GlidePath Builds Merchant Battery Plant in ERCOT, Bucking Industry Wisdom

By [email protected] Renewables developer GlidePath has begun construction on a rare standalone storage project in the tricky Texas market.

The 10-megawatt/10-megawatt-hour Prospect Storage plant will bid into the ERCOT markets for energy and ancillary services. Though small by the standards of today’s utility-scale market, the project, located 50 miles south of Houston, is notable for making the economics work in an inhospitable market for storage.

Texas law forbids distribution utilities from owning storage for any number of useful purposes, because this technology, which does not generate electricity, is deemed “generation.” Without utility contracts to guarantee revenue, storage must compete with conventional gas generators in

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