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OPPD Battery Storage Pilot (BRIGHT)

The future is very BRIGHT indeed as OPPD embarks on its first battery storage pilot called BRIGHT (Battery Research Innovation Guided by High-Potential Technologies). In September 2019, OPPD applied for a Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) grant to support a pilot project on battery storage.

The utility was officially awarded the $600,000 grant on June 11, 2020 and is grateful to NET for the support. This is the largest grant OPPD has received from NET.

The research conducted in the pilot will help the utility understand the procurement, construction and operations of small, energy-storage applications and how to scale them for potential future applications. The grant funding enables OPPD to perform research that will benefit not only OPPD, but other Nebraska utilities, as well. Prior to this pilot, OPPD did not have any experience with utility-scale battery storage.

The grant funds will help cover a battery approximately 1 megawatt (MW) in size housed at a substation within OPPD’s service territory. Typically, batteries of this size are housed in 20 to 40-foot shipping containers. The grant does not specify what battery technology should be used. This flexibility allows OPPD to evaluate all possible options before selecting one for the pilot project. The battery project is scheduled to be operational by early 2022.

As part of OPPD’s commitment to stakeholder engagement, and as part of NET’s mission to share project information, OPPD encourages the public to check back for continued project updates.

The BRIGHT Pilot is partially funded through a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust, which is funded by proceeds from the Nebraska Lottery. Since 1994, more than $320 million has been awarded to conservation projects in Nebraska.


OPPD Battery Storage Pilot (BRIGHT)

The future is very BRIGHT indeed as OPPD embarks on its first battery storage pilot called BRIGHT (Battery Research Innovation Guided by High-Potential Technologies). In September 2019, OPPD applied for a Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) grant to support a pilot project on battery storage.

The utility was officially awarded the $600,000 grant on June 11, 2020 and is grateful to NET for the support. This is the largest grant OPPD has received from NET.

The research conducted in the pilot will help the utility understand the procurement, construction and operations of small, energy-storage applications and how to scale them for potential future applications. The grant funding enables OPPD to perform research that will benefit not only OPPD, but other Nebraska utilities, as well. Prior to this pilot, OPPD did not have any experience with utility-scale battery storage.

The grant funds will help cover a battery approximately 1 megawatt (MW) in size housed at a substation within OPPD’s service territory. Typically, batteries of this size are housed in 20 to 40-foot shipping containers. The grant does not specify what battery technology should be used. This flexibility allows OPPD to evaluate all possible options before selecting one for the pilot project. The battery project is scheduled to be operational by early 2022.

As part of OPPD’s commitment to stakeholder engagement, and as part of NET’s mission to share project information, OPPD encourages the public to check back for continued project updates.

The BRIGHT Pilot is partially funded through a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust, which is funded by proceeds from the Nebraska Lottery. Since 1994, more than $320 million has been awarded to conservation projects in Nebraska.