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Resilient Energy Systems

Resilient Energy Systems

Transforming New York’s Energy Grid for a Safer, Clean Energy Future

We’re building an energy system that can anticipate, absorb, adapt to, and recover quickly from a range of shocks and stresses.

New York is shifting toward an increasingly distributed energy system, powered by a diverse mix of small- and large-scale renewable resources connected to the grid.

Deploying renewable energy technologies, including solar arrays and offshore wind turbines, requires extensive transmission and distribution infrastructure, as well as energy storage, to deliver clean energy from where it is generated to where it is needed.

Moving away from more centralized power generation towards an increasingly diversified and flexible energy system helps bring resources closer to customers, improving grid resiliency and air quality across the State. Yet, the effects of climate change, such as extreme heat and severe weather events, as well as cyber threats and aging infrastructure, present risks and disruptions to our clean energy system.

As New York State strives to meet its climate targets, building a distributed energy system that advances resilience and equity is essential.

How We’re Modernizing and Decarbonizing New York’s Electric Grid

Transforming New York’s electricity system for a zero-emission future will require upgrading our transmission lines and distribution systems as we integrate more renewable generation and energy storage in the grid. It’s also essential that we upgrade and design our energy infrastructure to withstand and adapt to climate risks and threats, with particular focus on addressing disproportionate impacts to Disadvantaged Communities.

NYSERDA is working with utilities, innovators, communities, and other State agencies to advance solutions and investment to achieve a resilient clean energy system in New York.

Here’s how:

Achieving a Climate-Resilient Electric Grid

By 2030, 3,000 MW of energy storage and 10,000 MW of distributed solar energy will be installed across New York State.

Our energy resilience and adaptation efforts will ensure New Yorkers have reliable power as we increasingly electrify building heating and cooling, transportation, and industrial processes like manufacturing.

Integrating long-duration energy storage technologies, especially where energy demand is highest, will enhance the flexibility of an electric grid that will be completely powered by renewable resources by 2040.

Smart grid technologies will support two-way communication between customers and utility providers to improve grid efficiency, reduce peak demand, and support quicker service restoration from outages.

Building a distributed clean energy system and modern grid will foster job growth and energy security to keep New Yorkers safe during hotter summers and winter cold spells. It is also a fundamental step to help New York meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction goals, improving public health and mitigating the future impacts of climate change.

Our Progress

We’re transforming our energy system to prepare for climate risks and deliver reliable and affordable clean energy to New Yorkers. Integrating resilience in how we design our smart grid technologies and where we site our renewable energy projects is essential to building a secure energy system that advances our climate goals.

Our progress will be measured by the total energy storage and distributed solar deployed across New York. Increasing adoption of these clean energy technologies at homes and buildings is paramount to improving resilience at the household and neighborhood level.

The percentage of solicitations and programs funded by NYSERDA that incorporate resilience provisions is another key indicator of our progress towards a secure, clean energy future. Other indicators of our progress can be found on New York’s Clean Energy Dashboard.

Energy Resilience Programs and Initiatives

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