To further its commitment to clean energy and electricity reliability for upstate New York customers, National Grid has opened a competitive bidding process for a minimum of 10 megawatts of energy storage in key locations across the company’s service area. The projects must be in commercial operation by Dec. 31, 2022 and may be eligible for NYSERDA’s Bulk Storage Incentive Program.
"Renewable energy is thriving in upstate New York,” said Chris Kelly, National Grid U.S. Acting Chief Operating Officer. “Energy storage is a vital component to unlocking New York’s clean energy future, and we are committed to developing cost-effective solutions through a competitive bidding process. We are looking forward to receiving, reviewing and selecting the projects that provide the most value to our customers."
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made an energy storage pledge to deploy 1,500 megawatts by 2025. This target reinforces the value and benefits that storage brings to power grids and the energy supply infrastructure. Energy storage systems support environmental benefits and the state’s Reforming the Energy Vision program, a comprehensive energy strategy to integrate new technology, renewable energy generation and distribution-side business models into the electricity system.
Through an Order Establishing Energy Storage Goal and Deployment Policy, approved by state regulators in 2018, National Grid is accepting bids of at least 10 megawatts of energy storage for scheduling and dispatch rights of new, front-of-the-meter distribution system connected energy storage resources, and Power Marketer services.
The company is soliciting eligible projects at four locations: Old Forge, North Lakeville, Menands and the New York Independent System Operator - Zone F area to reinforce electricity reliability for customers during periods of peak demand and/or participate in energy storage in the NYISO wholesale market. The Power Marketer services sought in the RFP support National Grid’s development as the Distributed System Platform through optimal dispatch of the storage projects to maximize value for its customers.
The company joins New York’s other investor-owned utilities, Central Hudson, NYSEG, RG&E, Orange & Rockland and Consolidated Edison, in procuring the dispatch rights to energy storage.
Chris Kelly noted National Grid is taking a leadership role in developing innovative technologies like energy storage that enable New York to reach its renewable energy targets. “We look forward to further supporting effective solutions for a cleaner energy future that are essential to achieving our carbon reduction goals as well as New York’s target of 70 percent renewables by 2030.”
Interested parties are invited to submit proposals through National Grid’s RFP service, Ariba. If you are not already registered and need to be added to the Ariba database, please contact box.BulkStorageRFP@nationalgrid.com by 5:00 p.m. on October 15, 2019.
To start the process to submit proposals for energy storage project/s, you are required to complete a Prequalification Questionnaire by 5:00 p.m. on October 31, 2019, through Ariba to determine eligibility to submit an offer. Qualified bidders will be eligible to submit proposals for one or more of the four locations in the RFP. Only fully completed proposals will be evaluated and are due by 5:00 p.m. on December 20, 2019.