NYISO white paper on potential benefits of energy storage in NY electricity markets

The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) has released a 16-page white paper highlighting the possibilities “Energy Storage in the New York Electricity Markets”. The document discusses potential benefits of energy storage, including those relating to intermittent sources of power generation, such as wind:

Wind power, in terms of both capacity and generation, has surged in New York State in recent years. Since the beginning of 2007, more than 1,200 megawatts of wind capacity has been added to the grid. The continued growth of wind as a generation resource is expected for the foreseeable future due to a variety of factors including open access to the grid, price signals provided by NYISO’s wholesale electricity markets, the State’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), New York’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), and the potential for Federal programs controlling carbon emissions.

The NYISO Interconnection Queue includes almost 7,000 megawatts of wind power projects, which represent about 40% of the generating capacity in the queue. While there are no guarantees that all of the proposed projects will be built, the significant number of potential projects is an indicator of the positive prospects for further wind development in New York State.

Energy storage resources, combined with the NYISO’s pioneering wind dispatch system, can help New York take full advantage of its wind power resources….

Source: NYISO, Energy Storage in the NY Electricity Market.  Also, NYISO press release. (3/2010)

Long Island–NYC Offshore Wind Collaborative releases RFI

If you are interested in the potential of offshore wind in New York, or even if you consider yourself a NIMO (Not In My Ocean; pronounced “Nemo” of course), read on:

The Long Island – New York City Offshore Wind Collaborative Releases Request for Information

… A newly formed collaborative between the private sector and a host of New York State and New York City agencies issued Tuesday a Request for Information (RFI) marking the next step in the development of what could be the largest offshore wind farm proposal in the country.

In addition to the RFI, the Long Island–New York City Offshore Wind Collaborative also unveiled a new Web site designed to keep the wind industry, communities and stakeholders informed of the project’s progress. The RFI may be viewed or downloaded from the new Web site by visiting www.linycoffshorewind.com. The Web site also features news about the project including a transmission interconnection study issued by LIPA and Con Edison in March.

The Long Island–New York City Offshore Wind Project is sponsored by a collaborative consisting of:

  • Long Island Power Authority (LIPA)
  • Con Edison
  • New York Power Authority (NYPA)
  • The City of New York
  • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
  • The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)

The group is exploring the possibility of creating an offshore wind project that would be situated approximately 13 miles off the south shore of the Rockaway Peninsula in the Atlantic Ocean. The wind project would likely be designed for 350 megawatts (MW) of generation, with the ability to expand it to 700 MW, giving it the potential to be the largest offshore wind project in the country.

The intent of the RFI is to gauge the level of interest on the part of the wind power industry and other interested parties in developing the project and to garner insight and creativity as to how the project as envisioned can be enhanced.

Issuance of the RFI is expected to be a precursor to a Request for Proposals (RFP) anticipated for release by the end of 2009. The Collaborative would use the RFP to seek proposals from private development firms and/or members of the collaborative to build the project and enter into agreements to sell the clean energy it produces.

The concept for the offshore wind project emanated from Governor David A. Paterson’s Renewable Energy Task Force and is consistent with the Governor’s “45 by 15” program, which establishes the goal for New York State to meet 45 percent of its electricity needs through improved energy efficiency and renewable sources by the year 2015.

The transmission interconnection study concluded that an interconnection for up to 700 MW of wind power, located at a proposed location in the Atlantic Ocean would be feasible with upgrades to the current transmission systems. An application to interconnect the offshore wind project has been filed with the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) for up to 700 MW by 2015.

Members of the Collaborative reiterated a strong desire to help implement the project and some expressed an interest to purchase clean renewable energy from the project. NYPA and NYSERDA indicated they would be able to lend technical support by way of consultants working with each agency on wind power projects. NYSERDA also indicated the possibility of funding being made available from moneys through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative aimed at advancing clean, renewable energy projects that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state.

The New York State Department of State and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will offer general information on the planning and regulatory aspects of the project.

The RFI:

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit information from the wind power industry and other interested parties, including community groups, to support the development of a Request for Proposal (RFP) through which the Collaborative will pursue a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) that would support the installation of up to 700 MW of offshore wind generation by one or more private developers. The RFP will contain appropriate terms, conditions and other information to encourage the submission of high quality proposals from capable wind power developers. The Collaborative intends to issue the RFP by the end of 2009. This RFI is for information and planning purposes only and should not be construed as a solicitation or obligation on the part of the Collaborative.

Request for Information is available here. Responses to the Request for Information are due August 31, 2009.

New York wind energy developments

From news and web sources:

Regarding the Noble Power Altona wind farm turbine collapse:

  • [update] NYS PSC concludes in October 2010 that “the Noble facilities have been inspected and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. Moreover, the Commission concluded that Noble has demonstrated that it is in compliance with appropriate specifications and procedures for inspection, maintenance, public safety and site security as required.”
  • Public Service Commission to investigate. Albany Times Union, 3/12
  • Noble indicates wiring anamoly as source of problem for two turbines, including one that collapsed, indicates all debris within setback. Noble Environmental Power, 3/13

Adirondack Park Agency (APA) staff propose new rules for wind energy facility development, including streamlined permits for turbines up to 125 feet (to blade tip). Associated Press in Newsday, 3/12.  See staff-created draft permit here.

Beekmantown wind project rejected. WCAX, 3/17; Press Republican 3/17

Town of Clayton wind committee makes recommendations. Watertown Daily Times, 3/15

Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) issues wildlife advisories on multiple wind projects. Watertown Daily Times, 3/10

Town of Hammond residents drop lawsuit challenging rescinded wind law. Watertown Daily Times, 3/15

Village of Hilton explores community wind approach. Rochester City Newspaper, 3/11

Town of Lyme considers extending wind moratorium, easement over town property for transmission. Watertown Daily Times, 3/13

Town of Machias considers wind ordinance. Arcade Herald, 3/15

Ending years of bureaucratic squabbling, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Department of Interior (through the U.S. Minerals Management Service or MMS)  reach agreement to work together on the regulation of offshore renewable energy development. Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to follow. FERC/Interior press release, 3/17. Background on the dispute here, by the Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition.

EcoGen project in towns of Prattsburgh, Italy, advances. Corning Leader, 3/15

A profile piece on New York City’s first stand-alone wind turbine, on Staten Island. New York Times, 3/13

Oswego County onion farmer considers harvesting the wind. Post-Standard, 3/9

Governor Paterson feels the heat for suggesting a relaxation of carbon emissions rules, undercutting the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative or RGGI. New York Times, 3/5

Albany Business Review piece, 3/6-12, on impacts of federal stimulus package on local renewable energy sector (quoting this blogger). (subscription required).