Rep. Eliot Engel and several others in New York’s congressional delegation signed an application Aug. 12, submitted by New York’s power grid operator for federal money to deploy “smart grid” technology.
“We believe that New York State represents a microcosm of our national grid challenges, and thus is an ideal laboratory for smart grid investment,” Mr. Engel and six colleagues wrote to the federal energy secretary, Steven Chu. “Upstate New York has widely distributed power consumers and access to generation from diverse sources such as hydro, nuclear, and wind. Downstate New York faces some of the nation’s most serious congestion and capacity challenges, due in part to the difficulties in adding new generation or transmission capability.”
Among the projects the New York Independent System Operator is seeking grant money for, is one to install electronic monitors that would allow the system to better track the flow of power, and another that would install capacitors — short-term batteries — throughout the power grid and would free up transfer capacity, according to the letter lawmakers sent.