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GPAEE - Navy Yard Battery Energy Storage

Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 12:00 PM until 1:30 PM
Penn State at the Navy Yard
4690 S 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19112
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Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers

Navy Yard Battery Energy Storage


May 17, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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Penn State at the Navy Yard
4690 S 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19112



Come hear about the innovative Battery energy storage system (BESS) project at the Navy Yard. Built next door to a retired steam plant, the Navy Yard BESS is the latest project to join an array of Navy Yard innovative and sustainable technologies and drives Philadelphia towards a cleaner and greener future. The BESS also joins the ranks of industrial and shipbuilding companies, cell and gene therapy production facilities, and global businesses at the historic campus, all powered by one of the East Coast’s largest unregulated electric grids.

The 2,240-lithium ion battery system housed in the industrial portion of the campus will provide a cheaper source of energy for the business tenants of the Navy Yard through peak shaving technology when the demand and cost of power is highest throughout the day. At times when the price of energy is stable locally, the BESS will participate in the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland (PJM) Interconnection’s frequency regulation market to regulate power on the regional grid.

The 14.8-megwatt hour system represents a cutting-edge partnership between nonprofits that will usher in a new era of energy infrastructure at the landmark site. Battery storage technology is imperative to ensuring the success of the renewable energy revolution because it has the capacity to make green power available for future use. Facilities connected to battery storage technology will have uninterrupted use of power during major local outages and facilitate resilient buildings and microgrids.

Lunch will be provided.


Rudy Terry - Rudy Terry is General Manager & Director, Navy Yard Utility at PIDC. PIDC is Philadelphia’s city-wide economic development corporation. Rudy is responsible for the business planning and management, operation and development of the large private electric grid that serves the Navy Yard commercial and industrial community. This 1200-acre site has been transformed into a thriving business campus with more than 14,000 employees and over 100 diverse and prominent companies, including prominent corporate headquarters, and several US Navy industrial activities. Upon arrival at PIDC, Rudy guided the development of the 10-yearenergy master plan to map the future growth, and modernization this WWII era non-regulated electric distribution system. He then led the resulting infrastructure and technology investment of $45 Million over a six-year period. Rudy’s work experience includes management engagements with Oil & Gas, Industrial technology, and maritime operations firms. Rudy holds a Master of Science Degree from the University of Michigan and an Engineering Degree from Vanderbilt University.

Stephen Bern - Stephen Bern is the Director of Resiliency at Citizens Energy Corporation, based in Boston, MA. He founded the Citizens’ storage and microgrid business in 2018 and is responsible for all storage and microgrid related activities, including project origination, development, construction management, financing, and asset management. Citizens Energy is a national developer and owner/operator of distributed generation and utility scale solar, storage and microgrid projects. The company finances all of its projects with typical project finance structures and provides all sponsor equity for each portfolio.

Prior to joining Citizens Energy, Mr. Bern was a Principal in National Grid Ventures’ US Business Development group, where he was responsible for executing the company’s US energy storage strategy, which included creating financial models and managing the development of projects from concept to commercial operation. Over his eight-year tenure at National Grid, he performed roles that included Mergers & Acquisitions, Transaction Support and FERC Finance Manager. Prior to joining National Grid in 2010, Mr. Bern was a Partner, Senior Financial Planning & Analysis Manager at CSC Consulting (now DXC Consulting).