Energy Storage is Different

As the electricity grid continues to evolve, energy storage will increasingly become a critical, reliable, and flexible resource for utilities and electricity end users alike.

  • Energy storage provides safe, clean, and emission-free electrical capacity to help increase grid reliability, prevent forced black- and brown-outs during periods of high system use, and provide better grid integration of an ever-increasing amount of intermittent renewable generation.

  • Energy storage is able to provide firm, guaranteed energy output during periods of peak usage while often occupying an optimized and smaller footprint compared to potential alternatives.

  • In short, the unique attributes of energy storage allow it to either completely replace traditional solutions or greatly improve their efficiency and efficacy.

Energy Storage Traditional Generation Renewable Generation Demand Response
Examples Batteries / flywheels Natural gas / diesel generators Solar / wind Smart thermostats
Permitting / install time < 1 yr Yes Yes
Flexible asset sizes (100 kW – 20+ MW) Yes Yes Yes
No fuel required Yes Yes Yes
No emissions Yes Yes Yes
Minimal noise Yes Yes Yes
Minimal footprint / visual impact Yes Yes
Firm / dispatchable capacity Yes Yes
Requires no changes in customer behavior Yes Yes Yes
Easily expandable Yes
Produces electrons Yes Yes