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Anbaric to flip Brayton coal plant site into Massachusetts offshore wind facility for $650M

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The site, symbolic of the transition from fossil fuels to renewables, will have a 1,200 MW high-voltage direct current converter and 400 MW of onsite battery storage....


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Bob Meinetz on May 15, 2019 2:33 am GMT

Any article describing a facility with "400 MW of onsite battery storage" is the work of an author lacking an elementary understanding of electricity, and is symbolic of public ignorance surrounding topics of energy in general.

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Doug Houseman on May 20, 2019 11:52 am GMT

The Utility Dive article seems to be a recopy of a press release and is far more focused on the port activities than the battery. 

No where can I find that there is any energy actually stored, all the industry articles point to a battery with 400MW of capacity, but no actual energy. This is a very common problem with the press, they don't understand that for storage to be useful it needs to consist of both capacity (KW) and energy (KWH). 

This is a huge industry problem that few take into account and makes it almost impossible to have useful conversations about storage. 

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Bob Meinetz on May 21, 2019 9:25 am GMT

"This is a huge industry problem that few take into account and makes it almost impossible to have useful conversations about storage..."

Thanks Doug, good to see someone else shares my private hell, and it isn't only with the press. Commissioners on California's Public Utilities Commission make the same kinds of comments - people who might be expected to know better. They portray "renewables + storage" as the solution to all the problems of renewable intermittency without any understanding of how it might all come together. But they were appointed by someone who didn't understand, either.

A California assemblyman once told me the depth of CPUC commissioners' energy knowledge is "somewhere between that of a smart 8th-grader and your drunk uncle." In my experience, that description wasn't too far afield.

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