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Energy Storage Industry
 Takes Huge Strides
 To Commercial Viability

The country’s nascent energy storage industry had much to be thankful for in November—a record-shattering procurement announcement by Southern California Edison, active discussion in Texas of a monumental storage proposal, and two large Illinois projects that are slated for commercial operation sometime next summer.

SCE said in early November that it planned to purchase 261 megawatts of energy storage resources for use in its Los Angeles-area service territory. That total pales in comparison to the 1,382 MW of new gas-fired capacity the utility announced the same day (all part of its plan to replace the baseload capacity it lost when the 2,150 MW San Onofre nuclear power plant was shuttered in January 2012), but as Colin Cushnie, SCE’s vice president for energy procurement and management pointed out when the winners were announced, “This procurement effort…marks the first time SCE has contracted with energy storage projects through a competitive solicitation.”

And, while small in overall terms, the California Energy Storage Alliance noted that the SCE announcement represents the “largest grid-connected energy storage purchase in U.S. history.”

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 Takes Huge Strides
 To Commercial Viability

Green Mountain Power Embraces The Future

It’s a small project, but Green Mountain Power’s new $10 million solar/storage project in Rutland, VT, could have a big impact—both in Vermont and throughout the electric utility industry.

The project initially was designed as a simple 2 MW PV farm, and is GMPstill called the Stafford Hill Solar Farm, but it has morphed into much more than that. The facility now includes 4 MW of battery storage and islanding capability, and is being touted by the Energy Department as the first of what it hopes will be many “resilient microgrid projects’’ nationwide designed to help utilities and consumers alike cope with the probability of more, and more severe storms and other grid disruptions in the years ahead.
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