A bill under consideration in Pennsylvania would examine the prospects for utility ownership of microgrids and energy storage devices.
Massachusetts state officials announced June 30 that the commonwealth has settled on the goal of reaching 200 megawatt-hours of energy storage by Jan. 1, 2020.
Through a competitive bidding process, Tesla was recently selected to provide a 100 MW/129 MWh Powerpack energy storage system to be paired with a wind farm near Jamestown, South Australia.
California public power utility Glendale Water & Power has successfully installed a new two-megawatt battery energy storage system, or BESS, next to the utility's newly upgraded Grandview Substation.
While the growth of distributed energy resources has resulted in public power utilities rethinking their relationships with customers and developing new ways of interacting with them, at the end of the day the focus of the utilities remains on how best to provide value to customers, officials with the New York Power Authority and California's SMUD said recently.
Legislation in California would require local governments to make energy storage permitting materials available online and allow the California Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR) to provide guidance on energy storage permitting.