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Grid Modernization Program


Smart grid technologies promote the modernization of the electric grid, including the use of renewable and distributed energy resources, fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and lower operating costs. With a smart grid, New Yorkers will have access to a more affordable electricity and a more resilient and reliable energy system.

To further the research and development of a smarter grid, NYSERDA has provided funding for these related smart grid opportunities: Distributed Energy Resource Integration, High Performing Grid, and Future Grid (see below). Refer to the full funding opportunity for all eligibility requirements and application information.

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL)

New investments are needed to prepare the electric grid for new challenges and to adapt to changing conditions. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which was signed into law in November 2021, represents an important new influx of funds to support grid advancements. NYSERDA held a virtual public hearing on Friday, February 10, 2023, as required of all eligible applicants of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law –Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid; Formula Grants to States and Indian Tribes - Announcement Number: DE-FOA-0002736.

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NYSERDA will be accepting comments on the anticipated criteria and methods that will be used to grant awards and the proposed funding distributions to eligible entities. NYSERDA will be accepting public comments through February 17, 2023. Written comments can be submitted via email to [email protected]

Future Grid Challenge

This funding opportunity seeks innovative solutions that solve challenge areas defined by members of the Joint Utilities of New York and NYSERDA. Please join our mailing list to be notified of the next round opening.

Who Should Apply

NYSERDA welcomes proposals from organizations adept at product development and demonstration projects. Teaming is encouraged to match skill sets that meet the needs of the challenges. 

Submissions are being accepted up until:

  • Round 1 - Closed
  • Round 2 - Closed
  • Round 3 - Closed


Christopher Cheng at [email protected] or 518-862-1090 x3436