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The City of Port Angeles makes headline with demand response

Created 3/2/2012 by Katie Pruder-Scruggs
Updated 8/10/2012 by Summer Goodwin
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Christine Hogue on 03/06/12 on 10:36 AM (Pacific Time)
Interesting use of technology, but I'm surprised the article didn't provide more details on how the batteries save energy. Sure, they "store energy at night, when it’s less expensive to provide, and then power the building during times when energy use is at its highest demand" - but only 45 minutes' worth of power. What is the financial impact of installing and using this tech?
Katie Pruder-Scruggs on 03/06/12 on 12:45 PM (Pacific Time)

Hi Christine, thanks for your interest in the story!  The pilot project is not designed to save energy, but rather to store energy and shift use for economic reasons and to match generation on the system.  Determining if the cost/benefit analysis pencils out is part of the pilot project.  We’re looking for that sweet spot where a resource can address a utility’s need to reduce/shave peak, provide benefit to the region by helping to integrate renewable resources, as well as meet the end-use customer’s needs for savings and choices.  All of that, plus be cost effective.  Here’s a video that tells more about BPA’s partnership with the City of Port Angeles.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMseZK9tChw&feature=plcp&context=C3a7285cUDOEgsToPDskI_cSvkq0sJ9KOmn14mmMf7


Please feel free to contact me directly if you would like more information Kpruder@bpa.gov

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