Post Date:11/15/2016

Atineh Haroutunian
Glendale Water & Power
(818) 548-3381

November 15, 2016

GLENDALE, California – Glendale Water & Power (GWP) will be installing a new 2 megawatt battery energy storage system (BESS) next to the Grandview Substation. This BESS is a small scale system that GWP will use to gain experience in the use of battery storage and eventually to use that experience to develop and incorporate a larger scale battery component into its energy system.

GWP will utilize and evaluate the BESS as it is integrated into the daily system and from there to expand the operation to include additional and larger battery storage projects as a key component of its resource portfolio. The full scale BESS will support the integration of renewable resources by mitigating the intermittent energy supplied by renewable resources such as photovoltaic and wind. The BESS can provide the backup power to start GWP’s power plant generators in case of a major system wide outage to allow power to be restored to City’s customers quicker.

“We continue to be leaders in utility modernization by embracing new technologies. The battery energy storage system project will help GWP to understand the benefits of a battery system in providing more reliable power to residents while keeping up with modernization efforts” said Steve Zurn, General Manager of GWP.

The project will be constructed by BETA Engineering with batteries supplied by SAFT America and the entire project will be facilitated by Skylar Resources. Construction is scheduled to be completed by April, 2017. A groundbreaking event will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 adjacent to the Grandview Substation, 6135 San Fernando Rd. at 10:00 a.m. For more information visit


Glendale Water & Power is the City of Glendale’s utility.  Glendale Water & Power generates, transmits, and distributes electricity to 88,100 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Glendale, California. The city-owned utility also provides water to 33,744 customers.  Twitter: @COGwaterpower Facebook: /Glendalewaterandpower.

Skylar Resources is an energy marketing organization focused on long term structured transactions, especially those with a renewable energy or energy storage component. The firm’s deep experience in energy markets allows it to serve clients by providing them with unique, customized structured solutions which are often difficult to find in the marketplace. Skylar Resources L.P. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of U.S. Virgin Islands based Brisa-Max Holdings LLC.

Beta Engineering provides engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for high voltage substations and transmission lines. Since 1975 Beta has demonstrated expertise in the design and construction of high voltage power systems across the U.S.

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