October 21, 2019
ESA Calls on Minnesota’s Energy Storage Study to Accurately Value Full Benefits of Storage
ESA submitted informal comments on Minnesota’s Energy Storage Cost-Benefit Analysis Study (required by the 2019 Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill) calling for proper valuation of storage by making accurate forecast of combustion turbine build out, accurately modeling renewables curtailment, using current cost assumptions, employing sub-hourly modeling, including the value of flexibility of energy storage in morning and afternoon peaks in the study’s high renewables scenario, and reducing peak demand. ESA also reiterates the need for inclusion of a statewide energy deployment scenario. ESA’s comments are the second of three sets that will be provided on the study, and are in response to a workshop on October 11, 2019 that discussed the draft results of the study.