PUB Approves Battery-Storage Systems


Alameda Municipal Power customers can now apply to use battery-storage systems. At its Sept. 17 meeting, the Public Utilities Board approved these systems, which customers can use to save energy they can use at any time. 

To qualify, battery-storage systems must be paired with renewable energy systems, like a solar-power system. AMP, however, prohibits these systems from sending energy back to the city’s own distribution grid.

AMP is charging application fees for new solar-power installations; new solar-power installations combined with battery storage, and expansions of existing solar systems to include battery storage. Residential application fees are $300, while commercial and multi-family application fees run $660 for systems up to 50 kilowatts and a minimum $1,100 for systems of more than 50 kilowatts.