NYSEG and RG&E Continue to Play Vital Role in Viability of New Power Generation Sources
– NYSEG and RG&E, subsidiaries of Iberdrola USA, continue to play a key role in New York’s power generation business by providing safe, reliable interconnections between new customer-owned generation sources and the companies’ electric transmission systems.
“We strongly support the development of new generation sources, including renewable generation, to help ensure New York has an adequate supply of power and to help further diversify the state’s generation mix,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E. “That support is evident in the volume of interconnections we are executing, working in partnership with everyone from residential customers to large commercial developers.”
The generation projects NYSEG and RG&E are involved in fall into two categories:
• Net-metered interconnection projects: These residential and small-scale commercial wind, solar, hybrid (wind/solar) and micro combined heat and power/fuel cell projects use a special meter that measures electricity use when the customer is taking power from their utility and also measures electricity that flows back to the grid when the customer generates excess electricity.
• Commercial interconnection projects (large scale and smaller scale): These projects are created specifically to provide additional power directly to the grid.
Net-metered Interconnection Projects
• Applications to NYSEG and RG&E for connection of net-metered projects jumped from 204 in 2008 to 407 in 2011, a 98% increase. Over the four years, a total of 1,200 applications were received and 994 projects have been interconnected.
• The applications for the four years included 1,116 solar, 70 wind and 14 hybrid (wind-solar) projects.
• From 2008 through 2011, NYSEG or RG&E also interconnected six net-metered waste digesters with a total generating capacity of 2.81 mw in Cayuga and Wyoming counties. Waste digesters use bacteria to break down manure or other biodegradable material to produce flammable gas that is then used in a combustion-based turbine or engine-driven generator to generate power.
Large-Scale Commercial Interconnection Projects (2008 through 2011)
• Four wind farms with 234 wind turbines totaling 444 mw of generating capacity in Wyoming and Steuben counties.
Smaller Scale Commercial Interconnection Projects (2008 through 2011)
• Six landfill gas plants totaling 25.97 mw of generating capacity in Allegany, Clinton, Delaware and Cayuga counties. Landfill gas plants capture methane-rich biogas produced by rotting organic matter in a landfill and burn it to generate power.
• Cornell University’s 30-mw combined heat and power facility in Tompkins County.
• AES Corporation’s battery energy storage facility in Broome County (20 mw). This lithium-ion battery storage system provides energy to help regulate the power grid during times of high demand.
• Zotos International’s wind facility in the City of Geneva (3.3 mw; largest wind turbine installation of any manufacturing plant in the U.S.).
• Beacon Power Corporation’s flywheel energy storage facility in Rensselaer County (20 mw). A flywheel energy system uses electricity to charge flywheels during low-demand periods and then uses that kinetic motion to generate electricity during times of high demand.
There are 1,177 mw of wind projects and 13.6 mw of landfill gas projects in the New York Independent System Operator’s queue for interconnection to the NYSEG or RG&E systems. NYSEG and RG&E are currently processing interconnections for 88.5 mw of wind, 12.8 mw of landfill gas and 2.6 mw of waste digester generation.