The state of New York has signed two memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with Ireland and Denmark to improve electricity infrastructure in the state and make more advancements in the renewable energy sector.
The agreements are expected to advance New York’s plan to combat climate change and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Green New Deal agenda.
Cuomo said: “New York is committed to innovation and will benefit greatly from these partnerships with two of our key international partners. Jointly pursuing our shared goals will help bring new clean energy resources onto our next-generation electric grids.
“These collaborations will enable New York State to remain at the forefront of technological advancement and economic development as we shape an energy future that will benefit all New Yorkers by lowering costs and reducing our carbon footprint.”
The first MoU will see collaboration with the Irish electric utility Electricity Supply Board (ESB) and with EirGrid Group, a state-owned Irish grid operator.
Under this initiative, ESB and EirGrid Group will be engaged in the creation and testing of new solutions for energy systems in the state’s electric utility research facility at the New York Power Authority (NYPA).
The partnership between NYPA, ESB, EirGrid Group and non-profit organisation Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) intends to improve electricity infrastructure in the state.
NYPA CEO Gil Quiniones said: “As the nation’s largest state utility, NYPA shares many of the same objectives as our Irish counterparts.
“We both recognise that a low-carbon energy future combined with a resilient grid is not only good for our environment and our world, it is also the best way to meet the preferences of our customers and spur new economic development.”
The MoU with Denmark is expected to further strengthen the existing association between the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate, which focuses on the development and procurement of offshore wind energy.
The Advanced Grid Innovation Laboratory for Energy (AGILe), located at NYPA’s headquarters in White Plains, will be used to design and test the new electric utility and grid technologies developed under the New York-Irish agreement.