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Winner in NY Prize microgrid competition

OBG has been awarded New York State funding for the development of a first-of-its-kind energy project under the initial phase of the NY Prize competition, hosted by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). NY Prize is part of a statewide effort to modernize the state’s electric grid, spurring innovation and community partnerships with businesses, utilities, and local governments to build a clean, resilient, and affordable energy system for New Yorkers.

The project aims to design and construct a community-based microgrid to improve service reliability for the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities in Western New York – one of the oldest municipal power systems in the U.S. and largest municipally owned and operated utilities in the state. The energy system will be able to operate autonomously from the grid to provide the utility’s nearly 50,000 customers with resiliency and reliability of electric service during extreme weather events, such as heavy lake effect snowstorms, and other emergencies.

With the funding, OBG will perform a feasibility study to evaluate development of the microgrid project.

Media Contact: Kristin Halpin, OBG