The Oregon Department of Energy is partnering with the US DOE Office of Electricity’s Energy Storage Program, and Sandia National Laboratories, to offer funds for an energy storage demonstration project in Oregon. Federal funds not to exceed $250,000 will be matched by up to $45,000 in state funds from ODOE and Oregon BEST.
The objective of the demonstration is to enable installation and continuous operation of an electrical energy storage system, or ESS, with a capacity of 500kW/500kWh or greater, connected to the transmission or distribution system. There is no preference of one energy storage technology over another for the demonstration. There are five high-interest applications, or “use cases,” as they are sometimes called:
- T&D upgrade deferral/management of peak demand
- Service reliability/resiliency
- Power quality/voltage support
- Grid regulation
- Renewable energy firming, ramp control, energy shift
ODOE will give preference to projects that can demonstrate two or more use cases in the same demonstration.
ODOE expects to publish the Request for Proposal by Sept. 4, 2015. Please check back to this webpage for updates. Proposals are encouraged from utilities, energy storage technology vendors, energy service suppliers and electric customers including, but not limited to, municipalities, universities, and commercial and industrial businesses. Applicants that are not electric utilities must have a committed utility partner or include a letter of support from the interconnecting utility. There is a minimum cost share of 50 percent.
The ESS must be interconnected to the electric transmission or distribution system within 18 months of the award and must operate for a minimum of one full year. ODOE is excited about the opportunity to bring not only significant federal funding to the state, but also critical technical and programmatic support from the national labs, particularly Sandia National Laboratories.
An Oregon energy storage demonstration project supported in economic and technical assessment, permitting, acceptance testing, commissioning, and data collection by the experts at Sandia will bring long-lasting benefits to the recipient and the state.