Filling the Policy Gap for Community-Located Energy Storage

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) hosted a well-attended Capitol Hill briefing this week on the Community Storage Initiative, aimed at making tomorrow’s electricity grid cleaner and cheaper. I had the pleasure of participating, representing both NRDC and the Community Storage Initiative (CSI), where I serve on the advisory council.

Energy storage holds enormous prospect for a more flexible, cleaner and cheaper electricity grid (see, e.g., this report released for a White House Summit on Scaling Renewable Energy and Storage with Smart Markets” in June, and my previous blogs here and here). Energy storage makes it possible to take advantage of solar energy even when the sun isn’t shining and wind power when the wind isn’t blowing. And if more is generated during periods when energy service needs are low, these emissions-free sources have to be curtailed from coming into the electric system.

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