CEO Statement on the Minnesota Energy Storage Bill – Senate File 100

The Energy Storage Association (ESA) applauds the Minnesota Senate for unanimously passing Senate File 100 (SF 100) today. Thanks to the leadership of Senators Osmek, Rosen, Marty, Goggin and Dibble, SF 100 paves the way for the State of Minnesota to build a robust energy storage market, and a more resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable grid for all. The bill’s inclusion of an energy storage cost-benefit study will enable policymakers to determine the optimal deployment levels and applications of energy storage in the State of Minnesota. Important revisions to rules governing utility planning are also included in SF 100, which strikes a clear path toward leveling the playing field so that storage resources can fairly compete with other types of resources.

The policies advanced in this bill represent the first of many opportunities for bipartisan action in the State of Minnesota geared toward breaking down barriers to cost-effective energy storage deployment. Because the language in this bill already garnered bicameral support in the 2018 legislative session as part of the supplemental budget bill, SF 100 represents a clear opportunity to demonstrate that the Minnesota state legislature collaborates across the aisle for the best interests of its citizens. We look forward to working with our colleagues in the Minnesota House to ensure the timely passage of SF 100.