Enel announced that two of its distributed energy projects have been selected to receive grants (totaling around $2.1 million) from the Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) program, which is administered by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). These are Enel’s first distributed energy projects in Massachusetts, home to the Group’s North American headquarters, and consist of a behind-the-meter micro-grid and a battery storage system.
“We are very glad to work with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and our project partners to explore how storage can best deliver long-term value to utilities and local communities,” said Francesco Venturini, Head of Enel X. “The convergence of renewable energy, distributed energy resources, and demand response services is a prime opportunity to provide valuable services to the grid and cut overall energy costs.
The grants are aimed at promoting increased commercialization and deployment of storage technologies in Massachusetts.
“These two grants are a testament to the forward-thinking approach, both in terms of technology and business model, that Enel together with its project partners is taking to value for customers and the energy system as a whole,” added Venturini.
Enel’s U.S. renewables subsidiary Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA) partnered with the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston) on a project proposal for a behind-the-meter microgrid, which was awarded an $850,000 USD grant. The project comprises of a 0.5-MW/1.82-MWh lithium-ion energy storage system, integrated with a 0.5-MW solar photovoltaic facility to be deployed at the University’s campus in Boston.
Enel’s U.S. subsidiary EnerNOC was awarded 1.25 million dollars, the maximum award granted by the ACES program, to support its proposal to deploy a 2-MW/4-MWh lithium-ion energy storage system to be installed at the Acton Boxborough Regional School District (ABRSD).
The projects will be managed through the DEN.OSTM software, developed by Enel’s U.S. subsidiary Demand Energy Networks, optimizing project benefits across a variety of applications, such as the management of facility demand and system peak charges thus providing significant bill savings. At the same time, the software will enable increased grid resiliency and stabilization through the projects’ enrollment in the capacity, energy and ancillary services markets of the regional transmission organization ISO New England.
In addition, the two projects will serve as laboratories offering a variety of educational opportunities, such as project demonstrations and educational tours, to both UMass Boston and ABRSD.
These projects are in line with Enel’s growing focus on providing customers with flexibility services including demand response, storage, and micro-grid solutions. Moreover, they strengthen Enel’s energy storage capacity in the U.S. and support the company’s early move into the growing Massachusetts energy storage market, which seeks to add 200-MWh of energy storage by 2020.