Avangrid subsidiaries to test new flexible interconnect capacity solution

1 February 2016 (Last Updated February 1st, 2016 18:30)

Avangrid subsidiaries (New York State Electric and Gas) NYSEG and Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) have partnered with Scottish technology firm Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS) to test the utilities’ flexible interconnect capacity solution (FICS) demonstration project.

Avangrid subsidiaries (New York State Electric and Gas) NYSEG and Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) have partnered with Scottish technology firm Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS) to test the utilities’ flexible interconnect capacity solution (FICS) demonstration project.

The new technology seeks to allow large-scale producers of renewable energy resources to easily connect to the electric power grid.

The project supports New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative.

NYSEG and RG&E CEO Mark Lynch said: "It’s an opportunity to spur investment in clean energy resources and to support REV."

"We expect the FICS project to deliver significant benefits to generation developers in New York by providing quicker and less expensive grid connections."

The utilities are set to test SGS engineered Active Network Management (ANM) technology, to assess its capacity to accommodate solar-generated electricity in bulk on the lower-voltage distribution electric delivery system.

ANM 100 is a software developed to integrate Distributed Energy Resources (DER), which includes wind, hydro and biomass / biogas generated electricity to large distribution networks.

Smarter Grid Solutions chief technology officer and co-founder Bob Currie said: "Active Network Management is a transformational technology and has repeatedly reduced grid integration costs by up to 90% for new renewable generator connections, increasing the capacity to accommodate wind and solar by 100-200% and avoiding grid upgrades that can exceed $50m.

"We expect the FICS project to deliver significant benefits to generation developers in New York by providing quicker and less expensive grid connections."

The demonstration project is expected to run through this year and the process will be assessed by the energy utilities and the New York Public Service Commission.