New York PSC Approves Ravenswood Energy Storage Project

LCG, October 18, 2019--The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) yesterday approved construction of the largest battery storage facility in New York State history. The 316-MW Ravenswood Energy Storage Project will be built in Long Island City, Queens, New York and scheduled to be partially operational by March 2021.

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Xcel Energy, EVRAZ North America and Lightsource BP Announce 250-MW Solar Project in Colorado

LCG, October 1, 2019--Xcel Energy, EVRAZ North America and Lightsource BP announced Friday that they have reached a long-term agreement to develop a 240-MW solar facility in Colorado. Lightsource BP will finance, build, own and operate the Bighorn Solar project and sell all the electricity it generates to Xcel Energy under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA). The project will be built on EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel property in Pueblo, making it the largest on-site solar facility dedicated to a single customer in the country.

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SCE Selects Six Companies for 125-MW of Grid Edge Technologies

LCG, September 19, 2016--Southern California Edison (SCE) recently announced that it has selected six companies to construct 125 MW of distributed energy storage and demand response for its Preferred Resources Pilot (PRP), a long-term testing ground to learn how distributed energy and the grid can work together.

The companies selected for the second round of PRP contracts include: Advanced Microgrid Solutions, with a 40-MW contract for demand response (DR) with energy conservation and batteries; Convergent, with 35 MW of batteries; Hecate with 15 MW of batteries; NextEra with 10 MW of batteries and 10 MW of demand response, NRG with 10 MW of solar-storage "hybrid," and residential battery startup Swell with 5 MW of batteries.

SCE is offering 10- to 20-year contract terms, with delivery set to begin between 2018 and 2020. These six companies will now pursue developing sites and customers within specific areas of Orange County served by SCE's Johanna and Santiago substations, where reliability is a concern given (i) the closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), (ii) the planned closures of natural-gas-fired power plants serving the area, and (iii) the changing patterns of grid power generation over the course of the day, largely driven by the growth rooftop solar PV.

The PRP was started at the same time as a testing ground for these technologies on a more local scale, as well as to develop the technology expertise to expand SCE's smart grid capabilities to include more distributed energy resources (DERs) at a broader scale. The initial procurement was primarily for rooftop solar and energy efficiency, unlike this new round, which includes batteries for all the projects.
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