SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $2.6 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE TO FURTHER STUDY INTEGRATING RENEWABLE ENERGY INTO NY’S GRID
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY will receive over $2.6M In DOE Funding
Senators Say Funding Will Be Used To Promote Integration of Renewable Energy Resources Into Existing Energy Grid
Schumer, Gillibrand: DOE Funding Will Help Reduce Carbon Pollution
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,664,000 in federal funding for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to develop analytical techniques to improve the integration of renewable energy sources into the existing energy grid. The funding was allocated by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) through their new Performance-based Energy Resource Feedback, Optimization, and Risk Management (PERFORM) program.
“In order for New Yorkers to meet our net zero by 2050 carbon target, we must continue to invest in clean, renewable energy resources,” said Senator Schumer. “This funding is a step towards our goal of eliminating carbon pollution, allowing us to save money while integrating renewable energy resources into our grid. We must tackle climate change with bold, ambitious action, and funding like this is what will help New York meet the challenge head on.”
“Rapidly integrating more renewable energy into our grid is essential for New York’s future,” said Senator Gillibrand. “While this funding gets us closer to our ambitious statewide goals for decarbonizing our electric grid, it will also help us create good, clean jobs in the renewable energy sector. I’m proud to fight for this funding, which will protect New York’s future by addressing the climate crisis and taking strategic action to increase our renewable energy resources.”
“Rensselaer is committed to developing transformative strategies for addressing real-world challenges,” said Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. “This federal support recognizes the proven capabilities of our world-class Rensselaer faculty. The work of the PERFORM program to ensure that renewable energy sources are integrated into the existing electric grid in a safe and cost-effective manner will advance ongoing efforts at Rensselaer to enable positive change throughout our local, regional, and global communities.”