November 13, 2013
Distributed Energy Storage Policy
The Energy Storage Association (ESA) believes that, in addition to generation, energy storage benefits extend to the transmission and distribution (T&D) system. By establishing an approved budget and framework for procuring new technologies such as energy storage, state regulatory models could provide utilities the regulatory certainty they need to invest in energy storage technologies and reap the full value of those benefits. At the same time, we should consider policies that benefit consumers and end users of distributed energy storage technologies.
The ESA does not have a specific policy on net metering. Each state has a different regulatory structure with commensurate rules and policies; energy storage can play a positive role regardless of the net metering scenario in each state.