New York recently strengthened its power supply with the completion of two projects: an underground and underwater 660-megawatt electric transmission project between New Jersey and Manhattan and a low-cost, commercial battery-storage system on the campus of the City College of New York (CCNY).
If wind- and solar-generated electricity are changing the way we look at our relationship to the grid, the transformation is only visible when the sources of that generation are in full force or, more specifically, when the gusts are strong and the sun is high.
According to the National Alliance for Advanced Battery Technology, the confluence of powerful trends underway across the nation’s electrical-energy system is driving the need for a drastically different approach to managing the grid system in the 21st century.
Thus far, the structure and integrity of the grid have limited the deployment and effectiveness of intermittent alternative energies, such as solar photovoltaics (PV). The sun may not always shine enough to meet demand.