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

Coal, Gas Sink As New York Sails Into Offshore Wind Power Mega-Deal
1 month 4 days ago
It’s been another gloomy week on the fossil fuel front, but first things first: yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo committed his home state to the largest ever offshore wind power deal in US history. That’s a pretty short history, considering that the US offshore wind industry only sank its first “steel in the water” almost exactly four years ago this month. Nevertheless, the news doesn’t bode well for the nation’s dwindling coal power fleet. It also coincides with a new study exploring the potential for battery energy storage to replace conventional power plants for grid reliability.
New York Climate Plan Sets 30-Year Goal For 100% Renewable Energy
1 month 4 days ago
Solar panels on every roof. Parking meters that double as car chargers. Wind turbines towering above farm fields and ocean waves. Cars, home furnaces and factories converted to run on electricity from renewable sources. A new law signed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sets the nation’s most aggressive targets for reducing carbon emissions and is intended to drive dramatic changes over the next 30 years. It calls for all the state’s electricity to come from renewable, carbon-free sources such as solar, wind and hydropower. Transportation and building heating systems would also run on clean electricity rather than oil and gas. But while the goals of the legislation signed Thursday are clear, details on how to achieve them are undetermined. It isn’t clear how much all this change will cost, or even whether it is all technically feasible.
Cryogenic Energy Storage Firm Teams With Tenaska to Develop US Projects
1 month 5 days ago
London-headquatered Highview Power has contracted with Nebraska-based Tenaska Power Services to help develop up to four gigawatt-hour scale cryogenic energy storage plants in the United States over two years, with the first project expected to be developed in the ERCOT market. Highview’s technology uses electricity to chill and liquefy air at -320°F, stores the liquid air in insulated, low-pressure tanks, and later exposes the liquid air to ambient temperatures to rapidly re-gasify the air, expanding it to 700 times its liquid volume, to power turbines to generate electricity. The firm notes that its system can be configured to also use waste heat and cold.
NY Commits $55 Million to Long Island Energy Storage
1 month 5 days ago
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced $55 million for energy storage, including commercial and residential storage projects, on Long Island. This program will be launched with an initial rollout of nearly $15 million in incentives from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Energy storage projects supported by this Long Island initiative will advance progress toward achieving New York's target of 3,000MW of energy storage deployed by 2030 — the equivalent to powering 40% of New York's homes. The announcement supports Governor Cuomo's Green New Deal, a clean energy jobs agenda putting New York on a path to carbon neutrality.

 Beyond New York

Taking Aim at PJM's 10-Hour Duration Capacity Rule for Energy Storage
1 month 2 days ago
Over the past year and a half, the U.S. energy storage industry has been getting into arguments with grid operators over their plans to implement Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Order 841, the mandate to integrate energy storage assets into the country’s wholesale energy markets. The biggest argument to date has been over PJM’s insistence on a 10-hour duration requirement for batteries to play in its capacity market. Storage advocates and clean energy groups say the proposal violates FERC Order 841’s call for open and equal access for energy storage assets, by effectively making it impossible for lithium-ion batteries to economically compete against fossil-fuel-fired plants in the country’s biggest capacity market.
Silent, No Gears and Cheaper Every Day: Electric Cars Aren't So Hard to Get Used To
1 month 3 days ago
A few weeks ago in western Sydney, I fanged around the Eastern Creek racetrack looking to kick the wheels of the electric car revolution. A lot has been written on the viability of the electric car: the price, the availability, the range, the chargers. But this was solely about the driving experience, from the perspective of someone who has only ever driven petrol cars. I tested six cars – from pure electric, to hydrogen fuel-cell, to petrol-hybrids. From the Tesla X SUV, to the fully electric SEA truck, to the one-person, three-wheel Toyota iRoad (which we will never speak of again).