Connecticut has launched the subsequent instalment of its 580 megawatt (MW) energy storage system (ESS) procurement. This avant-garde initiative, part of the state’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy, seeks to integrate energy storage facilities into the region’s electrical grid in order to bolster its reliability and resiliency.
The state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has made available a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the second tranche of the ESS procurement. The RFP invites eligible entities to submit bids for up to 580MW of storage capacity, with a minimum requirement of 40MW for each facility. The bids must be able to provide energy storage services to the region’s electricity grid, including ramping, frequency regulation, and peak shaving services.
The state has also announced that it will be offering incentives for successful bidders in order to facilitate the deployment of energy storage facilities. These incentives will include performance-based payments and other forms of financial support. The state has issued a separate RFP for the administration of these incentives.
In order to be eligible for DEEP’s ESS procurement, applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have the technical capacity to develop, finance, construct, own, and operate energy storage facilities in the state. The DEEP has also specified that bidders must have experience in the development, construction, and operation of energy storage facilities to be eligible.
The state’s ambitious ESS procurement is a major step forward in its Comprehensive Energy Strategy initiative, and is expected to bolster the reliability and resiliency of the region’s electricity grid. The RFP offers prospective bidders an opportunity to participate in this pioneering effort and contribute to the state’s energy future.