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Energy Storage in the Northwest

Posted By Kathleen Humphrey, Thursday, January 25, 2018

Modern grid storage has evolved from dams and pumped hydroelectric storage to large stationary batteries and flywheels, and the conversion of heat or cold in to the form of hot water or ice.  Storage resources, in bulk or distributed form, are being used to smooth the variability of renewable resources, such as wind or solar power, and to smooth the variability of energy loads like interior space heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.

Even though hydroelectric dam storage has dominated the Northwest for many years, newer forms of storage, like battery storage, show significant potential for widespread and common use, especially combined with solar power for grid reliability and resilience. Globally, the focus is on battery systems as they continue to drop in price and hold more and more capacity. This focus is fueling a burgeoning storage market that offers significant capabilities with flexible control operations. Battery storage can be located on a distributed basis almost anywhere—from residential garages to commercial buildings to utility distribution and transmission substations, or even to turbine power plants to provide supplemental spinning reserves. As a result, the values that battery storage bring can be numerous, including allowing consumers a safe, environmentally friendly way to keep the lights on during Northwest storms, reducing a commercial facility’s spikes in demand charges, and meeting the grid’s peak load and oversupply needs.

The excitement and optimism for all forms of energy storage was extremely high and clearly evident among the participants of the Smart Grid Northwest Demand Response & Energy Storage Summit held September 27-28, 2017, in Portland, Oregon.

Download our white paper Energy Storage in the Northwest to learn some of the key topics policy makers and program/project decision makers should consider when looking into storage for an organization and roles storage advocates can play. 

Key topics from the paper include:
•The existing environment for energy storage in the Northwest
•Best practices for planning for storage
•Ways to build the business case for storage
•The balance between value-stacking and maintaining the longevity of battery systems

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Tags:  Cadmus  energy storage  northwest  smart grid 

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