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Canadian utility BC Hydro has formed an agreement with S&C Electric Co. to install an energy-storage system that will serve a remote mountain community in British Columbia. The energy-storage system, which is partly funded by Natural Resources Canada's Clean Energy Fund, will also reduce peak-load demand for a second community.

The energy-storage system utilizes two battery systems in Field and Golden, British Columbia, to provide backup power and shave peak loads. According to S&C Electric, the peak-shaving application will allow BC Hydro to save on investments in transmission system capacity that would otherwise be required in order to meet peak demand.

For this project, S&C will engineer and install the energy-storage system, which features the company's Smart Grid SMS Storage Management System and IntelliTEAM SG Automatic Restoration System. This system will integrate sodium-sulfur batteries onto the grid, allowing the batteries to support a portion of the peak load depending on demand, S&C explains. S&C will also test and commission these systems to ensure successful operation.

"We have been working with the communities of Golden and Field to address issues around reliability, capacity and access," says Greg Reimer, executive vice president of transmission and distribution at BC Hydro. "We are keeping the lights on in B.C. with integrated planning and the advancement of our system through the use of new technology. We are also strengthening and upgrading our existing system, which has provided power to this province for 50 years."


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