California PUC to decide on three battery project contracts for SCE

Up for review at the Sept. 15 meeting of the California Public Utilities Commission is a resolution that would okay Southern California Edison (SCE) requests for approval of three resource adequacy only contracts with Western Grid Development LLC, AltaGas Pomona Energy Storage Inc. and Grand Johanna LLC.

This resolution supports Gov. Jerry Brown’s Emergency Proclamation to protect public safety by ensuring the continued reliability of natural gas and electric supplies while there is a moratorium on gas injections at the damaged Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility.

The projects are:

  • Western Grid Development LLC, Santa Paula 1 project, 5 MW, three-year contract, Lithium Ion Battery project;
  • AltaGas Pomona Energy Storage Inc., Pomona Battery Storage 1 project, 20 MW, ten-year contract, Lithium Ion Battery project;
  • Grand Johanna LLC, Grand Johanna project, 2 MW, ten-year contract, Lithium Ion Battery project.

Each project has an initial on-line date of Dec. 31, 2016, and varying dates in 2017 that represent the projects’ deadlines to complete all steps necessary to achieve full resource adequacy capacity. This resolution also requires SCE to report regularly to the Energy Division on the status and schedule of each project.

On Jan. 6, 2016, Gov. Brown declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles County due to the duration of the natural gas leak and well failure at Aliso Canyon. As Aliso Canyon’s natural gas storage capacity has been critical to help meet peak electrical demands during the summer months and peak gas usage demands in winter months, the commission is pursing activities that could be quickly implemented to alleviate these electric reliability and natural gas supply risks.

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