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Energy Storage News Roundup: Coal Nosedives, Mobile Storage, Grid Reliability

Energy Storage News Roundup: Coal Nosedives, Mobile Storage, Grid Reliability

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Our team rounds up news items from the past week for the energy storage professional.

Energy storage

Energy storage parlance on Capitol Hill

The House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on "the role of energy storage in the nation’s electricity system,” which gave industry stakeholders the opportunity to testify on what federal policy should look like to support energy storage efforts in the US. The committee addressed topics such as energy storage as an asset for controlling the supply and demand of electricity, the importance of deferring costly grid infrastructure updates, and the need for grid resiliency in the face of catastrophe. Greentech Media provides this summary of the congressional discussion.
FERC orders and such

FERC orders and such

Over in Arizona, a panel held at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners conference concluded that US states should have proactive roles in decision-making around energy storage markets, but different opinions emerged on the impact of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order 841. The commission directs grid operators to establish rules for energy storage to participate in the wholesale energy, capacity and ancillary services markets. DailyEnergyInsider provides the details.
Resiliency and mobile storage

Resiliency and mobile storage

Massachusetts passed a bill that addresses grid resiliency through the adoption of energy storage technology. Under the bill, the Department of Energy Resources will analyze the feasibility of mobile battery energy storage systems if substations would need an emergency replacement. Massachusetts has a 200 MWh energy storage goal for 2020. Read this Utility Dive piece for more.

Less coal, more renewables in Europe

Less coal, more renewables in Europe

Quartz Media provides this graphic showing major electricity sources in the UK, including wind, solar, nuclear, gas and coal, with coal taking a nosedive as cleaner natural gas becomes a more attractive and affordable option. The article notes that Germany is still working on achieving gains with renewable energy.



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