Notice is hereby given that hearings for the purpose of soliciting comments from the public regarding Case No. 9681 Delmarva Power's Application for a Multi-Year Rate Plan will be held on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. and Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. via virtual meeting. If you would like to speak at the September 13, 2022 hearing, please send an email to email@example.com by 12:00 noon on Friday, September 9, 2022. If you would like to speak at the September 22, 2022 hearing, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12:00 noon on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. Anyone wishing to observe the live stream of the public hearings may do so via the Commission's YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/MarylandPSC). Please also direct any questions about the public hearing to email@example.com.
At Delmarva Power, we are constantly evaluating new technologies and services that can connect our communities, create new energy choices, and power a cleaner and brighter future. Battery storage technology is an important piece of building a smarter, stronger, and cleaner energy grid to improve service for our customers and communities. Through Maryland's Energy Storage Pilot Program, Delmarva Power and our sister companies are completing six battery storage projects that will explore how this innovative technology can benefit customers and enhance the reliability of the local energy grid.
About Battery Storage Technology
Battery storage systems, also called energy storage systems, are safe and sustainable energy solutions and have the potential for wide-spread deployment on the energy grid. The battery technology used to support the energy grid is essentially a larger scale version of the batteries commonly used in computers and smart phones that can be found in most peoples' homes. When directly connected to the grid, the systems store energy that can be used later to meet customers' needs. State agencies, energy companies, and municipalities are advancing energy storage efforts nationwide, putting in place a building block for a smarter energy grid.
Ocean City Battery Storage Project
The Ocean City Battery Storage Project includes installing a battery storage system, on Delmarva Power property located on 100th Street in Ocean City, Md. This battery storage project, the first of its kind in our service area, will improve the reliability and quality of energy service for thousands of customers and seasonal visitors in Ocean City during times when customer demand for energy is at its highest.
The battery storage system will also act as a back-up system if there is an issue with a transformer or other critical equipment at a substation serving the community, especially during periods of high energy demand, creating additional capacity and supporting the overall reliability of the local energy grid. Project construction is expected to begin in fall 2022 and be completed by spring 2023.
We are committed to working closely with our customers and communities to address questions and minimize potential impacts throughout the project.
For more information, please review our project fact sheet. We value all input from our customers and communities. Should you have any questions regarding this proposed project, please contact Jim Smith, Delmarva Power Public Affairs, at 410-860-6366 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elk Neck Battery Storage Pilot Program
The Elk Neck Battery Storage Pilot Program will install a network of residential battery storage systems that provide backup power for participating customers in case of a power outage and support the local energy grid during peak demand. Delmarva Power is working with Sunverge Energy, who will install 110 residential battery storage systems at homes in the Elk Neck, Md. at no charge to the customer.
The residential batteries will improve resiliency for participating customers by providing an automatic backup energy source for the homes during power outages. Based on the configuration of the local energy grid and the unique geography of the area, Elk Neck customers are more vulnerable to power outages, making this an ideal location for the pilot program.
The residential batteries will also be able to feed power into the local energy grid. Working with Sunverge, Delmarva Power will aggregate the residential battery systems to support the local energy grid when electricity demand on the system is high, generally during cold winter days and hot summer days.
For more information, please review our program fact sheet and FAQ. If you are a Delmarva Power customer in the Elk Neck area and interested in participating in the pilot program, please complete this brief survey. The battery storage systems will be provided for eligible customers on a first-come-first-served basis. Installation of the battery storage systems will take place over the course of the year, with all 110 systems installed by early 2022.