Electric Power Engineers, Inc. Hugo Mena discusses the benefits of Energy Storage

“Once you add solar to storage, then you essentially have a microgrid that can sustain an hour or so of outages,” said Hugo Mena, Electric Power Engineers’ vice president of business development. “EPE has seen this coming for a couple of years because of the integration of storage, whether to a solar plant or a wind farm or storage as a transmission asset, is positive for the grid. The question now is, when is it going to be economically feasible for developers or utilities to implement this technology in their systems? We’ve seen at the municipal level that it’s become economically feasible, but some [investor-owned utilities] are also installing storage for microgrid purposes.”  (Source: RTO Insider)

 

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