SCE seeks distributed energy resources to increase grid resiliency in Santa Barbara region

Written By: Stratton Report
March 6, 2017

On March 6, Southern California Edison announced it had launched a request for offers to acquire new distributed energy resources to bolster grid resiliency in the Santa Barbara-Goleta area.

According to the utility, the RFO is seeking proposals for energy storage, demand response, permanent load shift, combined heat and power, fuel cells, solar PV paired with energy storage and renewable distributed generation.

SCE stressed that to be considered, resources must connect to a circuit, load or lower-level substation served by the Goleta 220/66-kilovolt substation. In addition, resources must be commercially proven technologies, and project start dates should be no earlier than June 1, 2019, and no later than June 1, 2020.

Colin Cushnie, SCE vice president of Energy Procurement & Management observed:

Unlike other solicitations looking to increase capacity of the overall electric system, this solicitation is specifically designed to help increase resiliency for the Santa Barbara-Goleta area. We are seeking to provide our customers with increased reliability in the event of transmission outages that could affect this region, and do so with local resources.