July 19, 2021 Employees Report
State vitality regulators gave Con Edison and companion 174 Energy International approval final week to position a big battery system on the web site of a former fossil gas plant close to the East River in Astoria.
The approval by the New York State Public Service Fee is a vital step within the improvement of the East River Power Storage System on land the place the Charles Poletti energy plant was positioned on twentieth Avenue.
The system will be capable of retailer and discharge 100 megawatts, or 100 million watts, of electrical energy—the equal of about 100,000 hair dryers or as many as 1 million desktop computer systems.
The system will be capable of retailer sufficient electrical energy to energy the World Commerce Middle for a couple of day.
“Battery storage is crucial to our quest to create a clear vitality future and prevail in opposition to local weather change,” stated Leonard Singh, senior vp, Buyer Power Options, for Con Edison.
“Bulk storage will allow us to carry massive quantities of renewable vitality to our prospects with out compromising our industry-leading reliability, at the same time as fossil gas mills in New York Metropolis are shuttered into retirement.”
Batteries make it potential to retailer vitality created by renewable sources and supply that vitality to prospects when wanted. Utility-scale battery storage, in response to Con Edison, will develop in significance with the deliberate addition of huge quantities of renewable vitality in New York State, together with 9,000 megawatts from offshore wind generators.
“Power storage expertise has emerged as an integral part of the vitality panorama and the proliferation of vitality storage initiatives in New York is vital to assembly the state’s bold local weather change objectives,” stated 174 Energy International president and CEO, Henry Yun. “We’re happy to obtain approval from the PSC and are one step nearer to bringing clear energy, in addition to different regional electrical energy and financial advantages, to the Astoria group and state.”
The Charles Poletti energy plant web site, which was closed by NYPA on the finish of 2010, was considered on the time as one of many state’s largest polluters largely because of the poisonous sort of oil it burned.
“The PSC’s approval of this adaptive reuse mission on NYPA’s web site in Astoria is a giant win for New York State and particularly the Queens group, and demonstrates an vital step in direction of attaining our bold clear vitality objectives,” stated Gil Quinones, NYPA president and CEO. “Massive-scale battery storage supplies the chance for better flexibility and resiliency of the electrical grid and can help the expansion of renewable vitality for many years to return.”
Battery expertise is a vital a part of the New York State and New York Metropolis environmental plans. Con Edison seeks to supply prospects one hundred pc clear energy by 2040.
174 Energy International, which focuses on renewable vitality initiatives and is owned by Hanwha Power Corp. of South Korea, will construct the battery system by the tip of 2022 and personal it.
The batteries will draw energy from the grid at occasions when the demand for energy is low and cheaper. They may discharge that energy at occasions when the demand for energy is excessive, lowering the necessity for energy from fossil fuel-fired vegetation.
The businesses have a seven-year contract below which Con Edison will bid energy from the battery system into the state’s wholesale market. On the finish of the contract, 174 Energy International will dispatch the ability into the state’s bulk energy transmission system.
The batteries might be in containers and produce no emissions and little noise on the industrial web site.