By Jason Kuiper, The Wire
The pilot program will test how battery storage can integrate into OPPD’s grid, providing load relief and voltage support at the substation level. The research gleaned in the pilot will help the utility understand the procurement, construction and operations of small energy-storage applications and how to scale for potential future applications. Last summer, OPPD announced a strategic initiative to study pathways to decarbonization. The study includes emerging technologies such as battery storage. The battery project is slated to be operational by December 2021. Read more here.
Additional Recommended Reading & Resources
- OPPD to roll out more customer solutions, by Jodi Baker, The Wire
OPPD has closely watched the coronavirus developments within our communities. During the June meeting of the utility’s Board of Directors, updates to OPPD’s Customer First Solutions were discussed. The solutions were designed to help customers currently facing challenges and hardships related to the pandemic. In March, OPPD announced it would suspend disconnections for non-payment. In April, the board approved suspending the assessment of late payment charges. However, as the situation has evolved, so is OPPD’s approach to helping customers.
- Energy assistance available for LES customers during pandemic, Lincoln Electric System News Release
- NPPD’s Pennies for Power Program
- NPPD’s Energy Assistance Fund Form