Sunset Park Community DER Analysis Phase 1


The Sunset Park Community DER Analysis preliminary study began a larger planning effort, establishing potential pathways to reduce local air pollution from peaker plants and redirect payments for power generation back into the community.

In New York City, highly-polluting power generating facilities known as “peaker plants” are used to produce electricity when demand exceeds normal levels – primarily during the summer months when residents and businesses turn up their air conditioning during heatwaves. Overwhelmingly, peaker plants run on fossil fuels, operate without modern pollution control equipment, and are located in or adjacent to communities of color and low-income communities. These facilities contribute to chronic respiratory illnesses among the city’s most vulnerable populations.

The purpose of this project was to establish the theoretical potential of various distributed energy resources (DER) strategies to reduce peak demand, to assess the overall impact of DER strategies on peaker plant operation, and to identify areas for further analysis and research. The Design Analytics team created a model that assumed 8% roof photovoltaic (PV) totaling 71MW, plus 80MW applied battery storage. In this scenario, the models estimated 32% peak reduction.

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