SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Ice Energy announced that it has been awarded 16 contracts from Southern California Edison (SCE) to provide 25.6 megawatts of behind-the-meter thermal energy storage using its proprietary Ice Bear ice energy storage system.
Ice Energy was one of three providers selected in the behind-the-meter energy storage category, which was part of an energy storage procurement by SCE that was significantly larger than the minimum mandated by the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC). SCE is one of the nation’s leaders in renewable energy and the primary electricity supply company for much of Southern California.
The goals of the SCE initiative and California’s Storage Act Mandates are to optimize grid reliability, support renewables integration to meet the 2020 portfolio standards, and support the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 20 percent of 1990 levels by 2050.
“SCE’s focus on renewable energy is critical to helping meet California’s long-term goals, and Ice Energy is proud to be part of the solution with these contracts,” said Mike Hopkins, CEO of Ice Energy. “Using ice for energy storage is not new, we’ve just made it distributed, efficient, and cost effective. The direct-expansion a/c technology is robust and proven, which is important because SCE and other utilities require zero risk for their customers.”
In 2013, 22 percent of the power SCE delivered came from renewable sources, compared to 15 percent for other power companies in the state. The utility is on track to meet the state’s goal of 33 percent, and procuring energy storage helps them meet those targets while maintaining a robust and reliable grid.
Ice Energy’s product, the Ice Bear, attaches to one or more standard 5-20 ton commercial rooftop HVAC units. The Ice Bear freezes ice at night when demand for power is low, capacity is abundant and increasingly sourced from renewables such as wind power. Then during the day, stored ice is used to provide cooling, instead of the power-intensive a/c compressor.
“Ice Bears add peak capacity to the grid, reduce and often eliminate the need for feeder and other distribution system upgrades, improve grid reliability, and reduce electricity costs,” Hopkins said. “What’s special about our patented design and engineering is the efficiency and cost. It’s energy storage at the lowest cost possible with extraordinary reliability.”
Almost 1,000 Ice Bear units are already installed in more than 40 different utility service territories nationwide.
For more information, visit www.ice-energy.com.
Publication date: 11/24/2014