FERC is opening up for stakeholder and public comments on the topics raised as well as general input on hybrid resources and colocation. The issue will certainly grow and grow. While California is still the leading state on solar-plus-storage for instance, Jason Burwen, the Energy Storage Association’s policy director, pointed out that in Texas’ ERCOT market, around 20% of storage in interconnection queues as of the end of 2019 would be paired with generation as hybrids. Those projects would be planned to come online this year. Then, for projects planned to come online in 2021, some 2/3 are hybrids. But for projects with planned online dates in 2022, nearly 80% of new storage would be hybrid resources paired with generation.
“Obviously not all would come online but it’s a good indication of interest,” Jason Burwen of ESA said. “Organised markets are working to keep up and we are glad to see there are proactive efforts for policy to catch up with technology.”