|Submission Date||Jan. 29, 2021|
California State University, Long Beach
IN-50: Innovation D
|0.50 / 0.50||
Energy & Utilities Manager
Beach Building Services (BBS)
Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:
In 2016, CSULB became the first campus in the California State University (CSU) system to install an energy storage system. In partnership with Advanced Microgrid Systems (AMS), the CSU kicked off a project to install a portfolio of Hybrid Electric Buildings, which will substantially reduce energy costs, in addition to providing critical support to the largest battery storage project at an educational institution in the nation. Ultimately, the project’s goal is to shift buildings to the energy storage system to reduce grid congestion and ease the need for additional power plants.
The first phase of the project included the 1,000kW/2,000kWh battery storage system at CSULB, which aimed to reduce the CSU's electric utility costs by roughly $3.3 million, storing enough energy to power 2,000 homes. Construction began during the winter of 2016 and the system is now fully operational.
The most recent phase installed in April 2020 included a 1,560/7,980 kWh battery storage system. Combined, these energy storage systems save the CSULB campus $90,000 annually and store enough energy for up to 3,000 homes.
The guiding principle behind the new battery energy storage system is the campus Climate Action Plan which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated by campus operations and activities to achieve climate neutrality by 2030. The industrial-type battery system, a lithium-ion-based battery much like those in electric vehicles, is capable of storing energy and dispatching it whenever it is needed to reduce the demand, also reducing electrical consumption from the power grid.
Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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