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Published on April 12th, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown

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NJ May Start Funding Renewable Energy Energy Storage

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April 12th, 2013 by
 
The state of New Jersey may start funding renewable energy storage projects. This comes at the same time that the state is cutting renewable energy funding down to $7.5 million for 2014 for solar, biomass, hydroelectric, and onshore wind power.

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This appears to be more of a shift of funding to help accommodate the more efficient use of solar and wind power. New Jersey will be able to get more out of their existing wind and solar farms by doing this because they can capture surplus wind and solar energy that would otherwise be curtailed.

Natural gas power plants can and do throttle up and down (slowly, and to a limited extent) to respond to fluctuations of wind and solar power production. However, the use of energy storage captures surplus wind energy so that it does not go to waste, and that low-cost wind energy can then be used during the peak hours to meet increased electricity demand instead of starting expensive peaking power plants to back up coal, nuclear, and natural gas power plants.

New Jersey aims to obtain 22.5% of its electricity from renewable power plants by 2020.

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  • Mark W

    What technology do they intend to use for this energy storage system?

  • http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com/ John Bailo

    Great time to build both centralized and home hydrogen storage and fuel cell plants. Sandy cleanup would have been easier if citizens had fuel cell vehicles that could double as mobile power plants.

    • Bob_Wallace

      That could happen some day if hydrogen generation/storage and fuel cells get cheap enough to have sitting around for a once in a lifetime event such as Sandy.

      Of course one could get a Volt today. Drive it every day and run your house with it if needed.

  • http://www.energysage.com/blog EnergySage

    This will be a huge step forward for the clean energy industry. Solar has been put down many times because of the fear that it cannot provide the energy people need when the sun is not shining. Though this should not be a concern for many reasons, the ability to use the energy and not let it go to waste is important. Here at EnergySage, we want to show consumers that going solar does not have to be complicated. Hopefully people will begin to put more faith in solar. The best way to start is to become educated on where our electricity comes from. Try reading this blog to understand what we are facing: http://bit.ly/11h4Q9z

  • Befuddles

    What does this mean? They “May” start funding storage? Did somebody in the State Goverment or one of the energy bureaucracies say something to lead the author to think this? Is there a bill in one of the legislative bodies? Is this just someone’s opinion?

    Is this what internet journalism has come to?

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      The link to his source is in the article, but perhaps not ideally placed, and the details aren’t above, but here’s more form the source:

      “For the first time, New Jersey’s clean energy program is proposing that it hand out money to energy-storage projects, which are viewed by many experts as a crucial element in helping technologies like solar and wind become more successful.

      “In a straw proposal developed in the Office of Clean Energy at the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, the staff is suggesting that the state allocate between $5 million and $10 million over the next four years for energy storage. The proposal says it may award up to $2.5 million in state fiscal year 2014. Over four years, the total could rise to $10 million.”

      http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/13/04/09/state-may-start-funding-energy-storage-projects-for-solar-and-wind-power/

      • Otis11

        Utility scale grid storage or house hold storage? Also, any particular technology, or any and all?

        • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

          Not clear.

          • Otis11

            Well, look forward to reading about it more as events transpire!

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