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The following guides and resources are for the current process for installing storage in NYC. 


 

The 2020 updated Energy Storage Permitting and Interconnection Process Guide for New York City: Lithium-Ion Outdoor Systems is designed to provide building owners, project developers and other industry participants with an understanding of the permitting and interconnection requirements and approval processes for outdoor Lithium-Ion based ESS in NYC.

The checklist is intended as an aide to help project developers who are in the early stages of project exploration and development, prior to initial meetings with AHJs.

This document will assist developers by providing an outline and template for the required emergency management plan which is an important component of the application package for FDNY approval.

This UL 9540A Data Utilization Guide for NYC: Flow Charts document is intended as a supplement to the Outdoor Permitting Guide. It provides high-level guidance on the utilization of data obtained from UL 9540A, Test Method for Evaluating Thermal Runaway Fire Propagation in Battery Energy Storage Systems, which is a key component of all lithium-ion based energy storage permitting applications under consideration by NYC AHJs.


 

The information outlined in this Zoning Bulletin matrix chart represents the DG Hub's interpretation of information contained in the NYC Zoning Resolution and the NYC DOB Bulletin 2019-007 released in Sept. 2019.  The CUNY Smart DG Hub developed this chart to provide battery storage project developers with a quick reference guide to assess the potential for additional special permit obligations under zoning requirements for Non-Accessory ESS.   

Zoning regulations pertaining to ESS are rapidly evolving, with the most recent passage of the Zoning for Coastal Flood Resilience amendment that will broaden the allowable sites for ESS installations. This is a further evolution that builds upon the Dec 2020 Zoning Bulletin 2020-023, which established a definition for Accessory ESS, which accompany the Sept. 2019 Zoning Bulletin that establishes the applicable zoning use groups and limitations for Non-Accessory ESS.


 

This UL 9540A Data Utilization Guide for NYC: Flow Charts document is intended as a supplement to the Outdoor Permitting Guide. It provides high-level guidance on the utilization of data obtained from UL 9540A, Test Method for Evaluating Thermal Runaway Fire Propagation in Battery Energy Storage Systems, which is a key component of all lithium-ion based energy storage permitting applications under consideration by NYC AHJs.