Retail Supplier Affiliate Brings Five New Batteries Online in Texas, Tripling its Operational Utility-Scale Storage Capacity
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Enel North America said that it has more than tripled its operational utility-scale storage capacity this summer by bringing five new battery energy storage systems (BESS) online in Texas.
The new batteries add over 369 MW / 555 MWh of dispatchable energy storage to the Texas power grid
The five new BESS, all of which are located at or near renewable generation plants in Texas, include:
• two 59 MW / 89 MWh batteries at Enel's Blue Jay Solar project near Iola and Roseland Solar project near Riesel;
• two 57 MW / 86 MWh batteries at the High Lonesome Wind and Roadrunner Solar projects near McCamey;
• and a 137 MW / 206 MWh battery at the Azure Sky Wind project near Throckmorton.
Enel has a total of 520 MW / 780 MWh of operational utility-scale battery storage capacity across Texas
"All of Enel's utility-scale batteries participate in ERCOT's Ancillary Services, dispatching electricity during grid emergencies to help prevent blackouts and maintain the grid's frequency on a daily basis. As a participant in ERCOT's Ancillary Services, Enel maintains high availability of its seven operating BESS assets, storing up to 325 MW of available electricity at all times," Enel said
On September 6th, 2023, the day on which ERCOT declared EEA 2, Enel said that it delivered around 524 MWh of electricity from its seven operational battery storage systems to the grid, while Enel's renewable portfolio in Texas generated approximately 19.9 GWh of wind and solar electricity throughout the day. ERCOT and local utilities also called on approximately 145 MW of critical load relief from Enel's demand response (DR) portfolio.
Enel said, "The company has over 3.3 GW of installed wind and solar capacity in the state [Texas], with an additional 1.8 GW of solar and 823 MW / 1,234 MWh of utility-scale storage capacity under construction. Enel also manages around 200 MW of DR capacity on behalf of commercial and industrial (C&I) entities in the ERCOT market and launched a retail energy offering in Texas late last year, enabling C&I customers to purchase competitively priced renewable energy directly from its generation assets in the state. Additionally, Enel X Way, the Enel Group's e-mobility business, has more than 12,400 electric vehicle chargers installed throughout the state."