NY to Invest in Microgrid Technology

October 14, 2014 By Karen Henry

brooklyn-energy-manageNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a microgrid feasibility study for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Red Hook Houses in Brooklyn. Spearheaded by the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the study will explore the viability of creating a microgrid that is powered by new local energy sources to ensure power resiliency for the 2,800 residential apartment units in Red Hook Houses and the residential facility’s Miccio Community Center.

The study will assess the suitability of various local energy sources, including cogeneration, emergency generators, wind, or solar energy, and their ability to be used during emergency power events. The expected outcome of the study will include detailed cost estimates for alternatives studied.

NYPA provides electricity to NYCHA housing developments and thousands of other public facilities and services in the city.

The study will:

  • Determine the necessary sizes of all basic power generation equipment to serve Red Hook Houses.
  • Assess the feasibility of establishing a microgrid tie-in to the electric distribution system in coordination with Con Edison.
  • Review heat-and-hot-water distribution systems for resiliency and heat recovery from the local power generation sources.
  • Conduct a site-suitability assessment to determine potential locations for local power generation equipment.

The results of the study will also provide guidance for potential microgrid implementation across multiple NYCHA developments and potentially inform the wider Red Hook community in their investigation of additional resiliency measures.

NYCHA is considering similar approaches to improve energy resiliency for its numerous facilities. Thus, this study will inform the substantive research on existing and prospective resiliency measures to maximize State and City investments of federal Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery funding currently allocated for Hurricane Sandy recovery.

The study is expected to be complete by early next year.

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority announced a $40 million microgrid contest earlier this year.  

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