Appalachian Power pursues 10-MW battery project in Virginia

The Appalachian Power (APCo) unit of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) has submitted an interconnection request to connect a battery-powered distributed generation (DG) facility capable of 10-MW maximum output power to APCo’s own distribution facilities in Virginia.

PJM Interconnection, in a feasibility/impact study on the project dated June 2015, said that all modeling is based on the Point of Common Coupling (PCC) at APCo’s primary meter location to be established located at 100 APCo Road, Glen Lyn, Va. This project is to consist of five installations, each consisting of a 2-MW battery connected to an Eaton Power Expert 2000 inverter. The output of the inverter will connect to a step-up transformer.

“The Generator intends to participate at 10 MW in the ancillary services schedule 2 and schedule 3 PJM wholesale marketplace,” said the study. “The output of the DG is varied based upon the Dynamic Regulation signal from PJM.”

This project is working its way through the PJM system under queue #AA1-128. This study is a mid-point in a process that leads to an Interconnection Service Agreement. 

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