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Germany-Based RWE Plans Scurry County, Texas, Battery Storage Plant

Germany-based RWE will expand its storage portfolio with Texas Waves II, a 30 MW battery storage project with a 1-hour lithium-ion battery, co-located at the existing Pyron Wind Farm in Scurry County, Texas.

Texas Waves II is under construction and is expected to be online by the end of 2022. The company is now significantly increasing its standalone and co-located storage project pipeline, with more and larger projects upcoming in the U.S.

"Battery storage solutions like Texas Waves II, with its responsive reserve capability, are a proven proposition for storing energy and improving grid reliability. These types of projects will become increasingly important as renewables form a bigger part of the energy mix as we expand our operating portfolio in the U.S., one of our focus markets,” said ilvia Ortín, CEO RWE Renewables Americas.

The project will provide ancillary services to the ERCOT grid as well as participate in the energy market. In addition, Texas Waves II has the potential to reduce the cost of energy to consumers by storing energy when it is readily available from renewable resources and discharging when energy would otherwise have to be provided from more expensive fossil fuel generation, company officials noted.

RWE constructs, owns and operates some of the highest performing wind, solar and energy storage projects in the U.S. As a leading renewable energy player, the company has more than 30 projects in operation in the U.S., totalling an installed generation capacity of more than 5,000 MW (4,288 MW pro rata) to date with more to come.

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