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Jera Americas, Zenobē partner for battery storage development in US

Jera Americas Inc. is partnering with U.K.-headquartered battery storage specialist Zenobē Energy Ltd. for the latter's expansion in the U.S.

The companies have agreed to jointly develop utility-scale, grid-connected, stand-alone and hybrid battery storage projects in New York and New England. They also plan to identify other opportunities including colocation of battery storage and renewable energy technologies across the U.S. where Jera Americas is already developing projects, according to a Dec. 15 news release.

"In a country that consumes almost a third of the world's energy and is increasing its renewable capacity, the need for greater energy security and flexibility has never been clearer," said James Basden, co-founder and director of Zenobē. "We're excited to start working with Jera to facilitate the transition to renewables in the U.S."

Separately, Jera Americas completed its acquisition of a 1,633-MW thermal power portfolio in New England. The portfolio consists of the 566-MW Canal 1, 559-MW Canal 2 and 333-MW Canal 3 power plants in Sandwich, Mass., and the 175-MW Bucksport facility in Bucksport, Maine.

"Using existing large-scale power projects that do not require construction of new power transmission networks is an important part of aiding a clean transformation in New England," Jera Americas CEO Steven Winn said.

Jera Americas is a subsidiary Japanese power-generation company Jera Co. Inc., which is itself a 50/50 joint venture between Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc. and Chubu Electric Power Company Inc.

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