State legislatures and regulators have been the key drivers of energy storage policy over the past several years, with energy policies and decisions related to our local electric power distribution systems are primarily made by state legislators and regulators.
ESA’s policy team, with the help of our members and allies on the ground, are engaging with state commissions, legislatures and governor’s offices to open up the storage market.
Our state policy advocacy aims to achieve the following policy objectives:
- Develop comprehensive cost-benefit studies that quantify the value of energy storage in the specific state context
- Spur deployment targets to complement state policy objectives and that are aligned with scenarios modeled in cost-benefit studies
- Create incentive programs that drive deployment of behind-the-meter storage and drive down state specific soft costs
- Establish regulatory guidance on storage for utility planning processes, including distribution, integrated resource plans and transmission planning
- Advance business model innovation for storage through regulatory reforms that allow multiple use applications