Allison Mannos, Senior Marketing Manager, Clean Power Alliance
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—April 9, 2020
Clean Power Alliance Signs Large-Scale 100MW Battery Energy Storage Agreement
Project Injects $100million+ Into the Regional Economy and Increases CA Grid Reliability while Reducing Fossil Fuel Use
Los Angeles, CA–Demonstrating its commitment to invest in local clean energy during a time of economic uncertainty, Clean Power Alliance (CPA) today inked its first Energy Storage Agreement (ESA). Approved by the CPA Board of Directors on April 2nd, the 100MW Luna Storage standalone battery storage project is the largest ESA deal for a CCA in California and one of the largest in the entire state.
The project marks the continued evolution and increase in the scale of CPA’s procurement efforts to fulfill the state’s reliability needs without the use of fossil fuels. The 15-year agreement, which went from bid to contract execution in less than six months, demonstrates CPA’s nimbleness in meeting fast-changing regulatory requirements and electrical grid dynamics. Late last year, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) required CPA to procure at least 98.4 MW of new capacity by 2021, a requirement that has now been surpassed with this ESA. Additional requirements for 2022 and 2023 will be fulfilled by future agreements that are currently under negotiation through CPA’s 2019 Reliability Request for Offers.
The Luna Storage project, a 100-megawatt/400-megawatt hour standalone lithium ion battery storage project will be owned and operated by sPower, an independent power producer (IPP). The project is located in the City of Lancaster, within Los Angeles County, and is expected to be operational by August 2021. It will allow CPA to cost-effectively integrate intermittent renewable energy resources into the grid and will also help enable the closure of gas-fired power plants located in CPA’s local communities.
Valued at more than $100 million, the project will create approximately 50 union construction jobs, delivering on CPA’s mission to develop a well-paid green energy workforce and provide an important economic boost in the face of the current economic downturn.
“Clean Power Alliance is excited to be advancing our clean energy goals during this difficult time,” said Ted Bardacke, Executive Director, Clean Power Alliance. “By fast tracking projects like Luna Storage, we are fighting climate change while investing in our community and creating jobs right when they are needed the most.”
“sPower is committed to helping CPA and other CCAs achieve their clean energy future. We operate more than 1,200 MW of solar generation in California and are excited to partner with CPA to add new energy storage to the supply mix,” said Hans Isern, Senior Vice President of Power Marketing, sPower. “This project will improve grid-resiliency and employ hardworking LA County union members, including those from the IBEW, Ironworkers, LiUNA and others.”
Clean Power Alliance believes in a clean energy future that is local, where communities are empowered, and customers are given a choice about the source of their energy. Clean Power Alliance serves approximately one million customer accounts and has the most customers on 100% renewable energy rate plans than any other electricity company in the country. Visit www.cleanpoweralliance.org for more information, including our 2018-2019 Impact Report.
Headquartered in Salt Lake City, sPower is an independent power producer (IPP) that owns and operates more than 150 renewable generation systems across the U.S.; the company has a leading wind, solar and storage portfolio of nearly 2.0 GW, with 15.0 GW of projects under development. sPower is owned by a joint venture partnership between the AES Corporation (NYSE: AES), Fortune 500 global power company, and the Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo), one of Canada’s largest and most diversified institutional investment managers. Please visit at: www.spower.com or follow on social media @sPower_US.