On the Blogs: New York Grid Update Widens Market for Renewables

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Katherine Tweed for Greentech Media:New York has an ambitious goal of getting 50 percent of its electricity from renewable resources by 2030. To get there, the state will need to expand grid infrastructure to deliver renewable power from rural areas to load centers.But the state won’t always have to build new infrastructure — it can do more with what it has.The New York Power Authority and New York State Electric & Gas have just finished the first project that shows what is possible using existing infrastructure.NYPA completed a $120 million transmission upgrade, called the Marcy South Series Compensation Project, that will move up to 440 megawatts of additional capacity from upstate, where there are abundant wind and hydro resources, to downstate cities.“Marcy South is a prime example of how we can do more with existing assets,” Richard Kauffman, chair of energy and finance for New York, said in a statement.Instead of building new transmission, NYPA and NYSEG collaborated to connect portions of their grids with ABB capacitor banks installed in the middle of the state. The project is a part of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s energy highway initiative that was established in 2012. The initiative calls for nearly $6 billion to modernize New York’s transmission system in order to enable more clean energy development.“This is a traditional transmission upgrade that utilities are turning to more and more, when additional capacity is needed or when power needs to travel further to get to load centers,” said Ben Kellison, director of grid research at GTM Research.New York Links Power Lines to Bring Renewables From Upstate to Downstate On the Blogs: New York Grid Update Widens Market for Renewableslast_img read more