Perspectives and insights from the Strategen team.
Recent news about the solar plus storage project by Tucson Electric Power (TEP) has grabbed a good deal of national attention. Given Strategen’s work in related policy development and scenario modeling, we decided to look at how this solution could be applied to California’s famous “duck curve” – and whether a similar solution could be used to roast the duck.
Strategen welcomes Stephen Sproul, engineer from Energy Queensland in Australia, who has joined the Strategen team for 6 months as part of an international exchange program.
With 1.6 million residential PV installations as of 2015, and some of the highest retail electricity prices in the OECD largely driven by fixed network costs, Australia is faced with a unique challenge in solving for the value of DER on the grid.
Strategen recently had the opportunity to work with the CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, and Energy Networks Australia on Australia’s effort to plan for a radically decarbonized grid in 2050.
Entrepreneurs are taught to continuously improve on their new products. Although progress in the public policy world occurs on the scale of years rather than months as in the tech startup world, the same principles can be applied to the transformation of our electrical grid.
National energy markets in Europe are about to give way to regionalized, real-time energy markets. A recently released proposal from the European Commission shows a pathway towards a “customer-centric” energy system, capable of integrating at least 27% of renewable energy by 2030.
What will 2017 hold for energy storage? While it is still unclear what impact the recent presidential election will have on the electric power sector broadly, there are reasons to be cautiously optimistic about opportunities for energy storage under the new administration.