Consumers Energy to Study Energy Storage on its Grid with New NEC System

NEC Energy Solutions announced today the completion of an energy storage system for Consumers Energy. The system includes two independent 280kW/340kWh DSS energy storage systems and NEC’s AEROS controls software. The energy storage system will enable Consumers Energy to investigate how energy storage can be used to avoid further system upgrades, smooth renewable energy production and support load/energy management. The storage system has been designed with the flexibility to increase the energy capacity to 1MWh or more, according to NEC.

“Today, there is very little storage on the grid, so electricity is generated just moments before you use it,” said Garrick Rochow, Consumers Energy’s senior vice president of operations. “With large batteries like NEC’s energy storage solution, we will make our grid more efficient, effective and sustainable. It’s a critical part of Michigan’s energy future and it’s happening here at Circuit West.”

“More customers are entering the market to test the viability of energy storage in their own applications. We know the many benefits of energy storage having been in the business for more than 12 years but it’s also common for customers new to storage to initially take a pilot approach,” said Steve Fludder, CEO for NEC Energy Solutions.

“We are happy to be working with Consumers Energy on test projects like this and we anticipate this will lead to greater deployment of valuable storage across their service territory.”

The NEC energy storage solution, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Carrie Harkness, Project Manager at Consumers Energy is speaking at DistribuTECH next week in New Orleans. Learn about the event here. 
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