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New York moves forward with plans to use battery storage to replace natural gas peakers

September 17, 2019

Utility Dive:

The New York Public Service Commission (PSC) Thursday announced a hearing for a battery-based energy storage facility with a capacity up to 316 MW at the Ravenswood Generating Station in Long Island City, Queens.

The project would be done in three phases: up to 129 MW, up to 98 MW and up to 89 MW. When completed, the facility will have more than 15 times the capacity of the state’s largest energy storage facility to date — Key Capture Energy’s recently completed 20 MW system.

The completion of the phases will replace 16 units of existing gas peaker generation on the state’s electric system. The units have no or low capacity utilization currently and the project will “enhance the state’s ability” to meet peak demand through clean resources, according to Ravenswood Development’s February petition with the PSC seeking a lightened regulatory regime.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a Market Acceleration Bridge Incentive Program in April to ensure the deployment of energy storage. The program has a bulk storage project component, including $150 million for systems over 5 MW providing wholesale market energy or distribution services, and a retail storage component, providing $149 million for customer or distribution utility-sited projects below 5 MW that may be paired with solar generation.

The Ravenswood project will seek the bulk storage incentive. The standalone battery project will operate entirely within the New York Independent System Operator’s wholesale market. Its ultimate energy capacity is currently unknown. The first and largest part of the Ravenswood project is slated for commercial operation in March 2021.

More: New York advances toward 3 GW storage goal with 316 MW project to replace gas peakers

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