Advancing Energy Storage in the States: What’s Your 2020 Vision? 4/10/19

Aman Chikara presentation
Nitzan Goldberger presentation
Jeremy Twitchell presentation
Clarice Schafer presentation

What if practically everything we think we know about batteries and energy storage is no longer true? What if, instead, storage is quickly becoming a better and better candidate for meeting multiple utility system needs, because:

  • Cost, performance, and safety attributes of storage technologies are improving at remarkable rates; and,
  • More diverse storage technologies are emerging in the coming decade, including multiple battery chemistries in addition to today’s most common lead-acid and lithium-ion options.

This Webinar explores some of the many improvements that are already entering production today, or are already proven in laboratory settings and are poised to enter into commercial status in the coming few years. Panelists will explore how those improvements in technical capabilities, combined with ever improving cost profiles, mean storage is a prime candidate for meeting many different system needs.

Panelists:
Aman Chikara, Rocky Mountain Institute, discussing the new RMI report on technology improvements
Nitzan Goldberger – State Policy Director for Energy Storage Association, reviewing recent progress in the states and what is working best
Jeremy Twitchell, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, explaining how IRP and distribution system planning are changing to make sure that storage gets a fair shake in modeling and planning
Clarice Schafer, Supervising Utility Analyst for the Hawaii PUC Staff, reviewing Hawaii’s progress towards introducing energy storage and discussing what Hawaii is doing to include cost-effective storage in future plans
Moderator: Hon. James P. (Jay) Griffin, Chairman, Hawaii Public Utilities Commission