Snohomish County PUD gets energy storage grant

MUKILTEO — Gov. Jay Inslee awarded $14.3 million in grants Tuesday to help utility districts use technology to better integrate wind and solar energy into the state’s electrical grid.

Inslee announced the grants at a stop at UniEnergy Technology here, which produces energy storage systems for utilities and businesses.

“This is about storing solar energy to power our lights even on cloudy days,” Inslee said in a news release.

The Snohomish County Public Utility District will receive the biggest share of the money, at $7.3 million. Puget Sound Energy will receive $3.8 million. Avista Corp. will receive $3.2 million.

The PUD and its principal partner, 1Energy Systems, a Seattle-based company, are building the energy storage systems, which will include two large-scale lithium ion batteries, one built by LG Chem and a second by Mitsubishi-GS Yuasa.

The PUD also will deploy multiple advanced vanadium flow batteries, which will be built by UniEnergy.

Since wind and solar power generation is irregular, and not always available during peak energy demand hours, energy storage can make clean energy available wherever and whenever it is needed, according to the PUD.

As clean energy generation costs continue to decline, energy storage is the critical element needed to foster renewable energy growth.

Talk to us

More in Herald Business Journal

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2011 file photo, Nielsen Company CEO David Calhoun, center, watches progress as he waits for the company's IPO to begin trading, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Boeing CEO David Calhoun declined a salary and performance bonus for most of 2020 but still received stock benefits that pushed the estimated value of his compensation to more than $21 million, according to a regulatory filing Friday, March 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
Boeing CEO waived pay but got compensation worth $21 million

The aerospace giant struggled last year with fallout from two deadly crashes and an economic downturn.

Every city may get a tax break used by Arlington, Marysville

It’s helped bring businesses to the two cities, so lawmakers want to make it available statewide.

Erin Staadecker (left-right) Jael Weinburg and Kaylee Allen with Rosie formed the Edmonds firm Creative Dementia Collective. The company helps memory care patients and care-givers by providing art, music and other creative therapies. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
This startup offers artful therapy for dementia patients

Creative Dementia Collective uses art and music to help them — and their caregivers.

A Boeing 787 operated by All Nippon Airways taxis under a rainbow created by fire trucks at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, in Seattle, during an official welcome ceremony after it landed on the first day of service for the aircraft on ANA's Seattle-Tokyo route. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Last Everett-built Boeing 787 rolls off the assembly line

Production of the once-hot Dreamliner is being consolidated at the company’s South Carolina plant.

The nose of the 500th 787 Dreamliner at the assembly plant in Everett on Wednesday morning on September 21, 2016. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
U.S., EU agree to suspend tariffs in Boeing-Airbus dispute

The move eases a 17-year transatlantic dispute over illegal aid to the world’s biggest aircraft makers.

(Getty Images)
You voted: The best cocktails in Snohomish County

Even during a pandemic, people still have their favorites.

Right-wing friendly Parler again sues Amazon

The lawsuit alleges contractual offenses, deceptive and unfair trade practices and defamation.

Frances McDormand in "Nomadland." (Searchlight Pictures) 20210304
Masked in a nearly empty theater, a movie outing at last

Just four of us were in the audience for a matinee showing of “Nomadland” at Stanwood Cinemas.

Karuana Gatimu of Snohomish, director of the customer advocacy group at Microsoft Teams Engineering. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Microsoft executive: Tech opportunities for women have grown

The sector hasn’t always been friendly to women or people of color, but it’s getting better, says a Snohomish resident.

Decarla Stinn (top left), Karuana Gatimu (top right), Dawn Trudeau (bottom left) and Ashley Kiboigo (bottom right).
Getting down to business during Women’s History Month

There have been great gains over the years, but challenges remain — especially this year.

Elwin Pittman, 10, plays foosball with Ashley Kiboigo in the game room during a break at Safe Haven Cafe on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Born of the pandemic, this business is a parental reprieve

Ashley Kiboigo’s Safe Haven WiFi Cafe in Everett is a place for kids to study and play.

Dawn Trudeau (Seattle Storm)
13 years ago this month, they bought the Seattle Storm

Dawn Trudeau and her partners didn’t foresee the challenges — or the championships — that were in store.