Four Energy Storage Projects to Watch

Posted July 5, 2016 by Zoe Fishman
Here are some of the most exciting storage announcements in California this month

On June 23,the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) passed a revised version of the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), which reduced funding for fossil fuels and boosted support for energy storage and renewable technologies (full PDF here). The new decision allocates 75% of the annual SGIP budget to energy storage, giving priority to storage systems paired with renewable energy. Additionally, 15% of the storage incentives will be set aside for residential projects. The ruling reinforces the importance of energy storage in helping achieve California’s ambitious energy and environmental goals.
Given the exciting updates to SGIP last week, we decided to look into some of the recently announced energy storage projects in California. Courtesy of the DOE Global Energy Storage Database, we have assembled a list of four projects that were announced in Spring 2016. These planned systems will deliver a range of benefits, from providing reliable, dispatchable grid power to helping office buildings and schools manage energy costs.

June 28, 2016:San Francisco’s First Hybrid Electric Building

Morgan Stanley Real Estate invested in Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) to transform its San Francisco skyscraper, One Maritime Plaza, into the city’s first hybrid electric building using Tesla Powerpack batteries. The 500 kilowatt/1,000 kilowatt-hour indoor battery system will help lower costs, increase resiliency, and control demand from the grid using clean energy storage. It is estimated that this storage system will reduce the building’s peak energy demand by about twenty percent, improving efficiency for the office building.

June 22, 2016: Cal State University to Be Biggest Energy Storage Project at an Educational Institution

Cal State University is working with Tesla Energy and Advanced Microgrid Systems (AMS) to install advanced battery storage facilities, with the first system to be built at Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) this summer. This 1 MW battery system is predicted to reduce electricity costs by $3.3 million and can store enough energy to power 2,000 homes. AMS is also looking into installing two behind-the-meter energy storage systems at the Chancellor’s Office in Long Beach and at Cal State Dominguez Hills in Carson. This project will work to stabilize the campus grid and reduce utility costs. 

June 16, 2016: Irvine to Deploy Nation’s Largest Indoor Energy Storage System

Stem announced a 1.3 MW storage installation with Park Place, a 2.1 million square foot mixed-use corporate complex owned by LBA Realty. This project will house the largest indoor energy storage system in the nation, which will deliver automated electricity savings and provide on-call demand reduction to help Southern California Edison balance and relieve peak grid congestion. The storage installation reduces local reliance on fossil-fueled power plants and improves electricity reliability without impacting tenant operations. 

March 31, 2016: San Diego’s Largest Lithium Ion Battery Project

San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) has signed a twenty year power purchase agreement contract with Hecate Energy Bancroft, LLC for a new 20 MW energy storage facility in Spring Valley. The battery is capable of storing enough electricity to power 28,000 homes for up to four hours. This new project, which is the largest of its kind in San Diego, will harness supplies of solar, wind, and other traditional resources and release the power during peak demand times.

Energy Storage North America 2016 is dedicated to the technologies, benefits, and use cases of energy storage. Our 2016 program will feature speakers from some of the facility managers, storage developers, and utilities listed here, including Susan Kennedy, Founder and CEO of AMS.
Remember to register before July 31 for early-bird rates here.
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San Francisco One Maritime Plaza  
Cal State University Long Beach  
Irvine Park Place
San Diego