Australian utility AGL identifies second big battery site amid rapid energy storage scale-up

first_imgAustralian utility AGL identifies second big battery site amid rapid energy storage scale-up FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy Storage News:Australian utility AGL has furthered its plans to develop 850MW of large-scale battery storage across a number of sites in the country, announcing a new project in Victoria.Last week AGL said that it intends to build a project in South Australia of up to 250MW/1,000MWh, which would be one of the largest battery energy storage systems (BESS) in the world. The utility said today that it has begun development activities for a 200MW battery system in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley.AGL did not say in a press release what the likely capacity in megawatt-hour terms will be for the Victoria battery system, but did reveal that the system is planned for siting at the Loy Yang power station, which currently has 2,225MW of coal generation based there, as well as a coal mine that fuels it.The utility’s 850MW of targeted energy storage deployments will be located within Australia’s National Electricity Market wholesale market structure and should be added to AGL’s network by the 2024 financial year.By that time, AGL is targeting sourcing 34% of its electrical capacity from renewables and energy storage. Eventually, as with a number of major utilities in the US and several major countries, AGL wants to be responsible for net zero emissions by 2050.AGL CEO Brett Redman said the company is proud to be taking battery storage technology into the Latrobe Valley, which [he] described as a community that plays “such a pivotal role in Australia’s energy generation. The limiting factor for renewable technology has always been storage and we are taking control of these limitations by turning our attention to batteries. We are investing in our people, our communities and the technology and in doing so driving Australia’s energy transition responsibly,” Redman said.[Andy Colthorpe]More: Australian utility AGL reveals latest big step towards 850MW of battery storagelast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Acutec Precision Aerospace to Invest in Meadville Through Facility Expansion, Creating 60 Jobs

first_img June 05, 2018 Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Acutec Precision Aerospace (Acutec), Inc., a woman-owned manufacturer of components and subassemblies for the aerospace industry that has been located in Crawford County for more than thirty years, will further invest in the city of Meadville by expanding its aerospace manufacturing facility located in the city and creating 60 new manufacturing jobs.“The decision by a high-tech manufacturer like Acutec Precision Aerospace to grow its workforce here in Pennsylvania shows that the industry recognizes the quality of our workers,” Governor Wolf said. “Acutec has a decades-long history in Crawford County, and I applaud their decision to stay here and grow in the years ahead. This is great news for workers in the area, great news for Acutec, and great news for Pennsylvania.”Acutec will expand into an additional 70,000 square feet and construct a 13,000-square-foot connector to the 188,735-square-foot space it already occupies in the Crawford Business Park. This additional space will allow Acutec to add significantly to its manufacturing capacity, meeting the needs of its expanding customer base and the growth demands of its existing customers. The saw and material handling department will be moved into the new space, and the stock room and packaging will be shifted from the shop floor to increase manufacturing space. Acutec has committed to investing at least $10.7 million into the project, creating 60 new jobs, and retaining 450 employees over the next three years.“As the international aerospace industry, including commercial, defense and space, continues growing, this proves to be the ideal opportunity for expanding the capacity of our Meadville facility,” said Elisabeth Smith, president and CEO of Acutec. “For thirty years we have been based in Crawford County, and we are thankful for the dedicated workforce in this area that has made this possible.”Acutec Precision Aerospace received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $250,000 Pennsylvania First grant and $120,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon the creation of new jobs. Acutec was also recently approved through the Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County for a $2.2 million low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) to assist with the costs of renovation and construction. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in coordination with the Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County.“Acutec Precision Aerospace is an impressive company that we have had the pleasure to work alongside as they expand at our Crawford Business Park in Meadville,” said Jim Becker, executive director of the Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County. “This expansion by Acutec represents a long-term investment in the Crawford County area that will boost both our local and regional economies for many years to come. We applaud the governor, Governor’s Action Team and the Department of Community and Economic Development for their efforts to support this project and thank Acutec for their commitment to Crawford County.”Founded in 1988, Acutec is a certified women-owned aerospace manufacturer providing critical components for the aviation industry using the latest CNC technology. The company has evolved from a small 17-person machining company into a full-service manufacturing and engineering company that employs more than 400 workers.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Governor Wolf Announces Acutec Precision Aerospace to Invest in Meadville Through Facility Expansion, Creating 60 Jobscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more