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Thiswhitepaper, prepared by Strategen Consulting for the Global Energy Storage Alliance, with generous funding support by the Wells Fargo Foundation, provides clear and practical guidance on how electric utilities can procure energy storage resources to perform as electric resources used to balance supply and demand on the electric grid. It includes an introduction to energy storage technologies and applications, example utility procurements and storage pilots, as well as links to helpful resources.
Energy storage could effectively put New York City on a path to transition away from an aging electric generation fleet to a cleaner grid and achieve the state’s clean energy goals, according to the report, “New York City’s Aging Power Plants: Risks, Replacement Options and the Role of Energy Storage”, released by the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST), in partnership with Strategen Consulting.
Storage's potential to site alongside solar and wind is growing in the U.S. and leading to more investments. Storage developers and analysts view the J.P. Morgan investment as part of this broader trend. Strategen COO Mark Higgins contrasts the early days of solar with the early days of storage. Unlike solar 10 years ago, many “[storage] players can scale to a large market, which is easier to finance.”
This article by Strategen CEO Janice Lin examines how economic forces, advances in storage technology, increasingly diverse generation assets, and ultimately the recognition that energy storage makes existing infrastructures more efficient and resilient, will reinforce the role of energy storage as the bedrock of the 21st-century grid.
A 2017 study produced by the University of Minnesota Energy Transition Lab with Strategen Consulting found Minnesota could use energy storage as part of a “least-cost path forward” in direct competition with gas turbines. The study helped lead to Minnesota electric cooperative Connexus Energy to implement an innovative Solar + Storage program (15 MW of battery energy storage). The program will be the first major storage project in the state.
A new study commissioned by the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) concludes the largest city in the United States has a near-term opportunity to clean up its electric grid by replacing older steam generation units with batteries.
Vertically-integrated solar energy company First Solar will be involved in the first megawatt-scale battery system announced in Arizona since it was revealed the state could put a 3,000MW energy storage deployment target in place.