AES Alamitos has started construction on the 400MWh battery-based energy storage system in Southern California for Alamitos Energy Center (AEC). The new initiative is part of the overhaul of the existing AES Alamitos Generating Station.
Located in Long Beach, the new facility will guarantee flexible and reliable power for Southern California Edison (SCE) customers. It will also help the state in meeting its goal of 100% clean energy by 2045.
AES Southland president Ken Zagzebski said: “California’s goals for a cleaner, more sustainable energy future are fundamentally changing the use and design of the electric grid.
“We’re constructing a state-of-the-art energy storage system with Fluence that will help the state integrate more renewable power, employ the highest efficiency technology and focus on energy performance for SCE and its customers.”
In addition to providing power during the peak demand period, the AES Alamitos facility will support grid upgrade, enhanced renewable energy integration and reduced costs and greenhouse gas emissions. The energy storage system will have the capacity to power tens of thousands of homes.
The project, which is expected to be completed in late 2020, will contribute between $12.3m and $14.6m a year to the local economy.
Fluence COO John Zahurancik said: “Alamitos energy storage will stand as the first of a new generation of energy storage procured as stand-alone alternatives to new gas plants. It represents a whole new way to think about capacity and reliability.
“Its size, flexibility and long duration stand as a benchmark and showcase energy storage as a mainstream option for peaking power and grid support.
“Energy storage market growth and innovation can only accelerate from here, and we will continue to partner with industry leaders like AES and Southern California Edison as together we transform the way we power our world.”