NYSERDA and NYS Department of Public Service Announce $1 Million Federal Award to Accelerate Clean Energy Initiatives and Advance New York's Reforming the Energy Vision Strategy

Brookhaven National Laboratory to Receive Award from the U.S. Department of Energy

January 29, 2016

New York State will collaborate with the Brookhaven National Lab (BNL) on Long Island under a $1 million award BNL received from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to advance the Governor's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and State Department of Public Service (DPS) announced today.

This award will help to modernize New York’s electric grid and follows on the Governor Cuomo's 2016 State of the State address outlining his clean energy priorities and plans and the recent mandate for a Clean Energy Standard to ensure 50 percent of New York’s electricity comes from renewable resources by 2030. Under REV, New York is building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers.

Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York: "New York is increasingly getting accolades across the nation and globe for taking bold action steps to build a clean energy economy, centered on job creation and innovative cleantech development and manufacturing. With this $1 million award, I'm thrilled the U.S. Department of Energy is recognizing our world-class Brookhaven National Laboratory and providing support to develop and deploy innovative technologies helping us ensure we have a 21st century and resilient electric grid."

John Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA, said: “Under Governor Cuomo’s energy vision, New York has taken aggressive steps to transform our energy systems to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure all New Yorkers have access to clean, reliable energy. This federal support recognizes New York as a national leader in clean energy and will allow us to partner with the prestigious Brookhaven National Lab to advance important energy goals, including improved grid performance and greater energy efficiency.”

DPS CEO Audrey Zibelman said, "We look forward to working with the energy experts at Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Regulatory Assistance Project as we move forward with new REV initiatives supporting clean-energy innovation and investment in New York. We are learning new ways to help customers gain greater control over their energy use and to reduce their power bills. Through these important projects, we will find ways for customers benefit financially from activities and investments to conserve power and use clean energy resources to reduce harmful emissions."

Under the award, Brookhaven National Lab and its partners will provide technical assistance to NYSERDA, the Department of Public Service, the NYS Smart Grid Consortium, the Regulatory Assistance Project and other industry leaders and policymakers to advance critical components of Governor Cuomo’s REV strategy, including grid design and operation, market and rate design, utility planning, distributed generation and customer engagement. The collaborative effort will help support the development of new business models to enable utilities to effectively manage the grid of the future.

Brookhaven National Laboratory Director Doon Gibbs said, “As a member of DOE’s Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium, we are excited about the funding announcement by Secretary of Energy Moniz. With NY State leading the nation in building a clean, resilient, and affordable energy system through the REV initiative, this announcement is very timely. Brookhaven is pleased to be able join in and contribute our expertise in support of the REV process

The DOE awards are designed to build on its Grid Modernization Initiative—an ongoing effort to improve the resiliency, reliability, and security of the nation’s electricity delivery system.

About Reforming the Energy Vision

Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) is New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s strategy to build a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. REV places clean, locally produced power at the core of New York’s energy system which protects the environment and supports the State’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% while generating 50% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030. Successful initiatives already launched as part of REV include NY Sun, NY Green Bank, NY Prize, K-Solar, and a includes a commitment to improve energy affordability for low-income communities. To learn more about REV, please visit www.ny.gov/REV4NY or follow us at @Rev4NY.

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