The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has launched an ‘Innovation Challenge’ to help spur development of a “backbone” grid-linked charging network across the state to expand the use of electric vehicles and energy storage.
The NYPA challenge has been launched in collaboration with the Urban Future Lab (UFL) at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering, and will advance Governor Andrew Cuomo’s clean energy and jobs agenda.
NYPA will invest US$250 million up to 2025 in order to install “a robust DC fast charging backbone infrastructure throughout the state”, so as to catalyse widespread EV adoption.
The power authority is also looking to accelerate the commercialisation of flexible resources for the New York electrical grid, including behind the meter storage “that might be attractive to utilities, municipalities, industry, and any facility that generates its own heat/electricity”.
Applications for the challenge are open from 1 May to 15 June 2019, with the winners announced a month later. The programme will begin in August 2019.