AES Energy Storage Announces 260 MW of Interconnected Global Projects in Construction or Late Stage Development

ARLINGTON, Va., April 27, 2015AES Energy Storage today unveiled a portion of its deployment roadmap for AES AdvancionTM Energy Storage Solutions, which includes the addition of battery-based storage resources across the US, South America, and Europe. Projects in construction or late stage development are expected to deliver 260 MW of interconnected battery-based energy storage, equivalent to 520 MW of flexible power resource, 25% of which is expected to be on-line by mid-2016.  These projects are in addition to the 86 MW of interconnected energy storage, equivalent to 172 MW of resource, AES currently has in operation.

 

Today, AES announces the expansion of its existing fleet into new markets, including the Company’s first utility scale project within the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) in the United States and the first two projects in Europe. Considerable expansions are underway in existing markets, including California, PJM Interconnection and Chile. AES Energy Storage is also actively developing a pipeline of additional projects in multiple global markets.

 

“The electricity grid is poised for a major transformation and AES is proud to work with leading utilities and power systems to bring advanced storage to a new scale,” said John Zahurancik, President of AES Energy Storage. “Energy storage is lowering costs and improving critical grid infrastructure for customers around the world.”

 

Business

Location

Interconnection MW

Resource MW1

Date of Deployment

Projects In Operation
Norgener (Los Andes)

Chile

12

24

2009

Electrica Angamos

Chile

20

40

2011

Laurel Mountain

US-West Virginia

32

64

2011

Tait

US-Ohio

20

40

2013

Advancion™ Applications Center

US-Pennsylvania

2

4

2013

TOTAL IN OPERATION

86

172

Projects In Construction
Cochrane

Chile

20

40

2H 2015

Warrior Run

US-Maryland

10

20

2H 2015

Northern Ireland Project

Northern Ireland

10

20

2016

Netherlands Project

Netherlands

10

20

2016

TOTAL IN CONSTRUCTION

50

100

Projects in Late Stage Development
Indiana Project

US-Indiana

20

40

2016

Northern Ireland Project #2

Northern Ireland

90

180

2017

Alamitos Energy Center

US-California

100

200

2021

TOTAL IN LATE STAGE DEVELOPMENT  

210

420

 

TOTAL  

346

692

 

1   Resource MW are power plant equivalent dispatchable resource, including supply and load capacity.

 

PJM: AES’ Warrior Run project under construction in Cumberland, Maryland, adds to AES’ installations in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio that supply critical grid stability services across the PJM territory. The project is part of a series of expansions under development for this market.

 

Chile:  AES’ third energy storage project in Northern Chile is currently under construction.  This project integrates advanced battery-based energy storage with a 532 MW thermal power plant to provide reliability services to Chile’s northern grid.  

 

Western Europe: This spring, AES will begin construction on its first advanced energy storage projects in Europe – in Northern Ireland and the Netherlands.  Both will provide fast, accurate power to improve grid efficiency and reliability assisting with grid integration and operations. AES will be the first to deliver advanced energy storage projects of this scale in both countries, providing safe and emissions-free power, supporting regional wind integration and lowering overall cost to consumers.

 

MISO: AES’ project in Indiana will be the first utility scale storage project in MISO.  AES performed its initial storage pilot work in Indiana in 2008. The new project will deliver enhanced reliability and ancillary services, including frequency regulation and peak power.

 

California: As previously announced, AES is proceeding with the deployment plan for its Alamitos Energy Center storage project in Long Beach, CA. This local capacity resource will supply fast acting power for Southern California Edison customers under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement.

 

“By choosing storage as a smart alternative, progressive utilities, power system operators, and policy makers are improving lives through lower cost, increased use of renewables, and higher reliability,” said Praveen Kathpal, Vice President of AES Energy Storage. “We’re excited to work with our customers and partners to provide resilient, cost-effective power in the US and around the world.”

 

About AES Energy Storage Solutions

 

AES is a leader in commercial energy storage, which enables utilities, power markets and renewable developers to manage projects from concept to operation with a market-proven solution.  The company’s AdvancionTM energy storage solutions unlock value from existing power infrastructure, improving flexibility and reliability of the power system, and providing customers with a complete alternative to traditional peaking power plants. AES introduced the first grid-scale advanced battery in commercial power market service in 2008 and operates the largest fleet of battery-based storage assets in service today.  The company works with utility partners and other customers to deliver the value of advanced storage in the US and around the world.  To learn more, please visit www.aesenergystorage.com or @aes_es on Twitter.

 

About AES

 

The AES Corporation (NYSE:AES) is a Fortune 200 global power company. We provide affordable, sustainable energy to 18 countries through our diverse portfolio of distribution businesses as well as thermal and renewable generation facilities. Our workforce of 18,500 people is committed to operational excellence and meeting the world’s changing power needs. Our 2014 revenues were $17 billion and we own and manage $39 billion in total assets. To learn more, please visit www.aes.com. Follow AES on Twitter @TheAESCorp.

 

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