The locations include Madison, Maine, and Ashburnham, Templeton, Wakefield, Middleton and Taunton, Massachusetts.
These energy storage systems will help to reduce costs for transmission and capacity charges, which directly benefit the ratepayers.
NEC’s most recently contracted project with the Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant (3 MW/6 MWh) will be one of the largest in New England when completed. TMLP plans to operate the GSS Grid Storage Solution® from their Cleary-Flood Generating Station, where system conditions are monitored 24/7.
“It’s great to see our neighboring municipal light plants adopting our energy storage solutions and realizing substantial savings, which flow directly to those town’s ratepayers.” said Steve Fludder, CEO of NEC Energy Solutions.
The energy storage systems include NEC’s GSS end-to-end grid storage solution and its AEROS® controls system, which is NEC’s proprietary energy storage control software platform.
Three Massachusetts municipal power plants, including Ashburnham, Templeton and Wakefield, are partnering with Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company. The three projects use MMWEC’s peak load forecasting system and remote dispatch program. MMWEC staff predicts the best time to dispatch the batteries based on its forecasts of increased electricity demand, and the batteries are then remotely dispatched from MMWEC’s operations center in Ludlow, Massachusetts.
Several of the projects were made possible through grants from the Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) program, including Wakefield, Ashburnham and Taunton. The ACES program, a partnership between the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the state Department of Energy Resources (DOER), is a competitive grant initiative to pilot innovative, broadly replicable energy storage projects that advance energy storage technologies in Massachusetts.