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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:    
7 months 1 week ago
Syracuse, New York - October 20, 2016 – National Grid today announced a $242,000 clean tech incubator grant to the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) at NY-BEST’s 6nd Annual “Energy Storage Technology Conference”. The grant will fund NY-BEST’s new virtual clean tech incubator for battery and energy storage technology start-up companies in New York State.     “We are excited to support NY-BEST’s new virtual clean tech incubator for battery and energy storage technology," said Ken Daly, president of National Grid in New York. "National Grid supports innovation through programs like NY-BEST to provide emerging start-ups with an opportunity to grow in New York.  The company’s support of programs like this helps to sustain a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem that is the backbone of a clean tech economy. And it’s another way National Grid gives back to the communities it serves."   Advanced batteries and energy storage products are changing the way energy is used on the electric grid and in transportation. Batteries and other storage devices are being used on the electric grid to store energy from intermittent renewable energy sources, like wind and solar, and to make the electric grid run more efficiently. Fuel cells and batteries are powering new vehicles. Entrepreneurs are developing these energy storage technologies here in New York where new companies are emerging with innovative products for the changing demands of the marketplace.   “NY-BEST thanks National Grid for recognizing the great potential of the energy storage technology industry in New York and the importance to our economy of supporting start-up companies in bringing new innovative technologies to the marketplace.” said NY-BEST Executive Director, William Acker. “This National Grid funding will be instrumental for NY-BEST to assist energy storage start-ups in commercializing their technologies, validating their technical solutions and helping to raise important investor capital for these promising entrepreneurs.”   The $242,000 National Grid CleanTech program incentive will be used by NY-BEST to create a new virtual incubator called, “NY-BEST Business Resources to Innovate, Develop, Grow and Excel (NY-BEST-BRIDGE)”. With the grant funds, NY-BEST will deliver direct business assistance and guidance, technical expertise, mentoring, access to capital and other funding sources, and access to other technical resources; all tailored to the needs of energy storage businesses. NY-BEST plans to use the funds to increase the number of new energy storage start-ups in New York and accelerate the path to commercial success for these companies.   -more- NATIONAL GRID AWARDS $242K GRANT TO NY-BEST Page 2 of 2   National Grid since the inception of the program in 2003 has provided over $790,000 in clean tech incentives to 10 upstate New York organizations.   National Grid’s CleanTech Incubation grant program supports the development of a self-sustaining entrepreneurial and innovation “ecosystem” in upstate New York that will stimulate and support high growth new businesses generating new jobs and new investment. For more information and program descriptions, visit National Grid’s website at:     About NY-BEST The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology (NY-BEST) Consortium is a non-profit corporation established in 2010 to position New York State as a global leader in energy storage technology including applications in transportation, grid storage, and power electronics. An 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 National Grid National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity and natural gas delivery company that connects nearly 7 million customers to vital energy sources through its networks in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain. Through its U.S. Connect21 strategy, National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Connect21 is vital to our communities' long-term economic and environmental health and aligns with regulatory initiatives in New York (REV: Reforming the Energy Vision) and Massachusetts (Grid Modernization). For more information please visit our website:, or our Connecting website. You can also follow us on Twitter, watch us on You Tube, Friend us on Facebook and find our photos on Instagram.       NY-BEST Contact: Denise Sheehan 518.429.6924  
Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium Releases Energy Storage “Roadmap” for New York’s Electric Grid
1 year 2 months ago
The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) – a consortium of more than 150 battery and energy storage companies, universities, industry and government partners -- today released the Energy Storage Roadmap for New York’s Electric Grid. The Roadmap recommends that the State’s electric grid have 2 GW of multi-hour energy storage by 2025 and 4 GW by 2030, to achieve the State’s grid modernization and renewable energy goals established under the State’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) and Clean Energy Standard initiatives. 
1 year 6 months ago
Rochester, N.Y. - The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) is hosting a battery and energy storage technology conference at the Hilton Doubletree in Rochester on Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, with a networking reception immediately following. NY-BEST is also offering conference attendees tours of the battery development assets in Rochester on the morning of November 13, 2015. - See more at:
Statement from NY-BEST Executive Director, Dr. William Acker On New Energy Storage Projects in NYC
2 years 2 months ago
“NY-BEST congratulates Glenwood, Demand Energy and EnerSys on their successful partnership to deploy a total of one megawatt of distributed energy storage systems in select buildings in New York City. This effort comes at a time when New York State is in the midst of an effort, known as the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), to transform the electric grid using more distributed sources of energy, like storage...
New Prototyping Center for Energy Storage Opens in Rochester
2 years 2 months ago
State investment in Public-Private partnership with NY-BEST and RIT will accelerate development of new battery technologies 
NY-BEST Announces 2015 “Capture the Energy” Conference Leaders to discuss Opportunities for Battery and Energy Storage Industry in New York
2 years 2 months ago
Senior managers from leading energy companies, including Solar City, Tesla, General Electric, Toyota, General Motors, Consolidated Edison, LG Chem, and Siemens, as well as several other emerging companies, will discuss the new market opportunities for batteries and energy storage and how their companies are positioning themselves to realize the benefits associated with changes in the electric grid and transportation sectors.
Statement from NY-BEST Executive Director, Dr. William Acker on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Proposed $25 million Investment in Brookhaven National Lab
2 years 4 months ago
“NY-BEST is enthusiastic about Governor Cuomo’s proposed $25 million in State funding support for a high-energy X-ray beam line at Brookhaven National Laboratory. This facility will enable characterization of real batteries while they charge and discharge. The new capabilities offered at Brookhaven National Lab will provide an important complement the battery testing facility that NY-BEST has built in Rochester, New York...
NY-BEST and DNV KEMA to Partner on Battery and Energy Storage Testing & Commercialization Center
3 years 10 months ago
(ALBANY, NEW YORK, July 23, 2013) – The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) and DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability, a leading global energy consultancy and authority in testing, inspection and certification, today outlined their new partnership whereby nearly $23 million will be invested to build and grow the new Battery and Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Testing and Commercialization Center in Rochester, New York.