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Why Battery Energy Storage for New York?

Batteries will play a key role in decarbonizing the U.S. electric grid by allowing the integration of intermittent renewable resources. With battery technology providing the ability to store and discharge electricity at will, stakeholders on and off the grid get maximum flexibility to manage power.

In New York State, this energy transition involves bringing upstate solar and offshore wind to serve downstate demand centers in New York City and surrounding areas. Distributed storage serves the electric grid by storing the energy locally and discharging at times and locations that are critical to reducing reliance on dirty, costly, and inefficient power plants— making the electric system cleaner and more resilient.

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Battery energy storage systems (BESS) charge up from the power grid when energy is cheaper and cleaner and export back to the grid when the power grid is overstressed, unstable, costly, and dirty. Batteries help makes our power system cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable. They replace the need to build and operate fossil-fuel peaking power plants. "Peakers" pose significant public health and environmental hazards to New York's disadvantaged communities, whereas energy from battery storage systems is clean peak power.

New York State has a goal to deploy over 6,000 megawatts of energy storage by 2030, along with clean energy generation goals of 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind and 10,000 megawatts of solar energy. Batteries are designed to store wind, solar, and hydro power when it's made and release it when there's demand. NYSERDA - New York's clean energy agency - promotes the deployment of battery energy storage systems across the state with financial incentives and resources for developers, communities, local governments, and utilities.

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Closer to New York City, ConEdison's and PSEG-Long Island's Value of Distributed Energy Resources program is designed to compensate BESS projects that provide power in the places at the times that maximize benefits to the local power grid. And New York City's pioneering Climate Mobilization Act (Local Law 97) supports the adoption of BESS clean distributed energy resources (DERs) by building owners across the city.

 

Taken together, New York City and New York state have created a smart, integrated and important approach to supporting the development of battery energy storage systems.