O&R's Exploring New Energy Storage Technology for Grid Support
To achieve that goal, O&R is asking prospective business partners to provide proposals to bring that technology to O&R’s Pomona service area.
O&R will take the best ideas and, coupled with an opportunity for incentives for customers who are willing to participate in the program, identify the best solution that fits O&R’s requirements.
Rather than adding infrastructure to provide more electricity, O&R wants to reduce the demand for electricity, cutting the peak load demand in this area by up to 6 megawatts.
“New technologies give us new options,” said O&R Vice President – Operations Francis W. Peverly. “Using those options, we can work with customers to help them manage their usage, get renewable energy and reduce their monthly bills.”
The reduction in the demand for electricity that battery storage technologies can provide will enable O&R to defer construction of a multi-million dollar substation --- a cost that would be borne by customers.
It is an approach that saves money for customers, helps O&R maintain reliable service and reduces emissions from power plants.
This project is designed to support Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) goals of building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. REV aims to help consumers make more informed energy choices, develop new energy products and services, and protect the environment while creating new jobs and economic opportunity throughout the state.
O&R has identified other areas where the company can work with customers to reduce their need for grid power and plans to release additional requests for proposals. Click here for more information about the concept.