July 22, 2021: New York’s Queens borough is to get a 100MW/400MWh battery after the city’s Public Service Commission, which directed utility Con Edison to deploy 300MW of storage systems in New York by 2023, approved the project on July 15.
The battery, to be installed on a site in Astoria once occupied by the Charles Poletti power plant, will be installed by the company 174 Power Global, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the South Korean business conglomerate, Hanwha Group. The property is owned by the New York Power Authority.
“Energy storage technology has emerged as an essential component of the energy landscape and the proliferation of energy storage projects in New York is critical to meeting the state’s ambitious climate change targets,” said 174 Power Global president and CEO Henry Yun.
“Bulk storage will let us bring large amounts of renewable energy to our customers without compromising our reliability, even as fossil fuel generators in New York City are shuttered into retirement,” said Leonard Singh, senior vice president for customer energy solutions, for Con Edison.
“Large-scale battery storage provides the opportunity for greater flexibility and resiliency of the electric grid and will support the growth of renewable energy for decades to come,” said Gil Quinones, New York Power Authority president and CEO.
New York State had already set some aggressive energy and climate goals when in October 2020 commissioners insisted the state must generate 70% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
Energy storage is considered an essential part of the drive, with New York Battery & Energy Storage Technology consortium executive director Bill Acker saying it would be a game-changer in bringing reliability to the grid.
NYSERDA, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, has set a goal of 1,500MW of energy storage to be in place by 2025 and to double that by 2030.