By Editors of Power Engineering
Con Edison has filed plans for a project that would bring 1 MW of portable energy storage to neighborhoods in New York City.
The project, dubbed “Storage on Demand,” is designed to keep service reliable as consumption rises during hot summer months. Con Edison will determine where to deploy the batteries based on the needs of its electrical networks, and could use them whenever an electrical network needs short-term supprot.
NRG Energy will develop and build the battery storage system, which will consist of two mobile battery trailers and one mobile electrical switchgear trailer.
The announcement marks the second battery demonstration project Con Edison has filed in 2017, as the company hopes to learn more about battery storage and assist more widespread adoption of large-scale battery storage for electrical grids.
“Battery storage technology is advancing quickly and can provide us with another tool to keep our service reliable on the days our customers need it the most,” said Matthew Ketschke, Con Edison’s vice president, Distributed Resource Integration. “Battery storage can also help us defer making upgrades to our infrastructure, saving our customers money.”
Con Edison’s first battery storage project, in partnership with GI Energy, will place batteries totaling 1 MW at the properties of four customers.