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Southern California Edison Company

Tehachapi Wind Energy Storage Project

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The Tehachapi Wind Energy Storage Project will be located at Southern California Edison’s (SCE) Monolith Substation in Tehachapi, California and the 8MW x 4 hr (32MWh) BESS and 2 x 4MW/4.5MVA smart inverters will be housed in a 6,300 square foot facility. The project will evaluate the performance of the BESS to improve grid performance and assist in the integration of large-scale variable energy resourced generation. Project performance will be measured by 13 specific operational uses: providing voltage support and grid stabilization; decreasing transmission losses; diminishing congestion; increasing system reliability; deferring transmission investment; optimizing renewable-related transmission; providing system capacity and resources adequacy; integrating renewable energy (smoothing); shifting wind generation output; frequency regulation; spin/non-spin replacement reserves; ramp management; and energy price arbitrage. Most of the operations either shift other generation resources to meet peak load and other electricity system needs with stored electricity, or resolve grid stability and capacity concerns that result from the interconnection of variable energy resources. SCE will also demonstrate the ability of lithium-ion battery storage to provide nearly instantaneous maximum capacity for supply-side ramp rate control to minimize the need for fossil fuel-powered back-up generation.

Contact Information

Kimberly Nuhfer
Project Manager
National Energy Technology Laboratory
3610 Collins Ferry Road
Morgantown, WV 26507-0880

Naum Pinsky
Principal Investigator
Southern California Edison Company
14799 Chestnut Street
Westminster, CA 92683

Recipient: Southern California Edison Company (Tehachapi Wind Energy Storage Project)
HQ State: California
NERC Region:
Total Budget: $49,956,528
Federal Share: $24,978,264
Funding Program:
Project Type:
Targeted Benefits:
  • Create/retain jobs
  • Improve power quality
  • Increase system reliability
  • Integrate more clean, renewable energy
  • Foster energy independence