Sunday, April 28, 2019

Battery Storage Study Underway in Lake Placid, Tupper

Village of Tupper Lake municipal offices Clarkson University researchers are conducting an energy study in Lake Placid and Tupper Lake that could help the two villages reduce their electricity costs through a process called “peak shaving.”

An feasibility study for Tupper Lake and Lake Placid municipal electric departments will investigate the use of battery energy storage to “peak shave,” a technique that reduces power consumption during periods of maximum demand. The project is being funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), with additional cost sharing funds from Clarkson University.

Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) Energy Circuit Riders (ECRs) worked with Lake Placid and Tupper Lake municipal leaders to identify their initial interest in using batteries to peak shave. ANCA ECRs, who serve as field agents for ANCA’s Clean Energy Program, also assisted with developing the grant proposal for the study. The Clean Energy Program focuses on advancing clean energy efforts in the region by helping communities plan, finance and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

The energy storage project is expected to analyze energy costs and patterns of energy loads to determine the potential benefits of peak shaving in Lake Placid and Tupper Lake. The two municipalities own their electric departments and receive a fixed amount of hydropower from the New York State Power Authority (NYPA). Once they surpass their fixed allocation from NYPA, their price for power increases substantially due to open market pricing.

The study will determine if it is feasible to use battery storage to avoid those instances where the municipalities cross over from their hydropower allocation to the open market. Researchers hope to identify whether battery storage can be used to keep the villages within their allocation and avoid the added expenses of the open market.

Last December, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo called for the deployment of 3,000 megawatts of energy storage by 2030. The target is hoped to help New York meet the Governor’s nation-leading Green New Deal, a clean energy and jobs agenda that hopes to put New York State on a path to a carbon-neutral economy. This project is part of NYSERDA’s overall goal to develop and field test innovative energy storage systems that will help New York achieve these targets.

Questions about the study may be directed to Thomas Ortmeyer at tortmeye@clarkson.edu or (315) 268-4035.

Photo of Village of Tupper Lake municipal offices courtesy Village of Tupper Lake.

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