Charging Ahead: An Energy Storage Guide for State Policymakers

Energy storage technologies provide flexible solutions to serve energy needs and address existing and emerging challenges. They also provide an array of grid services and can offer multiple services interchangeably. Integrating energy storage strategically across the electricity system can result in more efficient utilization of other grid resources, defer more costly upgrades or investments, and increase the range of operational possibilities for the electric system.


The Interstate Renewable Energy Council's (IREC) Charging Ahead: An Energy Storage Guide for State Policymakers is intended to provide state policymakers and regulators with systematic, foundational information on advanced energy storage—a new generation of technologies characterized by flexible operating capabilities and diverse applications—as well as more specific guidance on key issues for consideration in the policymaking context.


The toolkit focuses on:

  • The Current State of Advanced Energy Storage 
  • How States Can Approach Assessing the Cost and Value of Storage. 
  • State Regulatory Approaches to Energy Storage 
  • Foundational State Policy Actions to Address Primary Energy Storage Barriers 

Download Charging Ahead: An Energy Storage Guide for State Policymakers on the IREC website.