CRI is concluding a multi-month effort to advise the NY State Energy Research & Development on regulatory barriers to including energy storage in bulk markets, as well as the relevant FERC Orders and NERC reliability requirements that will dictate the allowable market changes that NYSERDA, the NY PSC and NYISO can make moving forward. CRI included a set of recommendations to market structure and tariffs that will enable energy storage to be used cost effectively, and to its full potential. CRI appreciates the opportunity to be a part of the NY Energy Storage Roadmap.
"...virtual transmission lines, centers on using DERs like rooftop solar or battery storage, stepping in when power is needed -- and getting paid for it. Though distributed energy can’t shuttle electrons through a system in the same way traditional transmission lines can, it can help shore up the grid in certain areas so that electricity doesn’t need to be dispatched from elsewhere."
Cost-competitive energy storage is viewed as a "game changer" in the electricity generation, transmission and distribution industries. As such, grid-connected storage is getting an increasing amount of attention from legislators and regulators. At the same time, there’s a lot of confusion surrounding energy storage. CRI works with policy makers and we frequently find ourselves answering questions about technological maturity of energy storage, its applicability, and economic competitiveness. This white paper is designed to clarify a few of the common misperceptions that we’ve encountered, specifically questions surrounding cost, commercial availability, cost competitiveness.
Jeanne Fox will be speaking at the Energy Storage Association 27th Annual Conference and Expo in Denver, CO. Catch her on Wednesday, April 19th from 4:30 - 5:30 in the session titled, "States of Play: Opportunities for Growth in 2017" to learn about the work CRI is doing on the east coast.
The District of Columbia Commission launched an effort in 2015 to modernize the distribution energy delivery system for increased sustainability (MEDSIS). Commission Staff issued a report in 2017, identifying potential barriers requiring Commission action and laying out recommendations for the use of the MEDSIS Pilot Project Fund ($21.55M). CRI's filing suggests changes to a few definitions, priorities for the use of MEDSIS fund resources, and identifies additional issues for Commission consideration in order to host high levels of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) on the DC grid. Download CRI's comments here.