Dec 7, 2017

PG&E awards six energy storage projects in CA with 165MW

Energy Storage
U.S.
Sophie Chapman
2 min
Six lithium ion battery storage projects have won a combined capacity of 165MW
Pacific Gas and Electric Company has awarded 165MW of energy capacity to six energy storage projects in to be built in California, United Sta...

Pacific Gas and Electric Company has awarded 165MW of energy capacity to six energy storage projects in to be built in California, United States.

All six recipients are lithium ion battery projects, which will receive the combined energy capacity, with the first expected to be commissioned in 2020.

Three of Enel’s – the Italian electricity and gas manufacturer – subsidiaries won energy from PG&E, with a combined capacity of 85MW/340MWh.

Operations for the projects is expected to begin by 2030. The projects are the 50 MW/200MWh Kingston, 25MW/100MWh Cascade, and 10MW/40 MWh Sierra.

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“The signing of these agreements marks an important step forward in our Group’s plan to strengthen its presence in the energy storage market and expand this business in the US, and California in particular, which are at the forefront in the development of this market,” said Erico Viale, Enel’s Global Thermal Generation Head.

“Utility-scale storage applications are a key focus area for Enel in view of the great benefits they offer in terms of grid balancing and reliability.”

EDF Renewable Energy’s Calstor that has a 10MW project as won PG&E’s energy, as well as LS Power’s Diablo Energy Storage with its 50MW project, and Tesla’s 20MW project.

“As our clean energy portfolio grows, so does the importance of storage technology,” reported Martin Wyspianski, PG&E Energy Portfolio Procurement and Policy Senior Director.

“These contracts and the storage capacity they represent will help us better integrate our growing renewable generation sources, and bring increased reliability to the grid. They are an important milestone in our progress toward a clean energy future.”

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

schools
energyefficiency
Renewables
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only UK regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil

Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.

Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.

According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.

Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.

“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."

He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."

North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).

The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.

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