Comments of the ESA re: NY DPS Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) Proceeding 14-M-0101 - Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement

Posted: December 5, 2014 - 13:00 / NY DPS / ESA Filings

Pursuant to the New York State Department of Public Service (“Commission”) Proceeding on Motion to the Commission in Regard to Reforming the Energy Vision (“REV”) and the associated Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (“DGEIS”), the Energy
Storage Association (“ESA”) appreciates the opportunity to submit the following comments and information for the Board’s consideration.

ESA is supportive of the New York REV process and has provided comments at key points throughout the proceeding. In the matter of the DGEIS, ESA has specific comments on the conclusions the PSC draws concerning the environmental impact of energy storage systems. The opinions stated in this filing represent the views of ESA, not necessarily the views of any individual member of the association.

ESA supports the general notion of the DGEIS that “on a large scale, the use of storage as part of a larger strategy to increase the responsiveness of demand will facilitate greater development of low-carbon energy generation.” More troubling are statements such as “energy storage devices may result in increased electricity demand from the existing grid, which may result in greater emissions”, as well as charts and assertions that indicate that energy storage has minimal impact on reducing summer peaks and negative impact on grid-based generation. In fact, energy storage operation data show that these technologies can provide a number of key environmental benefits that need consideration.

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