Village of Ossining Awarded $100,000 in NY Prize Microgrid Competition

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The Village of Ossining has been named a winner in the NY Prize Microgrid Competition, a first-in-the nation $40 million competition to help communities in New York State create microgrids. As one of 23 communities in the Mid-Hudson region selected as a Stage 1 winner, the Village will receive $100,000 to complete a feasibility assessment for the creation of a standalone energy system that can operate independently in the event of a power outage.

The Village of Ossining has been named a winner in the NY Prize Microgrid Competition, a first-in-the nation $40 million competition to help communities in New York State create microgrids.

We’ve been a leader in energy efficiency, solar installations, and energy choice aggregation. Pursuing this opportunity for a microgrid is a wise next step toward energy independence and resiliency.

The Village of Ossining has been named a winner in the NY Prize Microgrid Competition, a first-in-the nation $40 million competition to help communities in New York State create microgrids. As one of 23 communities in the Mid-Hudson region selected as a Stage 1 winner, the Village will receive $100,000 to complete a feasibility assessment for the creation of a standalone energy system that can operate independently in the event of a power outage.

NY Prize is a three-stage competition administered by NYSERDA, with support from the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, to support community grid planning and development. NY Prize offers support for feasibility studies, audit-grade engineering design and business planning, and project build-out and post-operational monitoring.

The Village of Ossining’s feasibility assessment will evaluate a project to construct a community microgrid to serve several vital facilities within the Village during an emergency. The proposed microgrid would draw power from combined heat and power, solar, and energy storage, and would provide electricity to such critical facilities as the Birdsall-Fagan Police & Court Facility, Ossining Fire Department headquarters, several water facilities, the Ossining Union Free School District, the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, Sing Sing Prison, the John Paul Rodrigues Operations Center, and Cablevision Hub and Dispatch Operations.

“Ossining has made smart investments in emergency backup systems for our infrastructure,” said Village of Ossining Mayor Victoria Gearty. “We’ve been a leader in energy efficiency, solar installations, and energy choice aggregation. Pursuing this opportunity for a microgrid is a wise next step toward energy independence and resiliency.”

The severity of past storms such as Hurricanes Irene and Sandy have led the Village to aggressively invest in systems to support electric supply to critical facilities during outages. Ossining has also implemented several efficiency initiatives such as LED street lights, energy efficiency upgrades, the municipal solar buying program, and municipal energy aggregation. The proposed NY Prize project focuses on leveraging these existing initiatives into a community resiliency microgrid that will add higher levels of renewable energy, energy storage, combined heat and power, building load control, and advanced microgrid control strategies.

The project, led by Green Energy Corp, will receive close support from the Village of Ossining, Sustainable Westchester, Hitachi Consulting, GI Energy, and Pace Energy and Climate Center. Collectively, the technical team has conducted more than 40 microgrid feasibility studies around the world.

Once feasibility assessments are complete, the NY Prize Selection Committee will approve up to $1,000,000 in funding for approximately ten detailed designs and, in the final stage, up to $7,000,000 per project for the build and construction of approximately five community microgrids across New York State. To learn more about NY Prize and the competition structure, visit http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/ny-prize.

The Village Manager’s Office is located at 16 Croton Avenue in Ossining, NY. They can be reached at 914-941-3554 or http://www.villageofossining.org.

About the Village of Ossining
On April 2, 1813, the Village of Ossining became the first incorporated village in Westchester County to be state-chartered. Today, Ossining is a culturally diverse, affordable place to live, rich in both history and natural beauty. Approximately 25,600 people reside in the three and one half square miles of this historic Village on the Hudson River, which boasts extensive shopping, recreational programs, educational enrichment opportunities, and excellent municipal services. Ossining’s role in New York’s heritage has been recognized by its inclusion, as one of only 14 areas, in an Urban Cultural Park System designed to attract visitors to the State. Visit http://www.villageofossining.org for more information.

About NY Prize
NY Prize helps communities reduce costs, promote clean energy, and build reliability and resiliency into the electric grid. NY Prize is a part of a statewide endeavor to modernize New York State’s electric grid, spurring innovation and community partnerships with utilities, local governments, and private sector. Our mission is to enable the technological, operational, and business models that will help communities reduce costs, promote clean energy, and build reliability and resiliency into the grid. Visit http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/ny-prize for more information.

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