Staten Island’s South Shore has been classified as a high-need area for new distributed energy resources (DERs) by ConEd and New York's Public Service Commission.
Annadale Energy is a first-of-its-kind example of using clean energy fuel cell systems to strengthen Staten Island’s power grid for 25,000 customers with shared, community-scale, DERs.
Annadale Energy participates in ConEd’s Locational Service Relief Value (LSRV) program by supporting the local power grid during periods of peak-of-the-peak demand each summer.
Annadale Energy is part of group of similar DER projects across Staten Island, New York City, and New York State.
Annadale Energy Helps Staten Island's Power Grid.
The New York electric grid was overbuilt to deliver energy during peak-of-the-peak events. These events happen less than 40 hours of the total 8,760 hours each year. This means that infrastructure is very expensive to build yet is underutilized 99.5% of the time.
New York City already has some of the most expensive power in the U.S. Upgrading infrastructure to meet new and changing usage patterns will further increase utility costs of Staten Island families and businesses.
Annadale Energy is the first DERs to support ConEd’s LSRV 7,200-kilowatt goal for the Wainwright Load Area. Each summer, ConEd will monitor and forecast the local electric demand. During the hottest days, when air conditioners are operating at max output, the local power grid can become unstable. ConEd will call a “LSRV Event,” and DERs will respond to counter the excess demand.
DERs provide a new way to respond to peaking demand. DERs make our power grid more reliable and less costly. Annadale Energy is a first-of-its-kind project targeted for Staten Island.
A Brief Background on ConEdison’s Wainwright Load Area
In 2016, ConEd performed a study of its aging power grid using a methodology approved by the state Public Service Commission. ConEd identified 11 highly stressed areas across all 5 boroughs of New York City. These areas are called Locational Service Relief Value, or LSRV, areas. ConEd calculated that DERs in these pockets of the city will enhance reliability and resiliency during peak electric demand, reduce the need for costly and disruptive infrastructure upgrade projects, and provide clean low-emission electricity.
See ConEd's maps of all their highest-need LSRV power grids
The highest-need section in Staten Island is the Wainwright Load Area covering the neighborhoods of Annadale, Bay Terrace, Eltingville, and Great Kills. The Wainwright LSRV area was calculated to need at least 7,200 kilowatts of new DERs.
ConEd's 2016 plan identifying the Wainwright's local need
ConEd's 2018 plan for DERs helping LSRV areas
ConEd's Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) program encourages the interconnection of community-scale DERs to the Wainwright power lines. DER projects are required to export electricity during ten ConEd LSRV Events each summer through 2030. DER performance during the LSRV Events is designed to ensure the reliability of the Wainwright Load Area.
VDER resources and how the program helps the power grid
A Constellation of Distributed Energy Resource Projects Across Staten Island
New York State, New York City, and ConEd actively support the deployment of DERs. The Wainwright VDER and LSRV programs are part of a handful of similar initiatives targeting at other neighborhoods in New York: Non-Wires Solutions (NWS) in Brooklyn and Queens, Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) Demonstration Projects in Staten Island and the Bronx, Remote Net Metering (RNM) sites, and Community Distributed Generation (CDG) sites.
Brooklyn-Queens Non-Wires Solutions
List of REV Demo Projects in New York State
Video about New York community energy projects
Each DER program has particular technical, economic, and regulatory goals. Each tests a strategy for how utilities of the future can build and operate a cleaner, more resilient, and affordable energy system. Some projects are already underway across Staten Island:
One of New York City’s largest solar photovoltaic (PV) farms is in Charleston, Staten Island. Built in 2018, it provides 3,100 kilowatts of power to the Woodrow Load Area including the South Shore neighborhoods of Charleston, Hugenot, and Tottenville. The project operates under an RNM arrangement with Fordham University. You can view the solar DER by driving on Arthur Kill Road across from the Clay Pit Ponds State Park.
Fordham's remote Staten Island solar farm
New York City’s first front-of-the-meter (FTM) battery energy storage system (BESS) is in Port Richmond, Staten Island. Built in 2020, it provides 1,000 kilowatts of power to the Fresh Kills Load Area including the North Shore from Fresh Kills to Port Richmond. The project is a REV Demonstration Project in partnership with ConEd and GI Energy.
Benefits of ConEd's Staten Island batteries
Annadale Energy is New York City’s first fuel cell Community Distributed Generation (CDG) projects. Two projects will provide 7,500 kilowatts of power to the Wainwright Load Area. A similar CDG fuel cell project is under construction by the same team to support the Northeast Bronx Load Area.
As power grid technologies evolve, state utility and city zoning regulations adapt, and costs for clean energy systems drop, Staten Islanders should expect more innovative DER projects at targeted, high-need locations.
The Wainwright Substation is located in the Eltingville residential neighborhood next to the SIR train station. 13 medium-voltage power lines extend across a 5.4 square mile area delivering electricity to 25,000 homes and businesses. The substation was built in 1977 and has a maximum capability to distribute 96,000 kilowatts of power. Today, during times of peak electric demand, customers draw 90,000 kilowatts.