GPI and Midwestern Governors Association Partner for Energy Storage Webinar Series

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The rising interest in energy storage within the utility sector has become apparent by the sheer volume of industry press, seminars, and conferences focusing on the topic. Interest continues to grow as energy storage-related regulatory proceedings unfold, physical installments of energy storage assets connect to the grid across the United States, and with the rapid advancement of new storage technologies and a resurgence of other mature storage technologies. But with these developments, grid planners and operators, and regulators and their stakeholders, are faced with complex and often nuanced questions over how to best approach the integration of energy storage to improve grid reliability and cost effectiveness.

To help identify and answer some of these questions, GPI and the Midwestern Governors Association (MGA) have partnered to put together a webinar series of four installments to dive into various energy storage technologies, the state of play on their costs and expected deployments, and the regulatory challenges that must be understood and untangled to enable an efficient use of storage technologies. With presentations from national labs, utilities, and regulators, we provide a foundation of understanding as well as a deep dive into deployment drivers and trends, performance capabilities, and grid needs related to energy storage.

The first installment in this series was on February 21, 2017 led by Haresh Kamath of the Electric Power Research Institute (access slides here). This presentation provided insight into why energy storage, and in particular battery technology, is a hot ticket item these days, as well as its current place on the “hype cycle” and why these technologies may actually be ready to enter the mainstream in the near future. Haresh also highlights some of the key ongoing challenges that will need to be addressed to achieve full integration of battery storage technologies into the grid.

We invite you to participate in this webinar series and send questions and feedback to mprorok@gpisd.net.

The list below provides brief descriptions of each webinar and a link to the MGA registration pages (click here to visit the MGA energy storage web page):

Webinars (11:00 am Eastern/ 10:00 am Central)

February 21, 2017 Introductory Webinar: Energy Storage 101

A presentation and discussion on the history of battery energy storage, emerging technologies, and applications of battery storage across electricity grids throughout the country.  Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of why battery energy storage is useful, where it is being implemented and by whom, and the barriers to further implementation. 

Slides from Haresh Kamath, EPRI

March 21, 2017 - Click Here to RegisterThe Other End of Storage: Rebirth of Pumped Hydro

Much of the interest in energy storage today is being driven by battery technologies.  However, massive amounts of storage capacity are regaining the spotlight by becoming more flexible and cost-effective.  Participants will learn about cases for pumped hydro energy storage, hydro power, how these projects compete in wholesale electricity markets, and their ability to integrate and balance high penetrations of renewables.

April 25, 2017 - Click Here to RegisterBatteries in Action 

With rapidly dropping costs, the business case for deploying battery energy storage has never been more viable.  We will look at how we got to this point, hear from project developers who are currently building battery storage projects in the Midwest, and discuss from where the next technology breakthrough may come.

May 16, 2017 - Click Here to RegisterPiecing the Puzzle Together: Energy Storage in the Regulatory Framework   

In our last webinar installment, participants will gain an understanding of how energy storage fits within the regulatory framework at both the state and federal levels.  We will discuss how utilities are working to integrate storage projects into resource planning and how regulators view energy storage projects’ viability as solutions to system needs.