Department of Energy seeks to kickstart storage under new budget
May 23, 2019
<h4>Limited research on the benefits of advanced storage systems may be slowing investment.</h4>
<p class="StoryBody__paragraph--2-Doz">AXIOS -- The Department of Energy's 2020 budget request reveals new initiatives for advanced energy storage technologies, which are critical to integrating more clean energy into every portion of the power grid.</p><p class="StoryBody__paragraph--2-Doz"><br/></p><p class="StoryBody__paragraph--2-Doz"><b>Why it matters:</b> In the DOE's assessment, deployment of these technologies has been slowed by a &#34;scarcity of technical information on [their] economic performance.&#34; The proposed efforts are meant to lower technical barriers to their adoption, helping to meet high electric grid demand by saving energy during off-peak periods from intermittent renewable sources like wind and solar.</p><p class="StoryBody__paragraph--2-Doz"><br/></p><p class="StoryBody__paragraph--2-Doz"><b>Details:</b> According to the budget justification documents provided to Congress by the DOE, this budget would support the following efforts:</p><p class="StoryBody__paragraph--2-Doz"><br/></p><ul><li> Creation of an “Advanced Energy Storage Initiative” that would facilitate collaboration across the DOE’s offices to rapidly increase storage capabilities and integrations</li></ul><ul><li> Continued research on new storage devices and materials, including the “development of open source models and software tools for system level energy storage planning and evaluation&#34;</li></ul><ul><li>Design and construction of a grid storage “launchpad” at the Pacific Northwest National Lab that would allow teams to test and evaluate new advanced storage technologies</li></ul><p class="StoryBody__paragraph--2-Doz"><b><br/></b></p><p class="StoryBody__paragraph--2-Doz"><b>Yes, but:</b> The DOE’s energy storage initiatives do not address other challenges to implementation, including obstructive or unclear state policies.</p><p class="StoryBody__paragraph--2-Doz"><br/></p><ul><li> The outcomes of evolving proceedings in the wake of FERC Order 841 — which requires wholesale power markets to develop rules that allow energy storage resources to participate — could affect the program's success. Some regional transmission organizations are already asking for extensions to FERC compliance deadlines for crafting storage policies.</li></ul><p class="StoryBody__paragraph--2-Doz"><b><br/></b></p><p class="StoryBody__paragraph--2-Doz"><b>Watch to watch:</b> The DOE is requesting $5 million to build the launchpad, an expenditure it will partially offset with a $2.5 million reduction in research spending elsewhere.</p><p class="StoryBody__paragraph--2-Doz"><br/></p><ul><li> While these numbers are rounding errors in the context of DOE’s $2.3 billion request for energy innovation and independence programs, the case for this swap will still need to be made to Congress.</li></ul><p class="StoryBody__paragraph--2-Doz"><br/></p><h5 style="text-align: left;">Thank you to our friends at <i>AXIOS</i><i> </i>for providing the original articles below</h5>

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