Indianapolis Power & Light Co. (IPL), a subsidiary of The AES Corp., has announced the commercial operation of its 20 MW IPL Advancion energy storage array.
Located on the southwest side of Indianapolis at the IPL Harding Street Station, the grid-scale, battery-based system features AES’ Advancion 4 technology and will be used to provide primary frequency response. IPL says the system can instantaneously match supply and demand of electricity and also increases the ability to balance out intermittent resources such as wind or solar energy.
“IPL is transforming its generation fleet and taking an all-of-the-above approach to create innovative energy solutions,” says Rafael Sanchez, president and CEO of IPL. “The way IPL is diversifying its energy mix will significantly reduce dependence on coal while keeping costs competitive.” IPL says it has rapidly deployed 96 MW of solar through 37 solar farms in three years.
Ken Zagzebski, president of AES United States, announced the commercial operation of IPL’s new energy storage facility at last week’s White House summit on renewables and energy storage. During the event, the Obama administration joined regulators, power companies, municipalities and energy developers in making major energy storage commitments. More information on the summit is available here.