Southern California Edison (SCE) announced the suppliers and projects it has selected for the largest grid-connected energy storage purchase in U.S. history. This energy storage procurement is more than five times greater than SCE’s minimum authorization of 50 MW, pursuant to a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) ruling. SCE will purchase 261 MW of energy storage resources, pending approval by the CPUC.
This procurement effort marks the first time SCE has used a competitive solicitation to obtain bids for energy storage projects. Once deployed, the energy storage systems will provide a number of services to SCE’s power grid, including ensuring adequate available electrical capacity to meet peak demand.
The companies named to provide storage systems and amounts are:
NRG Energy, 0.5 MW
Ice Energy, 25.6 MW
Advanced Microgrid Solutions, 50 MW
Stem, 85 MW
AES Energy Storage, 100 MW
California is currently focused on implementing AB 2514, which requires investor-owned utilities to procure 1.325 GW of energy storage by 2020. The progressive clean energy policies of the CPUC have helped make the state a global leader in energy storage, with substantial progress achieved since its 2013 decision ordering SCE’s storage procurement.
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