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The Things You Always Wanted to Know, but Were too Afraid to Ask, about Energy Storage

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Director ScottMadden, Inc.

Kevin Hernandez joined ScottMadden after receiving an M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. While pursuing his degree, Kevin consulted for a marine services and engineering...

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As energy storage, especially battery storage, continues to see market gains, adoption of the technology is growing. But what are the complexities of introducing battery storage into the marketplace? Why is pricing energy storage so challenging and what effect does it have on energy storage procurement? How do energy storage ownership models impact adoption? Is benefit stacking really necessary for energy storage to be cost effective?

In storage, the tide is turning. Opening markets and improving economics are shifting attention to what it takes to implement storage projects. This includes addressing questions around best practices in procurement, business models, and owning and operating energy storage assets. As state commissions and legislatures continue to advance storage policy at the state level and FERC drives storage participation in wholesale markets, we are nearing a long-awaited inflection point for storage. Now, we need to focus on what will be required to implement these policies.

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Matt Chester on Jan 15, 2019

Kevin-- thanks for sharing, and I love to see the attention on the energy storage market. By all accounts, it seems like we're at an inflection point in the battery market, so any information on developments is definitely critical.

I've noticed that in the trend of people talking about how energy strorage is becoming more important (thanks to decreasing costs, increasing efficiencies, etc.) is that the trend seemst to be marching forward at a steady pace. In otherwords, improvements are coming piecemeal and regularly rather than any significant 'moonshots' or complete disruptions to the tech or markets. Would you agree with that assessment? If so, what do you think drives it?

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Karen Marcus on Jan 15, 2019

Intersting video, Kevin. I'd be interested to learn, from you or other members, about real-life instances of how utilities are currently working storage into their energy plans. 

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Bob Meinetz on Jan 21, 2019

Thank you, Karen. I would too!

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