New York permits 316-MW battery storage project

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October 23 (Renewables Now) - New York regulators have given the green light to a plan calling for the construction of a 316-MW energy storage system at the site of an ageing power plant in Long Island City.

The Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity was issued by the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) last week, moving the state closer to achieving its clean energy targets. This includes a goal of having 3 GW of energy storage capacity by 2030.

Planned to be partially operational by March 2021, the Ravenswood lithium-ion battery system will provide peak capacity, energy and ancillary services, and will also offset “carbon-intensive” on-peak generation that will improve the grid reliability in New York City. 

The proposed system was developed by LS Power's Ravenswood Development LLC and is expected to be able to store electricity that will supply more than 250,000 homes over an eight-hour period. The stored power will be discharged under New York Independent System Operator’s (NYISO's) and Consolidated Edison Inc's (NYSE:ED) dispatch orders.

LS Power said that the project was accepted in the NYISO 2019 interconnection facility study process and is “well-positioned” to meet a 2022 in-service requirement. It also took in a 300-MW Request for Proposals (RfP) that Con Edison issued this summer, which also requires projects to be switched on by end-2022.

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