The Electricity Storage Association (ESA) and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) have released joint principles crafted by the two associations to create a level playing field for the deployment of clean energy technologies.
The jointly agreed-upon principles recognize the value of energy storage across the utility industry, the benefit of storage as a source of ancillary services and the need to strategically utilize storage on wind farms, according to the associations.
‘Large amounts of wind energy are being reliably and cost-effectively integrated onto the power system today,’ says Denise Bode, CEO of AWEA. ‘Energy storage can be a valuable resource for the power system in maximizing the efficient use of this resource, and add flexibility for electric utilities. We look forward to working closely with ESA on regulatory policy that will enable these growing industries to fully benefit both consumers and the economy of the U.S.’
Specific policies supported by ESA and AWEA include the following:
– Wholesale energy markets and ancillary services markets should be created and expanded, and barriers to entry into those markets eliminated;
– Market and operating rules should be based around the type of service needed, and any technology that is able to reliably provide a needed service should be able to provide it. In many cases, previously bundled services should be disaggregated; and
– Low-cost grid operating reforms that will create more competition and make the grid operate more efficiently, such as greater balancing, should be implemented as soon as possible.