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Green Mountain Power (GMP) announced that its growing energy storage network reduced the costs of all GMP customers by approximately $3 million in 2020. This network includes Powerwall home batteries, utility-scale Tesla Powerpack batteries at solar sites, and carbon-reducing devices like electric vehicle smart chargers.
Green Mountain Power has two programs:
- Tesla Powerwall, which allows customers to rent a system at a flat rate that provides savings over a standard installation;
- Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is an open incentive system for customers looking to add a battery.
“We are focused on growing this innovative work, as it is a key part of an affordable energy future for Vermont. Energy storage programs like this are delivering meaningful results, showing a path to help the economy while reducing costs and carbon at the same time,” said GMP President and CEO Mari McClure.
This year, batteries in GMP's programs provided more than 16,000 hours of backup power to customers. These services offer comfort, convenience, and safety through outages, which is increasingly important as Vermont see more severe weather due to climate change, and as Vermonters are home more due to the pandemic.
Source: ReVision Energy
Home battery storage is also integral to building a flexible and resilient grid. GMP is launching a series of resiliency and system-hardening projects as part of its recently approved Climate Plan. The work aims to help communities prepare to stand up to the increasing number of severe storms.
“The peace of mind is great with these batteries. They’ve kept the lights on for short outages this summer and during frigid conditions last winter,” said GMP customer Katherine Silta, of Weathersfield, Vermont, who has two Powerwall batteries through GMP’s early pilot program. “Also, it is great knowing you are helping other customers. You could see on those very hot days that our stored energy was helping to reduce demand on the grid during peak times, reducing costs.”
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.