Co-op Installing Batteries in Member Homes

Article originally published by KIMT3 News
MiEnergy Cooperative is installing “smart battery storage systems” in the homes of its members. “We want to gain a better understanding of battery technology on a small scale, like a residential home,” said Brian Krambeer, MiEnergy’s president/CEO. “We will be testing the batteries for use as a tool for energy management. It’s an opportunity to see how it could benefit our members.”
…The cooperative says the idea is to be able to switch a home from the electric grid to the battery system during peak energy periods, temporarily reducing the demand for power. The batteries could also provide electricity during power outages.
MiEnergy is the first of four cooperatives that have commissioned a battery storage system as part of a pilot program, which is sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. The others are in Wisconsin and Illinois…