ESA Comment to NV PUC on Storage in Utility Planning and Distribution

Posted: September 6, 2016 - 12:57 / NV / ESA Filings

The Energy Storage Association (“ESA”) submitted its response to the
Commission’s request for comments on issues pertaining to utility planning and
distribution issued on July 15, 2016.

Since its inception 26 years ago, the ESA has promoted the development and
commercialization of safe, competitive, and reliable energy storage delivery systems for use by electricity suppliers and their customers. ESA’s nearly 200 members comprise a diverse group of electric sector stakeholders, including electric utilities, energy service companies, independent power producers, technology developers—of advanced batteries, flywheels, thermal energy storage, compressed air energy storage, supercapacitors, and other technologies—component suppliers, and system integrators.

ESA submitted this filing to the Commission to inform the incorporation of battery
energy storage into Nevada utilities’ resource planning and procurement. NRS
704.741(3)(b) requires utilities to develop Integrated Resource Plans (“IRPs”) that
compare “a diverse set of scenarios of the best combination of sources of supply to meet the demands or the best methods to reduce the demands, which must include at least one scenario of low carbon intensity.” Energy storage resources are capable of being modeled both as a source of supply (when directly connected to the electric grid) and as a method of reducing demand (when sited behind a customer meter) in IRPs. Moreover, energy storage can deliver grid services as a part of distribution infrastructure.

Read the full Comments here