FERC accepts interconnect for 10-MW Santa Paula storage project in California

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 22 accepted a Nov. 10 filing by Southern California Edison of a Generator Interconnection Agreement and a notice of cancellation for an earlier Engineering, Design, Procurement and Construction Letter Agreement for the same energy storage project of Western Grid Development LLC.

The GIA specifies the terms and conditions pursuant to which SoCal Edison will design, procure, construct, install, own, operate, and maintain Western Grid Development’s interconnection facilities and distribution upgrades required to interconnect Western Grids 9.99-MW Santa Paula Energy Storage A Project to SoCal Edison’s distribution system.

The GIA describes the project as: “All equipment and facilities comprising the Interconnection Customer’s 9.99 net MW (10.528 nameplate gross MW) battery energy storage Santa Paula Energy Storage A generating facility in Santa Paula, California, as disclosed by the Interconnection Customer in its Interconnection Request, as may have been amended during the Interconnection Study process, which consists of (i) Eight (8) ABB PCS Inverter units with a nameplate capacity of 1.316 MVA each for a combined gross/rated output of 10.528 MVA with an auxiliary load of 0.538 MVA served on a separate meter, (ii) the associated infrastructure, (iii) meters and metering equipment, and (iv) appurtenant equipment.”

This is one of several expedited storage projects that the California Public Utilities Commission has authorized for operation by the end of this year to meet winter 2016-2017 peaking generation reliability concerns due to the damaged Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility of Southern California Gas. The GIA said the Santa Paula project is due for commercial operation on Dec. 23.

Project contact information is: Western Grid Development LLC, 604 Sutter Street, Suite 250, Folsom, CA 95630, phone (916) 985-9461.

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