Utilities Look at Both Sides of Meter to Optimize Storage Benefits for Customers and Grid
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) announces the release of a new publication, the 2017 Utility Energy Storage Market Snapshot.
The release of the report is timed as a preview of the exciting opportunities on offer at the inaugural Energy Storage International, which will be officially launched as part of Solar Power International, Sept. 10-13, in Las Vegas.
Key takeaways from the report:
• A small but growing market: A total of 207 MW, 257 MWh of energy storage came online across the country in 2016. This is enough to keep 28.5 million 9-watt LED light bulbs on for an hour.
o There is a cumulative deployment of 622 MW, 661 MWh in the United States. The 2016 interconnections accounted for 38.8 percent of that total.
• Behind-the-meter pipeline: Of the utilities responding to the trends questions on the SEPA survey, 72 percent are planning behind-the-meter energy storage programs for residential customers; 80 percent are planning behind-the-meter programs for non-residential customers.
• Utility leadership: Utilities are also taking the lead in testing the multiple capabilities and value streams potentially available from combining or "stacking" storage with other distributed energy resources -- solar, wind, and advanced inverters.
• Cost of lithium ion falling: The price of lithium ion is falling (down ~60 percent since 2012), however it is important to keep in mind that battery-only costs are very different than installed project cost.
o Manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries is projected to expand significantly with multiple factories coming online over the next few years.
"Storage may not yet be a mainstream utility resource, as solar is rapidly becoming, but clearly, many in the industry can see the point on the horizon where that starts happening," said Tanuj Deora, SEPA's Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer. "Utilities, like those that took part in SEPA's survey, understand storage will be deeply disruptive and transformative in the value it brings to the grid -- even more so than solar -- and they need to start preparing for those changes now."
The 2017 Utility Energy Storage Market Snapshot and 2017 Utility Solar Market Snapshot are available download here.
Solar Power International and Energy Storage International are part of Smart Energy Week, Sept. 10-13 in Las Vegas. Registration and the full schedule are available here.
The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) is an educational nonprofit working to facilitate the utility industry's transition to a clean energy future through education, research, standards and collaboration. SEPA offers a range of research initiatives and resources, as well as conferences, educational events and professional networking opportunities. SEPA is founder and co-sponsor of Solar Power International and winner of the Keystone Policy Center's 2016 Leadership in Energy Award. For more information, visit www.sepapower.org.