A Whole Foods Market in Los Altos, California, has become the first retail site to install a thermal energy storage solution called the Refrigeration Battery from Richmond, California-based Axiom Exergy, the two companies announced on April 25. The new solution is expected to help the supermarket to shif tup to 1040 kWh of electricity load for up to 10 hours a day over the course of several months.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced on April 19 that it is making a total of $15.5 million in funding available for energy storage projects that can support renewable energy technologies, save customers money, and ease peak electric demand burdens on the power grid.
EnSync Energy Systems announced on April 13 that it will provide an on-site solar-plus-storage system to an Hawaii-based food processing company in order to increase the company’s sustainability and electrical resiliency, while also supporting expansion of grid service capabilities with the local utility.
A bill (H.501) currently before the Vermont General Assembly would require the Vermont Department of Public Service “to develop policy recommendations and targets for the installation and increase of electricity storage capacity connected to the Vermont transmission and distribution system, particularly for the storage of electricity from intermittent sources.”
“Energy storage systems are critical to ensuring a resilient, reliable, cost-effective, and sustainable grid,” a letter sent on April 3 by the Energy Storage Association and 52 industry organizations admonished the leaders of the U.S. Congress – asking the lawmakers to see energy storage as a policy priority when they discuss infrastructure projects in the coming months.