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The Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) has launched a landmark water-energy project using advanced energy storage systems to integrate solar, wind, biogas and grid resources in order to optimize renewable generation, reduce demand on the electric grid, and lower energy costs. As part of this first-of-its-kind project, IEUA will install approximately 3.5 MW of advanced energy storage systems at its regional water-recycling facilities and pump stations in Southern California. The agency signed an agreement with San Francisco-based Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) to design, install, and manage the project. The energy storage systems will range in size from 150 kW to 1,250 kW and will be custom-designed to optimize IEUA’s on-site generation including solar, wind, and biogas resources. The batteries will store excess renewable energy and use stored energy to power facilities when demand on the electric grid is high. The energy storage systems will also provide an added layer of protection against outages and enhance the agency’s ability to share the benefits of renewable resources between facilities. “We are proud of our investments in energy efficiency, renewable generation and sustainable water management practices,” said IEUA Board President Terry Catlin. “Energy storage is the key to maximizing the value of those investments, allowing us to use our resources more efficiently, reduce costs for our customers and participate in building a more resilient electric grid for the whole region.” “IEUA’s leadership when it comes to technology and water management is recognized across the whole industry,” said Susan Kennedy, CEO of AMS. “Tackling the water-energy nexus head on takes that leadership to a whole new level. This groundbreaking project is designed to optimize energy resources in the management, treatment and distribution of water while enhancing the reliability and resiliency of both the electric grid and water management systems.” Integrating IEUA’s on-site renewable energy resources will reduce its peak demand from the grid by as much as 14% and reduce total energy costs by 5-10%. The ability to store excess energy also provides the most cost-effective means of sharing on-site renewable generation from among its facilities and provides an added layer of reliability for critical equipment in the event of power outages. AMS will use “Powerpack” commercial battery systems procured from Tesla Energy for the IEUA project. “We’ve invested heavily in clean, efficient resources,” Catlin said. “Using energy storage to optimize those resources and dynamically control consumption is the next crucial step forward in IEUA’s strategic energy plan to go ‘Gridless’ by 2020 with almost no capital outlay by the Agency.” State and Federal energy agencies have found that… …Read More…
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California reforms infrastructure delivery with passage of SB 785; ensures design-build authority in California for next decade.
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California’s 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards are 30% more efficient than previous standards for non-residential construction.
Beginning July 1, a $.05 per square yard stewardship assessment is being added to the sale of all carpet sold or shipped into California.
The chapter was formed to promote the facility management profession and highlight educational opportunities available to facility professionals throughout the area. It joins 10 other IFMA chapters located in California.