PG&E, Vistra plan world’s largest battery storage unit

first_imgPG&E, Vistra plan world’s largest battery storage unit FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:Texas-based Vistra Energy Corp will install a 300 MW/1,200 MWh battery storage facility in California, planned to be the largest one of its kind globally, under a deal with local utility Pacific Gas and Electric Co (PG&E).Vistra Energy said on Friday it will develop the project under a 20-year resource adequacy contract with PG&E, which was filed last week for approval with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). A decision on the application is expected to be issued within 90 days.The proposed energy storage system will be located at the site of PG&E’s Moss Landing natural gas power station in California’s Monterey County. If CPUC approval is secured, Vistra expects to launch commercial operations at the facility by the closing quarter of 2020.The storage facility will be interconnected through an existing link from mothballed units of the natural gas plant. The batteries, themselves, will be accommodated in an existing turbine building at the site.The project was part of a larger solicitation for energy storage capacity under which PG&E selected a total of four projects with a combined capacity of 567.5 MW. PG&E expects all of the facilities to be commissioned by end-2020. The first one will be put on stream by the end of next year.More: Vistra Energy, PG&E awaiting nod for 300 MW battery storage project in Californialast_img read more

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More than two dozen communities, including three locally, win grants to improve buildings

first_imgDES MOINES — 26 Iowa communities have won $100,000 grants from the Iowa Economic Development Authority to improve buildings. Jim Thompson oversees what’s called the Catalyst program.“Catalyst grants are primarily for buildings that are underutilized that need a new life,” Thompson explains. “Usually underutilized means vacant, or certainly could occupy different space.”This is the third year for these grants. “Forty-percent of every funding cycle is reserved for communities less than 1,500in population. And the Legislature put that in place when this program was initiated. And it really preserves the activity for small towns — they’re competing across the board and it’s been a great program,” Thompson says.The grant in most cases is less than half of the entire project — but it is money to get things started. “I never thought that I’d say that in my career that $100,000 isn’t a lot of money — until you do a total building rehab. And it’s not uncommon to have that be several hundred thousand dollars,” according to Thompson. “So this is a way to really encourage these property owners to work with the city to make these projects happen.”The program requires the cities to apply, which Thompson says gets them involved. He says the renovation of one building in a small town can really be a catalyst to help other businesses. “You’re really putting them on the tax rolls. We really want to see these buildings improve in value, and obviously help with all the other adjacent properties in that community,” he says.Thompson says they had 73 applications for this year’s funding and they are scored on project impact, appropriateness, funding, and incorporation of sustainability/smart growth principles.Thompson says there are just a few restrictions on the use of the money. He says they have a two-year timeline from July 1st to complete the project. Thompson says it is possible to grant an extension if something pops up. Thompson says around 90% of the projects in smaller towns include some sort of residential component.Belmond, Clarksville and Forest City were the three north-central Iowa communities that received funding. Belmond’s funding will help with the Ramsay School Building, Clarksville’s will be for the Mather Building, and Forest City will be rehabilitating a hardware store for another business.last_img read more

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