting proposals for the competition’s Stage 1 awards announced today.

In addition to offering energy independence during a power outage, microgrids can benefit utilities on days of high power demand by reducing energy drawn from the main grid and providing additional power when needed.

Awards represent all 10 regions of the State, including:

Capital Region: 9 projects/awards
Central New York: 4 projects/awards
Finger Lakes: 3 projects/awards
Mid-Hudson: 23 projects/awards
Long Island: 14 projects/awards
Mohawk Valley: 2 projects/awards
New York City: 9 projects/awards
North Country: 7 projects/awards
Southern Tier: 7 projects/awards
Western New York: 5 projects/awards

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