A detailed and comprehensive “roadmap” for the adoption of new grid-connected energy storage technology in the state of California was recently unveiled by the California Independent System Operator, the California Public Utilities Commission, and the California Energy Commission.
The new roadmap — which was based on input from over 400 different companies, utilities, environmental groups, power generators, etc — takes into account the current market environment, as well as current regulatory policies for connecting to the state’s energy grid.
According to the roadmap, there are three primary categories of “challenges” noted by stakeholders — these are: “Expanding revenue opportunities; Reducing costs of integrating and connecting to the grid; Streamlining and spelling out policies and processes to increase certainty.”
Green Car Congress provides further information:
The roadmap analyzes the current state to identify needed actions, sets priorities for the next steps and defines the responsibilities of each organization to address the issues. The document highlights actions and is intended to serve as a platform to inform future regulatory proceedings, initiatives and policies; however, it does not lay out a plan to perform them.
“In general, high-priority concerns that need to be addressed include refining existing products and driving new ones to market; clarifying operational constraints to connecting energy storage to the grid; reducing costs of metering and connection; and creating a predictable and transparent process for commercializing and connecting storage projects . deliberate collaboration in the execution of this roadmap will advance energy storage technology to better enable a more efficient, reliable and greener grid.”
Given that the state’s current leadership has set relatively ambitious goals with regard to renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions (see: California’s Governor: 50% Of Electricity From Renewables By 2030), the wide-scale adoption of energy storage technology is pretty much a necessity there. As part of the aim to meet these goals, the state of California is currently supporting a number of pilot projects based around the commercialization of energy storage technologies.
Those interested, can find the roadmap here: “Advancing and Maximizing the Value of Energy Storage Technology – A California Roadmap”
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