Energy storage seems to be the key to renewable energy. A $55 million dollar initiative is going to turn Long Island into a veritable hotspot of sustainable energy. Let us examine the details of this scheme.
Well, similar to other New York residents Long Islanders have been offered $250 per kilowatt-hour with businesses up to 5 megawatts for energy storage. All this is funded by the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Why Long Island?
In splendid isolation, Long Island is ideal for testing the waters so to speak. Cut off from the mainland, it has great wind power capabilities and this combined with solar power it is expected to fill the storage ability. This will fulfil Governor Andrew Cuomo’s vision of achieving a carbon-free grid.
There is an incentive for Long Island to achieve this status and to bank the electricity. Energy services are at a stretch to cope with the demands of the 7.5 million residents and the surge of tourists who reside there during the summer months. In the past, the Long Island Power Authority has had to employ diesel power generators to meet the extra demand for electricity.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA) will be distributing solar energy funds in Long Island over the next 3-5 years. The aim is to have a local solar panel and storage battery installer to keep the market sustainable. Grid City Electric is one such company already immersed in the market. It will also want to keep it growing.
What is exciting is that the Public Service Electric and Gas of Long Island (PSEG) is offering financial incentives to those who install solar-powered storage batteries in their homes. Those who opt for this will be entitled to earn money through the company’s Dynamic Load Management tariff.
PSEG will be calling upon the services of Grid City Electric who provide domestic solar panels, batteries and storage. This company is going to help install the infrastructure needed for such a vital initiative.
It will ensure its existing customer base will benefit from the programme and make sure new clients are fully informed of how they will be making Long Island greener and cleaner.
With a ten year payment from PSEG for reducing the power burden during times of peak demand, customers will reap the benefits whilst contributing to this vital initiative. They are also protecting themselves against potential power cuts. There might be some DC generators involved as well.
Hurricane Sandy is fresh in residents recent imagination, Long Islanders have noted that those with PV that went offline would have benefited from the back up of storage batteries. These customers are bringing about the vision of being a carbon-free state by using their own devices.
LIPA has already run a pilot scheme in East Hampton. The 5-megawatt/40megawatt-hour battery was used at a substation there last year. There was extra power during peak hours so this was a success.
With mounting pressure to replace fossil fuel, there is excitement that carbon emissions will be reduced and government targets will be met. Long Islanders will be spearheading this initiative as they are seeking zero-emission back up devices.