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Portland General Electric issues Request for Information to inform energy storage development process

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland General Electric today issued a Request for Information (RFI) for energy storage solutions. The RFI will advance PGE’s leadership in the integration of energy storage technology into utility operations in conjunction with the passing of HB 2193 in June of 2015 by the Oregon Legislature. The law sets an energy storage procurement target for PGE of at least 5 megawatt-hours by January 1, 2020. The objective of this target is to support Oregon’s goals of integrating more renewable power, increasing grid flexibility, managing periods of peak demand and lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

With this RFI, PGE seeks to understand and evaluate the capabilities and qualifications of companies throughout the energy storage value chain, including energy management software, equipment vendors, and project developers. Ultimately, PGE will use an RFP process over the next 2–3 years to seek firms capable of delivering energy storage systems and control platforms that integrate seamlessly with the utility’s operations.

“We’re seeking responses from established and experienced companies capable of providing safe, reliable energy storage systems that can benefit our customers,” said Joe Ross, energy storage project manager at PGE.

While this marks PGE’s first step towards procuring energy storage systems under a new Oregon law, the utility is already a leader in adopting battery storage. In 2013, PGE piloted a 5 MW, 1.25 MWh lithium-ion battery and inverter system at its Salem Smart Power Center (SSPC). Located in Salem, Oregon, the SSPC was developed through the United States Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration project, which was partially funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The SSPC successfully demonstrated the value of storage to the PGE smart grid. The facility continues to be a fully operational tool for PGE to help manage power supply on a daily basis – assisting with the integration of renewable power, feeder islanding, and backup power for the grid.

“Our Salem Smart Power Center demonstrated that storage provides clear, compelling, smart grid benefits, increasing reliability and helping us integrate intermittent sources of renewable power,” said Kevin Whitener, Salem Smart Power Center project manager at PGE. “With the success of that project, it makes sense to investigate additional energy storage opportunities.”

In June of 2015, the Oregon Legislature passed HB 2193, which requires Oregon’s Investor Owned Utilities to procure – on or before January 1, 2020 – one or more energy storage systems that can store at least five megawatt hours 5 MWh of energy.

RFI response submissions are due on Friday, June 10, 2016. To obtain a copy of the RFI, please email Joe Ross at PGE: Joseph.Ross@pgn.com.

About Portland General Electric Company
Portland General Electric, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a fully integrated electric utility that serves approximately 856,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon. Visit our website at PortlandGeneral.com.