Utah BESS project ready for 2023 ramp up
Revolve Renewable Power Corp plans to advance its Vernal BESS project to the next stage of the study process in early 2023 based on analysis of the results for the first phase of a 2022 Cluster 2 study.
The Vernal project has a proposed capacity of 80MWh/20MW and is located in Uintah County, 4 miles north of Vernal, Utah – situated less than a half mile from the existing transmission network in the area.
Revolve had applied for an interconnection with Pacificorp – the transmission system operator and owner of the interconnection infrastructure located adjacent to the project site – as part of the 2022 Cluster 2 study in May (2022).
The company plans to ramp up development activity of the project during 2023 and focus on:
interconnection – completion of the Phase II study by Pacificorp and based on the outcomes of this study continue to the next phase of the interconnection process
environmental & permitting – commencement of the work to prepare applications for the state and local county permits required for the project. These include completion of a plan of development for the project, a cultural resources survey and report and a conditional use permit and easements / permits required for the short transmission line that will be constructed to connect into the nearest substation
commercial – Revolve is also actively following the All-Source RFP issued by Pacificorp in April (2022). The RFP targets 1,945MW of new wind, solar and battery storage capacity to assist Pacificorp to meet the objectives set out in its 2021 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). Submissions to this RFP are due in Q1 2023 from projects that can achieve a commercial operation date by the 31 December 2026
The Vernal BESS project is Revolve's first stand-alone battery storage project under development in the US. The company has planned a very active work program during 2023 and is targeting a ready-to-build (RTB) date of 2024.
Steve Dalton, chief executive, Revolve, said: "We are excited about the progress being made on the Vernal BESS battery storage project, our first battery storage project in our US utility scale portfolio. We look forward to working towards some key project milestones during the course of next year ahead of a target ready to build status in 2024."