The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is calling for proposals to re-engineer New York State’s electric grid using smart grid technology, and they’re offering the winner $10 million in funding. Applicants are being asked to submit ideas that will improve power flows, promote clean energy and lower energy costs to consumers. The competition is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Energy Highway Blueprint program, an initiative to improve the reliability, efficiency, quality, and overall performance of the electric power delivery system in the state.

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“This funding will support innovative projects to implement our Energy Highway Blueprint and make New York’s electric grid one of the most advanced in the nation,” Governor Cuomo said in a press statement. “Modernizing the electric grid will not only help us meet current challenges in demand, efficiency, and costs to customers, but will also set New York up as a leader in smart energy practices for years to come.”

By utilizing advanced technologies through these programs, Cuomo and NYSERDA seek to modernize the electric power system and integrate intermittent power sources such as wind and solar for greater strength, security and reliability. Funding for preferred new technologies will be awarded through a competitive process and include (but are not limited to): Advanced monitoring and controls; Grid scale energy storage; Advanced conductors; Renewable energy integration; and Distributed energy interconnections.

Proposals can be submitted until August 14 (a second round of proposals are eligible for submission until Feb. 12, 2014). To submit a proposal visit the Smart Grid solicitation for further details here.