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The idea is to insulate solar customers from potential regulatory changes down the road, said Lon Huber, an energy policy consultant at Strategen Consulting, who drafted the plan on behalf of RUCO.
"This is [very] different from NEM, where it's just a retail rate that can change over time," Huber said. "It's a contract for 20 years, meaning that the solar customer has certainty that they're going to have that form of compensation for that time period."
“I think everybody in this room can agree that storage presents tremendous benefits,” said Janice Lin, executive director of the California Energy Storage Alliance. “It can be deployed quickly, it’s resilient, it diversifies the mix, it helps size the infrastructure more adequately to demand, it just makes the whole thing more efficient. So we agree that there’s great promise, we know that it works… so how do we make it go faster?”
""Energy storage, often called the “holy grail” of energy, is regularly touted as a solution to fixing the aging power grid; a critical tool in increasing the spread of renewable energy; and a bridge between the needs of utilities and their customers. But what is energy storage, and how can it be put to use, today, in facilities across the country?"
"Clean energy expert Mark Higgins predicts that after years of subsidising renewable energy, consumers are set to reap a pay-off with the coming roll-out of energy storage systems. Higgins says the systems are near a cost tipping point, and could be up to 75 per cent cheaper again by 2020."
In this article, Strategen Consultants Mark Higgins, Ed Burgess, and Bill Ehrlich argue that the technological advances and rapid cost declines of energy storage have resulted in a wide array of storage technologies increasingly being deployed on utility systems across the country.
Published in Natural Gas & Electricity 32/10, ©2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., a Wiley company.
Mark Higgins, Chief Operating Officer at California-based clean energy consultants Strategen, faces off against Simon Vardy and Simon Mezger, both Managing Directors within Accenture’s Australian Utilities, in answer of the perennial question: will people go off grid or stay on grid in the near future?
Published in Ecogeneration, February, 2016