524MWh BESS project suggested in Indiana MISO region

Apr 22, 2022 12:09 PM ET
  • Designer Open Road Renewables has suggested a battery energy storage space system (BESS) in Indiana, US, which will amount to 131MW/524MW of storage, the company's President specifically told Energy-storage. information.
524MWh BESS project suggested in Indiana MISO region
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The business has suggested the four-hour BESS project, called Monroe Power, to join a substation near the small town of Walkerton in Indiana's LaPorte County.

The neighborhood Board of Zoning and Appeals is assessing the proposition. It would serve Indiana's electrical grid in LaPorte County as well as surrounding areas, part of the grid operated by MISO (Midcontinent Independent System Operator).

In a declaration provided to Energy-storage. news, President Cyrus Tashakkori said: "Monroe Power is intended as 131 MW/524 MWh making use of lithium-ion batteries. The facility will contribute to the stability as well as resiliency of the local grid as well as will conserve ratepayers cash as transmission and also capacity costs remain to increase in Indiana. The facility can likewise decrease ratepayers' peak power expenses."

Monroe Power LLC is the project growth entity set up by Open Road Renewables for development of the project. A thorough project summary file says the site will take in between nine and 18 months to construct, with interconnection authorization by MISO expected in Spring 2023.

The record states the project will certainly entail over US$ 100 countless capital expense while a report described it as a US$ 150 million project. The file includes that the project is expected to inevitably be possessed and operated by, or otherwise contractually devoted to, NIPSCO (Northern Indiana Public Service Company), among the state's main utilities.

The strategy was at first created for a 71-acre site yet that was modified to simply 14 acres. It has actually apparently received some regional resistance and also efforts have actually been made to landscape the site in order to lower the aesthetic impact (see image over). You can review the entire project summary right here.

Areas within MISO's duty, which covers much of the Midwest and also some southern states, have commonly relied upon coal for power generation as opposed to natural gas as in neighboring PJM. This has developed possibilities for energy storage deployment as these coal facilities are swiftly being retired because of their extremely high carbon emissions.

An analyst at research study company IHS Markit recently told Energy-storage. information that this quick retirement was producing a considerable economic worth suggestion for solar-plus-storage projects in the Midwest. Associate supervisor for gas, power as well as energy futures Sam Huntington described Indiana as a "genuine surprise" in regards to release with a number of large battery projects for NIPSCO, consisting of by NextEra Energy Resources.

When asked by Energy-storage. news why projects in Indiana have shown up to have a tendency in the direction of getting on the huge side, Tashakkori stated: "The current MISO capacity auctions (MISO's 2022/2023 PRA- Planning Resource Auction) disclose an 8 GW shortfall in capacity resources in central MISO. This suggests greater costs for consumers to make sure grid integrity."

" Larger transmission-level BESS systems like Monroe Power are vital to effectively providing that capacity, specifically as utilities like NIPSCO remain to shift away from coal and also towards renewables."

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