Charging Ahead on the Future of Energy Storage: Call for Submissions for the Energy Central Upcoming Special Issue

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As far as critical technologies that can have a cascading impact across the utility industry, few are being worked on as feverishly and with as much anticipation as Energy Storage

Energy storage technology, whether traditional in the form of batteries or pumped hydropower, hydrogen fuel, or even operational energy storage strategies using growing EV fleets, has many in the power sector excited and eager to see what the future may hold. It is believed that widespread and effective power storage will help renewables with their intermittency problems and can create new opportunities to store power at low prices while being able to sell it at high prices. Plus, the reliability and resilience ramifications cannot be understated. 

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For these reasons and more, energy storage has been at the forefront of R&D projects. But it's sometimes difficult to get a good hold on the state of the industry and how imminently energy storage will transform the way the grid operates. For every exciting headline of technological breakthroughs, there's another that indicates how far off we may still be from grid-scale batteries making the impact they've long promised. 

With that in mind, Energy Central is looking for your insights and predictions for the near- and far-term future of Energy Storage. Help the Energy Central Community read the temperature of the energy storage markets and see where the progress is happening by submitting to our upcoming "Charging Ahead on the Future of Energy Storage" Special Issue Scheduled to Deploy on July 30th. Below are a few question prompts to consider for your submission: 

  • What new and innovative ways has your utility integrated energy storage into your assets and operations? 
  • What challenges are you facing before energy storage can be a more significant part of your infrastructure? 
  • As you look at the 5-10 year roadmaps for your organization, where does energy storage come into play? 
  • How have you taken advantage of customers who may have energy storage available to them (e.g., residential home batteries, charged EV fleets)?
  • What other insights, questions, reports, ideas, or concerns about energy storage do you want to share with the Energy Central community?


What We Need from Energy Central's Industry Thought Leaders

We're inviting submissions from experts and leaders who work in the area of energy storage. Share with your fellow community members your successes (and failures) in this process, expectations for the future, and more.

*For Utility Professionals article submissions are free.  See below for details on how to submit an article and for deadlines.

Invitation to Solution Providers and Industry Vendors

The "Charging Ahead on the Future of Energy Storage" special issue represents an unprecedented opportunity to reach utility decision-makers working with these evolving energy storage technologies. To learn how you can contribute an article or become a content sponsor of this special issue, please get in touch with a client representative at or download our Product Guide now for more information.

Instructions for Participation

Send your submissions to with the subject 'Energy Storage 2020.' If you need feedback on your submission idea, feel free to send questions or even an abstract to the same email address (please note that if you submit an abstract for review, do so at least a week ahead of the submission due date and make note that it's an abstract in the subject line).

Abstract Due date: July 13th

Final submissions due date:  July 20th, 2020.  

Issue Deployment Date: July 30th 2020.

We're excited to read your insights!

Audra C Drazga

VP of the Power Industry Network

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Jim Stack on Jun 24, 2020

Tesla has opened the door on Energy Storage. Their Power Wall for homes is sold put. The Power Packs are sold by the Mega Watt and in 2020 by the Giga watt. They system they installed in Australlia was 100 Mega Watt in and worked in less than 100 days. It has proven so valuable they already got a second 100 Mega watt. New York City has over 1 Giga Watt. 

  Storage has been the missing key to a stable GRID  for over 100 years. Some Hydro storage has been done and can help but nothing is as flexible and fast as battery storage. Tesla just increased the life warranty on thrir systems by 100%.  Plugin vehicle V2G is the next big storage potential. 

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Matt Chester on Jun 24, 2020

Would love to hear your full thoughts in a submission for this Special Issue, Jim!

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