New York utility installing battery to reduce peaks in non-wires alternative plan

This week, ConEdison subsidiary, Orange & Rockland Utilities (O&R) and Key Capture Energy (KCE) announced that O&R has selected KCE, an Albany-based, independent developer of utility-scale battery storage projects, will plan, design, install and operate O&R’s new battery storage project in Pomona. 

The battery for Pomona will connect to the O&R system through O&R’s overhead distribution lines. The project will allow O&R to delay building costly new infrastructure that’s designed to accommodate energy use at its peak — an event that occurs only a few times during the year.

In the RFP for the project, O&R said it was seeking a distributed energy storage system that could provide load relief of 2 MW of power for a total discharge period of six consecutive hours (12MWh) from a single or combination of locations and providers.

The battery storage project is part of O&R’s Pomona Non-Wires Alternative (NWA) Project, a program designed to help O&R maintain reliable service for customers and reduce emissions from power plants. This program is comprised of an array of strategies designed to provide smarter energy management. O&R said that new energy products and services, such as the Pomona battery storage project, provide the region with environmental benefits, while also creating new jobs and economic opportunity. This project supports New York State’s initiative to install 1,500 megawatts (MW) of battery storage throughout the state by 2025.

“New technologies give us new options,” said O&R Vice President – Operations Francis W. Peverly. “Using those options, we can build a more resilient energy system while minimizing future costs to our customers. Working with third-party developers, we are incorporating world-class solutions to meet the local needs of our energy system and our communities.”

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Jennifer Runyon has been studying and reporting about the world's transition to clean energy since 2007. As editor of the world's largest renewable energy publication, Renewable Energy World, she observed, interviewed experts about, and reported on major clean energy milestones including Germany's explosive growth of solar PV, the formation and development of the U.S. onshore wind industry, the U.K. offshore wind boom, China's solar manufacturing dominance, the rise of energy storage, the changing landscape for utilities and grid operators and much, much, more. Today, in addition to managing content on Renewable Energy World and POWERGRID International, she also serves as the conference advisory committee chair for DISTRIBUTECH, a globally recognized conference for the transmission and distribution industry. You can reach her at Jennifer.Runyon@ClarionEvents.com

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