ESA’s Reply to Energy Storage Stakeholder Target Input Request Pursuant to An Act Relative to Energy Diversity, Chapter 188 of the Acts of 2016

Posted: January 27, 2017 - 12:40 / ESA Filings
ESA submitted the attached Comments in response to the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources’ (“DOER”) request for comments in the above-referenced matter. ESA members, which include electric utilities, independent power producers, and operators/developers of batteries, flywheels, thermal energy storage and compressed air technologies operating on the nation’s electric grids, together have significant experience installing energy systems worldwide. Based on that expertise, ESA recommends an energy storage procurement target intended to accelerate cost-effective storage adoption through learning-by-doing, lowering risk, and ensuring incorporation of advanced storage into regular electric system planning, procurement, and operations. The target should seek to spur development of a broad range of use cases and business models so that regulators, electric companies, and stakeholders can understand what works best in Massachusetts’ grid. Concomitantly, the target should balance flexibility to electric companies for achieving compliance with mechanisms to drive customer and third-party deployments. Ultimately, the most effective target will require electric companies and developers to take novel approaches to meeting current needs and change the way they do business to incorporate storage.
Doing so will ensure that the storage procurement target best supports Massachusetts in achieving its greater public policy goals. For example, using storage will support the Commonwealth in its efforts to reach its greenhouse gas emissions reductions goals by avoiding emission-intensive peak capacity, enabling regional grid flexibility for high levels of wind and solar, and unlocking greater contributions from distributed energy resources, including electric transportation. Additionally, accelerating energy storage deployment will enable further grid modernization and enhance infrastructure resiliency, as well as drive economic development.
Read full comments here .