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Energy Storage News Roundup: Summertime Electric Loads on the Rise, New Offshore Wind Farm On the Way

Energy Storage News Roundup: Summertime Electric Loads on the Rise, New Offshore Wind Farm On the Way

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What’s in store for storage in 2019

Summertime loads already placing pressure on Texas

Record high electricity demand is expected in Texas this summer, and the grid operator that covers the majority of the state is feeling the pressure. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas predicts a new all-time peak summer demand record of 74,853 MW, which would be 1.3 GW higher than the previous peak record set in July 2018. New industrial load in addition to demand from Texas’s oil and gas industry will drive the record-breaking numbers. It won’t come down to rolling blackouts, but emergency alerts may be needed along with a plan for importing power from out of state. Here’s how ultracapacitor storage helps to avoid blackouts and contribute to a reliable and resilient grid.

North Sea rocks could warehouse renewable energy

Massachusetts says ‘yes’ to state’s first offshore wind farm

The wind turbines approved for Massachusetts’s first offshore wind farm will produce a package deal of cost-effective energy at 8.9 cents/kWh in addition to battery storage in low-income communities. The wind farm would further the state’s goal to deploy 200 MWh of energy storage by 2020 and increase renewable energy integration into community plans. Click here to learn how ultracapacitor storage supports the integration of renewables into the grid and here for how ultracapacitors provide backup power for a wind turbine’s blade pitch control system.

Resilience models for the electric industry

Energy storage deployments to support the environment and communities

The Union of Concerned Scientists met with a group of stakeholders at 2018’s end to develop a set of consensus principles that address energy storage deployment and the participation of community members in the development of those plans. The UCS group discussed the potential of energy storage to speed up the retirement of coal and natural gas plants as well as the wide range of potential applications storage systems can serve. Learn how ultracapacitor energy storage supports a variety of utility grid and microgrid applications.

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