New York state will be holding a $40 million energy technology competition this fall in order to aid research that will allow local communities to retain power during outages.
This from Associated Press:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the New York Prize competition, which would award funding to companies or utilities that suggest the best ways to create so-called “microgrids.” Microgrids are small power systems that are able to function independently when storms or other emergencies knock out electricity.
The microgrids will allow for hospitals, schools, water plants, and even homes to hold energy when the main electrical grid is not working.
Cuomo is to launch the competition this fall.
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