Clarkson Receives Grant To Design Underground Power Grid


Clarkson University has been tapped to receive nearly $400,000 to help make the power grid in the Potsdam area less prone to weather-related outages.

It was one of seven awards totaling $3.3 million statewide announced Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The grants are for the seven research teams to develop technologies that add "resiliency and efficiency to New York state's electric grid."

Clarkson will receive $381,000 to design what state officials call "a resilient underground microgrid."

The New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) is teaming up with Clarkson, National Grid, General Electric, SUNY Potsdam and other local businesses to plan and design the system.

The system would supply electricity to Clarkson, SUNY Potsdam, Canton-Potsdam Hospital and National Grid's Potsdam service center.

An underground system, officials say, would be more efficient and would stand up better to outage-causing weather.

The region has undergone several outages over the years, official say, because of winter storms and flooding.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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