1. $475,000 fueling battery storage study for Holyoke Gas and Electric Department

    $475,000 fueling battery storage study for Holyoke Gas and Electric Department

    The local utility just got $475,000 from the state to acquire a battery aimed at saving ratepayers money. "Battery storage is changing the conversation around peak demand and (the Holyoke Gas and Electric Department) is excited to be a part of the solution," said Kate C. Sullivan, marketing coordinator at the Holyoke Gas and Electric Department (HGE). The grant from the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is part of the state's "Peak Demand Management Program." The money will be used to obtain and analyze state-of-the-art battery storage, she said.

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    1. Battery storage is changing the conversation around peak demand and (the Holyoke Gas and Electric Department) is excited to be a part of the solution.
    2. A significant portion of utility costs are based on a small amount of peak hours each year. In order to meet customer needs during peak demand, local and regional electric infrastructure must be designed to handle the highest possible period of use.
    3. The demonstration projects funded through these grants will strengthen our innovation economy and provide the commonwealth with a road map for reducing our most expensive energy loads and securing our energy future.
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