World : GridWise Alliance seeks better treatment of grid storage

The GridWise Alliance released yesterday a whitepaper it said was aimed at improving the conversation about battery energy storage applications on the grid. The paper highlighted recommendations for policymakers and regulators as they prepare to overcome the challenges to widespread implementation of energy storage technologies.

The alliance represents diverse stakeholders that design, build and operate the electric grid and since 2003, has been at the forefront of educating legislators and regulators about the critical need to modernize our nation's electricity system. It specializes in convening energy stakeholders on the most pressing grid modernization activities, it said, and its whitepaper presented a list of 11 recommendations to address storage challenges including:

  • Policymakers have to ensure batteries can offer all of the services they are technically capable of offering and be compensated fairly for those multiple services;
  • Batteries with a primary purpose of supporting the transmission or distribution system should be allowed to be classified as transmission or distributions assets, respectively, and
  • Policymakers should let electricity distribution company-owned and rate-based battery projects participate in the energy, capacity and ancillary services markets, the group said.

"Our organization has always been at the forefront of key conversations related to grid modernization," said GridWise Alliance CEO Steve Hauser in prepared remarks. "Today, one of those key conversations centers on batteries. This whitepaper enables our uniquely diverse membership to inform that conversation in the states and at the national level."

The whitepaper supported the alliance's recommendations by detailing the benefits of energy storage from economic, grid operations and customer service – and policy and workforce perspectives, the group said.

"Policymakers are being asked to make very important decisions that will have implications on the public and on the potential growth of this innovative new clean energy industry," said Gridwise Alliance Policy Director Ladeene Freimuth in prepared remarks. "As an organization representing utilities and RTOs, technology and service providers and academia, we have a responsibility to provide them the tools to make those decisions efficiently for the benefit of all consumers today and tomorrow."

In the coming months, the alliance plans to release more whitepapers on important topics including best practices and lessons learned from the alliance's Grid Modernization Index (GMI) (SGT, 2016-Jan-21), innovative rate designs and business models related to grid modernization, the group said.


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Smart Grid Bulletin July 2019

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