ESA Comments to Nevada PUC re: Issues Pertaining to Utility Planning and Distribution

Posted: July 15, 2016 - 14:00 / NV / ESA Filings

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

ESA submits 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.