Golden Valley Electric Adds Wind Power, Energy Storage - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Storage, GHG Emissions, Industrial, Industrial, Wind  -  September 25, 2023

Golden Valley Electric Adds Wind Power, Energy Storage

Golden Valley Electric Association will add wind power and signed an agreement  to deploy a 1.2 GWh utility-scale long-duration energy storage system that was was chosen by the Department of Energy.

The agreement was signed with Westinghouse Electric Company to provide local and regional grid resiliency in Healy, Alaska.

The project represents the largest planned single installation of long-duration energy storage in the United States and will demonstrate how the technology can firm intermittent renewable power at grid scale while also providing local and regional grid resiliency.

Westinghouse is partnered with Echogen Power Systems, ASRC Energy Services, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and Shell Global Solutions US.

“GVEA is pleased that Westinghouse's Long-Duration Energy Storage project has been selected by the DOE and we thank all project participants for their efforts,” said John Burns, GVEA’s President & CEO, in a statement. “As a not-for-profit cooperative, GVEA's focus is on providing its members with low-cost and reliable power, while reducing emissions. We are excited about the potential of long duration energy storage and the role it can play in integrating renewable energy not only in Interior Alaska, but the rest of the Railbelt electric system which serves over 80% of Alaska’s population.”

Westinghouse has advanced long-duration thermal energy storage technology for several years in collaboration with Echogen, a supplier of supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) based technologies.

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