TORONTO, March 12, 2014 /CNW/ - Ontario's Independent Electricity System
Operator (IESO) has issued a request for proposals to procure up to 35
megawatts (MW) of energy storage to explore how new technologies can
provide needed flexibility in grid operations.
This competitive process is designed to select and test a diverse
portfolio of storage technologies. Once the projects are in place the
IESO will assess their capabilities in helping to balance supply and
demand. This process will allow the IESO to learn more about
integrating new technologies into mainstream grid and market
Energy storage technologies are systems that withdraw electricity from
the grid and store it so that it can be injected back at a later time.
The IESO storage procurement process supports the government's Long-Term
Energy Plan that calls for 50 MW of energy storage in Ontario.
Subsequent to the IESO's procurement, the Ontario Power Authority (OPA)
will issue a request for proposals for the remaining megawatts.
"Procuring energy storage services is another demonstration of how
Ontario is at the forefront of emerging energy developments," said
Bruce Campbell, President and CEO of the IESO. "These procurements are
structured to maximize learning about energy storage services and how
they can best serve Ontario's needs."
This project will build upon the IESO's experience in procuring
alternative technologies for regulation service that recently led to
contracts with aggregated consumer load, battery and flywheel vendors.
It is expected that contracts will be executed by the end of June 2014.
For those wishing to respond, the RFP is available through MERX
e-tendering website at: https://www.merx.com/English/SUPPLIER_Menu.asp?WCE=Show&TAB=3&PORTAL=MERX&State=7&id=PR291095&src=osr&FED_ONLY=0&ACTION=&rowcount=&lastpage=&MoreResults=&PUBSORT=2&CLOSESORT=0&IS_SME=N&hcode=lIASmWwzALJWV4l%2fEzjtfg%3d%3d
See the backgrounder for more information.
The IESO is responsible for managing Ontario's bulk electricity system
and operating the wholesale electricity market. For more information,
SOURCE: Independent Electricity System Operator
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