in News Departments > New & Noteworthy
print the content item

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has completed its formal environmental review of Tyngsboro, Mass.-based Beacon Power Corp.'s proposed 20 MW frequency regulation plant in Stephentown, N.Y., and issued a finding of no significant impact (FONSI). In its determination, the DOE said that the plant "will not have a significant effect on the human environment."

This FONSI determination means that the company's application will not be delayed by a time-consuming environmental impact statement that is sometimes mandated for projects being reviewed.

This determination completes the environmental analysis of the project site that began in July 2008, when the Stephentown planning board approved the environmental aspects of the project by issuing its own negative clearance and determination of non-significance for the project.

Beacon's proposed plant would provide frequency-regulation services by absorbing energy when it is abundant, storing it in a flywheel energy storage system and injecting it back as necessary to help the grid maintain electricity frequency within a desired range.

Beacon's plant will not directly produce greenhouse gas emissions or other air pollutants, nor will it directly consume fuel, as do conventional fossil fuel-powered generators that provide regulation, according to the company.

SOURCE: Beacon Power Corp.



Advertisement

Trachte_id2056
Latest Top Stories

More Investors Entering Tax Equity Market; Returns Holding Steady

The entry of new tax equity investors to the wind space last year re-ignited an old debate.


Report: Top 10 Turbine OEMs Had Record Year In 2014

Preliminary findings suggest Vestas reigned supreme again among the world's leading wind turbine makers. How did some of the other OEMs fare?


AWEA's Gramlich To FERC: Additional Transmission Needed Regardless Of Clean Power Plan

To further build a more balanced and reliable electricity portfolio, the U.S. needs to build more transmission capacity.


Getting A Grip On Grinding Gearboxes: Why Such Events Need Not Be Showstoppers

Despite advances in gearbox reliability - namely, from condition monitoring systems and greater design standardization - challenges remain.


How Wind Energy Can Meet EPA Clean Power Plan Requirements

According to the American Wind Energy Association, wind power is a cost-effective solution for complying with the environmental effort.

Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015