CA CEC PON-13-302: Developing Advanced Energy Storage Technology Solutions to Lower Costs and Achieve Policy Goals

Posted: April 16, 2014 - 19:03 / CEC / FOA-RFI-RFP

The purpose of this solicitation is to fund applied research and development projects that meet the following objectives: 

  • Optimize grid-level energy storage deployment with respect tolocation, size, and type; and 
  • Develop innovative utility-scale and generation energy storage technologies and applications to mitigate intermittent renewables and meet peak demand. 

Energy storage will help to integrate renewable energy into the energy delivery system by managing variable and intermittent generation from sources such as wind and solar. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has identified energy storage procurement targets for investor-owned utilities (IOUs), and the U.S. Department of Energy and California Independent System Operator have also identified the need for energy storage.  However, there are significant barriers to energy storage use, including: high capital costs; lack of information regarding performance; limited operational experience; and lack of comprehensive, standard, publicly available tools that analyze the financial and technical performance of energy storage systems. 

Projects funded under this solicitation will help to address these barriers and meet the CPUC’s procurement targets by:

  1. Developing computer models for the CPUC’s energy storage use cases (i.e., energy storage use scenarios that take into account the location and regulatory function of the energy storage technology or system) to determine which storage technologies and systems are most optimal; and
  2. Developing advanced energy storage technologies and systems that can be demonstrated and deployed by IOU's.