Environment America Report
Energy storage technologies can be an important part of that electric grid of the future, helping to assure reliable access to electricity while supporting America’s transition to 100 percent renewable energy. To get the most benefit out of energy storage, however, policy-makers and the general public need to understand how energy storage works, where and when it is necessary, and how to structure public policy to support the appropriate introduction of energy storage.
Energy storage can make a valuable contribution to our energy system.
- Energy storage can capture renewable energy produced in excess of the grid’s immediate needs for later use. In California, solar and wind energy plants were forced to halt production more than one-fifth of the time during 2016 because the power they produced was not needed at that moment.
- Energy storage can help utilities to meet peak demand, potentially replacing expensive peaking plants.
- Energy storage can extend the service lifetime of existing transmission and distribution infrastructure and reduce congestion in these systems by providing power locally at times of high demand.
- Energy storage can improve community resilience, providing backup power in case of emergency, or even allowing people to live “off the grid,” relying entirely on clean energy they produce themselves.
- Energy storage can provide needed ancillary services that help the grid function more efficiently and reliably.
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ALSO IN THE NEWS
- People are really excited about the responses to Xcel Energy’s Colorado RFP, Into the Wind, AWEA Blog. As far as we know, these are the lowest renewables plus storage bids in the U.S. to date. — Matt Gray, senior utilities and power analyst, Carbon Tracker
- Audi and Nissan join ranks of automakers making energy storage mainstream, Utility Dive
- Trump’s Solar Tariffs Won’t Turn Tables On Renewables Revolution, Forbes
The cost of solar energy, which has fallen by 73% since 2010, is forecast to fall by a further 50% by 2020, leading to it sitting alongside onshore wind as the cheapest forms of energy in years to come. This is leading corporates to buy record amounts of clean power through renewable energy power purchase agreements . . . The integration of renewable energy into the world’s electricity networks will be aided by the rapid advance of electric vehicles, which provide demand for renewable capacity outside peak times and can also act as a form of energy storage when demand is high.
- The ‘big push’ transforming the world’s energy systems, GreenBiz
- If You Own a Fast-Food Joint in Florida, You May Want to Consider Battery Storage, Greentech Media. This January, Holly Merrill Raschein, a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, introduced a bill to support solar-plus-storage for energy security and disaster resilience.