Duke announces Florida’s largest energy storage project


US utility Duke Energy has announced the deployment of its largest energy storage project in Florida.

The utility is developing 22MW of energy storage to improve overall reliability and support critical services during power outages.

The project:

  1. Will enhance grid operations
  2. Increase efficiencies and improve customer services to the utility’s approximately 1.8 million consumers in Florida
  3. Enhance grid resiliency during storms
  4. Enable the utility to offer new multiple customer and electric system benefits such as balancing energy demand, managing intermittent resources, increasing energy security and deferring traditional power grid upgrades
  5. Reduce consumer energy bills

The 22MW energy storage project includes:

  1. A 11MW Trenton lithium-based battery facility to be located 30 miles west of Gainesville in Gilchrist County.
  2. A 5.5MW Cape San Blas lithium-based battery facility to be located approximately 40 miles southeast of Panama City in Gulf County.
  3. A 5.5MW Jennings lithium-based battery facility, 1.5 miles south of the Florida-Georgia border in Hamilton County.

The energy storage systems will be operational by the end of 2020.

The project is part of $1 billion in investment by Duke Energy Florida towards expanding its renewable energy and energy storage portfolios through 2022.

The utility is using the funding to acquire a total of 700 MW of cost-effective solar power facilities and 50 MW of battery storage.