ATLANTA – Georgia Energy is getting nearer to launching its first foray right into a revolutionary new supply of power technology.
The state Public Service Fee (PSC) subsequent week will take into account a proposed demonstration challenge to judge the technical and financial feasibility of producing energy by way of battery storage.
Georgia Energy plans to construct a battery storage system close to an present substation in west-central Georgia’s Talbot County that can generate 65 megawatts of electrical energy. One megawatt produces sufficient power to energy 650 common houses.
The Mossy Department Battery Facility is the most important of three battery storage initiatives the Atlanta-based utility is planning with 80 megawatts of energy the PSC licensed two years in the past. Battery storage is probably the most forward-looking element of the most recent 20-year power manufacturing plan Georgia Energy filed with the fee in 2019.
“We consider the Mossy Department challenge will present a big alternative to judge in real-time in a real-world atmosphere the business and operational efficiency of a standalone grid-charging storage asset,” Brandon Marzo, a lawyer representing Georgia Energy, advised the fee’s Vitality Committee Thursday. “That basically is the advantage of doing this challenge.”
Battery storage is the most recent in an in any other case acquainted array of sources Georgia Energy makes use of to generate power. The know-how guarantees to play a job in serving to the utility scale back its reliance on coal because it will increase its use of pure gasoline, nuclear and renewable energy.
Georgia Energy has not revealed how a lot the demonstration challenge will price. That info was redacted from a submitting the utility submitted to the PSC in July.
If the fee indicators off on the challenge subsequent week, the battery storage facility is anticipated to enter business operation in two years.
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