Black & Veatch, a pace-setting provider of renewable energy-focused consulting, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), and operations and maintenance services, announced today it has been selected by Rocky Mountain Power, a division of PacifiCorp, to engineer and construct a battery energy storage project that will support reliable and sustainable electricity to residents in the Utah town of Panguitch. This battery energy storage system, or BESS, is intended to help Rocky Mountain Power integrate renewable energy and electricity storage on the grid by storing and delivering power even when the sun isn’t shining. The energy storage system will be designed to react to peak consumption demands and level out demands on the local grid, enabling PacifiCorp to employ batteries instead of upgrading traditional grid poles-and-wires infrastructure. Panguitch, with 1,500 residents living between the Dixie National Forest and Bryce Canyon National Park, benefits from more than 250 days of sunshine annually. Because of the ample sunshine, Rocky Mountain Power has contracted with Black & Veatch to install a 650-kilowatt array of solar panels, with a ground-mounted single-axis tracking system, which will capture that sunshine and route it to a 1-megawatt, 5 megawatt-hour energy storage system. “Projects like the one in Panguitch are chipping away at old notions of the intermittency of renewable energy. Battery energy storage systems help deliver on the promise of solar PV by harnessing the time-varying and geographically distributed energy supply and increasing the availability and resilience of the electricity supply,” said Dave Leligdon, Senior Vice President and Director of Renewable Energy for Black & Veatch’s power business. “As the capacity of batteries rise and the costs of solar and battery equipment fall, we expect more utilities to join PacifiCorp in exploring these innovative solutions for their customers.” About PacifiCorp PacifiCorp is one of the West's leading utilities, serving approximately 1.9 million customers in six western states. The company’s operating divisions are Pacific Power, which delivers electricity to customers in Oregon, Washington and California; and Rocky Mountain Power, which delivers electricity to customers in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. Media Contact: CHRISTOPHER CLARK | 913-458-2778 p | 816-674-0572 m | firstname.lastname@example.org 24-HOUR MEDIA HOTLINE | +1 866 496 9149 0 About Black & Veatch Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2018 were US$3.5 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and in social media. Related Insights Distribution Planning: More Twists and Turns Ahead Planning for today’s distribution networks is a little like driving down a foggy road at night. Knowing what’s ahead and having more visibility makes a ride like that easier, but the clarity those two conditions provide is lacking for utilities and other players in the power sector as they travel toward a modernized grid. As More Fleets Electrify, Standing on the Sidelines Not an Option for Utilities As electrification of fleets emerges as the next frontier in the EV market, Joe Halso — legal counsel for the environmental advocate Sierra Club — lauded Minnesota regulators and electric utility giant Xcel Energy for refusing to stay on the sidelines. Executive Summary Rising demand for clean and sustainable energy has made this one of the most dynamic and exciting moments in the history of power supply. It's also one of the most vexing: Across diverse geographies, and even more diverse stakeholders, there are both opportunities and deep challenges to meeting the social and economic goals tied to the reliable, resilient supply of quality power. Global Renewables: From Utah to the United Nations, Renewables Power Up From C-suites and state capitals to international governments and the United Nations, leaders of the world’s most influential economies are codifying the role of renewables in an increasingly sustainable power generation mix. On the government side, leaders in China, Europe and elsewhere are on a growing list of American states in setting ambitious renewable portfolio standards (RPS) targets. Renewables Surge, Changing Policies Expected to Drive Investment in Transmission Surging growth in renewables and efforts to increase resilience will drive millions of dollars in new transmission investment over the next five years, according to Black & Veatch’s 2019 Strategic Directions: Electric Report survey. Survey results found that 37 percent of respondents see renewables as the top driver in new investment, followed by resilience and reliability (28 percent).