1. How US Grid Operators Plan To Tackle Energy Storage at Gigawatt Scale

    How US Grid Operators Plan To Tackle Energy Storage at Gigawatt Scale

    As a resource that can both absorb and discharge energy at a moment’s notice, batteries are very different from both dispatchable generators and intermittent wind and solar farms. That requires new technical and economic systems for managing and valuing them — and the grid operators that run wholesale electricity markets serving about two-thirds of the country are struggling to make those changes to keep up with the pace of growth. 

    That’s one of the key takeaways from last week’s Energy Storage Association Policy Forum, where representatives of the country’s regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and independent system operators (ISOs) joined storage industry groups and regulators to describe their work on energy storage integration. 

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