Thursday, April 17, 2014
NY completes smart grid effort
A smart grid and control center improvement project in Rensselaer, N.Y., was recently completed, delivering optimized control over energy systems in the area. According to The Daily Fusion, the effort was part of a state wide initiative to improve the energy grid and improve its resiliency. The project was also part of a broader effort by the Department of Energy to deploy grid sensors called synchrophasors to monitor power demand, security and real-time flow of electricity to consumers.
"A smarter and stronger electric grid will help save consumers money, strengthen our energy security and build a more sustainable, cleaner energy future," said Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman of the DoE. "The New York Independent System Operator's smart grid project represents a critical investment in the resiliency and efficiency of our power grid, while giving utilities the tools they need to make sure local communities and businesses have access to affordable and reliable electricity."
According to the DoE, the New York Independent System Operator's project cost about $75 million, funded in part by the Recovery Act. New transmission capacitors, serial to Ethernet converters, software and other tools were installed to ensure system compatibility and optimization.
This effort is just one of many to improve the nation's energy grid and optimize the delivery of cleaner, renewable power to consumers anywhere in the country. For many, this means lower cost electricity, as well as more reliable service. As the number of smart grid projects increases, more consumers will benefit. For utilities, this means investing in the right hardware and systems, such as terminal servers, to optimize delivery and control over their network and sub stations. The right investments will save firms time and money going forward by ensuring compatibility and efficiency over time.
NYISO's efforts will result in improved control over transmission voltages, as well as an in depth look into its service area's power grid needs - optimizing operations in the face of increased demand, weather changes and other challenges.
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