New York is investing $15 million in innovations to help the electric grid system ‘accommodate a diverse supply of clean energy generation resources’.

State Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has set a target to generate 50% of New York’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030, announced the funding this week for projects that can ‘improve the resiliency, efficiency, and overall performance of its electric grid’.

 

“One of the most critical components in our fight against climate change is the modernisation of our electric grid. I encourage entrepreneurs and clean energy companies to join in New York’s mission to lead the nation in protecting the planet by investing in renewable energy and help make our system more resilient against whatever Mother Nature throws our way,” said Governor Cuomo.

 

The initiative will be managed by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority  (NYSERDA), which said last year that offshore wind power could provide 15 million homes in New York state with energy.

Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA, added: “Integrating clean, renewable energy into a more efficient, high performing grid is critical to New York meeting its ambitious energy goals, but we can’t do it alone. Governor Cuomo’s vision for modernising our electric grid, reducing costs for customers, and providing clean and efficient energy for New Yorkers can only become a reality with the help of innovative and forward-thinking ideas from industry participants.”

More details on the funding are available on the NYSERDA website.

And momentum is being built across America to accelerate the country’s shift to a future powered by clean energy, as Jodie Van Horn, Director of the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign, told us recently.