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Orange and Rockland employees stand behind a ribbon for a ceremony opening at the Warwick, NY battery storage site.

Warwick Project

We’ve partnered with Convergent Energy and Power to bring a new battery storage system online to support a more cost-effective, reliable, and sustainable electric grid.

The Warwick Battery Project is the first non-wires alternative project of its kind in Orange County. Orange and Rockland Utilities and Convergent Energy and Power, a leading provider of energy storage solutions in North America, partnered up to construct a 12MW / 57 MWh battery storage system in Warwick, New York. 

The system, designed, constructed, and operated by Convergent, will deliver more cost-effective, reliable, and sustainable electricity to 7,500 O&R customers in the Orange County communities of the Town of Warwick and the Village of Warwick, and parts of the villages of Florida and Greenwood Lake and the hamlet of Pine Island.

Energy storage (typically battery storage) offers utilities a way to increase capacity on the electric grid by charging the batteries when electricity demand is low and discharging them back onto the grid when high demand could impact supply. This program stems from O&R’s concerted effort to reduce costs for customers and incorporate new technologies to maintain efficient, resilient, reliable, and sustainable electric operations.

The 12MW solution is composed of three separate 4MW battery storage systems. Two of the systems are located on property owned by the Warwick Valley Central School District, and the third system is located within the Village of Warwick. New energy products and services, such as this battery storage system for O&R, provide the region with environmental benefits, while also creating economic opportunity. The battery system supports New York State’s initiative to install 3,000 MW of energy storage by 2030. Under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) passed in 2018, New York State is mandated to achieve 70 % renewable energy by 2030 and 100 % zero-emission electricity by 2040.

The project will connect to the O&R system through O&R’s overhead distribution lines. It will allow O&R to delay building costly new infrastructure that is designed to accommodate energy use at its peak – an event that occurs only a few times during the year.