Adding more energy storage in Minnesota could reduce the need for more fossil fuel power plants and significantly reduce greenhouse gases, according to a new University of Minnesota report.Issued by the university’s Energy Transition Lab, “Modernizing Minnesota’s Grid: An Economic Analysis of Energy Storage Opportunities” looks at how the introduction of more storage could reshape the state’s energy grid.
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.
“On the business side, if you ask any utility and any developer, they will tell you that yeah, storage is the same changer,” said Janice Lin, founder and CEO of clean energy-focused Strategen Consulting. She is also chair and co-founder of the Energy Storage North America conference, which is scheduled August 8-10 in San Diego.
Stakeholders within Minnesota’s power sector today unveiled a new analysis finding that energy storage can be part of Minnesota’s least-cost path forward for future energy resource investments, and can help the state meet its goals to be a leader in renewable energy and in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Advocates say, given the right incentives, energy storage could help flatten the duck.
But there could be an even cleaner solution, argues Lon Huber, senior director at Strategen Consulting. In a recent blog post, Roasting the Duck, he argues that the current model for renewable energy procurement is a “race to the bottom,” leading to lower costs.
The Australian Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition kicked off today with Energy Matters in attendance to catch all the latest trends and industry insights during the two day event.
Among the presentations attended by Energy Matters the talk by Mark Higgins from Strategen Consulting was one of the stand outs during “Road to NEM 2.0”.
The presentation talked at length about the Aliso Canyon gas leak and what was done with energy storage to help avoid an energy crisis. Notable that after this disaster there was an 80% reduction in the amount of gas that was allowed to be stored.
To meet several environmental regulations while providing for the necessary energy and capacity to serve the nation's most populous city will require some energy acrobatics. Adding 450 megawatts of energy storage could lower costs and carbon emissions compared to other options, while meeting grid requirements, a new shows.
"Storage can really be a viable option in these very tailored needs that are difficult to meet with other conventional resources," said author Ed Burgess, senior manager at Strategen Consulting.
Prepared on behalf of New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST), Strategen Consulting presents a study that shows that energy storage, along with a portfolio of other clean energy sources, can replace the 2,000 megawatt Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, produce savings for customers and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
"Strategen consultant Lon Huber’s “Clean Peak Standard” made an appearance. That policy would require that a certain share of peak capacity come from clean sources as part of a renewable portfolio standard, thereby signaling the value of storage to dispatch it.
"Mullin's bill — and a similar measure in the state Senate, introduced by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley — were inspired by a white paper from Strategen Consulting, a Berkeley-based clean energy policy firm. While the paper was commissioned by government officials in Arizona, its lessons apply to California, according to Strategen's Lon Huber, the paper's lead author.
Strategen was selected to be among the consultants that support dozens of teams across the country with their technical needs as part of the Solar in Your Community Challenge, a new $5 million prize competition from the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative.
Strategen recently had the opportunity to work with CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, and Energy Networks Australia, the national industry association representing Australia’s electricity transmission and distribution businesses, on Australia’s effort to plan for a decarbonized grid in 2050.