Clean tech energy storage leader Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) and the Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) have launched a landmark water-energy project using advanced energy storage systems to better integrate renewable power, reduce demand on the electric grid, and lower costs.
According to the California Energy Commission, the transportation and treatment of water, treatment and disposal of wastewater, and the energy used to heat and consume water account for nearly 20% of all the total electricity and 30% of non-power plant related natural gas consumed in California.
This first-of-its-kind link between storage and renewable resources at a public water agency, the project enables IEUA to protect its customers while addressing the link between water and the energy needed to process and transport it — known as the “water-energy nexus.”
The 3.65 MW of advanced energy storage installed at IEUA are placed at six regional water-recycling facilities and pump stations across its service area, helping to meet the water demand of a thirsty Southern California in addition to saving the agency five to 10% of its energy costs each year.
“We remain proud of our investments in energy efficiency, renewable generation, and sustainable water management practices,” said IEUA Board President Terry Catlin. “Energy storage is the key to maximizing the value of those investments, allowing us to use our resources more efficiently, reduce costs for our customers, and participate in building a more resilient electric grid for the whole region.”
The storage system will also help integrate IEUA’s renewable resources, which include 1 MW of wind power, 2.8 MW of biofuel cell generation, and 3.5 MW of solar energy.
“Investing in clean, efficient resources is the best way to lay the foundation for a sustainable water and energy future,” said U.S. Rep.Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona). “This project is a tremendous example of what can be built upon that foundation and will serve as a model to utility agencies and local and state governments across the country.”
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