Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage  -  August 30, 2019

NGA to help four states upgrade their electric grid

The National Governors Association (NGA) will provide technical assistance and policy consultations to upgrade the electrical systems in the states of Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Rhode Island. The new partnership will help the states better manage challenges to the electrical grid from renewable energy generation, aging infrastructure, more frequent and intense weather events, and increasing physical and cyber threats.

The NGA will work with governor-designated teams from the four selected states to advance one or more grid modernization objectives proposed by their governors, including integrating clean energy and electric vehicle charging networks, electrifying the heating sector and improving system resilience. 

These four states were selected after a competitive application process.

NGA staff will provide policy consultations, in-state retreats and follow-up support to help each state’s team develop and execute a detailed action plan to advance the grid modernization policy objectives they identified in their applications.

The NGA is working with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop and deploy effective, resilient grid modernization and planning strategies. The DOE also is providing financial support in addition to technical expertise and assistance.

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