CPUC approves five new energy storage projects in California

6 June 2018 (Last Updated June 6th, 2018 11:13)

US-based California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved five new energy storage projects totalling 83.5MW, as well as one demand response programme equalling 4.5MW.

US-based California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved five new energy storage projects totalling 83.5MW, as well as one demand response programme equalling 4.5MW.

Announced by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), the approval of the energy storage projects will see the addition of lithium-ion battery storage facilities in San Diego and south Orange counties.

SDG&E president Scott Drury said: “The approval marks yet another milestone in our journey to create a clean energy future for every family and business in southern California.

“These projects exemplify our commitment to expanding the use of innovative energy solutions such as battery storage and demand response to benefit customers and our communities.”

"The approval marks yet another milestone in our journey to create a clean energy future for every family and business in southern California."

Other companies that have contracted with SDG&E for the development of these projects include Renewable Energy Systems (RES) America, Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Fluence, Powin Energy, and Enel Green Power.

RES America will be engaged in developing a 30MW/120MWh lithium-ion battery storage facility in San Diego, California, while Advanced Microgrid Solutions will be involved in the construction of a 4MW/16MWh lithium-ion battery storage facility in San Juan Capistrano, California.

Both projects are expected to be completed by December next year.

Fluence will be responsible for constructing 40MW/160MWh lithium-ion battery facility in Fallbrook, California, while Powin Energy will build a 6.5MW/26MWh lithium-ion battery storage facility in Escondido, California.

Enel Green Power will build a 3MW/12MWh lithium-ion battery storage facility in Poway, California and OhmConnect is providing a demand response program for the equivalent of 4.5MW.

All of these projects are anticipated be completed in 2021.

San Diego Mayor Kevin L Faulconer said: “These innovative projects will create good-paying jobs and help expand the use of renewable energy. I look forward to seeing this project come online next year and continue our collective journey toward a cleaner and greener San Diego.”

By 2030, SDG&E aims to develop or interconnect more than 330MWs of energy storage and thus deliver more renewable power to its customers.