Power plants across the state could soon be delivering cleaner, more efficient energy to residents thanks to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) new pilot program. The agency recently announced a request for proposals for projects that will curb greenhouse gas emissions through scalable, market-ready technologies. Applications are now open for prospective initiatives seeking to take advantage of the $14.5 million budget offered to help spur innovation across New York.

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Thanks to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which provided the funding, selected projects will receive up to $2 million each to implement a prototype. Each project will be evaluated against several sets of criteria including: the total tons of carbon dioxide reduced; cost per ton of CO2 reduced, and replicability of the project.

The use of market-ready technologies in submitted proposals may include a series of defined innovations, including: advanced controls for plants, boiler controls, advanced burners, turbine retrofits, waste-heat recovery, or in-facility electrical load reduction and efficiency improvements. Opportunities to introduce new and emerging technologies are also welcome.

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“These types of investments support Governor Cuomo‘s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative, reduce the environmental impact of energy production and position the State as a leader in the clean energy economy,” said John B. Rhodes, NYSERDA President and CEO. “Reducing the amount of pollutants in the atmosphere is vitally important as we continue to build a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable New York State.”

For additional information about the pilot program, visit www.nyserda.ny.gov/powergentech.