Astoria, New York, was once home to the Charles Poletti Power Plant, often considered New York City’s worst source of air pollution. But now the same site will be used for the East River energy storage system – a new 100 megawatt battery installation.
“That’s about enough electricity to supply about 80,000 to 100,000 typical homes for four hours,” says Sarah Salati of the New York Power Authority, the largest state public organization in the United States.
She says the battery system will charge when excess power becomes available, then return electricity to the grid when needed.
This will reduce the need for the local utility to use highly polluting ‘peak’ plants – fossil fuel plants that are only used when energy demand increases.
It will also allow the utility to store and use more renewable energy, for example wind, which is plentiful at times but not at others.
“This enables and supports the integration of… the massive amount of offshore wind that will go into the system and be able to store it until it’s needed,” said Salati.
So when the battery storage facility comes on stream in 2023, it will help New York City switch from fossil fuels to clean energy.
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