New York energises cleantech partnership

New York State’s Energy Research and Development Authority signs a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (Nyserda) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the US Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (Arpa-E).

The agreement brings the two organisations together to increase the development of high-potential, high-impact clean energy technologies in New York State.

The partnership links in with Governor Andrew Cuomo's Reforming the Energy Vision strategy that aims to spur clean energy innovation, bring new investments into the state and improve consumer choice and affordability.

The collaboration was announced at New York's Advanced Energy Conference held last month.

Together the two organisations will work on a range of technologies including smart grid, distributed and renewable energy, advanced buildings and modern transportation systems.

Richard Kauffman, chairman of Energy and Finance for New York State and chairman of Nyserda’s board, said: "This partnership is a big win for the clean energy community across the state. By working together, we can develop strategies that continue to catalyse growth of clean energy businesses in New York State that can solve global energy challenges."

Ellen Williams, director of Arpa-E, said, "New York is a champion of energy innovation, and we look forward to collaborating with Nyserda through this memorandum of understanding to develop technologies that will create a more affordable, secure and sustainable American energy future."

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