Key Contact

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Lisa Oliver, P.E. Director of Energy

Project Story

The project includes the development of a 20 MW battery energy storage system (BESS) that will be connected to an existing substation to help the utility with grid stability.  This project will use containerized batteries with inverters to store energy during off-peak times and release it during peak times.  The challenge of this project is getting the overhead electric lines run from the facility to the substation the utility would like it connected to.  The preferred route is along an abandoned railroad line and onto the utility’s property to the substation, and the Phase 1 ESA indicated the possibility of hazardous materials being present.

Fisher Associates performed a topographic survey to gather information on the ground contours and existing features. 

A challenge on this project was the potential presence of hazardous materials, resulting in a Phase II ESA being performed. Results of the Phase II ESA altered the route and method of connection of the BESS to the substation to avoid disturbing contaminated areas.

Tasks Completed

  • Geomatics
  • Topographic survey
  • Geotechnical investigation
  • Phase 1 ESA
  • Preliminary site design
  • Local permitting support
  • NYSDOT permitting
  • Erosion and sediment control plans
  • Hydrology study
  • SPCC
  • Final design plans