Benton PUD, Franklin PUD and the City of Richland are each testing out a new energy storage device that could enable residents to save on their energy bills.
The device is called the Grid. Balancer and the10 kilowatt energy storage device can store up to four hours of energy. It extracts energy from the grid during off-peak hours, when electricity is most available and least expensive for utilities. Then, it releases the energy back to the grid during high demand times.
Benton PUD employees say the energy storage device also has the potential to help offset the intermittency of wind and solar power, making them more reliable sources of energy.
The device will be tested for two years starting in September.