New York PSC Approves Ravenswood Energy Storage Project

LCG, October 18, 2019--The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) yesterday approved construction of the largest battery storage facility in New York State history. The 316-MW Ravenswood Energy Storage Project will be built in Long Island City, Queens, New York and scheduled to be partially operational by March 2021.

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Xcel Energy, EVRAZ North America and Lightsource BP Announce 250-MW Solar Project in Colorado

LCG, October 1, 2019--Xcel Energy, EVRAZ North America and Lightsource BP announced Friday that they have reached a long-term agreement to develop a 240-MW solar facility in Colorado. Lightsource BP will finance, build, own and operate the Bighorn Solar project and sell all the electricity it generates to Xcel Energy under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA). The project will be built on EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel property in Pueblo, making it the largest on-site solar facility dedicated to a single customer in the country.

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Long Island Getting Juice from 18 Fuel Cells

LCG, Nov. 1, 2001--Fuel cell maker Plug Power Inc. said yesterday that 18 of its proton exchange membrane generators have been fully installed at a Babylon, N.Y., substation owned by New York State's Long Island Power Authority and are supplying power to the local transmission grid.

The 18 are part of a project that will eventually have 75 of the fuel cells hooked up, the company said. So far, 55 have been installed. The project is part of an initiative proposed by New York Gov. George Pataki as a way to promote new energy techniques and energy conservation projects.

According to Plug Power, the fuel cells could produce as much as one million kilowatt-hours of electricity over the duration of the program, which is enough electricity to power about 100 average-sized homes.

LIPA Chairman Richard M. Kessel said "Fuel cells are an environmentally friendly electric generating technology, and this project will help us develop a better understanding of how fuel cells can be integrated into our electric grid."

A fuel cell is a device that converts the energy of a fuel such as hydrogen, natural gas, methanol or gasoline and an oxidant which can simply be air into useable electricity through an electrochemical process from which no particulate matter is produced.

Locally, the fuel cells were well received. "The town of Babylon recognizes the need to look toward alternative fuel technologies as a way of supplying clean, efficient power for the future," said Babylon Town Councilman Steve Bellone.

The program is being funded through LIPA's Clean Energy Initiative, a five-year, $170 million program designed, in part, to foster the development and application of clean energy technologies, such as fuel cells, solar, wind generation and geothermal systems, Plug Power said.

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