1. How Energy Storage Can Cut Peaker-Plant Carbon for the Clean Power Plan

    How Energy Storage Can Cut Peaker-Plant Carbon for the Clean Power Plan

    The Clean Power Plan cites energy storage as an enabling technology, one that could help utilities and grid operators store, shift and smooth the increasing amounts of intermittent wind and solar that will be needed to meet the Obama administration’s ambitious greenhouse-gas reduction goals. But AES Energy Storage says grid-scale batteries don’t need to wait for that green power revolution to start contributing to carbon-cutting. There’s a big, fat target on the grid already -- simple-cycle natural gas “peaker” plants that exist only to serve the grid’s brief moments of peak demand.

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