387MW battery charge for California utility plans

387MW battery charge for California utility plans

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has submitted a request for approval to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for six additional 387 MW battery energy storage projects.

The goal of the facility is to further incorporate clean energy from renewable sources, while at the same time helping to ensure the future reliability of the electrical grid.

The projects include the 127 MW Lancaster construction in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, and the 132 MW North Central Valley facility located in Linden, San Joaquin County, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources Development.

There are also the 40MW LeConte operated by Calexico's subsidiary LS Power Associates in Imperial County, Amcor's 27MW Nexus Renewables US behind-the-meter solution located across a number of sites in the service area of PG&E, and the 46MW Daggett Solar Power 2 and 15MW Daggett Solar Power 3 projects in San Bernardino County by Global Infrastructure Partners.

Many of the projects have 15-year transmission-related contracts and have lithium-ion batteries.

The ventures for Amcor, Lancaster and LeConte are expected to be made available online by August 2022.

By August 2023, the North Central Valley and both Daggett ventures are due to be online.

The project agreements resulted from a competitive request for PG&E offers launched in July and satisfied the procurement criteria of the company outlined in a CPUC decision in November 2019 that defined possible problems with the reliability of the electric system starting in the summer of 2021.

In that decision, the CPUC approved PG&E to procure, between 1 August 2021 and 1 August 2023, at least 716.9MW of device reliability resources available online.

In May, PG&E announced the results of its first 423MW battery energy storage power procurement round, scheduled to be online by August 2021.

Fong Wan, PG&E senior vice president of energy policy and procurement, said: "The deployment and integration of utility-scale battery energy storage on the grid will be pivotal for the next few years."

“PG&E has awarded contracts for battery energy storage projects totalling more than 1000MW of capacity to be deployed through 2023, all of which contribute to meeting California’s ambitious clean energy goals while ensuring grid efficiency and reliability, reducing the need to build additional fossil fuel generation plants, and keeping customer costs affordable.”

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