Strategen is shaping the debate in renewable energy markets and industries.
The 2017 Edition of the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report reveals a global energy transition well underway. Strategen Consulting served as lead authors on a section titled "Energy Storage," which examines energy storage technologies, markets and policies around the world.
"According to Strategen’s analysis, the newly expanded SGIP is likely to increase the size of the state’s behind-the-meter energy storage market by anywhere from 623 MW to 1,242 MW by 2020, of which 96 MW to 122 MW would be small residential storage systems."
A new report from Strategen and Utility Dive dives into California's Self-Generation Incentive Program, with a guide on how to tap into $448M in behind-the-meter storage incentives.
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.
Mark Higgins, Strategen COO and a member of Australian Energy Alliance's steering committee, provides context on Australia's renewable energy portfolio and discusses with Solar Magazine how "Elon Musk was able to shed light on the issue with the power of Twitter in the modern era."
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.
A way to incentivize the use of clean energy like solar after dark — instead of gas peakers — to cover peak loads has been proposed in a white paper commissioned by Arizona’s Residential Utility Consumer Office, through a revision of state Renewable Energy Standards (RES).
"Community solar will “democratize" solar, said Lon Huber, a consultant for Strategen Consulting. Huber has testified in community solar and rooftop solar proceedings in Maryland, Arizona, and other states."
"Tobin wrote in favor of revisiting the state renewable portfolio standard, supporting a decision to open a docketto re-examine portions of it and endorsing a proposal from the state consumer advocate to mandate that a certain portion of renewable resources deliver power during peak demand periods."
"According to Strategen's research, renewable standards have accounted for more than 60% of the growth in clean energy resources since 2000, but a simple MWh-based standard may no longer be the most effective because those traditional policies fail to show a difference between each renewable MWh 'based on its value to the grid or for reducing fuel consumption.'"
"'This doesn’t get rid of the RPS by any means -- it’s more of an add-on, a way to send time-based price signals,' said Lon Huber, a director at Strategen Consulting who authored the proposal on behalf of RUCO."
"With the help of Strategen Consulting’s Lon Huber, the OCA introduced a three-part tariff designed to end the traditional net metering structure. If successful, the proposal would allow New Hampshire to source 2.7% of its electricity from distributed solar and reduce costs to ratepayers to the tune of $300 million."
Prepared on behalf of Arizona's Residential Utility Consumer Office, a whitepaper from Strategen Consulting presents an alternative RPS framework that can help to achieve clean energy resource procurement better aligned with the full suite of grid services that electric power system operators need to supply.
"A new filing in New Hampshire's quest to find an alternative tariff structure for net metering pushes for three options for residential and commercial residents looking to invest in solar arrays."
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."
Regulators want to wait for the conclusion of a value of solar docket to reform incentive policies, but politics remains a constant distraction
"In an email after the meeting, Residential Utility Consumer Office consultant Lon Huber of Strategen Consulting LLC, who proposed the option Stump put in his amendment, said the option has advantages for solar customers. It provides certainty with a fixed compensation amount for 20 years, Huber said. There is no need to grandfather those customers because the option is a contract for 20 years that does not change, he said."
“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.”
""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?"
"The SGIP decision implemented much needed reforms, and put the program back on track to support California's clean energy and environmental goals,” said Janice Lin, managing partner of Strategen Consulting and co-founder and managing partner of the California Energy Storage Alliance.
“Importantly, by allocating 75% of the budget going forward to energy storage, the decision recognized the importance of energy storage in helping to achieve greenhouse gas reductions, increased system efficiency and reliability and reduced costs for ratepayers,” she said.
"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."