To Build a Battery Industry, New York Needs Help from Washington

February 6, 2018

Governor Cuomo's announcement of an aggressive target to add batteries to the state's grid seems like it should fuel further growth. If New York customers are buying grid-scale batteries, it seems logical that New York companies should be selling them. Yet, that's not necessarily so. In fact, it's quite likely that most of these batteries will come not only from outside New York, but outside the United States - from Asia, and from China in particular. Writing in the Syracuse Post-Standard, David Hart says Governor Cuomo's battery plan is pointed in the right direction – but it won't get near the finish line without help from Washington to constrain China.