City council gave its support Monday to the PUC to install five battery energy storage systems across the city.
The 10 MW battery energy storage systems will be located at 500 Second Line East, 140 MacDonald Avenue, 55 Allen’s Side Road, 2221 Queen Street East and Peoples Road.
The locations were chosen because they are in areas properly zoned, will have minimal impact on residents and the locations have a relationship with either the PUC or the City of Sault Ste. Marie.
Battery energy storage systems are devices that enable energy renewables like solar and wind, to be captured and then released when the power is needed most.
The battery energy storage systems will increase the reliability of the city’s grid stability, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and integrate with renewable energy sources. They are safe, compact in size and help create additional capacity, which will be needed with Algoma Steel’s electric arc furnace steelmaking process comes online, said PUC CEO Rob Brewer.
They charge during off-peak hours and store that capacity until needed during peak times in the system.
The PUC has partnered with Starwood Energy Group Global Inc. to install the units.
Council’s resolution recognizes the potential economic and environmental benefits, including job creation, energy cost reduction and reduced greenhouse gas emissions that may result by installing the battery energy storage system.
It’s also believed the project will advance the city as a leader in sustainable energy practices and encourage initiatives in renewal energy and energy storage solutions.
Brewer said the PUC has held a community engagement meeting with adjacent businesses. It has also received a letter of support from Missanabie First Nation and is continuing to work with other nearby First Nation communities.