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New York State Microgrid Project

New York State Microgrid Project

Following severe storm events that swept through the east coast in the last ten years, there has been an increased focus on developing resilient electrical systems that can continue to provide power, heat, and cooling to critical facilities grid-scale during power outages. New York State has supported the development of these microgrids through the NY Prize program, with a focus on generating exportable knowledge for other communities interested in developing their own microgrid.

What empowers communities to develop microgrids? What are the key partnerships communities rely on to bring in expertise to successfully realize these projects? What physical and regulatory barriers dictate project success?

In collaboration with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), our team hopes to develop a better understanding of the successes and challenges faced by on-going microgrid development in New York State. We aim to develop a set of scalable tools to provide communities a first-level indication of the feasibility of community microgrids and guidance on best practice community engagement.


People & Partners

Stuart DeCew

Executive Director at Yale Center for Business and the Environment
MBA 2011
Master of Environmental Management 2011

Sara Harari

Associate Director of Innovation & Strategic Advisor to the President at Connecticut Green Bank
MBA 2019
Master of Environmental Management 2019

Nate Grady

Master of Environmental Management 2019

Edgar Hertwich

International chair and Professor at Department of Energy and Process Engineering Faculty of Engineering