NYPA Press Release

New York Power Authority Announces Partnership with Israel on Energy-Sector Innovation Challenge

For Immediate Release:  7/8/19


Contact:  Paul DeMichele (NYPA) | paul.demichele@nypa.gov | 914-390-8186


$2.5 Million Competition among Israeli Firms with Expertise in Energy Efficiency, Clean Energy Generation and Cybersecurity


WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the Israel Smart Energy Association (ISEA) are holding a competition among innovative Israeli firms with expertise in energy efficiency, clean energy generation and cybersecurity to address the growing demand of next-generation electric vehicle technology, enhanced electric grid reliability, energy storage, and other technologies that will allow for more flexibility with electricity demand. The New York-Israel Energy Innovation Challenge is modelled after the NYPA Innovation Challenge announced earlier this year by the Governor. The $2.5 million competition bolsters the Governor's comprehensive agenda to combat climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and growing the clean energy economy.


The partnership was one of several announced last week by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo upon his return from his solidarity trip to Israel. The plan supports New York’s nation-leading clean energy and jobs agenda that is driving New York to a carbon-free economy and the recently enacted Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which creates the most aggressive climate change program in the U.S.


Gil C. Quinones, NYPA president and CEO, said, “The New York-Israel Innovation Challenge is a natural extension of our previous collaborations and will allow New York and Israel—two of the world’s leading technology hubs—to generate greater innovation and yield considerable benefits for both parties and for utilities around the world. The Power Authority’s partnerships with Israeli firms in the energy industry have been invaluable during NYPA’s digital transformation and we expect that this competition will yield far-reaching benefits as well.”


Elad Shaviv, CEO of the Israeli Smart Energy Association, said, "We are excited to cooperate with NYPA to support the transformation of the energy sector. The New York-Israel Innovation Challenge, brings enormous benefit in bridging the challenging gap between innovative solutions and commercial usage, and will benefit both New York and Israel in building a healthier and safer environment while creating jobs and sector leadership."


ISEA, which serves as a national platform to bring together local and global smart energy players and stakeholders to share knowledge, drive initiatives, and build partnerships, will act as an innovation hub to facilitate the competition. The challenge will allow NYPA and ISEA to identify several innovative companies and prepare winners for working with large utilities with the intention of creating significant advances in grid reliability, storage, sustainability and affordability, all of which benefit ratepayers, utilities and the environment. Winners will also have the opportunity to apply their technologies in pilot demonstration projects with NYPA in New York State.


Proposals will be evaluated based on their potential to save money, improve safety or operations, reduce maintenance, improve efficiency or save manpower or time. The solutions need to be viable, replicable and able to be commercialized.


NYPA has been building on its business partnerships with Israeli firms over the last several years to advance new technology pilots in support of its strategy to become a fully digital utility, end-to-end. NYPA is collaborating with Israeli firms mPrest and Brenmiller Energy in a wide-variety of areas with an emphasis on physical and cyber security.


mPrest, a leading provider of monitoring and control systems, assisted NYPA in developing a first-of-its-kind monitoring system to identify and prevent potentially costly problems before they occur at NYPA’s statewide network of power projects and transmissions assets. Israeli developer Brenmiller Energy coordinated with NYPA to test the use of thermal energy storage with combined heat and power to increase system energy efficiency once installed on a State University of New York campus.



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