Energy Economy

20 Sep 2021

Dominion Acquires 20MW Virginia Battery

20 Sep 2021  by   

Dominion Energy Virginia has acquired the 20MW Dry Bridge energy storage project from East Point Energy for an undisclosed price.

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Dry Bridge, which is located in Chesterfield County, is expected to be the largest battery energy storage project in the Commonwealth of Virginia when it becomes operational in 2022.

Dominion Energy said it acquired Dry Bridge as part of the company’s 2020 Clean Energy Request for Proposals.

Under the Virginia Clean Economy Act, Dominion Energy will build or procure 2.7GW of energy storage capacity by 2035 and must have 100% of its electricity sales in Virginia come from clean energy sources by 2045.

In addition to providing power to approximately 5000 homes at peak output, this project is capable of delivering other services.

They include firming of intermittent renewable energy, grid resilience by creating a more distributed electric grid, and consumer value by providing capacity, energy, and ancillary services into the PJM wholesale energy market.

Dominion Energy business development manager Ricky Elder said: “Dominion Energy is committed to delivering clean energy to our customers in Virginia.

“This important project is expected to enhance grid reliability, a key requirement of the Virginia Clean Economy Act.

“We are excited to be partnering with East Point Energy on one of Virginia’s largest battery energy storage projects to date.”

East Point Energy chief executive Andrew Foukal said: “East Point was founded on the premise that renewable energy from sources like wind and solar are cost-effective but inherently intermittent.

“Therefore, energy storage is essential to enabling a renewable, resilient, and affordable electric grid.

“We would like to thank Dominion Energy for their strong partnership on this groundbreaking project.”

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