Hopefully I’ll have some spare time for a brief summary write-up of the event. This Clean Energy Special Interest Group event was well attended with high quality panelists and great audience participation asking top caliber questions to keep the panelists on their toes.
Additionally, here are two recent articles in the March/April 2010 edition of Electric Light and Power featuring grid-scale energy storage. The first article, All Together Now — The Electric Utility, Consumers and Community Energy Storage, offers community energy storage (CES) as a possible component of the customer price-reliability solution. CES straddles the transmission and distribution domain as well as the customer-side domain of applications. It offers electricity customers reliable electric service at a reasonable price with as little environmental and aesthetic impact as possible. A second article, Energy Storage Solving Power Quality Problems, offers a brief overview of energy storage and the benefits to the electrical system.
I’m intrigued with the promise of community energy storage and I included a backup slide (see page 34 of the presentation) on the locational value of energy storage. American Electric Power is a proponent of Community Energy Storage. AEP proposes the highest value for energy storage is close to the end-customer, thus community energy storage offers the biggest benefits. I posed a question to the panelists about where the most valuable location for energy storage exists on the grid before offering this slide up for discussion – interestingly the panelists were in concurrence, placing more value for energy storage nearby the point of use.