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Connected Communities

Updated February 14, 2019


New York State embarked on REV with the aim of building a clean, more resilient, and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. This shift to a clean, distributed, intelligent, and mobile energy system not only supports meeting climate goals, but also other local priorities including improving air quality, reducing congestion, and ensuring the future economic competitiveness of a community.

Within our communities, New York State electric and gas utilities are looking to make it easier for New Yorkers to choose low-carbon, grid-interactive solutions that provide electric grid benefits and make progress toward the State’s clean energy goals.

A Connected Communities utility partnership idea could be to:

  • Advance net-zero emissions or low-carbon buildings to support NY State and utility goals of building decarbonization.
  • Leverage utility technology, infrastructure, or data for Smart City applications, such as using add-on “apps” for LED street lighting or AMI communications.
  • Increase customer adoption of utility programs and low-carbon solutions, such as beneficial electrification of heating and cooling.
  • Offer municipal solutions or collaborate with municipalities to offer solutions to their constituents.


Welcome to our Connected Communities Innovation Sprint.  Our goal is to help innovative companies and utilities deploy demonstration projects, new technology, and diverse business models that advance New York’s REV goals within a Connected Community theme.

REV Connect Innovation Sprints focus attention on timely and specific utility needs for innovative energy partnerships. We invite companies to submit ideas.

Top submitters will receive expert feedback, be invited to an in-person meeting with New York utilities, and benefit from potential matchmaking with one or more of the utilities to pursue innovative partnerships.

The Connected Communities Innovation Sprint kicks off with a webinar, closes with a submission deadline, and culminates in an in-person, invitation only workshop.

Key Dates:

  • Webinar: February 13, 2019 at 2 PM Eastern
  • Submission deadline: March 14, 2019 at 8 PM Eastern
  • Facilitation: March-April 2019
  • Workshop: April 30, 2019

Want to participate? See links to additional information here that will help you put your best foot forward and subscribe to our mailing list to stay informed about upcoming activities.

Utility-Specific Interests


Utility Propose Ideas Via Interests and Needs
Central Hudson REV Connect
  • Smart building automation (both residential and non-residential) if it can be offered as turnkey bundled services
  • Green construction that uses carbon friendly fuel options, low water consumption, and low-cost properties to interest new businesses to come to NY. This could be technology that increases capacity (e.g., storage) that makes the site more desirable/usable
  • Better tools to facilitate working with municipalities; ideas here should consider, and preferably leverage, the municipal portal that Central Hudson is developing
  • See Central Hudson’s Clean Communities opportunity for information on the above three interests
Con Edison REV Connect
National Grid REV Connect
  • Solutions to address gas capacity constraints, including expansion of gas demand response programs and electrification of heating. See National Grid’s Gas Demand Response opportunity.
  • Solutions to understand EV charging patterns and behavior to provide insights to long term forecasting of EV loads in cities and impacts to the grid
  • Customer energy management platforms including IOT solutions that provide real-time insights to customers to drive participation in programs
  • Solutions that improve outage scenarios for customers
NYSEG and RG&E REV Connect
  • Electric vehicle fleet with managed charging and vehicle-to-grid pilot in partnership with a municipality
  • Partnership that may include energy service providers, researchers, municipalities, and others to develop and complete a smart cities roadmap that includes agreements between the major parties. Outcomes form the roadmap may include smart street lighting, smart transportation, smart buildings, distributed energy resources, data analytics, customer engagement tools and others. See AVANGRID’s Smart Cities Partnership Pilot opportunity.
  • Interested in developing and deploying a holistic Community Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Program that will promote specific energy efficiency, behavior modification, and demand response measures as a community centered initiative. See NYSEG and RG&E Community Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Program opportunity.
NYSEG Upcoming RFI
O&R REV Connect
LIPA REV Connect
  • Grid applications for EV school or transit buses in partnership with municipal organizations
  • New business cases for increasing the use of air source and geothermal heat pumps to replace fossil fuels, especially fuel oil
  • New business cases for increasing the use of ductless mini-split heat pumps during the winter months
NYPA REV Connect
  • Leveraging the full functionality of add on “apps” for LED street lighting to improve city operations


REV Context

New York State has ambitious clean energy goals, including:

  • 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels
  • 50% electricity will come from renewable energy resources
  • 600 trillion Btu increase in statewide energy efficiency

New York utilities are looking for innovative ways to integrate new solutions, including market-based approaches to increase clean energy and beneficial electrification adoption as well as to provide customers advanced tools and smart home solutions. Utility programs are also augmented by multiple initiatives run through NYSERDA, other state entities, and non-profits.

Utilities can receive shareholder performance incentives—known as earnings adjustment mechanisms (EAMs)—for spurring reduction in carbon emissions. Utilities can also earn new revenue—known as platform service revenues (PSRs)—by exploring new value-added services.



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