Nationwide Awards Mark GMP’s Innovative Battery Storage Work to Increase Reliability and Save Customers Money
25 April 2018
COLCHESTER, VT: Green Mountain Power was named one of a select group for connecting the most solar storage to the grid. The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) just ranked GMP eighth nationwide for megawatts of energy storage added in 2017, and the company earned ninth for watts-per-customer storage.
GMP moved up two spots on the list for total storage compared to last year, showing a continued commitment to partner with customers to increase reliability and drive down costs. Battery storage has many benefits as it can be used during outages to keep the lights on and it also helps avoid having to buy expensive extra power during peak times for energy use.
“To be recognized two years in a row is an exciting honor for Vermont and the customers we serve as it shows what we can accomplish when we work together on an energy future that is more clean, cost-effective and reliable,” said Mary Powell, President and CEO of GMP. “With continued cost pressures from the bulk grid, storage is key because it enables GMP to proactively lower costs for customers. We are proud of these results that show we are leading the way on this transformation to a home, business, and community-based energy system. This recognition inspires us to continue this work with customers and to go even faster.”
GMP’s solar storage projects include the Stafford Hill Solar Storage Facility in Rutland, the Panton battery and solar system, and 247 Powerwall batteries installed in customers’ homes. The annual SEPA survey collected information from over 400 utilities across the country.
“This year’s Top 10 lists reflect a pivotal moment in the U.S. energy transition, as utilities increasingly focus on solar and storage as distributed resources providing value to customers and the grid,” said Julia Hamm, President and CEO of SEPA. “Beyond its impressive numbers, Green Mountain Power embodies a strong model for innovation and leadership that utilities across the country will continue to build on as we move toward a clean, smart and resilient energy future.”
The full Top 10 listings are available online at www.sepatop10.org.
The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) is an educational nonprofit working to facilitate the utility industry’s transition to a clean energy future through education, research, standards and collaboration. SEPA offers a range of research initiatives and resources, as well as conferences, educational events and professional networking opportunities. SEPA is founder and co-sponsor of Solar Power International and winner of the Keystone Policy Center’s 2016 Leadership in Energy Award. For more information, visit www.sepapower.org.
About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont and is partnering with customers to improve lives and transform communities. GMP is focused on a new way of doing business to meet the needs of customers with integrated energy services that help people use less energy and save money, while continuing to generate clean, cost-effective and reliable power in Vermont. GMP is the first utility in the world to get a B Corp certification, meeting rigorous social, environmental, accountability and transparency standards and committing to use business as a force for good. In 2014, Vote Solar named GMP a Solar Champion. More information at: www.gmpsnapshot.greenmountainpower.com. Connect with GMP on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @GreenMtnPower.
Kristin Kelly, Green Mountain Power
K Kaufmann, SEPA