National Grid eyes clean energy hub for Long Island

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

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

The components of the company’s model include developing more clean and carbon-free energy from offshore wind and solar sources; using renewables to create clean hydrogen to fuel power plants and heat homes; bringing more battery storage online to store wind and solar energy for later use; and modernizing and expanding transmission networks to deliver more clean and carbon-free energy to customers and communities. 

“We believe that innovative regional hubs where clean energy solutions – wind, solar, hydrogen, storage and ways to deliver it – all interconnect will deliver the clean energy customers and communities expect and deserve while drastically reducing emissions in the Northeast,” William Hazelip, president of National Grid Ventures, US Northeast, said in a company statement. “The work is underway to get the right infrastructure in place both on Long Island, which is our initial focus, and throughout the region. Our Northeast Clean Energy Vision is about accelerating the transition to a fossil-free tomorrow affordably, safely, reliably and efficiently.” 

National Grid is currently operating solar and battery storage projects on Long Island with NextEra Energy Resources. The company is also developing offshore wind infrastructure in the New York Bight 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 from energy storage to zero carbon generation like clean hydrogen. As part owner of New York Transco, National Grid is also involved in two transmission network modernization projects currently under construction and slated for completion by late 2023. 

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