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GlidePath changes plans from fossil fuel generators to battery only for Town of Ulster project

TOWN OF ULSTER – GlidePath Development has submitted a modified plan for its proposed Lincoln Park Grid Support Center in the Town of Ulster from a hybrid configuration using natural gas fired reciprocating engines and utility-scale batters to using batteries only.

The change comes following the company’s consideration of comments they received from the public and other stakeholders as well as recent changes in state energy policy, Peter Rood, chief development officer for GlidePath Power Solutions wrote in a January 31 letter to Town of Ulster Supervisor James Quigley.

Rood wrote that the modifications “eliminate any significant adverse impacts of the project without materially impacting (their) ability to achieve project objectives.”

Quigley said 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.

“This plant serves as the basis in the new green deal, the renewable energy focus, for providing ability to store electric that is generated ultimately by renewable resources,” Quigley said.

The revised plan also relocates the project to the northeast side of Frank Sottile Boulevard, significantly increasing the project’s setback from residences.

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

Quigley said 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. The project will help the state achieve its goal of bringing 3,000 MW of energy storage online by 2030 while supporting the integration of more renewable energy into the grid.

 


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