The New York State Smart Grid Consortium (NYSSGC) in a report said that it has made several moves to grid modernization efforts throughout the state over the first half of 2013, following Hurricane Sandy.

The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) has installed 38 of 39 phasor measurement units throughout the state as part of a federal matching grant in the amount of $75m that was awarded by the Department of Energy in 2010.

NYSSGC said to date Consolidated Edison has invested more than $300m to deploy smart grid projects that include remote controlled switches and capacitors to improve the efficiency of the system.

National Grid deployed 5,000 smart meters as part of its early field trial for the Smart Energy Solutions Program.

The company is also planning to add further 10,000 customers in spring 2013 through full meter deployment as approved by the Department of Public Utilities.

The full pilot is expected to start in early 2014.

NYSSGC executive director James Gallagher said as a collaboration of utilities, technology providers, policy makers and research institutions, the NYSSGC is committed to serve as both an advocate for smart grid initiatives and a resource to the public on grid modernization efforts in New York State.

"The progress so far this year illustrates the value of smart grid research and technologies to improve grid reliability, resilience and reduced electric power costs," Gallagher added.