NYSERDA Sets Parameters For Battery Energy Storage

Date: Mar 15, 2019

With next-generation battery energy-storage systems gaining mainstream steam and Gov. Andrew Cuomo hitting the gas on new sustainability options, NYSERDA is officially setting some ground rules.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has announced the release of the Battery Energy Storage System Guidebook, Albany’s first – if not quite definitive – say on how such systems will be permitted to work across the Empire State.

The guidebook is designed to assist local permitting authorities and players in the growing energy-storage industry navigate the siting, inspection and review processes for the development of battery-based energy-storage projects.

Some of those processes are still evolving; others will change as technologies change. But the guidebook offers the most up-to-date recap of statewide rules and regulations regarding battery energy-storage systems – a crucial compendium as Cuomo’s call for 3,000 megawatts of stored energy by 2030 energizes battery-driven brains.

Noting that New York “is rapidly becoming one of the leading markets for energy-storage development” in the United States, NYSERDA President and CEO Alicia Barton called the guidebook “a critical tool for local governments, developers and customers who seek to adopt energy-storage solutions.”

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