Due to extreme summer weather, rolling blackouts are more than likely coming to California and your commercial building is in the crossfire. Learn how to protect your business through California energy storage by reading below.

Rolling blackouts in California

The North American Electric Reliability Corp (NERC) warns California is at a high-risk of facing potential energy shortages this summer. According to NERC’s 2021 Summer Reliability Assessment, based on predictions of extreme conditions, up to 11 GW of additional transfers are expected to be needed in the late afternoon to offset reduced solar output. On a normal peak day, 1 GW of transfer is needed.

NERC’s announcement is no surprise given the rolling blackouts the Golden State has dealt with for years. You may remember August 2020 when residents and businesses were subjected to two nights of rolling blackouts. In 2019, PG&E customers had no choice, but to deal with several planned days of outages due to wildfires.

The California Independent System Operator (ISO), the operator of the electric grid, released their 2021 Summer Loads and Resources Assessment with the same bad news. In a press release, the CA ISO says although they have more capacity to meet demand this year than they did in 2020, they admit, “if heat events similar to those that gripped the western states region last summer occur, imported energy from other states could be limited, and the power grid will be at risk of supply shortages and possible emergency conditions.”

How to protect your business from rolling blackouts and power outages

Grid reliability just doesn’t exist anymore. In California, you never know when you may lose power or when a planned blackout can interfere with your operations.

In order to protect your distribution center, factory, or warehouse from rolling blackouts and power outages this summer, you need to implement a strategic long duration energy storage plan to minimize your reliance on the electric grid.

Why energy storage

Energy storage is an innovative technology that is growing, with a 20.18% CAGR over the forecast period of 2019- 2026, finds the Market Research Future (MRFR) report

Energy storage will help solve your issues of relying on an unstable grid. Energy storage systems store excess electricity you generate from renewable energy and allow you to use it when you need it. For example, in the event of a power outage, or to offset peak demand prices. 

Energy storage can be paired with renewable resources like solar, wind, and hydroelectric power. A battery energy storage system is most often paired with solar power in a system known as solar-plus-storage.

Benefits of energy storage

Energy storage technology is a surefire way to keep your operations running no matter what Mother Nature dishes out this summer and how the grid reacts. Here are the key benefits of energy storage:

– Saves commercial facilities money on energy costs

– Improves reliability of power

– Provides emergency backup power

– Protects commercial buildings from blackouts and power outages

– Improves resilience and decreases reliance of the electric grid

– Reduces your peak demand costs

California battery storage projects

California’s first battery storage law, AB 2514, authorized the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to determine energy storage targets for the state. In 2013, the CPUC set a target of 1,325 megawatts (MW) by 2020. The CPUC set their energy storage target with several goals in mind, including to optimize the grid, integrate renewable energy into the state, and to support the state’s greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.

As of this article’s publication, the CPUC has approved procurement of more than 1,533.52 MW of new storage capacity to be built in the Golden State.

According to energy-storage.news, the world’s largest energy storage project is the Moss Landing Energy Storage Facility in Monterey County, California. The 300MW / 1,200MWh lithium ion battery based energy storage system began operations in December 2020.

California energy storage incentives

The Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) was designed to encourage customers of PG&E, SCE, SDG&E, SoCalGas, and LADWP to install technologies that reduce their demand on the grid. Qualifying technologies include advanced energy storage systems.

You can receive up to $.35 per kWh when you install a battery storage system on your commercial property.

Start protecting your commercial facility today

All predictions point to extreme summer heat coming to California. Those high temperatures will likely lead to power outages or planned rolling blackouts from your utility provider. Time is running out to begin the process of deploying a battery storage project at your site before the hot weather comes.

The best way to take advantage of energy storage technology is to pair it with solar power through a solar-plus-storage system. A solar-plus-storage system allows you to generate energy from a source that is plentiful in California that is also highly incentivized by state organizations and utility providers.

A solar-plus-storage system is also possibly the most effective way of saving money on your utility bill and on energy consumption during electricity peak hours. You can store your energy when solar production is highest. usually during off-peak hours, and then use the energy later, usually during on-peak hours.

We can help give you peace of mind this summer with turnkey commercial solar battery storage system packages. Our solutions will be guided by your goals and expectations. Don’t go another summer worried about blackouts and the revenue they cause you to lose or the disruptions they force upon your operations. Reach out to one of our commercial energy storage experts today: (714) 529-8061 or at TigerElectric.com