BE2C2 Report — A German energy company with wind energy assets in the United States wants to establish itself as a leader in storing energy from renewables.
E.ON, one of the largest utility companies in the world, said it was building batteries in Texas that have the ability to store 20 megawatts of power – enough to meet the demands of 8,000 to 9,000 average households.
“The Texas Waves energy storage projects will be located at E.ON’s existing wind parks in Pyron and Inadale in the west of the state,” UPI reported quoting company’s press statement.
“By the end of 2017, each of the two large-scale storage solutions should be providing 9.9 MW of energy to the grid,” the statement added.
The German company said the Texas battery storage system could offset fluctuations across the grid and ensure reliability of supplies.
Texas is the No. 1 oil producer in the U.S., but is among the state leaders in new installations of wind capacity. According to reports, U.S. installed wind capacity now stands at 82,000 MW, propelling it up the ranks to fourth place in the generation stakes, behind natural gas, coal and nuclear power — and leaving behind solar and hydropower in the renewables race.
Combined, E.ON has at least 3 gigawatts of power installed in North America and claims a leadership position in the region in onshore wind farms.
Almost half of that capacity is in the U.S. The typical onshore wind turbine can generate around 2.5 megawatts of power, enough to meet the demands of at least 1,000 average households.
According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), wind now supplies 5.5 percent of electricity to U.S. consumers – the equivalent of 24 million homes.
Latest figures reveal that in 14 states (stretching from the icy north of Montana and North Dakota on the Canadian border, to parts of New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana in the south) more than half their electricity were met from wind alone.
The data comes days after it was announced that American wind power has outstripped hydropower to become the nation’s largest source of renewable energy by installed generating capacity.