Berry Global to deploy Enel X energy storage systems in Ontario
December 20, 2018 – Packaging manufacturer Berry Global, which operates facilities in Belleville, North Bay and Orillia, Ont., has commissioned Enel X, the Enel Group’s advanced energy services business, to install and operate lithium-ion battery storage systems.
By Peter Saunders
The projects are due to be deployed next summer. They will reportedly store a total of 5 MW and 10 MWh and save 20% to 30% on the company’s electricity bills over the span of the contract. By tapping into the battery-stored energy, Berry will be able to reduce energy consumption at peak-use periods without affecting its operations.
Under the terms of the agreement, Enel X will purchase, install and operate four battery systems, provide peak-use prediction services, enrol the systems in Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) demand response program—which pays large energy consumers for being on standby, ready to reduce their electricity consumption, in response to grid system needs—and share in the resulting economic benefits. The project will use Enel X’s Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Optimization software to analyze Berry’s energy consumption patterns and optimize battery use.
“This agreement underscores the benefits our storage systems and software can bring to businesses, helping them improve their energy cost savings and supporting their goals related to energy efficiency,” says Michael Storch, head of Enel X in North America, which has also signed deals with Algoma Orchards in Clarington and Amhil North America in Mississauga, Ont.