May 17, 2018

ESA Comments on WA UTC U-161024: In the Matter of Rulemaking for Integrated Resource Planning

ESA applauds the Commission for its leadership and vision outlined in its Report and Policy Statement on Treatment of Energy Storage Technologies in Integrated Resource Planning and Resource Acquisition filed on October 11, 2017. In its Policy Statement, the Commission recognized the unique role energy storage has to play in resource planning – both at the distribution and system level – as well as the complementary nature of the distribution resource planning (“DRP”) and Integrated Resource Planning (“IRP”) processes. ESA notes that a better assessment of what resources are available at the distribution level further enhances the IRP process and can serve to save ratepayer funds by mitigating the need for additional capacity.

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