• The U.S. Department of Energy is supporting the initiative of the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) by granting $37 million of the total $75 million devoted to Smart Grid Initiative Grant funds. This NYISO initiative will improve the efficiency of New York’s bulk grid, which includes hundreds of generating units and thousands of miles of high-voltage transmission lines. It will modernize the electric grid by adding 39 phasor measurement units (PMUs) that will relay system conditions at a rate of 60 times per second. PMUs measure and report system conditions as well as provide enhanced voltage stability. This data is needed for the detection of irregularities, to predict problems, and to choose corrective action. Eventually, the NYISO PMU network will connect with PMU networks in New England, the Mid-Atlantic, the Midwest, and Ontario. More information regarding this initiative is available here.