The Advanced Clean Power Initiative reduces costs and increases market acceptance of clean power generation. The core goal is to provide consumers new clean power options with improved performance and lower cost. Specific goals of improving the performance of current technologies, expanding the resource base, and developing next generation technologies will enable accelerated ratepayer benefit. The Advanced Clean Power Initiative is comprised of three components;
- The Clean Power Technology Innovation Program
- The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST Program)
- The Resource Development Program
The Clean Power Technology Innovation Program supports New York business and academic institutions in technology advancement and development of new and improved clean power generation products. The program focuses on emerging technologies from inception through field testing and pre-commercial deployment. Projects submitted for consideration through the Clean Power Technology Innovation Program are competitively evaluated by industry experts and selected on the ability to meet the program’s goals and objectives. Program focuses include; innovative renewable-electric and other advanced clean power technologies for grid-connected applications, storage technologies for sub-utility-scale stationary applications, or technologies that improve grid power quality and reliability. Subsystems and components of these technologies, as well as improved innovative manufacturing methods for these technologies are included.
The NY-BEST Program supported the development of an industry-focused coalition working to build a vibrant, world-class, advanced battery, and energy storage sector in New York State. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is providing approximately $25 million in seed funding through New York’s participation in the Clean Air Interstate Rule to advance New York's energy storage sector and support this consortium. In January 2010, the consortium was incorporated as a New York not-for-profit corporation.
The Resource Development Program focuses on activities that can stimulate development of new renewable energy supply and technologies and businesses with the greatest potential to meet near-to-intermediate-term energy and environmental goals. Similar to previous efforts that supported land-based wind development in the upstate region, emphasis here is given to offshore wind energy. The program addresses market barriers through collaboration, planning and education; assessment, modeling and surveying; and supply chain, service industry and infrastructure development. Most program funds are dedicated to characterizing operating environments, developing assessment practices, understanding resource usage and market perceptions, and conducting site and resource-specific assessments (e.g., geophysical, meteorological, biological, and energy production).