Power – Ameresco, Colorado Co-op Collaborate on Energy Storage Project

A Colorado electric cooperative said it has joined with energy integrator Ameresco on a battery energy storage system (BESS) project that will serve customers along the state’s northern Front Range.

United Power, founded as rural electric co-op in 1938 and today serving some of the fastest-growing areas of Colorado, on July 10 announced it had signed a 20-year agreement under which Ameresco will install a 78.3-MW/313.34-MWh BESS at multiple sites on the cooperative’s electric distribution system. Ameresco said it expects the system will begin service in 2024.

“The use of batteries on our distribution network is essential to a resilient and responsive power system, and we are excited to be moving ahead with one of the most aggressive plans for such a system,” said Mark A. Gabriel, president and CEO of United Power. “These battery arrays will allow us to balance our power needs throughout the day and incorporate local renewables more efficiently.”

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