at the Citizen Power Alliance 2010 Wind Conference
Smart grid is still an option
|ALBANY -- National Grid is not giving up on its plans for a "smart grid" demonstration project in upstate New York.|
The London-based utility recently lost out on $200 million in federal stimulus funding it was seeking for projects in New York and New England that would have allowed it to test new technologies such as advanced meters and plug-in electric cars that make up what's generally called the "smart grid."
The New York portion of the project -- expected to cost $250 million -- would have taken place in Saratoga County and a small portion of Schenectady County, as well as parts of the Syracuse area.
Half the funding would have come from the Department of Energy through the stimulus package, and the other half would have come from utility customers.
However, National Grid was not among the chosen when President Barack Obama announced $3.4 billion in smart grid funding for 100 projects across the country on Oct. 27.
But National Grid is now telling state regulators that it may try to do a scaled-down version of its smart grid pilot, although how it would pay for the project remains unclear.
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