New York Politicians Visit Carrickfergus on Energy Learning Tour
Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, 12 October 2015 – The Chair of the New York State Energy Committee this week visited Kilroot Power Station in Carrickfergus, to learn how an energy storage project breaking records in Northern Ireland could inspire New York’s future energy development.
New York Assembly member Amy Paulin was joined by Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh for a tour of the construction site of the AES Kilroot AdvancionTM Energy Storage Array. This is the AES Corporation’s first advanced, battery-based energy storage facility in the United Kingdom and will provide 10 MW of interconnected energy storage, equivalent to 20 MW of flexible resource. It will be the largest battery in the UK when it begins operations at the end of 2015.
The politicians came to Carrickfergus to meet with AES UK & Ireland President Carla Tully and learn more about how battery energy storage can support security of supply, renewables integration and affordability for consumers – all challenges shared by Northern Ireland and New York.
The Assembly members were in Northern Ireland for Belfast Homecoming 2015, a three day event for 150 leaders of the global Irish and Ulster-Scots diaspora. As part of Belfast Homecoming, Assembly member Amy Paulin presented Carla Tully with the Belfast Business Ambassador Award (which last year went to Seamus McAteer, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur with strong ties to Belfast).
The award was in recognition of Ms Tully’s leadership of an American company with strong ties to and investment in Northern Ireland – a connection with the diaspora which Homecoming is designed to promote – and the globally important work around energy storage AES is undertaking at Kilroot.
About AES UK & Ireland
AES UK & Ireland is the owner and operator of Ballylumford and Kilroot Power Stations in Northern Ireland. AES has operated in Northern Ireland since 1992. AES won the 2015 Allianz Arts & Business 2015 Business of the Year, and is the only company to achieve silver accreditation in Business in the Community NI’s CORE corporate sustainability certification. To learn more, please visit @aes_ukireland on Twitter.
The AES Corporation (NYSE:AES) is a Fortune 200 global power company. We provide affordable, sustainable energy to 18 countries through our diverse portfolio of distribution businesses as well as thermal and renewable generation facilities. Our workforce of 18,500 people is committed to operational excellence and meeting the world’s changing power needs. Our 2014 revenues were $17 billion and we own and manage $39 billion in total assets. To learn more, please visit www.aes.com. Follow AES on Twitter @TheAESCorp.
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