As COVID-19 wreaks havoc in our collective world and we socially isolate to flatten the curve, “everything works – and will continue to work – as long as we have electricity. It’s what keeps the lights on, the oxygen flowing, the information going. Everything is the grid, the grid, the grid,” said Peggy Noonan in The Wall Street Journal on March 19, 2020. As New York’s Governor Cuomo champions his state’s response to the virus in a historic fashion, he had earlier laid the groundwork to ground-breaking energy storage initiatives.
On December 13, 2019, Governor Cuomo announced energy storage initiatives that “will provide enough electricity for 1.2 million homes and produce $2 billion in benefits to New Yorkers.” “As the federal government continues to ignore the real and imminent dangers of climate change, New York is aggressively pursuing clean energy alternatives to protect our environment and conserve resources,” Governor Cuomo said. “These unprecedented energy efficiency and energy storage targets will set a standard for the rest of the nation to follow, while supporting and creating jobs in these cutting-edge renewable industries.”