New York continues clean power drive, provides $15mn to improve grid resiliency
New York is investing $15mn in innovations to enhance the efficiency, resiliency and performance of its power grid.
State Governor Andrew Cuomo has set a target to generate 50% of New York's electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
The power grid investment aims to support the city's energy storage and renewable power goals.
“One of the most critical components in our fight against climate change is the modernisation of our electric grid,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“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.”
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The grid modernisation initiative is being administrated by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the funds will come from New York’s $5.3bn Clean Energy Fund.
The investment aims to develop a high-performing smart grid that can accommodate a range of clean energy generation resources and has enhanced grid performance.
It also aims to enable customers to reduce their energy costs, energy consumption and environmental impact.
"Integrating clean, renewable energy into a more efficient, high performing grid is critical to New York meeting it's ambitious energy goals, but we can't do it alone,” added Alicia Barton, President and CEO of NYSERDA.
“Governor Cuomo's vision for modernizing 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."
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
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