The Studio supports goals that are critical to NYC’s climate agenda, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions and pollution in disproportionately impacted environmental justice communities, and increasing the amount of renewable energy that can be stored and utilized as back-up power sources. Leveraging test sites across NYC, the Studio is working with local leaders to align around areas of opportunity to pursue through pilot projects.
The Studio is currently recruiting a cohort of companies to test technologies in real-world environments and advance new storage concepts, designs, and features that yield valuable insights for scaling urban energy storage solutions and create community benefit. ConEdison, the energy company that serves NYC and Westchester County, is serving as a Studio collaborator and lending expertise to help develop and guide the pilot projects that are deployed.
The Studio envisions a future state in which a robust energy storage ecosystem is helping to foster a sustainable, resilient and more equitable NYC. In this future state, turnkey energy storage solutions for individual buildings are accessible and safe, large industrial and manufacturing campuses are converted into energy storage hubs, communities are empowered to own energy storage projects that are financially viable and directly benefit their constituents, and the value of electric vehicle and storage integration is unlocked. Through entrepreneur-led pilot projects, the Studio aims to catalyze this transition by building momentum around these future state opportunities to set the City on a path toward a just transition to a sustainable energy future.
Please see this research download for additional context and more information on the work that led to the formation of the Studio focus areas.
Testing and validating safer energy storage technology, which conforms to FDNY and NYC Department of Buildings’ regulations, is critical to creating the right technology mix to scale distributed energy resources in NYC.
Simulating the impacts of energy storage within a local community will generate data that showcases energy storage projects as safe, technically and financially feasible, and deliver clear benefits to the host community.
Demonstrating energy storage solutions in locations in NYC that fall outside of FDNY and Department of Buildings’ jurisdiction creates an opportunity to test novel, emerging energy storage technologies in a less restrictive environment.
Exploring the interaction between energy storage, EVs, buildings, and generation assets in NYC can help unlock the full potential of EVs as part of an integrated energy future.
The Resilient Energy Studio has partnered with local leaders who are excited to serve as potential pilot site hosts across NYC. Selected participants will work closely with Newlab, NYCEDC, and relevant pilot site locations to determine viability and the optimal location for a pilot of their product or technology.
The Brooklyn Navy Yard: The Brooklyn Navy Yard is a center of manufacturing and workforce innovation located across 300 acres along Brooklyn’s waterfront. Future growth includes the continued development of manufacturing and commercial space that anchors the industrial sector, contributes to the preservation of high-quality jobs for the community, and supports continued economic growth for New York City. Sustainability is at the core of the Yard’s efforts. The Yard is contemplating work including retrofitting, prototyping, as well as electrification.
Con Edison: Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $14 billion in annual revenues and $63 billion in assets. The utility delivers electricity, natural gas and steam to 3.5 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, N.Y. Con Edison believes energy storage will play a critical role in our clean energy future and Con Edison will work with Newlab to evaluate proposals that build utility capabilities and support customer interconnections. The two companies will also evaluate the potential for demonstration projects at Con Edison facilities.
Gateway National Recreation Area: Gateway National Recreation Area is a 26,000-acre urban national park that offers recreational facilities, historic structures, sandy beaches, marshes, and wildlife sanctuaries at park sites across Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and Sandy Hook, New Jersey. Well-known park sites within Gateway’s New York units include Floyd Bennett Field, Jacob Riis Park, Fort Tilden, and Fort Wadsworth. Gateway’s General Management Plan calls on the park to enhance sustainability through practices such as increasing energy efficiency and use of renewable energy. While Gateway is currently reliant on non-renewable energy sources, park management is interested in exploring the feasibility of alternative energy on park sites, including safe pilot demonstrations that enhance the resilience of the park and offer educational opportunities for park visitors. Pilot programs or demonstrations on National Park lands require corresponding legal authorizations, including but not limited to NPS-issued Special Use Permits.
Port Authority of New York & New Jersey: The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is a municipal corporate instrumentality and political subdivision of the States of New York and New Jersey, created and existing by virtue of the Compact of April 30, 1921, made by and between the two States. The Port Authority’s facilities include two tunnels, and four bridges between the States of New York and New Jersey, the Hudson Tubes facility, including the Port Authority Trans-Hudson system (“PATH” or the “PATH system), a bus terminal, the Trans-Hudson ferry service, five airports, the World Trade Center, six marine terminals, two waterfront development facilities, four industrial development facilities, a resource recovery facility, and certain regional development facilities.
New York City Economic Development Corporation: The New York City Economic Development Corporation manages 65M square feet of city property that includes properties in all five boroughs and cut across industries, from retail, to industrial and manufacturing, to ports, and more. EDC is hoping to review proposals for battery storage implementation projects that can provide value to any of these types of operations, from resiliency as backup generation to costs savings with demand response and peak load management, in neighborhoods such as Hunts Point and Sunset Park.
NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services, Division of Energy Management: NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) Division of Energy Management (DEM) serves as the energy management hub for City government operations. As part of that role, DEM is charged with leading the City’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions across its diverse portfolio of buildings spanning 80+ agencies, 4,600+ facilities, and ~250 M sq. ft. Today, DEM develops the City’s annual Heat, Light, and Power Budget; manages the City’s electricity, natural gas, and steam accounts; helps agency partners identify energy-saving opportunities at their buildings; funds energy efficiency and clean power generation projects across the City’s portfolio; implements operations and maintenance (“O&M”) best practices; and pilots innovative technologies.
New York City Economic Development Corporation is a mission-driven, non-profit organization that creates shared prosperity across NYC by strengthening neighborhoods and growing good jobs. NYCEDC works with and for communities to provide them with the resources they need to thrive, and invests in projects that increase sustainability, support job growth, develop talent, and spark innovation to strengthen the City’s competitive advantage.Learn more about NYCEDC
Con Edison is taking a leadership role in the delivery of a clean energy future by building and operating reliable, resilient, and innovative energy infrastructure, advancing electrification of heating and transportation, and aggressively transitioning away from fossil fuels to a net-zero economy by 2050. The company has a 2-megawatt battery system in Ozone Park, Queens that helps the company keep service reliable at times of peak demand for power. The company also has three 1-megawatt systems at customer properties under an innovative demonstration project. Those systems are on City Island, on the North Shore of Staten Island, and in Woodside, Queens.Learn more about Con Edison