Los Angeles utility approves plan for 20-MW energy storage system
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The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Board of Water and Power Commissioners last week approved an agreement with Doosan GridTech CA LLC to build a 20-MW energy storage system.
The particular lithium-ion battery system will interconnect with the Beacon Solar Plant and Barren Ridge Switching Stations in the Mojave desert. The project is strategically located so that it can capture and mitigate the variability of 600 MW of solar and 135 MW of wind power produced by a number of plants in LADWP’s largest renewable energy corridor in neighbouring Kern County, the municipal utility said in a statement.
The so-called Beacon Energy Storage System (BESS) will add to LADWP’s current energy storage portfolio that includes the 1,296-MW Castaic Pumped Hydro Energy Storage facility. It will also help the utility achieve its goal of adding 178 MW of energy storage by 2021.
The BESS project is expected to be completed by March 2018.