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Enel launches its first energy storage project in Canada

Enel expands its storage expertise to Canada by signing an agreement with Ontario-based commercial apple grower, processor and retailer Algoma Orchards for the installation and operation of a 1 MWh lithium-ion behind-the-meter battery system

Enel’s DEN.OS1 software will optimise battery use during peak hours and allow Algoma Orchards to enhance its participation in Ontario’s demand response programme

The project, which is due to be operational by 1H 2018, is expected to generate significant savings for Algoma Orchards over the 11-year contract term.

Rome and Boston, April 11th, 2018 – The Enel Group’s advanced energy services division Enel X, through its US subsidiary EnerNOC, Inc., has signed an agreement with wholesale and retail apple orchard Algoma Orchards of Ontario, Canada to deploy a 1 MWh lithium-ion battery storage system, expanding the Group’s energy storage expertise to the Country for the first time.

Enel’s DEN.OS software[1] will optimise the battery use, with the aim to boost financial savings from managing Ontario’s Global Adjustment (GA) charges and to enhance Algoma Orchards’ participation in the demand response programme by Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). The storage system is expected to be deployed in the first half of 2018, and is due to generate significant savings for Algoma Orchards over the 11-year contract term.

“The agreement we have just signed demonstrates the value of deploying flexible energy assets like battery storage systems to drive savings for C&I customers and improve the sustainability and reliability of the electricity grid for all consumers,” said Francesco Venturini, Head of Enel X. “As battery costs continue to decline, we look forward to developing many more projects like the one at Algoma Orchards that leverage our best-in-class DEN.OS1 optimisation software to deliver savings for customers through tailored commercial offerings.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Enel will purchase, install and operate the battery on behalf of Algoma Orchards, and share in the savings which are expected to be created by the DEN.OS1 optimisation software that controls the battery. Enel will also provide Global Adjustment peak prediction services and enrol the battery storage system in IESO’s demand response programme.

“Algoma Orchards has a long history of implementing environmentally sustainable projects including recycling water from our production facility, collecting rainwater from our roof and the operation of a large-scale solar system on our apple picking facility in Newcastle,” said Kirk Kemp, President of Algoma Orchards. “The additional energy storage system is going to assist us in reducing our carbon footprint, something that all of our employees are proud of.”

Global Adjustment (GA) charges

In Ontario, GA is a capacity charge included on all electricity consumers’ monthly electricity bill to cover the costs of providing adequate generating capacity and energy conservation programmes throughout the province. Customers, like Algoma Orchards, with a peak demand greater than 500 kW, can participate in the Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI) that allows them to manage their GA costs by reducing demand during peak periods. As a result, many large commercial and industrial customers are turning to battery storage as a strategy to manage these demand peaks and therefore, mitigate GA charges. Enel’s DEN.OS1 software, combined with the energy storage system, maximises savings on GA charges by predicting peak demand periods on the grid and switching to energy stored in the battery rather than drawing electricity from the grid during these periods.

Demand response

Enel’s storage system can create additional value by optimising the use of the battery for IESO’s wholesale demand response programme. The energy intelligence software, DEN.OS1, combined with the energy storage system, allows Algoma Orchards to monetise its storage by participating in the IESO programme, which pays large energy consumers for being on standby ready to reduce their electricity consumption in response to grid system needs, as well as providing incremental payments if and when they are dispatched. By tapping into the energy stored in the battery, Algoma Orchards can reduce its energy consumption when required by the grid to contribute to its stability, without any impact on the company’s overall operations.

Read full article at Enel.com