Inland Empire Utilities Agency, Advanced Microgrid Solutions launch energy storage project

Clean tech energy storage firm Advanced Microgrid Solutions and the Inland Empire Utilities Agency launched a water-energy project using advanced energy storage systems to better integrate renewable power, reduce demand on the electric grid and lower costs.

The project further enables IEUA to protect its customers while addressing the link between water and the energy needed to process and transport it, known as the “water-energy nexus.”

According to the California Energy Commission, the transportation and treatment of water, treatment and disposal of wastewater and the energy used to heat and consume water account for nearly 20 percent of all the total electricity and 30 percent of non-power plant related natural gas consumed in California.

The 3.65 MW of advanced energy storage installed at IEUA are placed at six regional water-recycling facilities and pump stations across its service area, helping to meet the water demand of a thirsty Southern California in addition to saving the agency five to 10 percent of its energy costs each year. The storage system will also help integrate IEUA’s renewable resources, which include 3.5 MW of solar, 1 MW of wind and 2.8 MW of biofuel cell generation.

The Inland Empire Utilities Agency covers 242 square miles, distributes imported water, provides industrial/municipal wastewater collection and treatment services and other related utility services to more than 875,000 people through its member agencies which include Chino, Chino Hills, Cucamonga Valley Water District, Fontana, Fontana Water Co, Montclair, Monte Vista Water District, Ontario and Upland.

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