Range Energy Storage Systems (Range) is a developer of Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) systems. For the past five years, CEA Consulting has worked to promote the company’s 320 MW project in Utah to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and other Southern California utilities as a resource to facilitate the transition away from conventional fossil fuel electricity generation.
CEA has been responsible for developing the project’s political and communications strategy in California. Leading a team of legal, communications, and technical representatives, CEA has leveraged its network of state and local government officials and environmental organizations to advocate on behalf of the project. We’ve led the Range team through several planning sessions to develop strategies to combat inertia and promote alternative resource planning, to respond to the changing political environment in the state and locally, and to build stakeholder support for the project. CEA has also represented Range in trade associations and in proceedings of the California Public Utilities Commission.
California’s energy agencies are increasingly recognizing the importance of large-scale storage to achieve the state’s renewable energy and carbon reduction goals. These advances represent a major leap forward from the project’s early reception in the state.
In 2017, the Southern California Public Power Authority issued a Request for Proposals for a CAES project. CEA helped develop Range’s proposal as part of this solicitation and continues to coordinate the project team through the bid review process. Range is hoping to have its first project online and serving Southern California in 2025.
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