Kodiak Electric Cooperation installs new energy storage model


The installation of the new 3MW battery energy storage system will help the Kodiak Electric Cooperation improve the reliability, performance and operational lifetime of its energy storage plant.

Darron Scott, CEO of Kodiak Electric Association, said: “…This upgraded battery system will ensure continued use of renewable energy, keeping our grid reliable and our costs down.”

The development is expected to help the association to achieve 100% renewable energy use to meet demand.

Energy storage systems have played a major role in helping the island to generate 99% of its energy from renewable energy resources since 2012.  Majority of the energy is generated from wind power.

The utility cooperative had in 2007 set a target to increase its renewable energy portfolio to 95% by 2020 to reduce carbon emissions, operational costs and reliance on diesel fuel for power generation.

Since 2015, Kodiak island has been one of the only five US cities generating 99% of its energy from renewables.

Energy storage systems rollout

The news follows United Power, a cooperative supplying energy to 82,000 members in Colorado, partnering with SoCore Energy in developing an energy storage system.

United Power said it will construct a 4MW/16MWh energy storage system in Firestone in the first half of 2018.

The plant will be the utility’s first commercial energy storage system and will be the largest ever to be operated and owned by a utility cooperative in Colorado. Read more…

In Hawaii, Adon Renewables selected Powin Energy for the development of energy storage systems across seven solar project sites.

According to a statement, Powin Energy will provide, install and integrate its energy storage battery pack Stack 140 with onsite solar panels at the seven facilities owned by the Adon Renewables’ commercial customers.

The 140KWh energy storage batteries will be used to store excess energy generated from the solar panels during the day when renewable energy generation is high and the utility’s energy tariff on the grid is low, for use during peak demand periods. Continue reading…


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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.