The Snohomish County Public Utility District is in the middle of an $11.2 million energy storage project in Everett, WA, according to the HeraldNet.
The MESA 2 initiative is aimed at research and development. The system, which is contained in 20 shipping containers, consists of a vanadium battery system that can provide power to 1,000 homes for eight hours. It is connected to the public utility district via software from Soosan GridTech.
The story says that the district is no stranger to energy research. It has invested more than $20 million with Doosan. The MESA 1 project, the story says, has provided valuable insights into how utilities can more effectively use battery storage.
Utilities and municipalities in Washington have good reason to drive efficiency. On September 1, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission rejected Pacific Power & Light’s request to increase revenue in 2016 and 2017 by $10 million annually for its 128,982 customers.