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Dominion Energy proposes its largest expansion of solar and energy storage
Dominion Energy has informed Virginia regulators of its plan to add 11 utility-scale solar projects, two small-scale distributed solar projects, one solar+storage project, and one stand-alone energy storage project.
Dominion Energy, the utility committed to achieving net-zero carbon dioxide and methane emissions by 2050, has announced its largest proposed expansion of solar and energy storage projects.
Dominion Energy submitted the plan to the Virginia State Corporation Commission, which includes 11 utility-scale solar projects, two small-scale distributed solar projects, one solar+storage project, and one stand-alone energy storage project. In combination with power purchase agreements from 32 third-party solar and energy storage projects, the proposal will provide 1,000 megawatts of clean electricity, enough to power 250,000 homes.
"Every day, the clean energy economy is becoming more of a reality in Virginia," said Ed Baine, president of Dominion Energy Virginia. "This is the largest expansion of solar and energy storage in Virginia history and a major leap forward in delivering clean energy to our customers. As we expand renewables across Virginia, we remain laser-focused on keeping our service affordable and reliable. These projects live up to that promise."
The distributed solar projects and stand-alone energy storage project are expected to be completed in 2022, while the remaining projects should be completed the following year.
Virginia-based East Point Energy sold the 20 MW/80 MWh Dry Bridge Energy Storage project to Dominion Energy, which is expected to become the largest battery energy storage project in the Commonwealth of Virginia when it becomes operational.
The projects are in line with the goals of the Virginia Clean Economy Act, which requires 100% electricity sales to come from clean sources by 2045.LINK
Solar, storage lead MISO’s record-setting interconnection queue
The Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) has received a record 487 applications for interconnection this year, with renewable energy representing 64 gigawatts, or 83%, of the proposed new generating capacity.
The 77 GW of submissions in 2021 topped the 2020 total of 52 GW by nearly 50 percent, MISO said. Solar led yet again with 44 GW, followed by 12 GW in energy storage projects. Energy storage projects surpassed wind projects for the first time in 2021, totaling 9.1 GW.
“The majority of the GIQ applicants are trending in line with meeting future clean energy goals set by our members and stakeholders,” said Andy Witmeier, director – resource utilization at MISO. “As intermittent resources become more prevalent, the need for our Long-Range Transmission Planning (LRTP) efforts is reinforced to address potential operational challenges in the future and leverage our large regional footprint and resource diversity. The LRTP work is a key component of MISO’s Response to the Reliability Imperative which defines the critical areas requiring urgent action to ensure reliability in the future.”
There are now 980 projects totaling 153 GW in the MISO queue, 63% of which is solar. MISO is currently managing 15 ongoing queue cycles.
“Our planning efforts included developing the MISO Futures report which highlights the impact of the rapid renewables growth on the electric grid and the transmission system,” said Witmeier. “We anticipated this shift towards more renewable technologies as a replacement for retiring conventional generation across the footprint, and we expect it to accelerate in the future.”
MISO will share details about the 2021 GIQ cycle at the monthly Interconnection Process Working Group meeting on Tuesday, September 21 at 10am ET.LINK
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