National Grid plans clean energy center for Long Island

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National Grid wants to transform Long Island into a clean energy hub powered by renewable energy sources.

The company released its Northeast Clean Energy Vision on Monday, which outlines four elements that would transition the region’s electricity infrastructure and build on National Grid’s previously announced plan to eliminate fossil fuels from its gas and gas systems. electricity by 2050.

Components of the business model include developing cleaner, carbon-free energy from offshore wind and solar sources; using renewable energy to create clean hydrogen to power power plants and heat homes; bring more battery storage online to store wind and solar power for later use; and modernizing and expanding transmission networks to deliver cleaner, carbon-free energy to customers and communities.

“We believe that innovative regional hubs where clean energy solutions – wind, solar, hydrogen, storage and the means to deliver it – will interconnect will deliver the clean energy that customers and communities expect and deserve while dramatically reducing emissions in the northeast,” William Hazelip, president of National Grid Ventures, US Northeast, said in a company statement. “Work is underway to put the right infrastructure in place both on Long Island, which is our initial focus, and throughout the region. Our Northeast Clean Energy Vision is to accelerate the transition to a fossil-free future in an affordable, safe, reliable and efficient way.

National Grid currently operates solar storage and battery projects on Long Island with NextEra Energy Resources. The company is also developing offshore wind infrastructure in New York Bay with the potential to host 3 gigawatts of capacity, through its Community Offshore Wind joint venture with RWE Renewables, according to the company.

National Grid says it is exploring how it can leverage its Long Island power generation plants to deploy new and emerging technologies ranging from energy storage to zero-carbon generation like clean hydrogen. As a co-owner of New York Transco, National Grid is also involved in two transmission network modernization projects currently under construction and scheduled for completion by the end of 2023.

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