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Electricity and Air Storage Enterprises, LLC (“EASE”) is a Delaware limited liability company based in Houston, Texas.  EASE was formed by a select group of individuals committed to the commercial development of compressed air energy storage (“CAES”) and its use as a tool to reduce emissions, manage energy costs and enhance the reliability of existing generating fleets and transmission systems.  Each of the principals has extensive experience -- thirty years or more -- in disciplines integral to power project development.  Together the principals are the nucleus of a team that leads recognized experts in technical and financial specialties to identify promising prospects and systematically advance development activities.  These activities include: acquisition of land and storage rights; equipment selection and purchase; negotiation of fuel supply transportation and storage; charging (compression) energy purchases and transmission contracting; identification of suitable geology and technical evaluation to ensure safe and reliable service; design and construction of reservoirs to contain air; site certification and permitting, emissions permits; engineering, design and construction negotiations; attracting equity and securing debt funding for projects; and cycle design optimization and description for commercial, regulatory and public purposes

 

The principals of EASE worked together on the Norton Energy Storage Company (“NES”) project in Ohio.  NES is a mine-based CAES project certificated for 2,700 MW of generation and 1,800 MW of compression.  NES will use a 338 million cubic-foot limestone mine cavity 2,200 feet deep as the storage reservoir.  Electrical connection will be to the American Transmission Services, Inc. (“ATSI”) system at 138 kV and 345 kV.

 

The principals of EASE managed the Ohio Power Siting Board (“OPSB”) certification process for the project, acquiring the certificate of environmental compatibility and public need in the shortest approval time on record. This review process included all major air approvals required by the US EPA.  In addition, the EASE principals negotiated numerous contracts, including all major equipment contracts, electric interconnection contracts, water supply agreements, site acquisition, air storage rights in the underground facility, O&M services agreements and local city support agreements.

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The EASE principals performed system analyses for several potential purchasers of NES to demonstrate and quantify the synergistic benefits of integrating CAES into existing systems through modifying unit commitment processes and changing the load following routines to minimize overall system environmental emissions.  They maintain routine contact with all major CAES equipment suppliers, and have evaluated a number of different equipment configurations from each of these manufacturers.  They have presented several technical papers discussing the ancillary benefits of CAES projects based on their experience developing optimal unit characteristics with the various manufacturers to match the needs of the specific electric grid where the CAES facility would connect.

 

EASE is currently working on development of CAES projects in Texas, Nevada, Iowa, Colorado, Louisiana and several others both within and outside the USA,  and is investigating mines, geological salts and aquifers as reservoir candidates.

 

The people at EASE bring to any project an exceptional track record in strategic thinking, economic analysis and capital expenditure prioritization, renewable energy alternatives, and market knowledge, including transmission system and generation dispatch modeling.  They bring detailed engineering expertise in plant design and operation; in-depth knowledge and experience in the areas of project development, project management, contracts, supervision of engineering subcontractors, construction, startup, commissioning, operations and asset management; as well as the creation of optimum system results through careful selection, insightful evaluation and strategic integration of individual components.

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