Invenergy Charges Up Beech Ridge Energy Storage Project in West Virginia

Invenergy LLC on Nov. 3 announced the start of commercial operations of its 31.5 MW Beech Ridge Energy Storage project in Rupert, West Virginia.

The project is located in Greenbrier County, about 60 miles southeast of Charleston at Invenergy’s Beech Ridge Energy Center, and complements the facility’s existing 100.5 MW of wind energy. Beech Ridge Energy Storage provides fast-response regulation service to the PJM Interconnection market and brings Invenergy’s total operating storage capacity to more than 64.5 MW.

“The start of operations for Beech Ridge further underscores our commitment to finding innovative storage solutions to meet our customers’ needs,” said Kris Zadlo, Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Storage and Transmission at Invenergy. “We are continuing to expand our storage project portfolio as we believe this revolutionary technology plays a vital role in the future of renewable energy.”

Invenergy also has a 31.5 MW storage project at its Grand Ridge Energy Center in LaSalle County, Illinois. Both the Beech Ridge Energy Storage and Grand Ridge Energy Storage facilities are utilizing BYD America’s Containerized Energy Storage System. [Editor’s note, the Grand Ridge Energy Storage facility is a finalist for a 2015 Renewable Energy Project of the Year.]

In all, Invenergy has more than 100 MW of energy storage projects in operation, in construction, and in development in the United States, making it one of the largest energy storage companies in the world.

Invenergy and its affiliated companies develop, own, and operate large-scale renewable and other clean energy generation and storage facilities in the Americas, and Europe. Invenergy’s home office is in Chicago and it has regional development offices in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Europe. Invenergy and its affiliated companies have developed more than 9,100 MW of projects that are in operation, in construction, or under contract, including 76 wind, solar, and natural gas-fueled power generation projects and energy storage facilities.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.

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