Developer to submit battery-only proposal to Ulster Park

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Town of Ulster Supervisor James Quigley has announced that GlidePath Development has submitted a revised plan to the Town of Ulster for the proposed Lincoln Park Grid Support Center in Ulster County.

The revised proposal eliminates all fossil fuel generators that were initially proposed in 2017 as part of a hybrid design, and will instead use a battery-only system to provide 20 megawatts (MW) of energy storage to support the electric grid in Ulster County and the surrounding region.

The updated configuration eliminates air emissions, the exhaust stack, gas supply infrastructure and the on-site diesel fuel storage that were involved in the previous design. In addition, the new plan relocates the project to the northeast side of Frank Sottile Boulevard, significantly increasing the project’s setback from residences.

“This revised proposal is testament to the power of an informed and engaged community,” said Quigley. “We had a large number of Ulster residents and stakeholders get involved with this project who brought valid concerns to the table. We held public forums to make sure GlidePath heard those concerns and responded with a proposal that will provide Ulster with a reliable supply of electricity that will light our homes and spur economic growth with the least impact possible on our community and environment.”

The Lincoln Park Grid Support Center will bring $20 million of private investment to Ulster County and provide lower-cost grid support services to the local electric system.

Proponents of the project say it will help New York achieve its ambitious goal of bringing 3,000 MW of energy storage online by 2030 while supporting the integration of more renewable energy into the grid.

The project will be presented at the Ulster Town Board on Thursday, February 7, 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend to learn more about the revised proposal.

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