Extended Stay Hotels to install smart energy storage in California hotels

Extended Stay America, Inc. has finalized an agreement with Stem, Inc. to install and manage energy intelligence systems  After the successful performance of a pilot project, Extended Stay America will deploy Stem advanced energy storage systems and real-time energy intelligence software across 68 of its California locations.
By drawing on previously stored power during peak times of the day, Stem reduces Extended Stay America’s energy costs without any impact to the hotels’ daily operations. The fully automated advanced storage systems enable Extended Stay America to apply a hands-off approach to reducing energy bills.

Extended Stay has been testing one of Stem’s units at a hotel in San Jose since 2013, and plans to have all 68 California locations up and running by early next year. This could be one of the largest distributed energy storage projects to date involving multiple sites owned by a single customer, reports Green Tech Media.
“The Stem system is invisible to our guests and our staff - it’s simply a great way to save on energy costs. In addition, the software provides us with a clear view of electricity usage and activity at our California sites,” said Larry Fichuk, director of energy and sustainability at Extended Stay America.

Energy storage systems are catching on fast in California following passage of AB 2514 – legislation that requires the state’s three principal investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to install 1.325 gigawatts of energy storage capacity by 2020. California is offering incentives for installation of distributed, “behind the meter” energy storage systems at utility customer sites. The state government also requires that 200 megawatts of “behind the meter” energy storage capacity be installed, and a growing number, and variety, of organizations are capitalizing on the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CUC) Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) to help meet the state’s goal, reports Triple Pundit.

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