The primary electricity supply company for much of Southern California is turning to large-scale and distributed energy storage projects to meet demand in northwest of Los Angeles, pushing back against the need for a new gas peaker plant - a fantastic win for the community who opposed fossil fuel infrastructure marring the coastline and who now have clean energy investment in instead of a gas plant.
What started as a routine gas plant procurement ended as a testament to the changing electrical grid and the rapid ascent of energy storage.
Batteries at the once-mindblowing 100-megawatt scale are becoming increasingly commonplace, in utility project announcements if not yet in practice. As sheer scale loses its shock value, displacing gas plants in head-to-head competition could offer a new way to impress.
Here at Hyperion, we are proud to be partnering with project developers & clean technology companies across the US with a mission to build large-scale energy storage projects today that will transition us to the grid of tomorrow.
One of those companies is Key Capture Energy, an early stage startup that actively fosters a culture of teamwork and collaboration, which enables them to successfully identify, develop, construct, and operate large-scale energy storage projects that promote a clean energy economy.
We are helping the company to hire a Senior Manager, Development (Houston) Manager, Development (Albany) O&M Manager (Albany) Project Manager (Albany) and an Electrical Engineer (Albany) - please get in touch if you'd like to learn more.
This system will tie for largest lithium-ion battery in the world when it comes online in December 2020; the AES Alamitos plant of the same size is due around the same time. The unprecedented outcome, in which independent power producer NRG saw its gas plant yanked before the final round of siting approval, marks a victory for local activists who rallied against what they saw as unnecessary fossil fuel infrastructure marring the Southern California coastline, as well as clean energy providers who had to prove they were ready for prime time.