NYPA Press Release

NYPA Moves Forward with North Country Energy Storage Demonstration Project

For Immediate Release:  7/30/2019

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New York State Vendor Selected, $23.8 Million Investment Approved to Encourage Renewable Resources, Help Alleviate Transmission Constraints

Project to Contribute to Advancing Governor’s Green New Deal Clean Energy Target of Installing 3 GW of Energy Storage in NYS by 2030

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is moving ahead with its first large-scale energy storage project, establishing a 20 megawatt (MW) demonstration facility adjacent to an existing substation in Northern New York. The new system in Franklin County will support Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s renewable energy and energy storage mandates recently signed into law in the nation-leading Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act providing new economic opportunities as the State becomes cleaner and greener. The project supports the state’s nation-leading 3,000 MW by 2030 storage goal, the equivalent electricity to serve approximately 240,000-300,000 average-sized homes.

“This is a great opportunity for NYPA to demonstrate a utility-scale battery project and encourage energy storage adoption throughout the state,” said Judge Eugene L. Nicandri, NYPA vice chairman and Massena resident. “Energy storage is vital to the growth of renewable energy. This facility will promote economic development in the North Country, help resolve transmission constraints, and bring New York State closer to its energy storage targets.” 

The Board of Trustees approved $23.8 million for the project at its July 30 meeting. The total estimated project cost is $29.8 million, $6 million of which was approved by the NYPA board in October 2018. The project will include a one-hour lithium-ion battery system to absorb excess generation for later delivery.


“Energy storage is paramount as we bring more renewable energy online,“ Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA CEO and president, said. “To meet Governor Cuomo’s aggressive clean energy targets, we need to be able to store energy in large-scale batteries so it can be used at times of demand. This North Country battery storage project will guide us as we model additional storage facilities after it in the near future.”

Increasing energy storage capabilities also helps realize the Governor's Green New Deal, which aims to reduce the state’s carbon footprint to zero by 2040 and ensure that 70 percent of the State's electricity supply comes from renewables by 2030. 

At the July 30 meeting, the NYPA Board of Trustees also approved the award of a three-year contract, selected through competitive bidding, to O’Connell Electric Company, Inc., of Victor, N.Y. in Ontario County in the amount of $22.6 million for engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of the project.

The project’s strategic location in Northern New York is significant in encouraging efficient, reliable renewable energy growth. More than 80 percent of the region’s electricity supply comes from renewable resources, including NYPA’s St. Lawrence hydropower project and more than 650 MW of wind generation. Having the capability to store renewable energy for later delivery will help eliminate current transmission constraints that can prevent the energy from being delivered downstate.

The Authority’s purchase of the property for the battery facility is currently in negotiations and expected to be finalized prior to construction start this fall. The energy storage system will supply the New York wholesale energy and ancillary service markets and will contribute to the adequacy, economy and reliability of the supply of electric power in New York.  

Construction is expected to start in October, with operation anticipated by June 2020.

Senator Betty Little said, “Northern New York has a proven track record as a leader in the development and support of renewable energy projects. The battery storage project is a very important investment in clean energy technology that will promote economic development while enhancing New York’s renewable energy goals.”


Assemblyman D. Billy Jones said"The New York's Power Authority's investment in a battery storage project in Chateaugay will not only put us on the forefront of harnessing renewable energy, it will power our economy, spurring economic growth and making it easier for people to find good jobs close to home. It's an important investment in our state's clean energy future, one that will not only benefit Northern Franklin County families but also people from across our state."

Chateaugay Town Supervisor Donald Bilow said, “I am pleased to see the development of a battery storage project to support clean energy use in Northern New York. This is an exciting opportunity to welcome new technology that will also benefit the state’s energy goals.”


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New York State's Green New Deal   

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Green New Deal is the most aggressive climate change program in the nation and puts the state on a path to being entirely carbon-neutral across all sectors of the economy, including power generation, transportation, buildings, industry and agriculture.  The Governor’s program also establishes a goal to achieve a zero-carbon emissions electricity sector by 2040, faster than any state in the nation. The recently passed Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) mandates several of the Governor’s ambitious Green New Deal clean energy targets: installing nine gigawatts of offshore wind by 2035; six gigawatts of distributed solar by 2025 and three gigawatts of energy storage by 2030. The CLCPA also calls for an orderly and just transition to clean energy, creating jobs while spurring a green economy. It builds on New York’s unprecedented ramp-up of clean energy including a $2.9 billion investment in 46 large-scale renewable projects across the state, the creation of more than 150,000 jobs in New York’s clean energy sector, and 1,700% growth in the distributed solar sector since 2012. The CLCPA also directs New York State's agencies and authorities to work collaboratively with stakeholders to develop a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 85% from 1990 levels by 2050, and to work toward a goal of investing 40 percent of clean energy and energy efficiency resources to benefit disadvantaged communities.