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Duke Opens 2-MW Battery System in Shuttered Coal Plant

A former coal-fired power plant in Ohio will become the home of a two-megawatt battery storage system that can deliver power within seconds and boost the stability and reliability of the grid, Duke Energy announced late last month.

“The project, which will be built at the site of Duke’s retired W.C. Beckjord coal plant in New Richmond, is expected to open later this year and will complement a separate two-megawatt storage system already in place,” Bloomberg reports. “PJM Interconnection LLC, which runs the biggest U.S. power market, will use the batteries to help manage the electricity grid.”

“Delivering that power in seconds, as opposed to a power plant that could take 10 minutes or more to ramp up, is the unique value the battery system provides,” said Duke Vice President of Commercial Transmission Phil Grigsby.