September 14 (SeeNews) - Southern California Edison (SCE) last week signed contracts for 125 MW of power from battery storage, “demand response” and solar-plus-storage as part of its Preferred Resources Pilot.
The project’s goal is to study whether the combination of clean energy resources can supply electricity to a densely populated area as reliably as a traditional power plant. SCE’s pilot is taking place in parts of Orange County and involves thousands of homes and businesses.
The company, owned by Edison International (NYSE:EIX), signed contracts with six developers for the 125 MW of capacity, details of which are available in the table. DR stands for demand response.
|Advanced Microgrid Solutions||DR from energy conservation & battery storage||40||15||Jan 2019 - Jan 2020|
|Convergent||Battery storage||35||20||Dec 2019|
|Hecate||Battery storage||15||10||Jan 2020|
|NextEra||Battery storage||10||15||Jan 2020|
|NextEra||DR from energy conservation & battery storage||10||15||June 2018 - June 2019|
|NRG||Hydrid of solar &
|10||15||April 2019 - Aug 2019|
|Swell||DR from battery storage||5||15||June 2019|
“This pilot is helping us move forward in development of a grid of the future that will support use of clean energy technologies and help us meet our state’s environmental goals,” said Colin Cushnie, SCE vice president for Energy Procurement and Management.
These 125 MW of new contracts add to 136 MW of “preferred” clean energy resources that have already been acquired for the pilot. The multiyear study is to determine whether such preferred resources (solar, wind, battery storage, energy efficiency and energy conservation) can be used to offset the increasing demand for electricity in Orange County.