Recent NY-BEST News and Notes

News stories and other notes about NY-BEST, New York State and the Battery and Energy Storage Industry beyond New York. Only the last few weeks of news are shown here, to see older news click here.

 NY-BEST Member

LG Introduces Home Energy Storage Systems to North America, Joining Increasing Competition
1 month 2 days ago
South Korea’s LG Chem is bringing its residential energy storage systems in the US and Canada. Starting in 2013 the company began introducing the lithium-ion-based battery systems in Asia, Europe and Australia.
New York Allots $15.5M to Fund Energy Storage Projects
1 month 4 days ago
Energy storage companies, as well as other stakeholders, in New York have a new opportunity as of this week. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced that it has made $15.5 million available to fund energy storage projects to support the electric grid. fund energy storage projects. NYSERDA has made $15.5 million available for energy storage projects to support the electric grid. The funding will go toward energy storage that can support renewable energy technologies, save customers money, and ease peak electric demand burdens on the power grid.
Inside GE and SoCal Edison’s First-of-a-Kind Hybrid Peaker Plant With Batteries and Gas Turbines
1 month 4 days ago
Southern California Edison and General Electric have taken a grid edge concept -- integrating natural gas-fired turbines and batteries -- and turned it into two working models. Last month, SCE started operations at the second of two of its new hybrid electric gas turbine (EGT) units -- GE’s term for its combination of turbines, batteries and power controls installed at the two sites.
National Grid files to build 40 MWh storage project on Long Island
1 month 5 days ago
National Grid Generation has filed with the New York State Public Service Commission to lease land it owns on Long Island for a 5 MW, 40 MWh battery storage facility that would be built by a unit of NextEra Energy Resources. The battery storage facility would be sited in East Hampton on the eastern end of Long Island and is slated to be in operation by 2018. It is expected to help the Long Island Power Authority meet peak demand on the island. The storage project would also serve as the receiving station for the South Fork Wind Farm, a 90 MW project proposed by Deepwater Wind.
Con Edison offers rewards for smart EV charging
1 month 5 days ago
EV owners in New York City and Westchester County can earn gift card rewards by participating in a new Con Edison program. The utility has partnered with charging specialist FleetCarma to offer a program called SmartCharge New York that will pay EV owners to charge their vehicles at off-peak times.
With a New Design, Primus Power Thinks Flow-Battery Improvements Can Compete With Lithium-Ion
1 month 5 days ago
The California storage producer is firming up deals worldwide as it refines its technology—with the help of a $32 million equity raise.
New York seeks ‘next wave of innovation’ with US$15.5m funding for energy storage
1 month 5 days ago
Projects that demonstrate how energy storage can benefit a wide range of stakeholders and the electric grid can compete for US$15.5 million of funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The money will come from the Clean Energy Fund, a 10-year, US$5.3 billion component of New York’s epic Reforming the Energy Vision (NY REV) undertaking to modernise the grid. NY REV was launched in 2014 by state governor Andrew Cuomo.

 Beyond New York

USTDA promotes RfP for Haiti solar-storage microgrids
1 month 2 days ago
The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is promoting a Request for Proposals (RfP) to US companies to design, build and install hybrid solar PV and energy storage microgrid generation systems in Haiti.
SDG&E Adds More Storage to Harness Clean Energy and Enhance Reliability
1 month 4 days ago
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) recently announced that it has signed contracts for five new local battery storage facilities for a total of 83.5 megawatts (MW). These four-hour energy storage facilities would be like having batteries from more than 5,500 all-electric, long-range vehicles at the ready. In addition, the company signed a contract to add a 4.5 MW demand response program.

 Press Releases

Study Finds Key Role for Energy Storage in Replacing Indian Point Nuclear Plant
2 weeks 3 days ago
NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Study Finds Key Role for Energy Storage in Replacing Indian Point Nuclear Plant  Energy storage can produce $315 million in savings for customers over 5 years (Albany, NEW YORK, May 8, 2017) – A new study released by the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST), in partnership with Strategen Consulting, shows that energy storage, along with a portfolio of other clean energy sources, can replace the 2,000 megawatt Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, produce savings for customers and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The study, performed by Strategen Consulting, illustrates that 450 megawatts of energy storage -- in combination with additional wind, solar, and energy efficiency -- can help fill the gaps created by the closure of Indian Point while saving New Yorkers money. The analysis projects an estimated $315 million in savings from energy storage over a five-year period to customers when compared to other more traditional power replacement options. “As plans are being developed to replace the 2,000 megawatts of power provided by Indian Point, New York has an opportunity to eschew the conventional fossil-fueled energy sources of the past and embrace clean renewable energy technologies, coupled with energy storage, to meet our energy needs, achieve our environmental goals and grow the number of high-tech jobs across the state,” said Dr. William Acker, Executive Director of NY-BEST. In January 2017, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that under a settlement with Entergy, the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant will close by April 2021. The plant, located 25 miles north of New York City, provides 2,000 megawatts of energy to the metro New York area. Under Governor Cuomo, New York State has also established a Clean Energy Standard requiring that 50 percent of the State’s energy come from renewable energy sources by 2030 and has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050. "New York's situation closely mirrors California's recent experience when a major nuclear plant was retired near Los Angeles. Rather than relying exclusively on traditional replacement options like natural gas, California turned to clean energy resources such as energy storage. New York has the opportunity to do the same and benefit from another state's experience," said Ed Burgess, Senior Manager at Strategen Consulting. Energy storage, when combined with renewable energy sources like wind and solar power, provides flexible, reliable power that produces no greenhouse gas emissions. Pairing storage with renewable energy allows the energy that is generated when the sun is shining and the wind is blowing to be stored for use at a later time. In this way, storage helps balance supply and demand, reduces pressure on the electric grid at peak demand times, and makes the system more flexible and resilient. Energy storage can also help reduce harmful air pollutants from peaking power plants which contribute to asthma and other negative health impacts. The Strategen study illustrates that a clean mix of replacement options, combined with storage, can fulfill New York’s resource needs, replacing retired units efficiently, and at a low cost while still achieving New York’s greenhouse gas emissions and other goals. Other states facing similar issues to New York’s have turned to energy storage. California in response to the closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant and power shortages caused by the natural gas leak in Aliso Canyon, mandated the use of innovative clean energy solutions, including energy storage projects.  The energy storage sector is growing rapidly. A recent report by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority found that the number of jobs in New York’s storage industry grew by 1,000 between 2012 and 2015, a 30 percent increase, and job growth could grow to nearly 27,000 by 2030. The Strategen Consulting Study can be viewed here: About NY-BEST The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology (NY-BEST) Consortium is a non-profit corporation and industry-led consortium with more than 150 organizational members. NY-BEST’s mission is to catalyze and grow the energy storage industry and establish New York State as a global leader in the energy storage industry. Visit us on the web at About Strategen Consulting Strategen Consulting is a strategic advisory firm that provides insight to utilities, public sector leaders, research institutions, and global corporations, helping them to develop impactful and sustainable clean energy strategies. Strategen specializes in providing independent analysis and regulatory support to help clients navigate some of the energy sector’s most pressing issues. ###     Contact: Denise Sheehan, NY-BEST Phone: (518)463-8644 (office), (518)429-6924 (mobile) Email: