By Umair Irfan, Vox
Just like a blackout isn’t the result of any single point of failure, protecting the grid against them demands more than any single solution. Faced with the prospect of more outages, there are a number of technical fixes: More energy storage, distributed power generation, interconnections across the major power grids, greater redundancy, microgrids, demand response, increasing energy efficiency, and hardening infrastructure. Read more here.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- Is the US on the verge of an infrastructure boom?, Financial Times
- Dominion, Berkshire Hathaway push better transmission siting as Biden turns focus to infrastructure, Utility Dive
AMERICANS FOR A CLEAN ENERGY GRID
Americans for a Clean Energy Grid (ACEG) is the only non-profit broad-based public interest advocacy coalition focused on the need to expand, integrate, and modernize the North American high-voltage grid. ACEG brings together the diverse support for an expanded and modernized grid from business, labor, consumer and environmental groups, and other transmission supporters to support policy which recognizes the benefits of a robust transmission grid.
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY NEWS RELEASE
DOE Launches Design & Construction of $75 Million Grid Energy Storage Research Facility
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the beginning of design and construction of the Grid Storage Launchpad (GSL), a $75 million facility located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington that will boost clean energy adaptation and accelerate the development and deployment of long-duration, low-cost grid energy storage.
Related Reading: New era as US Department of Energy gets started on long-duration energy storage R&D facility, Energy Storage News
MORE ENERGY STORAGE NEWS
- Investment tax credit for energy storage a ‘once in a generation opportunity towards saving planet’, Energy Storage News. The Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act would open up the ITC benefit to be applied to standalone energy storage systems. The ITC has transformed the fortunes of the US solar industry over the past decade but at present, the tax relief can only be applied for energy storage if batteries or other storage technology are paired with solar PV and installed at the same time.
- Energy storage deployments had a record fourth quarter, American Public Power Association
“2020 is the first year that advanced energy storage deployments surpassed gigawatt scale – a tremendous milestone on the path to our aspiration of 100 GW by 2030,” Jason Burwen, U.S. Energy Storage Association’s Interim CEO, said in a statement.
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