Resources: Reports

  • Solar and Energy Storage Impacts on Wholesale Power Markets

    Posted: July 28, 2015 - 01:51 / Reports

    The continuing price decline in solar panels, combined with expected higher prices for natural gas and proposed greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions allowance regulations, makes solar energy a prime resource to offset natural gas and coal generation in the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) Interconnection. As policymakers debate the merits of increasing the RPS in California to 50 percent by 2030, one of the many uncertainties that the energy industry needs to understand is what solar and increased energy storage will do to wholesale electricity prices. To help address this important question, Black & Veatch and SEPA have teamed together to examine the impact solar and energy storage have on wholesale electricity prices in the CAISO market.

  • U.S. Energy Storage Monitor

    Posted: March 5, 2015 - 10:00 / Energy Storage Monitor / Reports

    The U.S. is on the cusp of a breakout year for energy storage, according to the inaugural U.S. Energy Storage Monitor report from GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association (ESA). The U.S. is forecasted to deploy 220 megawatts in 2015, more than three times its 2014 total, and growth should continue at a rapid clip thereafter. Over the course of the past year, 180 grid-connected electrochemical and electromechanical storage installations came online, representing 61.9 megawatts of power capacity. That's up 40 percent from the 44.2 megawatts completed in 2013, according to the report. It is the first in a series of quarterly reports that the newly-minted GTM Research and ESA collaboration will publish on the accelerating U.S. energy storage market. The research covers deployments, markets, policies, financing, pricing and installation forecasts.

  • Advancing and Maximizing the Value of Energy Storage Technology: A California Roadmap

    Posted: December 31, 2014 - 17:00 / CAISO / Reports

    California is a worldwide leader in shifting to sustainable and renewable energy sources, including solar, wind and geothermal power, with the goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But by its nature, electricity must be used the instant it is generated, which makes solar and wind resources challenging to manage on the power grid. Power from these renewable generation sources is produced at different times of the day, and often does not align with the instantaneous demand for electricity.

  • Nanotechnology in the Sectors of Solar Energy and Energy Storage

    Posted: November 12, 2014 - 08:00 / IEC / Reports

    The present publication reports on the future development of products and markets in solar energy and electrical energy storage, insofar as they are influenced by nanotechnologies.

  • The Value of Distributed Electricity Storage in Texas: Proposed Policy for Enabling Grid-Integrated Storage Investments

    Posted: November 10, 2014 - 11:15 / ERCOT / Reports

    A report released today by Brattle economists finds that the deployment of grid-integrated distributed electricity storage in Texas could provide substantial net benefits to the power system in ERCOT and its electricity customers. The report, commissioned by Oncor Electric Delivery Company, a Transmission and Distribution Service Provider (TDSP) in Texas, evaluates whether storage could be cost-effectively deployed from the perspectives of retail customers, wholesale electricity market participants, and the combined system or “society as a whole” while maintaining wholesale power prices that continue to support necessary generation investments.

  • Army Guide: Developing Renewable Energy Projects by Leveraging the Private Sector

    Posted: November 6, 2014 - 19:00 / DOD / Reports

    This Guide outlines practices, processes, and relevant Army regulations, approvals, and notifications necessary to advance a privately-financed energy generation project from concept to execution. When initiating privately-financed projects, the Army forms relationships with project developers, utilities, and the renewable energy industry. Leveraging these relationships leads to the identification, development, financing, construction, and operation of renewable energy projects that serve Army energy demand as well as local energy markets.

  • Draft Energy Storage Roadmap for California

    Posted: October 8, 2014 - 19:00 / CAISO / Reports

    California has adopted numerous policies to achieve a transition to reliance on sustainable, renewable energy sources. In this context, energy storage systems comprise a category of emerging technologies that could help significantly to optimize the use of wind and solar generation, assist in integrating increased amounts of renewable energy resources into the grid, and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. However, there are challenges and barriers that may currently inhibit storage from achieving its potential.

  • 2014 Storage Plan Assessment Recommendations for the U.S. Department of Energy

    Posted: September 25, 2014 - 17:00 / DOE EAC / Reports

    This report, approved at the September 2014 EAC meeting, summarizes a review of DOE’s energy storage program strategies and activities, and includes recommendations that the Electricity Advisory Committee (EAC) offers for the DOE’s consideration as it continues to develop and implement its energy storage program.

  • Inventory of Safety-related Codes and Standards for Energy Storage Systems

    Posted: September 19, 2014 - 15:00 / PNNL / Reports

    The purpose of this document is to identify laws; rules; model codes; and codes, standards, regulations (CSR) specifications related to safety that could apply to stationary energy storage systems (ESS) and experiences to date securing approval of ESS in relation to CSR. This information is intended to assist in securing approval of ESS under current CSR and to identification of new CSR or revisions to existing CSR and necessary supporting research and documentation that can foster the deployment of safe ESS.

  • Overview of Development and Deployment of Codes, Standards, and Regulations Affecting Energy Storage System Safety in the United States

    Posted: August 8, 2014 - 19:00 / PNNL / Reports

    The purpose of this document is to acquaint stakeholders and interested parties involved in the development and/or deployment of energy storage systems (ESS) with the subject of safety-related codes, standards and regulations (CSRs). It is hoped that users of this document gain a more in depth and uniform understanding of safety-related CSR development and deployment that can foster improved communications among all ESS stakeholders and the collaboration needed to realize more timely acceptance and approval of safe ESS technology through appropriate CSR.