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Energy Storage Trainings for Local Governments


Local government officials across New York State –including municipal board members, first responders, code enforcement officers and other community stakeholders can access prerecorded webinars or register for upcoming sessions to obtain information and resources necessary to ensure responsible battery energy storage system development.

Webinars below feature presentations from NYSERDA and external subject matter experts on key topics related to battery energy storage systems which are particularly important for communities and local governments.

Battery Energy Storage Systems 101

Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Featured Speakers: Dr. Stanley Whittingham, 2019 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry; Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, SUNY Binghamton

Gain an introduction to key concepts and technologies associated with battery energy storage systems, as well as an overview of relevant New York State (NYS) goals, policies, and programs.

Fire Safety

Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Featured Speakers: NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC), Energy Safety Response Group (ESRG)

Learn about key fire safety considerations for battery energy storage systems, including a discussion of best practices for first responders, as well as a review of important regulations found in the 2020 NYS Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code.

Zoning and Permitting

Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Featured Speakers: NYSERDA Clean Energy Siting Team

Dive into the valuable resources available to local governments in NYSERDA’s Battery Energy Storage System Guidebook. These tools are designed to assist municipalities in implementing zoning, permitting, and inspection processes for battery energy storage installations.

Decommissioning and End-of-Life Considerations

Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Featured Speakers: DNV and Li-Cycle

Explore best practices for the treatment of battery energy storage systems at the end of their useful life – including system recycling and disposal – as well as an introduction to decommissioning plans for energy storage installations.

Taxation and Assessments

Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Featured Speaker: Hodgson Russ, LLP

Learn about New York State and local tax treatment of battery energy storage systems, including information regarding assessments and payments-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) agreements.

Fire Code Considerations

Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2020

Access a detailed 2-hour session that walks through the energy storage system requirements contained in the 2020 NYS Uniform Code, including both the Residential and Fire Codes. It also introduces key incident management considerations for lithium-ion energy storage systems.