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NY Prize Community Microgrid Feasibility Studies

In support of the New York Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), NYSERDA is sponsoring a first-of-its-kind competition—the NY Prize—for towns and cities across the state to assess and implement community microgrids.

Client

Project Location

New York

Project Challenges:

As stated by NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, the competition aims to provide important distributed energy benefits: “By creating strong local power networks, we can help modernize our energy grid while providing clean, reliable power to New Yorkers for years to come.” 

TRC Solutions:

TRC has partnered with three communities to conduct microgrid feasibility studies for NY Prize’s first phase. These projects leverage TRC’s multi-disciplined team of power delivery, energy efficiency, and renewable energy experts—and have required close collaboration with municipalities, utilities, and other stakeholder groups. Projects include:

  • Huntington, NY – To protect against future storm‐related power outages, microgrid leveraging a diverse mix of generation sources with energy storage to provide electricity and thermal energy to critical facilities in the town. TRC is also providing design and engineering services for the implementation stage of the microgrid in collaboration with the Town, local utility, and New York Power Authority (NYPA).
  • Endicott, NY – Microgrid, including scaled resources from CHP, PV, battery storage, demand response, and energy efficiency, to provide economic opportunities and emergency safe havens to the community.
  • Brownsville-Van Dyke Community, Brooklyn, NY – Community‐owned microgrid with renewable energy, storage, and energy efficiency components to avert a substation replacement and support critical facilities and multifamily housing units in a high‐density neighborhood.

Through the microgrid feasibility studies, TRC identified potential microgrid sites, assessed technical system components and configuration, assessed financial feasibility and project value, and developed a preliminary project design (each interconnected to the local utility).

Benefits:

TRC’s viable and effective microgrid solutions help position New York communities as energy leaders and contribute to their local sustainability, health, and safety goals. More broadly, a distributed energy approach supports state grid reliability and resiliency and serves as an effective alternative to replacement of aging infrastructure.

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Mark Lorentzen