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Elevate and ArcLight to build New York City’s ‘largest’ BESS at retiring gas plant on Staten Island

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Legacy power plant operator ArcLight and its development arm Elevate Renewables will deploy a 15MW/60MWh BESS unit at the Arthur Kill Power Station on Staten Island, New York City.

ArcLight Capital Partners and its wholly-owned subsidiary Elevate will deploy the 4-hour BESS at the site of the Power Station which is set to be retired in 2025. Once completed it will be the largest BESS in New York City, ArcLight claimed.

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Elevate has completed contracting to build the BESS which will help manage supply and demand on the electricity grid as well as provide ancillary services to maintain grid stability.

Angelo Acconcia, Partner at ArcLight. “The Arthur Kill project, when commissioned, will be New York City’s largest battery storage system installed and the region’s first such existing power facility to be repurposed for battery storage.”

The current largest Energy-Storage.news is aware of a 7MW/30MWh BESS inaugurated last year by utility Con Edison, while in the wider state Key Capture Energy’s 45MWh KCE NY 6 BESS may hold that title.

Building BESS and other clean energy technologies at the sites of legacy power plants being retired can offer significant benefits including existing grid connection and infrastructure, and the BESS are a huge part of replacing the flexible capacity that those plants offer.

New York City has a particular incentive to retire its legacy thermal plants with many of them located close to populations, particularly minority ethnic and low-income groups.

New York state bodies recently approved six BESS projects totalling 42.5MW include one that will be a like-for-like replacement for a turbine at a peaker plant.

New York State has an energy storage deployment target of 6GW by 2030. The New York Power Authority, a utility, recently launched a Request for Information (RFI) for renewable and storage projects to help it get there. Earlier this month, power management tech company Eaton and developer Endurant launched construction on 150MWh of projects across New York City.

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