Southern California Edison (SCE), a subsidiary of Edison International, has finalized an agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for a $25 million stimulus grant to develop and conduct a comprehensive demonstration of lithium-ion battery storage for energy generated by wind projects.
The DOE funding is one of 32 stimulus grants awarded late last year to demonstrate advanced smart grid technologies and integrated systems under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
SCE will use the funds to facilitate increased integration of wind-powered generation from the Tehachapi region in Southern California into the electric grid in order to help the state meet its renewable energy goals.
The $25 million DOE grant matches funds totaling $29.9 million provided by SCE and its partners, including a $1 million grant from the California Energy Commission, resulting in a total project cost of $54.9 million.
The project will be deployed at an SCE substation that serves the Tehachapi area, approximately 100 miles north of Los Angeles. The battery system will be installed in early 2012, with testing taking place through the end of 2014. The project results will be made available in early 2015.
SCE will collaborate on the Tehachapi Wind Energy Storage Project with U.S. battery manufacturer A123 Systems and the California Independent System Operator Corp. Quanta Technology and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona will provide engineering support and measurement and reporting services.
SOURCE: Southern California Edison