The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) has issued its annual update on the challenges facing New York state's electricity supply and delivery system: ‘Power Trends 2010: New York's Emerging Energy Crossroads.’
The report identifies the major factors expected to influence the future outlook for electricity in New York. These issues include the pace of economic recovery, the impact of energy-efficiency initiatives, the advent of smart grid technology and the continued development of renewable power resources.
In addition to detailing the challenges, the report enumerates the various efforts currently under way to improve the electric system. These include collaborative efforts between New York and its neighboring systems, as well as a larger effort among grid operators in the Eastern Interconnection.
‘The most effective use of renewable resources will require a combination of innovative technology and progressive collaboration among power systems,’ says Stephen G. Whitley, NYISO president and CEO.
Taking full advantage of wind power and other variable renewable resources will require both new technologies, such as advanced energy-storage systems and the removal of barriers to trade among regional power markets. Improved coordination will strengthen the ability of grid operators to adjust to the dynamic changes in system conditions, such as the ebb and flow of wind power, according to the report.
One of New York state's major energy initiatives is the ’45 x 15′ program, which aims to increase renewable power production and have it account for 30% of New York's total electricity supply, while also reducing consumption by 15% of forecast levels by the year 2015. The progress of these programs will play a key role in New York's energy future, the report adds.