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Mamaroneck Double Winner in NY Prize Micro-Grid Contest

NYS Senator George Latimer, Chris Murphy, Laura Murphy, project architect Kim Martelli, Caitlin Murphy, micro-grid project manager, Lois Arena, SWA, Village of Mamaroneck Mayor Norman Rosenblum and Michael Murphy. Photo by: Peter Krupenye

Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced awards of approximately $100,000 each will be given to 83 communities across the state to support innovative micro-grid projects. These awards were granted as part of the NY Prize micro-grid competition to support a new generation of community-based power under Governor Cuomo's Reforming the Energy Vision strategy.

Two of those projects have their sights on Mamaroneck. The Village of Mamaroneck Micro Grid project was conceived by Murphy Brothers Contracting with the help of Steven Winter Associates, a company with a long history of building performance and energy engineering, as part of Phase Two of Murphy Brothers' Mamaroneck Self Storage facility.

Village Mayor Norman Rosenblum is a member of the VOM Micro- Grid team. "The Village of Mamaroneck has long been pursuing efforts to strengthen our community and make our businesses and residents more resilient to the impacts of hurricanes, Nor'easters and other major storms, particularly as it relates to power outages and damages," said Mayor Rosenblum. "Since large portions of the Village are within FEMA mapped flood plains, with impacts from both tidal and riverine flooding, it is important to maintain power for these areas in order for them to operate sump pumps and other emergency equipment to protect structures. "

NYS Senator George Latimer also lent his support to the VOM Micro Grid project, adding that, "Murphy Brothers concept for incorporating a micro-grid into their self-storage/office/ mill-shop project will be a benefit to the Sound Shore community in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. Additionally, their concept of a "command center" could be an ideal location to help area official restore and maintain order while they provide relief."

The Town of Mamaroneck, under the leadership of Town Supervisor, Nancy Seligson, was also awarded a design grant. These community projects will study the feasibility of installing a community micro-grid-a standalone energy system that can operate independently of the main grid in the event of a power outage. Such systems would integrate renewable power with other advanced energy technologies to create a cleaner, more affordable and more resilient localized energy grid for a limited number of users.

Announced by Governor Cuomo last August and administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the NY Prize micro-grid competition generated unprecedented interest from communities across the state, with more than 130 cities, villages, towns and municipalities submitting proposals for the competition's Stage 1 awards announced today. In addition to offering energy independence during a power outage, micro-grids can benefit utilities on days of high power demand by reducing energy drawn from the main grid and providing additional power when needed.

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