Can a microgrid help Sherburne, NY weather the next super storm?

Fri, 2015-05-29 06:00 -- SCC Staff

Siemens and partners will assess the feasibility of a community microgrid for Sherburne, New York. It was one of communities to win $100,000 in microgrid development money in the state's NY Prize competition to protect critical infrastructure.

The competition, sponsored by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's strategy to protect the state's critical infrastructure – including its energy supply – against future bouts of extreme weather.

New York and other states in the Northeast have been hit hard by several super storms in the past few years.

Council Associate Partner Siemens, with partners Booz Allen Hamilton and Power Analytics, will study the practicality of installing a community microgrid in Sherburne. As the company said in a recent blog, "As a technology partner for cities across the U.S., Siemens is thrilled to support microgrid development in NewYork State because we know that these intelligent technologies provide some of the most intelligent, efficient, reliable and secure ways to manage power for the needs of the 21st century power market.

"Microgrids may not be widespread today, but we believe they will be a cornerstone of the power systems of tomorrow. Work is already being done today by cities like Sherburne and across the world to make this a reality."

Siemens partnered with the University of Genoa last year, building Italy's first microgrid that provides power for a campus of more than 40,000. The company also has developed microgrid control technology for U.S. utilities and independent system operators to help them manage distributed power generation (such as renewables) and operate a microgrid system.

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