Comments of the ESA re: NJBPU FY 2014 Energy Storage Straw Proposal

Posted: February 28, 2014 - 19:52 / NJ BPU / ESA Filings

Pursuant to the FY2014 Energy Storage Straw Proposal (”Proposal”), the Energy Storage Association (“ESA”) appreciates the opportunity to submit the following comments and information for the Board’s consideration.

ESA believes that energy storage technologies and applications enable all generationsources on the grid to operate more efficiently, flexibly, and resiliently; facilitate integration of renewable energy resources on the grid; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and lower costs for consumers. Energy storage resources are currently operating on the nation’s grid and are used in a variety of applications to balance generation and load in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Energy storage technologies are ideally suited to assist with grid resiliency and increased reliability.

ESA is pleased that the New Jersey BPU has undertaken this effort and understands that the program will focus on applications behind the meter; limit incentive amounts to allow for a greater number of projects; prioritize facilities based on critical needs; facilitate integration with renewable energy systems; ensure benefits accrue to the New Jersey taxpayer; and demonstrate energy storage value streams with a sustainable future market. We also understand that a key driver of this program is the need to increase resilience and flexibility on the distribution system serving New Jersey residents. We believe energy storage is well suited to meeting this need and that these technologies and applications can fulfill the goals of this initiative.

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