In comments it filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Feb. 13, the American Public Power Association said it generally supports FERC's efforts to allow storage and distributed energy resources to participate in wholesale markets, but urged the commission to keep its main focus on the end result to electricity consumers, and offered a number of recommendations.
Carla Peterman, a commissioner with the California Public Utilities Commission, said that among the many takeaways for regulators from California's experience with energy storage deployment is the importance of setting targets.
Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company have launched a new energy storage research and demonstration site at the E.W. Brown Generating Station near Harrodsburg, Kentucky.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's Board of Water and Power Commissioners on Aug. 15 advanced a utility-scale battery storage project at a solar plant in the Mojave Desert that LADWP said will allow for greater utilization of nearly 600 megawatts of solar power, while helping to maintain grid reliability and reducing the use of LADWP's natural gas-fired generating units.
As utilities and state regulators grapple with growing amounts of distributed energy resources across the U.S., Australia appears poised to see a sharp expansion of its battery energy storage market as a way to take advantage of the country's growing solar resource.
There are a number of ways that residential customers can interact with the electric grid these days including Tesla's Powerwall storage battery, advanced metering infrastructure-enabled residential demand response and smart phone-enabled Nest thermostats. So is this a fundamental shift or a niche market?