ESA Recommendations to Congress and the Administration for 2021 Energy Storage Policy
As outlined in our 2030 Vision, at least 100 GW of energy storage is needed over the next decade to support the buildout of higher shares of wind and solar power, as well as distributed energy resources and electric vehicles. Energy storage will also be increasingly critical for frontline communities to have electric service resilient to extreme climate events, like heat waves, wildfires, storms, and hurricanes, as well as reducing our reliance on fossil-fuel power plants located in or near communities historically burdened by air pollution. And energy storage will provide this clean and resilient power while reducing peak demands on the power system, thus saving money for utilities, businesses, and homes, while serving as a foundation for a new domestic industry with a large international export market.
ESA and our members urge the 117th Congress and the Biden/Harris Administration to fulfill the promise to “build back better” by
- promoting domestic energy storage supply chain, finance, and innovation;
- promoting equitable electric system resilience; and
- establishing market designs that value and compensate grid flexibility.