Northeastern REMC, Flex Gen to launch largest battery storage system in region
Columbia City, IN - Northeastern Rural Electric Membership Corporation (NREMC), announces the commission of a 108MWh utility-scale battery storage system, the largest on record for Indiana or surrounding states according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance data. Once fully deployed this system will save consumers more than 35 million dollars over the next 20 years.
Battery storage allows the seamless export of power onto the grid when it’s most needed – during times of peak demand or weather-related disruptions. During off-peak times, the battery storage systems will recharge when power rates are lower. This new energy solution could deliver enough on-demand energy to supply three hours of emergency power to more than 3,200 homes and can be used during peak demand times to reduce overall usage and help lower consumer rates over time.
“Our commitment to innovation at Northeastern is second to none among electric cooperatives,” says Eric Jung NREMC’s chief executive officer. “We have have long provided affordable and reliable electric service, but now, more than ever, need to evolve to meet our members future energy needs. We are pleased to work with FlexGen on this critically important project.”
“Our team is honored to deliver these milestone projects for NREMC," says Alan Grosse, FlexGen chief operating officer. “On commissioning, these sites will be among the safest, most reliable and cost-effective power plants in the United States."
NREMC will break ground on the first two battery sites next summer at cooperative substations in Perry Township in Allen County, and Jefferson Township in Whitley County. The total project will encompass five sites when complete.