Continuing to lead the transition from fossil fuels to renewables, California in October 2013 enacted AB2514, legislation that requires the states investor-owned utilities to acquire 1.325 gigawatts of energy storage capacity by 2020.
Earlier this month, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison issued their first request for proposals for energy storage assets that will help meet projected long-term local capacity requirements.
California grid and energy market regulators are joining with industry players and already taking the next step in the U.S. renewable energy-smart grid transition. Theyre building and testing microgrids in which solar photovoltaic systems are integrated with a variety of advanced energy storage technologies and the latest in real-time energy management software platforms.
Energy storage and renewable grid integration
Advanced energy storage is seen as the key to accelerating deployment and grid-integration of solar and renewable energy generation capacity, reducing peak power demand, and enhancing the reliability and resiliency of the electricity grid.
On December 16, Eos Energy Storage announced that it had won a $2 million award from the California Energy Commission to build and demonstrate a novel grid-scale battery system at PG&Es Smart Grid Lab in San Ramon, California.
Eoss project came out on top following a review of 28 projects competing for a total $6.3 million in CEC grant funding. Its Aurora project proposal was the only advanced battery storage system awarded grant funding.
According to Eos, its Aurora battery system can be manufactured at a fraction of the cost of existing energy storage solutions. The Edison, New Jersey-based company is joining with PG&E, the Electric Power Research Institute, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, distributed energy storage technology pioneer Stem and ETM Electromatic (ETM) to carry out the project.
Source: Triple Pundit
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