By Bill Radvak – Battery storage and energy storage technology are more than gaining more and more traction! Especially in the distributed energy resources community.
Last fall, California passed the first statewide energy storage directive in the United States. Issued by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).
So the mandate requires all investor-owned utilities in the state including Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric and San Diego Gas & Electric to do this. I mean to jointly purchase “1325 megawatts of energy storage” by 2020.
The proposed targets increase between 30% and 55% every two years. Consequently, it creates economic incentives for multiple players with various technologies to enter the market reports Energy Storage North America:
Utilities will be allowed to employ energy storage for a variety of functions. Such as capacity, ancillary services, and peak shaving, which in turn will provide real-world data for further market expansion.
Utilities may own some energy storage systems and will procure at least 50% from independent developers. This is across all segments of the grid via existing procurement processes or “all-source” solicitations starting in 2014.
California’s PUC is clearly progressive and groundbreaking and sets the stage for other states to emulate. Next up at the plate as a hot, receptive market for energy storage in North America is New York. Bill Acker, Executive Director of the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium, www.ny-best.org, is positioning New York State as a global leader in energy storage technology, including applications in grid storage, transportation and power electronics.
NY also invests in battery storage
Last summer, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a $23 million public-private investment in the creation of a battery storage test and commercialization center in partnership with NY-BEST which moved state-of-the-art energy storage testing capabilities from Pennsylvania to a facility at the Eastman Business Park in Rochester, New York. A few months later, the Governor’s office announced that the NOHMs Technologies is locating its pilot nanoscale battery materials manufacturing facility in Rochester and received $1.5 million in funding from the Governor’s Regional Economic Development Councils initiative.
At his 2012 state of the union address, Governor Cuomo emphasized on energy growth. “The key to powering our economic growth is expanding our energy infrastructure,” said Cuomo. “We can build a new energy system across our entire State.” Cuomo spearheaded the New York Energy Highway Blueprint which includes initiatives to modernize New York’s statewide energy system.