Achieving NY Energy Goals

New York State has some of the most aggressive energy and climate goals in the country, including:

  • The Clean Energy Standard, a mandate to get 50% of electricity in the State from renewable sources by 2030
  • A 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 (using 1990 as a baseline)
  • Saving 185 trillion Btus (British Thermal units) in end-use energy by 2030 through greater efficiency

Energy storage will play a critical role in meeting these aggressive clean energy and climate targets, by helping to drive down electricity costs, increase efficiency, and integrate clean energy into the grid. Additionally, energy storage helps stabilize supply during peak electric usage and can help keep critical systems online during an outage all while creating an industry that could employ 30,000 New Yorkers by 2030.

To make this possible, NYSERDA’s Energy Storage Initiative focuses on creating a market for energy storage systems that support:

  • Clean energy generation and carbon reduction
  • Less demand on the grid during the busiest times of day and year (peak demand reduction)
  • Lower electricity costs
  • A more resilient grid

For more information and performance data on many of the energy storage projects in New York State, visit NYSERDA’s integrated data system for distributed energy resourcesLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

New York State’s Role

In his 2018 State of the State Address, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced New York State’s  target to deploy 1,500 MW of energy storage by 2025 on a path to an even larger 2030 target. By 2030, the energy storage sector in New York could also employ as many as 30,000 New Yorkers. The Department of Public Service and NYSERDA mapped out recommendations on how to achieve this target in the New York State Energy Storage Roadmap. The Roadmap identifies policies, regulations, and initiatives that will accelerate growth in this sector and meet electric system needs.

The Roadmap is just the latest effort in NYSERDA’s ongoing support and funding for energy storage demonstration projects, feasibility studies, and technical assistance. NYSERDA’s energy storage work is also supported by programs and initiatives covering microgrids (NY-Prize), electric vehicles (Charge NY), distributed solar (NY-Sun), large-scale renewables (supporting the Clean Energy Standard), in addition to support by the New York Power AuthorityLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

All of these efforts are part of a larger set of energy policies, strategies, and initiatives launched by Governor Cuomo known as Reforming the Energy Vision (REV)Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.. REV seeks to create a cleaner, more resilient, and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. This will require rethinking how the grid works by embracing distributed energy resources, increasing energy efficiency, and providing customers with greater control over their energy use. Energy storage is a fundamental piece to REV and the 21st century grid it is helping create.

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