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This report, “Global Grid Transformation: Spearheading the Role of Energy Storage in the Global Transformation to a Cleaner, More Resilient and Efficient Grid” is from the first-ever facilitated conference track among private- and public-sector leaders from Mexico, Australia and China at the Energy Storage North America 2017 Conference and Expo. The Global Grid Transformation Report provides a recap of the current situation facing each country, the key questions each region is trying to address, and the next steps towards achieving a cleaner, more efficient, and more resilient grid in their respective markets.
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.
Some say pilot projects are a way to avoid the risk of real innovation, but a proposed Xcel Energy pilot to test time-of-use (TOU) rates is charging at innovation and winning praise as it goes.
Xcel’s objectives are to find out how to effectively engage customers and if price signals can get customers to shift energy usage away from the peak, Aakash Chandarana, Xcel VP of Rates and Regulatory Affairs, told Utility Dive. Utility surveys consistently find customers “don’t really care,” he said. "This pilot will allow Xcel to test what our customers truly want.”
Like solar photovoltaic (PV) panels a decade earlier, battery electricity storage systems offer enormous deployment and cost-reduction potential, according to this study by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). By 2030, total installed costs could fall between 50% and 60% (and battery cell costs by even more), driven by optimisation of manufacturing facilities, combined with better combinations and reduced use of materials. Battery lifetimes and performance will also keep improving, helping to reduce the cost of services delivered. Lithium-ion battery costs for stationary applications could fall to below USD 200 per kilowatt-hour by 2030 for installed systems.
New York City can cleanse its air, support more intermittent solar energy and help avert a potential "capacity crisis" in coming years by replacing some of its dirtiest and oldest fossil fuel-fired power plants with increasingly cost-competitive batteries, say energy storage experts….
"Battery storage debuted in the L.A. basin. Now it is ready for prime time in New York City," Huber said. "We are not claiming storage can make up for all of the shortfall. But it can add 400 to 500 MW by 2021."
Thirty percent of New York City’s old fossil fuel plants are slated for retirement in the next five years. Could energy storage take their place? A new report, “New York City’s Aging Power Plants: Risks, Replacement Options and the Role of Energy Storage,” says it would be a wise environmental move.
New York City has ambitious energy goals, including a goal of installing 100 MWh of storage by 2020 and reducing emissions 80% by 2050. While the city has faced some difficulties in deploying batteries, in part due to fire codes and other regulations, the new NY-BEST analysis shows the potential impact is significant.
Ed Burgess, senior manager for Strategen Consulting who also worked on the report, said Minnesota and the Midwest need more pilot projects — one place to start would be at a community solar garden site.“That seems a simple step,” he said.
The report, titled "Modernizing Minnesota's Grid: An Economic Analysis of Energy Storage Opportunities," comes from the University of Minnesota's Energy Transition Lab, a public-private research collaborative, with assistance from Strategen Consulting of Berkeley, Calif., and grid modeling firm Vibrant Clean Energy LLC of Colorado.
A new report from the University of Minnesota's Energy Transition Lab shows adding energy storage is becoming a cost effective way to meet electricity demand in the state.
"All these factors help the math work out in favor of storage, said Ed Burgess of Strategen."It's really an opportune time to re-look at storage and how it would fit into a place like Minnesota," he said.