Energy Efficiency, Grid Scale, Storage

Beacon Flywheel Plant Approved by New York PSC

Beacon Power Corporation announced that the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) has granted the company a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) for its proposed 20-megawatt (MW) flywheel frequency regulation plant in Stephentown, New York, and approved the project’s overall financing.

At its October 15 meeting, the PSC determined that Beacon’s proposed flywheel plant in Stephentown is in the public’s interest. Last month the PSC affirmed that Beacon’s Stephentown plant had met all relevant PSC environmental requirements.

With the PSC’s last two decisions now in place, the company is authorized to apply for applicable permits, submit any final plans and drawings to PSC for review, and prepare to construct and operate the plant.

“This is an important decision for Beacon Power and for electricity users in the state,” said Bill Capp, Beacon president and CEO. “The PSC works to ensure that New Yorkers have access to reliable and low-cost utility services. We believe that their decision to approve the CPCN for the Stephentown plant is recognition of the benefits that flywheel energy storage can bring in improving grid reliability and providing an essential grid service in a clean, low-cost way.”