Southern California Edison has launched a request for offers to buy new distributed energy resources to bolster grid resiliency in the Santa Barbara-Goleta area.
The RFO is seeking a range of new distributed energy resources including: energy storage, demand response, permanent load shift, combined heat and power, fuel cells, solar photovoltaic paired with energy storage and renewable distributed generation.
To be considered, resources must connect to a circuit, load or lower-level substation served by the Goleta 220/66-kV substation. In addition, resources must be commercially technologies, and project start dates should be no earlier than June 1, 2019, and no later than June 1, 2020.
“Unlike other solicitations looking to increase capacity of the overall electric system, this solicitation is specifically designed to help increase resiliency for the Santa Barbara-Goleta area,” said Colin Cushnie, SCE vice president of Energy Procurement & Management.
“We are seeking to provide our customers with increased reliability in the event of transmission outages that could affect this region, and do so with local resources,” said Cushnie.