ENERGY STORAGE

East Point Energy begins 20MWh Texas battery build and takes 200MWh battery FID

April 12, 2024

US-headquartered East Point Energy, an Equinor Company, has announced the start of construction of Sunset Ridge Energy Center, a 10MW / 20MWh battery storage project in Frio County, Texas, as well as the final investment decision of the Citrus Flatts Energy Center, a 100MW / 200MWh battery in Cameron County, Texas.

Construction of Sunset Ridge is already underway, with a commercial operation date for “later this year”, a statement said. Meanwhile, construction for Citrus Flatts will begin this year, with commercial operation anticipated by early 2026. Citrus Flatts was acquired by East Point Energy from Black Mountain Energy (BMES).

“It was a pleasure working with the East Point team, and we are pleased to have assisted them on their journey to be one of the most significant renewables and storage operators in the US,” says Witt Duncan, chief commercial officer of BMES. “East Point is committed to establishing prominence in the energy transition, and we are thrilled to help fuel the positive impact they will bring to the grid.”

Andrew Foukal, CEO of East Point Energy, said: “Energy storage is essential to balance the supply with the increasing demand for energy in Texas. We’re excited that our projects will support a more renewable, resilient, and affordable grid for the Cameron and Frio communities, and the ERCOT market at large.”

The projects also have the aim of “maximizing synergies” with Danske Commodities, Equinor’s wholly owned energy trading house, the statement added.