The Imperial Irrigation District, a public power utility in Southern California, took the No. 1 spot for the most energy storage, in megawatts, on a new "Storage Top 10" list created by the Smart Electric Power Alliance, or SEPA.
When it looked into the future just a few years ago, in its last comprehensive long-range plan in 2010, the Long Island Power Authority in New York thought it would have to build new generation to meet a growing load. Today, in its latest long-term plan -- and in a trend that reflects what is happening in many other parts of the U.S. -- LIPA sees its peak load remaining essentially flat between now and 2035.
In what it said is believed to be a first for the energy industry, the Imperial Irrigation District in California reported May 16 that it has successfully demonstrated the emergency black start capability of its state-of-the-art battery energy storage system.
Tucson Electric Power, which serves 420,000 customers in southern Arizona, has entered into a long-term solar energy contract with NextEra Energy Resources at a price of less than 3 cents/kWh, which TEP described as "historically low."
Younicos on May 30 said that it has signed an agreement to deliver a megawatt-scale battery storage system to public power utility Austin Energy as part of a U.S. Department of Energy-funded initiative known as the Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV, or SHINES, project.
Texas public power utility Austin Energy has partnered with Stem Inc. on an aggregated energy storage project. The project is one phase of a larger Austin Energy grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar Photovoltaics, or SHINES, program.