Hybrid Distributed Systems with Storage are the Future
- Aug 25, 2019 11:18 pm GMT
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Price reductions for solar and storage are changing the utility landscape. Cost-effective battery energy storage systems (BESS) are creating new value streams and opening markets for many new applications. Some of these value streams are location-agnostic, but many of them require a distributed deployment.
Energy storage actually provides more value in distributed systems than in central or utility-scale applications. For example, batteries can increase the resilience and reliability of energy service, but only if they are on the customer’s side of the distribution system. That’s because the vast majority of outages are caused by disturbances in the distribution system. Distributed BESS’ can also provide value for utilities including T&D deferral, voltage and VAR support, and for customers, demand charge management, and energy cost management under TOU rates. All of these value streams are becoming more important as renewable energy penetrations increase.
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